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Edmonton’s Rubaboo Arts Festival, January 30 to February 4, 2017

Rubaboo is a Métis-Michif word meaning a stew or soup trappers used to make on the trap line. It is also Edmonton’s fabulous Aboriginal arts festival, which is about feeding the spirit. Curated by Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts, the 8th Rubaboo Festival has several remarkable offerings.

9781772122978Wednesday, February 1 at 6 pm at La Cité Francophone. Norma Dunning and Peter Midgley are hosting an Editing Workshop, “Mitsi: The Words, and Things Relative to Them”. They will share their experience working together as writer and editor on Norma’s first collection of short stories: Annie Muktuk and Other Storiespublished this fall by the University of Alberta Press. Using practical examples from Norma’s manuscript and other editing moments, they illustrate some of the questions and concerns that arise when editing Indigenous writing—what happens to a story and how is it shaped during collaboration between non-Indigenous editor and Indigenous author.

Their workshop will be followed by Anna Marie Sewell‘s Wide Awake for 30 Years and Josh Languedoc‘s Starlight Tours at 8 pm.

Monday, January 30 and Tuesday, January 31: Santee Smith of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre will perform NeoIndigenA, an elemental and ritual journey that fiercely cycles through sacred portals between Skyworld, Earthworld and Underworld. Performances will be held at 8 pm.

Thursday, February 2 is Fusion Night, a free event offered in partnership with Flying Canoe Festival, starting at 7 pm.

Friday, February 3 is a Visual Arts Talk with David Garneau at 6 pm and Red Leather Yellow Leather Folk Lordz at 8 pm.

On Saturday, February 4, Elder Jerry Saddleback gives a Bow Making Workshop at 11 am. Closing night, starting at 7 pm, features Kendra Shorter and Skye Demas.

All of the events are held at La Cité Francophone at 8527 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91st Street), Edmonton.

Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts is a professional Aboriginal theatre and performing arts organization based in Edmonton, Alberta. It was co-founded in 2009 by Ryan Cunningham and Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, both Aboriginal (Métis) from Edmonton.

 

Winter Solstice 2016

On December 14, we celebrated Winter Solstice with UAlberta North. It was both humbling and inspiring to hear all the achievements Director Roger Epp, listed in his talk—and to realize that many of them are our authors and collaborators.

As neighbours and partners of UAlberta North, we have experienced the benefit of their work through the wonderful conversations we have had about research in the north and in the new friends we have made among scholars of the north. Roger Epp’s work as liaison and acquisitions editor for northern research and topics has been invaluable.

A few years ago, the University of Alberta Press launched a northern imprint. Polynya Press is moving at full speed, with three books already in the imprint and more on the way. A quick glance at the editors and contributors to these publications—Idioms of Sámi Health and Healing (Barbara Miller), Care, Cooperation and Activism in Canada’s Northern Social Economy (Frances Abele and Chris Southcott), and Imagining the Supernatural North (Eleanor Barraclough, Danielle Marie Cudmore, and Stefan Donecker) shows how UAlberta Press’ reach and influence extends throughout the circumpolar north how our author base to includes authors from around the world who write on northern subjects from other perspectives and other institutions.

What stands out about these titles is the correspondence with the northern themes that UAlberta has been pursuing. This correspondence confirms that Polynya Press is charting the future of northern studies alongside UAblerta North.

The University of Alberta Press and its northern imprint, like UAlberta North, is flourishing and set for even greater things. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate these achievements alongside those of our colleagues.

Some of the highlights of Roger’s talk at Winter Solstice included:

Peter Midgley with files from Roger Epp.

 

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Farm Workers in Western Canada: Edmonton Launch

The Edmonton launch for Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activism gave key individuals an opportunity to acknowledge many years of striving to ensure that Charter rights are enforced for Alberta farm workers.

