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University of Alberta Press: Awards!

Authors and staff of the University of Alberta Press have many achievements to celebrate from the first months of 2016.

Alice Major is over the moon about her book of poetry, Standard candles, being shortlisted for two awards: the League of Canadian Poets’ Raymond Souster Award and the Alberta Literary Awards’ Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry.

Jalal Barzanji is also in the running for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry for Trying Again to Stop Time.

We were delighted to see our designer, Alan Brownoff, bring home two major awards in the international AAUP Book, Jacket & Journal Show, for his work on Trying Again to Stop Time and A Canadian Girl in South Africa: A Teacher’s Experiences in the South African War, 1899–1902, by E. Maud Graham and edited by Michael Dawson, Catherine Gidney, and Susanne M. Klausen.

Arni Brownstone, author of War Paintings of the Tsuu T’ina Nation, was shortlisted for the prestigious Melva J. Dwyer Award.

Myrl Coulter, author of A Year of Days, won an Independent Publisher Book Award.

Kathryn Merrett, author of Why Grow Here: Essays on Edmonton’s Gardening History, and Myrl Coulter (A Year of Days) both won INDIEFAB Book of the Year awards.  Two other UAlberta Press authors were shortlisted in this competition: Trevor W. Harrison for Prairie Bohemian: Frank Gay’s Life in Music and Roberta Laurie for Weaving a Malawi Sunrise: A Woman, A School, A People.

Shawna Ferris, author of Street Sex Work and Canadian Cities: Resisting a Dangerous Order, was shortlisted for the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book in the Manitoba Book Awards.

And last but not least, Peter Midgley, our senior editor, was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize for Unquiet Bones (Wolsak & Wynn).

Linda Cameron, Director of the University of Alberta Press, said, “I am always proud when our books receive awards for content and design. We work with remarkable people who trust us to publish their special stories and outstanding scholarship. We commit fully to these projects and it is always rewarding to see others recognize the creators’ achievements and the UAlberta Press team’s efforts to showcase the books.”

For a complete listing of awards, see our website.

2014 Alcuin Society Award Winner, Alan Brownoff

One more feather in Alan Brownoff’s designer hat!9780888647269_large

He received Third Prize in the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada in the Prose Non-Fiction Illustrated category for Conrad Kain.

The Alcuin Society Awards is the only national competition for book design in the country, founded in 1965 by Geoffrey Spencer, with the goal of promoting a wider appreciation of beautifully produced books.

Congratulations to Alan, and to all involved in creating this award-winning book!!

“Climber’s Paradise” wins the CHA’s Clio Prize (Prairies)

Climber's ParadiseEdmonton, AB – The University of Alberta Press congratulates PearlAnn Reichwein for being awarded the Clio Prize (Prairies) from the Canadian Historical Association (CHA). The award recognizes her insightful book, Climber’s Paradise: Making Canada’s Mountain Parks, 1906–1974, as an exceptional contribution to regional history.

The citation reads:

PearlAnn Reichwein’s Climber’s Paradise: Making Canada’s Mountain Parks, 1906–1974 is a fantastic blend of leisure, environmental, and cultural history. Focusing on the Alpine Club of Canada, Professor Reichwein explores the ways the history of the club parallels and affected the development of the Rocky Mountain parks over the twentieth century. Covering topics ranging from the marketing of climbing equipment to organising opposition to hydro development in the park, she has written a book of broad appeal to twentieth century historians. In her conclusion she makes very powerful arguments about environmental history, climate change, and our relationship to nature and the mountains. The book is an exciting read and beautifully produced, integrating many images and side bars on a variety of topics, making it appealing to a broader audience than the academic market.

Reichwein says, “I am honoured to win this significant award. Being able to accept it in Ottawa, among my CHA colleagues and friends, was particularly moving as well as a reminder of the importance of heritage and cultural institutions. Writing this book relied on collections and specialists at Library Archives Canada and regional archives as well as national parks. I am also thankful to generous funders and University of Alberta Press.”

In Climber’s Paradise, Reichwein looks at the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) as a viewfinder on Canada’s changing outlook on recreation, land use and conservation, particularly in iconic western mountain parks and farther north. Canadian mountaineers stand out as intergenerational advocates of conservation and public space with deep roots amid changing times. Her extensive scholarship contributes to U of A’s Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative.PearlAnn

Reichwein also brings her own voice to Canadian mountaineering literature, combining creative non-fiction with lyrical nature writing. The book shares her personal stories of mountaineering, with an idyllic ascent up the Kiwa Glacier and Mount Wilfrid Laurier. She presents a compelling case for understanding wild places and human history as parts of a whole. Years of archival research enhanced by rare images make Climber’s Paradise a book of invaluable scholarship as well as a great read.

