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Judy Dunlop Wins Indexing Award for Her Work on “One Child Reading”

The University of Alberta Press would like to congratulate indexer Judy Dunlop for winning the 2017 Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award for her work on Margaret Mackey’s One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography

The ISC/SCI Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award is presented each year to an individual who has created an index that demonstrates outstanding expertise, the ability to analyze complex text and the ability to design an index that significantly enhances reader use of the text.

One Child Reading is a unique and fascinating examination of reading and literacy development. Author Margaret Mackey revisits the things she read, viewed, listened to and wrote as she grew up in the 1950s and 1960s in Newfoundland. Her reading included school texts, knitting patterns, musical scores, games, church bulletins, family magazines and hundreds of books. In One Child Reading, Mackey weaves her growing literacy and social consciousness with the books of her childhood and youth and the history of the time and place.

The indexer’s challenge was to combine in one comprehensive, cohesive index the three aspects of the book: the author’s memories, the theoretical discussion and the analysis of specific texts. In addition to standard terminology to cover off the biographical details, the indexer had to incorporate the sometimes unique terms the author created for the textual criticism and social analysis. As one judge noted, “This is an indexer who’s not afraid to directly express the language of the text … and also to use some ingenuity in handling sections like the distinction between a subject in theory vs. its relation to the author’s life.” Said another, “The index is wonderfully fulsome and narrative, and brief and concise—quite a feat.”  “There are some lovely discoverables in this index,” said the third. The author herself was “awestruck” by the “sensitivity of [the indexer’s] reading.”

Judy Dunlop is a freelance indexer residing in Edmonton, Alberta. She holds an MA in English and an MEd in Secondary English. Judy specializes in indexes for scholarly works in the humanities and social sciences. Judy is a member of both the Indexing Society of Canada and the American Society for Indexing.

Awards and Bestsellers!

This Spring has been very good to the University of Alberta Press and to our authors. The expected warm weather with sunshine and green grass did not arrive, but the news of winning and shortlisted book and of bestsellers sure made us smile!

100 Days [Juliane Okot Bitek] won not just one, but two design awards in the AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show in the Poetry and in the Jackets & Covers category. Book and cover design by Alan Brownoff. It is also on the shortlist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize along with Sleeping in Tall Grass by Richard Therrien.

100 Days [Juliane Okot Bitek] is also on the Pat Lowther Memorial Award shortlist.

Ten Canadian Writers in Context [Marie Carrière, Curtis Gillespie and Jason Purcell, Editors] is a Silver medal winner of the Independent Publisher Awards‘s Anthology category.

Three UAP books made it to the Finalist lists of the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Farm Workers in Western Canada [Shirley A. McDonald and Bob Barnetson, Editors] in the Political Science category, 100 Days [Juliane Okot Bitek] in the Poetry category, and Crow Never Dies [Larry Frolick] in the Adventure & Recreation category.

Rising Abruptly [Gisèle Villeneuve] is shortlisted for the Writers’s Guild of Alberta‘s Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction, and one of her short stories is on the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story shortlist. Rising Abruptly is also on the longlist of the Edmonton Public Library’s Alberta Readers’ Choice Award.

We had many books on the Edmonton’s Bestsellers list this Spring. In March, our books topped both the Fiction – Nuala [Kimmy Beach] and the Non-Fiction – The Burgess Shale [Margaret Atwood] lists.

On April 02, Believing is not the same as Being Saved [Lisa Martin] was # 1 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, and next week Nuala [Kimmy Beach] was# 2 on Saskatoon Fiction Bestsellers list.

We are closing April with having 5 of our books that were featured at Literary Cocktails, on the Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list:

#3 Little Wildheart [Micheline Maylor
#4 Believing is not the same as Being Saved [Lisa Martin]
#5 Rising Abruptly [Gisèle Villeneuve]
#7 Nuala [Kimmy Beach]
#8 Listen. If [Douglas Barbour]

Eden Robinson Among 2016 Writers’ Trust Prize winners

writers_trust_compositeI am delighted to inform you that “Eden Robinson was honoured for her contributions to Canadian literature with the $25,000 Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award. Robinson is the author of two novels, including the iconic book Monkey Beach and a short story collection. She will release a new novel, Son of a Trickster, in 2017.”

We worked with Eden a number of years (2011/12) ago when she was the Canadian Literature Centre / Centre de littérature canadienne Kriesel Lecture guest lecturer and we subsequently published her lecture titled, The Sasquatch at Home: Traditional Protocols & Modern Storytelling.

Eden has enthusiastically committed to participate in the “Writing Stick: Sharing Indigenous Stories” conference we are planning with our partners, the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, the Edmonton Public Library, UAlberta North and most recently, the City of Edmonton.

BPAA Conference and Gala 2016

The annual Book Publishers Association of Alberta Conference and Awards celebration was held in Calgary’s Hotel Arts, which provided an inspiring backdrop for three days of activity.

The conference was filled with interesting and instructive presentations by publishers, writers, librarians, funders, and even a film producer who told the audience that he was looking for “untold and unbelievable” stories to develop. Sharing information is a powerful tool in the constantly changing business of publishing.

The Awards celebration started out with Will Ferguson’s fabulous and funny keynote speech that left the audience wanting more. Fred Stenson kept the program moving. And the food was truly excellent.

The University of Alberta Press came away with two awards. Standard candles by Alice Major won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry and Street Sex Work and Canadian Cities by Shawna Ferris won the Book of the Year in the Scholarly and Academic category.