There were many key attendees from government, the activist community, labour policy organizations, media, and publishing. It was a particular pleasure to welcome:

  • Christina Gray, Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal. December marks the one-year anniversary of the Alberta’s government’s work on Bill 6: The Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act.
  • David Swann, Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party, MLA, and long-time supporter of this human rights issue.
  • Darlene Dunlop and Eric Musekamp, advocates and activists who have spearheaded this conversation for over a decade, at great personal cost.
  • Bob Barnetson, professor of labour relations at Athabasca University and co-editor, with Shirley McDonald, of the book.
  • Zane Hamm, an Edmonton contributor to Farm Workers in Western Canada.

It was an honour to be in the room with these strenuous advocates for workers’ rights in Alberta—to hear their stories and learn why they were inspired to do this work.

We know that the information and stories in Farm Workers in Western Canada will reach an important audience, from farm workers to employers to policy makers. In the book, key issues are covered in depth, with accuracy, and for posterity. The launch at The Common, organized by Dr. Swann and his staff, was a great start to letting people know where they can go for this information.

 

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“One Child Reading” Launch

On September 30, 2016 the School of Library and Information Studies and the University of Alberta Press celebrated the release of Dr. Margaret Mackey’s book One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography. The guests gathered in Henderson Hall (Rutherford South at the University of Alberta) enjoyed the speeches and presentations by Linda Cameron, Heide Blackmore, and Margaret herself.

We’d like to share Heide’s speech here, which is a great overview of the book. Who wouldn’t want to read One Child Reading after hearing her speak?

For all of my remembered life I have been a reader. Riding in tandem has been an ongoing curiosity about readers and especially their pleasure-reading preferences.

Some two decades ago I met Margaret by auditing her course on reading at the School of Library and Information Science, and I have been learning from her ever since.

And so it is my particular delight to be here to celebrate the publication of her latest book, One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography.

So then here is one reader (me) reading about one child reading. Well, this reader likes:
– first person narratives—TICK
– complex situations—TICK
– suspense—hmm, oddly enough—TICK
– a nice fat book—TICK!

This book is thick, it’s heavy—I love the soft colours of the cover, the weight and shape of the book in my hands, the restful layout, the lovely font, the white space, the smooth feel of the paper—it’s a full body treat; it even fits precisely into my arm. Kudos to the craftsmanship of the folks at the U of A Press for creating a physical object that perfectly embodies one of Margaret’s themes—namely that reading is grounded in the physical, local, and personal. Great job!

It was a surprise to me how little overlap there is between my childhood reading and that of the young Margaret, and yet I frequently found myself staring into the distance as warm memories surfaced of similar early reading experiences. And so I was happy to follow the paths and note the landmarks [one of the metaphors that shapes the book] in the young Margaret’s world, certain that new awareness—both general and personal—was in store for me from Margaret’s examples and analysis.

Close on the heels of that pleasure was the intellectual workout this book offered me—I don’t remember the last time I had to skip so many words because I was in such a rush to keep reading to discover the next theory or insight. Of course, I had to go back since the meaning rests in the words!

This book is an astonishing accomplishment—a self-disciplined scholar applying a courteous detachment—carefully examines the reader she knows best, in order that her readers can learn not about her, but about themselves.

You do write beautifully, Margaret.

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“a brand new world” – Email from an author

What a start to the new year! Inquiries from a curious author, published with permission and with no compensation:

Hello Monika,

Here’s to a spanking brand-new to you. And a city sparkling with snow.

I write happily to report that I will be in Edmonton on April 17 with a new poetry book, departures, and I’m thinking how good it would be to drop by the Press offices and make a supreme nuisance of myself. Those folks at UofA Press, they’ve had an entirely too serene time of it, I tell myself, and I have resolved first chance I get to improve their lamentable state.

Also to ask . . . oh yes, she says to herself, says Monika Igali, it was too much to suppose Cooley would be satisfied being a simple bother . . . there’s something. Monika Igali braces for what’s coming. She knows what’s coming. She knows he will ask does she know when The Home Place will be out. No, says Monika Igali, I don’t know when it will be out. I told you last time: there’s lots to do yet. It will be out when it’s out. I know you are going to Trier and you are giddy about taking the book with you. And we will gladly send it with you if it’s out by then. In the meantime . . . quit harassing us.