Other recognition for the book includes the international Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival competition Finalist, Mountain and Wilderness Literature Non Fiction, and INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist, Ecology & Environment, along with an international award for the design of the book.


About the University of Alberta Press

The University of Alberta Press publishes in the areas of biography, history, language, literature, natural history, regional interest, travel narratives and reference books. With hundreds of scholarly and trade books, UAP contributes to the intellectual and cultural life of Alberta and Canada. www.uap.ualberta.ca


About the Canadian Historical Society

Founded in 1922, the Canadian Historical Association / La Société historique du Canada is a bilingual not-for-profit and charitable association devoted to fostering the scholarly study and communication of history in Canada. It is the largest of its kind in the country. www.cha-shc.ca

PearlAnn Reichwein, Associate Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, pearlann.reichwein@ualberta.ca, 780-492-0579

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Michel Duquet, Executive Director, Canadian Historical Association
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“‘The social and cultural history of mountaineering can go far beyond the simple understanding of history as a fixed chronology of great ascents in a progressive evolution of ‘important events,’ writes Reichwein in her preface. The history of leisure and sport, she argues, can be brought together with environmental history and conservation philosophy. In this book, illustrated with rarely seen historical images, she explores how Alpine Club of Canada members helped shape the policies and sensibilities of western Canada’s mountain parks, as the Club imagined and advocated on behalf of those parks to create a climber’s paradise in the Rockies and neighbouring ranges.” Lynn Martel, Alpine Club of Canada Gazette (Vol 23. No 3), November 1, 2014

“There has been a definite need for a finely crafted book on the relationship between the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) and Canada’s Mountain Parks. Climber’s Paradise tells the tale in an exquisite manner and, in doing so, reveals much about the complex paradise of Canada’s mountaineering history and ethos…. Reichwein has certainly emerged…as one of the primary keepers of the distinctive Canadian mountaineering tradition, and Climber’s Paradise confirms yet again why this is the indubitable case.” [Full review at bit.ly/1nYxnCK] Ron Dart, Highline Magazine, October 1, 2014

Advance Praise

“At a time when civil society and environmental organizations are being vilified in the media as ‘special interest groups,’ it is important to understand the crucial roles played by the Alpine Club of Canada not only in the creation of our magnificent mountain parks but in shaping the Canadian identity.” John Bennett, Executive Director, Sierra Club Canada

“Wilderness. Symbol of nationhood. Playground. Sanctuary. Revenue source. Over the last century Canada’s mountain parks have been imagined and reimagined through a spectrum of meanings and contending desires. PearlAnn Reichwein’s history of the Alpine Club of Canada explores these incarnations and tells the fascinating stories of the people who cared fiercely for the mountains and struggled over their use and value. Just as importantly, Reichwein traces out the less visible tracks of class, race, and gender that weave through the grand narratives of adventure and conquest. This is vital reading for anyone who cares about our vanishing wild heritage.” Thomas Wharton, award-winning author of Icefields

“This is a remarkable story. It’s about how a small group of urban, middle-class, Anglo Canadians, working through the Alpine Club of Canada, sought to assert their narratives of alpinism, the environment, nation, and interpersonal relations on Canada’s western Canadian mountain parks, and the conditions they faced, the institutions they created, the political victories they achieved, and the struggles and setbacks they encountered.

Professor Reichwein tells it brilliantly, bringing both a climbers’ love of the mountains and a social historian’s critical distance and research to her subject. Her analysis is illuminated with mini-biographies of the key players, grounded in their speeches and personal correspondence resourcefully dug out of archival collections, and an extensive collection of photographs.

It’s an important contribution to the history of Canadian sport and recreation and a telling case study of volunteering, but anyone who has ever holidayed or even contemplated a hike in a mountain national park would enjoy and benefit from this book.” Bruce Kidd, University of Toronto historian and Olympian

ACP to honour Linda Cameron with President’s Award

TORONTO, ONTARIO—(April 22, 2015)—The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) is pleased to announce that Linda Cameron, Director of University of Alberta Press, will be presented with the ACP President’s Award this June. A past president of ACP, Linda is recognized for her exemplary advocacy work on behalf of Alberta and Canadian publishers, and her service on numerous boards and committees across the industry. She is currently vice-chair of eBOUND Canada.