Here is what the jurors had to say about our books:

Robert Koetsch Award for Poetry

The jury was impressed by the design quality and promotional efforts of all the entries this year, and was encouraged by the high bar that was set. They were unanimous not only on 9781772120912_largethe winner but on the runner up as well. Above and beyond the design and promotion, what set the top two books apart was the quality of the writing. However, this book was the clear winner, given the depth and breadth of its subject matter as well as the exceptional writing. It is an intricate weaving of complex scientific theory with the stuff of everyday human existence in a voice that is thoughtful, wry, and deeply compassionate. The publisher is to be congratulated on the success of the design and on their strong and effective promotional efforts. A solid team effort to publish an exceptional book of poetry.

Scholarly and Academic

This book is a groundbreaking look at the issue of prostitution in Canada’s urban centers. 9781772120059_largeIt is of particular relevance given the national inquiry into murdered and missing Aboriginal women. The author is to be commended for incorporating the voices of individuals in the sex trade, and for shining light on the vulnerability of sex workers. The book challenges the traditional mores of Canadian society, and will serve as an important reference work for social workers, law makers and law enforcers, as well as educators. The publisher is to be commended for its work in publishing this seminal study.

Congratulations to Alice and Shawna, and to all who were involved in publishing these great books!

A big thank you goes to the BPAA, especially Kieran Leblanc, Tyler Mudrey, Glenn Rollans, and the Professional Development Committee for organizing such a great event. It couldn’t have happened without a host of funders and sponsors: Alberta Media Fund, Canada Council, Department of Canadian Heritage, Access Copyright Foundation, Calgary Arts Development, the City of Calgary, the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Arts Council, Friesens, Houghton Boston, Marquis, and MNP LPP.

See you all next year!

 

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Awards, Awards, and More Awards

We are happy to report that we must post a follow up to our previous blogs about awards given to UAP books in 2016. Not long after hitting the “Publish” button, we got the news that Shawna Ferris’s Street Sex Work and Canadian Cities was the winner of the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book in the Manitoba Book Awards.

Jan Selman & Jane Heather, authors of Theatre, Teens, Sex Ed, won the Patrick O’Neill Award from The Canadian Association for Theatre Research.

Our submission to the inaugural Western Canadian Jewish Book Awards was successful, with Ella Zeltserman winning the Betty Averbach Foundation Prize for her poetry collection, small things left behind

Alan Brownoff brought home two more design awards, this time from the New York Book Show: A Canadian Girl in South Africa was chosen in the Professional & Reference category; while Trying Again to Stop Time was selected in the General Trade category.

The Independent Publisher Book Awards rewarded two of our books: Why Grow Here by Kathryn Chase Merrett won Gold in Canada West – Best Regional Non-Fiction category, and A Year of Days by Myrl Coulter won Bronze in the Essay/Creative Non-Fiction category.

Looking ahead, several University of Alberta Press titles are shortlisted in the Alberta Book Publishing Awards. The winners will be announced at the conference in Calgary in September.

Congratulations to all who had a part in creating these award-winning books!

See a complete listings of awards on our website.

Award winners

2015 Tom Fairley Award Winner: Lesley Peterson

Each year, the Editors’ Association of Canada recognizes exceptional editors at their award ceremony, and this year, it was Lesley Peterson who won the 2015 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. She was awarded the $2,000 prize for her work on The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior: A History of Canadian Internment Camp R by Ernest Robert Zimmermann, with Michel S. Beaulieu and David K. Ratz, Editors.

The jury panel lauded Peterson’s advanced skill in managing conflicting expectations on a difficult work that blended memoir and scholarly research. “Peterson impressively demonstrates that while the work of an editor may be hidden, it can require advanced skills in tact, diligence and patience,” said one judge. “With many competing interests in the posthumous work, Peterson had to do far more than the thorough copy edit required. Peterson is patience with a capital P.”

Here is her acceptance speech, given at the annual Editors’ Association of Canada conference, which was held in Vancouver last weekend.

The energy that drove this project, from first to last, was the enduring vitality of the author, the late and much-missed Ernest Zimmermann, whose voice, even from beyond the grave, made him a kind of ghostly Pied Piper whose call it was futile to resist. I am very grateful for the privilege of answering the call on behalf of the University of Alberta Press, and for the insight and expertise of the others who helped me find the road and stay the course. These include, of course, the Zimmermann family’s chosen collaborators, David Ratz and Michel Beaulieu, former students of the author, whose familiarity with Zimmermann’s perspective and personality, not to mention his personal library, I could only envy. They also include Mary Lou Roy and Peter Midgley at the Press, who gave me from start to finish feedback, faith, focus, and—most precious of all—space and time; time in which to read and re-read, to think and re-think; space and time, above all, in which to listen attentively to the compelling music of Zimmermann’s voice as it faded in and out of range.

9781772120318To be recognized by such an expert and elite body as this—by you here—is astonishing. One of my earliest mentors, the Manitoba writer, editor, and scholar Dennis Cooley, commented once that “You can only be a writer in isolation, and you can only be a writer in community.” I believe that statement to be just as true of editing as it is of writing. This award is given to me today by the community of Canadian editors; I would like now to give it back to each of you. Thank you for all that you do to support the profession, and for the great honour of welcoming me into your midst.

Congratulations, Lesley! It is always a pleasure working with you.

 

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.