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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.

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Designer and Production Coordinator: Alan Brownoff
Acquiring Editor: Peter Midgley
Project Editor: Mary Lou Roy

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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!

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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!

The Peace-Athabasca Delta Shortlisted for the Lane Anderson Award

We are happy to announce that The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem by Kevin P. Timoney has been shortlisted for the 2013 Lane Anderson Award. The Lane Anderson Award honours the very best science writing in Canada today, both in the adult and young reader categories. The author of the top book in each category receives $10,000, so you can imagine how hard we are rooting for Kevin to win! The winners will be announced at an event in Toronto in September 2014.

Two three-person jury panels drawn from Canadian academic, publishing, creative, and institutional fields determine the shortlist. Our congratulations to Kevin and to the other finalists: The Oil Man and the Sea by Arno Kopecky (Douglas & McIntyre) and Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide by Simone Hébert Allard (Turnstone Press).

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UAP Author on Whirlwind Award and Conference Presentation Tour

Geo Takach, author of UAP’s international award-winning Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up?, won the Distinguished Qualitative Dissertation Award (Category A, Experimental) from the prestigious International Center for Qualitative Research based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May for his doctoral work at the University of Calgary. The award recognizes, among other aspects, “exemplary qualitative research methodologies and practices in new fields of study, and in policy arenas involving issues of social justice.” The eminent jury called Geo’s methodology “innovative and purposeful” and praised his “exciting combination of cultural and interpretive elements to illustrate many nuances of ecological citizenship” in examining how Alberta’s identity is constructed and contested in documentary films and advocacy videos rooted in environmental concerns around the extraction of the bituminous (‘tar’/‘oil’) sands.

After highlighting his research in an address at the awards ceremony capping the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, a conference attended by 1300 delegates from 70 nations, Geo travelled to the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON. There, he delivered five different presentations (including a screening of his latest short documentary film, Voices from the Visual Volley, which premiered at InSight2: Engaging the Health Humanities, an international, juried exhibition at the Fine Arts Building Gallery at the U of A last year) to three scholarly organizations (the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, the Film Studies Association of Canada, and the Canadian Communication Association) in four days.

Getting dizzy just thinking about all that Geo has been up to lately… Congratulations, Geo!

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IPPY Award Winners!

The Independent Publisher Book Awards honour the year’s best independently published titles from around the world. Winners have been chosen from some 4000 entries this year, and two UAP books are among them!

Kevin Timoney’s The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem won Gold in the Canada-West, Best Regional Non-Fiction category. Shy: An Anthology, edited by Naomi Lewis & Rona Altrows, won Silver in the National Category for anthologies.

Rona Altrows, co-editor of Shy, went to New York to represent the anthology at the awards ceremony in New York on May 29. It was an excellent experience.

Congratulations to all!

Alberta Book Awards 2014

The Alberta Book Awards at the Palliser Hotel last Friday brought out many Alberta writers and publishers, all dressed up for a time of fellowship and celebration. So many fine books nominated! We felt for the jurors making the tough choices; we cheered for each winner.

The University of Alberta Press and its authors brought home two awards this year: Scholarly Book for Peace-Athabasca Delta (Kevin Timoney) and Trade Non-Fiction Book for Disinherited Generations (Nellie Carlson and Kathleen Steinhauer, as told to Linda Goyette).

It was particularly sweet to see our poet Paul Zits take home the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for his remarkable work, Massacre Street.

John King’s work with the publishing community in Alberta, and long-time service with the University of Calgary Press, was recognized with a lifetime achievement award.

Keynote speaker Donna McElligott of the CBC shares our love of the physical book and expressed it beautifully in an impassioned and intelligent talk.

For us, the sweetest moment of the entire evening was applauding the presentation of the Golden Pen Award to the talented, generous, and delightful Alice Major. We have been honoured to publish four of her publications: The Occupied World, Office Tower Tales, Memory’s Daughter, and Intersecting Sets.

Our thanks to the many people who made the book awards possible this year, with a special shout-out to Kieran Leblanc and Donna White of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta and the good folk at the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

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