“Linda is an outstanding advocate for Canadian writers and publishers,” said ACP President Erin Creasey. “In addition to running one of Canada’s top publishing programs at the University of Alberta Press, she is one of the industry’s most dedicated volunteers. Her thoughtfulness, business acumen, and tireless efforts for Canadian books are an inspiration to many of us in the industry. The board’s decision to honour Linda was a unanimous one, and we look forward to celebrating her achievements in June.”

Awarded annually, the President’s Award recognizes a publisher who has made a significant contribution to the Canadian publishing industry and to the ACP. The award will be presented on June 11, 2015, at the ACP’s annual banquet in Toronto.

The ACP is the national voice of Canada’s independent English-language book publishers. The ACP supports its 120 members in creating an economically sustainable Canadian-owned and -controlled publishing industry. Visit http://www.publishers.ca for more information about the association’s programs and mandate.


For further information contact:

Erin Creasey, President, erin@ecwpress.com | 416-694-3348
Carolyn Wood, Executive Director, carolyn_wood@canbook.org | 416-487-6116 x222

AAUP Recognizes UAP Designs

Two U Alberta Press books were given design nods by the prestigious award competition of AAUP in the Trade Illustrated category.

The Winning Entries Are:

Climber’s Paradise: Making Canada’s Mountain Parks, 1906-1974  by PearlAnn Reichwein and Conrad Kain: Letters from a Wandering Mountain Guide, 1906-1933  by Conrad Kain, edited by Zac Robinson.

University of Alberta Press
Designer and Production Coordinator: Alan Brownoff
Acquiring Editor: Peter Midgley
Project Editor: Mary Lou Roy

Climber's & Conrad

Congratulations to all involved in creating these award-winning books!

About the AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show:

For 50 years, the  AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show, a juried design competition, has fulfilled its mission to “honor and instruct.” Approximately 275 books and 325 jacket and cover designs were entered. 46 books and 32 jackets and covers were chosen by the jurors as the very best examples from this pool of excellent design.

UAP at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

At the beginning of November the University of Alberta Press had a booth at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. It was our first time in attendance, but their 40th annual gathering, where mountaineers from all around the world gather to watch films, exchange ideas, learn about new books, and award those in the impressive line-up that are most deserving.

And what a wonderful and successful time it was! The setting–Banff Centre–couldn’t have been more picturesque, even when the clouds were low and half of the city of Banff was engulfed in fog.

The Marketplace had a variety of vendors, offering information (CPAWS, Interpretive Guides Association, American Alpine Club, etc.), books, various climbing gear and crafts. There was a lot of interest in our books.

Climber’s Paradise: Making Canada’s Mountain Parks, 1906-1974 by PearlAnn Reichwein was one of the finalists in the Mountain & Wilderness Literature – Non-Fiction category, and Zac Robinson [Conrad Kain: Letters from a Wandering Mountain Guide, 1906-1933] gave a talk on Friday to a crowd of more than 350 people. Both authors spent some time at the UAP booth signing books on Saturday.

The Banff Centre is an environmentally friendly place, paying attention to every aspect of protecting the environment, even having a green team, who made sure that we placed our garbage in the appropriate bins.

By the last day the snow has started to fall, hiding the surrounding mountains from view and making the way back to Edmonton very challenging.

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Climber’s Paradise a Finalist in the Banff Mountain Book Competition

The 2014 Banff Mountain Book Competition was an exceptional year for quality work. Judges reviewed over 145 titles in five categories, and selected the top books in each category based on style, content, relevance, and story. Climber’s Paradise: Making Canada’s Mountain Parks, 1906-1974 is a finalist in the Mountain & Wilderness Literature – Non-Fiction category!

2014_AntlerLaurels-Finalist-BlackCover and author photo

In Climber’s Paradise, PearlAnn Reichwein looks at the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) as a viewfinder on Canada’s changing outlook on recreation, land use and conservation, particularly in iconic western mountain parks and farther north. Canadian mountaineers stand out as intergenerational advocates of conservation and public space with deep roots amid changing times. Years of archival research enhanced by many images make Climber’s Paradise a book of invaluable scholarship as well as a great read.

The category award winners will be announced in October and titles on the shortlist will be eligible for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize will be announced at The Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival during the book awards ceremony on Thursday, November 6.

Congratulations, PearlAnn!


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