Ok, says Cooley. That’s what he thought. He didn’t want to cause any consternation, he was merely prompted by the thoughts of Trier. The thoughts of beer and sausage addled him and he lost all sense of proportion and propriety.

Chagrined, he clings to a small hope. He measures his chances of a friendly greeting in April.

Hope you and the year are humming with satisfaction.

yours,
dennis

Thank yo9781772121193u for this, Dennis! We are looking forward to seeing you during the Edmonton Poetry Festival, especially at the Literary Cocktails on April 20 at the Faculty Club. No promises, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had your book hot off the press by then?

 

“Apartheid in Palestine” Launch

Apartheid in Palestine had a special launch on January 28, 2016 in Edmonton. It brought together many groups to converse about occupation, displacement, colonization, and apartheid.Book Cover

The volume editor, Ghada Ageel, gave a passionate and informative talk, drawing on her family’s three-generation experience of living in a camp in Gaza. She told the story of how the book came to be and why it was important to bring many voices to the project. She then spoke about the perspective each of the fifteen contributors brought to the book, whether Palestinian or Israeli, academic or activist.

Given the international nature of the book, it was particularly good to have three other contributors at the event: Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Samar El-Bekai, and Reem Skeik.

The reception afterwards gave everyone time to talk about the ideas Ghada Ageel put forward and to celebrate her important work. Her contribution is best summarized by a comment from Ilan Pappe, Professor of History, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter:”This is an incisive anthology of scholars and activists that finally takes the conversation on Palestine a step further. This timely collection leaves behind stale and outdated paradigms and boldly offers a new one for looking at the past, the present of the future of the evergreen issue of Palestine. Its lucid structure, original contributions and above all the courageous guidance of its editor makes this book the most valuable contribution to the struggle for justice in Palestine.”

Our thanks to these organizations for their contributions to the event:

Political Science Department, University of Alberta
Middle East and Islamic Studies, University of Alberta
Faculty for Palestine/Alberta
Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism
Palestine Solidarity Network
Canada Palestine Cultural Association

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Worthy of Conversation

I went home the other night wondering if I was part of a (hypothetical) wave of anti-Jewish sentiment that was sweeping the globe.

I had mentioned that the University of Alberta Press had just published a book called Apartheid in Palestine: Hard Laws and Harder Experiences. Before the conversation even got rolling however, my acquaintance told me that we would have to agree to disagree.

Normally, I’m happy to do so. By nature and nurture and by virtue of birth order, I am generally happy to stay away from controversy and strife.

Book CoverIndeed, I am not sure how I got on my high school debate team. Perhaps it was because I could not say “no” to a friend, or the hard-charging coach. Being on the debate team was great training, however. It taught me to do my research, understand the key points on each side, and engage with difficult issues, especially ones where there are no clear or easy solutions. In debate, “agreeing to disagree” does not advance our understanding of a particular problem.

My debate training made me go home thinking about how I would engage, more usefully, if the opportunity came my way again. So here are some key points about Apartheid in Palestine:

  • Two scholars, experts in their fields, deemed this volume of essays worthy of publication. (That’s a key tenet in scholarly publishing.)
  • The contributors to Apartheid in Palestine come from a variety of ethnicities, cultures, and nations—including Israeli and Palestinian.
  • The U of A Press has published all manner of voices, many of which could be deemed to lie outside the mainstream: Jewish, native, women, and poets (who can be the biggest rabble-rousers of all). As ever, our goal is engage in ideas and start conversations.

All manner of injustices are experienced in the world: here at home, in war zones, and in refugee camps. I think we should talk about all of them, and listen with empathy to points made on all sides. With passion, yes, but also with understanding and openness.

If you want to engage in conversation with us and Ghada Ageel, the Edmonton book launch for Apartheid in Palestine is on January 28, 2016 from 3:30 to 6 pm at the H.M. Tory Building, B-87. All are welcome.