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    Sanctioned Ignorance: The Politics of Knowledge Production and the Teaching of the Literatures of Canada

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    The Remarkable Chester Ronning: Proud Son of China

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    Just Getting Started: Edmonton Public Library’s First 100 Years, 1913-2013

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    Shy: An Anthology

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    Naomi K. Lewis & Rona Altrows, Editors

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    The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem

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    At the limit of breath: Poems on the films of Jean-Luc Godard

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    Boom and Bust Again: Policy Challenges for a Commodity-Based Economy

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    David L. Ryan, Editor

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    Ethics for the Practice of Psychology in Canada, Revised and Expanded Edition

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    Derek Truscott & Kenneth H. Crook

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    Métis in Canada: History, Identity, Law and Politics

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    Christopher Adams, Gregg Dahl & Ian Peach, Editors

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    Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book

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    The Last Temptation of Bond

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    Healing Histories

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    Travels and Tales of Miriam Green Ellis:
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    Patricia Demers

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    Disinherited Generations:

    Our Struggle to Reclaim Treaty Rights for First Nation Women and their Descendants

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    Nellie Carlson & Kathleen Steinhauer
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    James A. Chambers, Photographer

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    Game Plan: A Social History of Sport in Alberta

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    Dramatic Licence

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    Countering Displacements

    Daniel Coleman, Erin Goheen Glanville, Wafaa Hasan & Agnes Kramer-Hamstra, Editors

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    Walter C. Soderlund, Colette Brin, Lydia Miljan & Kai Hilderbrandt

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    Civilizing the Wilderness

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    Anti-Saints: The New Golden Legend of Sylvain Maréchal

    Sheila Delany

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    Imagining Ancient Women

    Annabel  Lyon

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    Douglas Barbour, Sheila E. Murphy

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    Baba’s Kitchen Medicines: 

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    Pursuing China: 

    Memoir of a Beaver Liaison Officer

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    The Grads Are Playing Tonight!:

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    Susan Brown, Jeanne Perreault, Jo-Ann Wallace & Heather Zwicker, Editors

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    Narratives of Citizenship

    Aloys  N.M.  Fleischmann, Nancy  Van Styvendale & Cody  McCarroll, Editors

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    Winter in Fireland

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    The Sasquatch at Home
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    At the Interface of Culture and Medicine

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    Retooling the Humanities

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    The Beginning of Print Culture in Athabasca Country

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    The Measure of Paris

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    Emblems of Empire: Selections from the Mactaggart Art Collection

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    Taking the Lead: Strategies and Solutions from Female Coaches

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    Ukrainian Through its Living Culture: Advanced Level Language Textbook

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    Too Bad: Sketches Toward a Self-Portrait

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    J.B. Harkin: Father of Canada’s National Parks


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    People of the Lakes: Stories of Our Van Tat Gwich’in Elders/Googwandak Nakhwach’ànjòo Van Tat Gwich’in


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    Heavy Burdens on Small Shoulders: The Labour of Pioneer Children on the Canadian Prairies

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Farm Workers’ Day and Book Launch in Calgary

Co-Editor Shirley A. McDonald and contributor Jennifer Koshan, along with MLA Dr. David Swann, organized an event to honour the many faceless/invisible/unrecognized workers whose labour puts food on our tables. A celebration of Farm Workers’ Day and the launching of Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activism in Calgary on August 21 exceeded their expectations.

Even before the scheduled start time, guests arrived and formed conversation groups for high level discussion of the issues. Several MLAs and a representative from the Premier’s office were present. There were representatives from the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). There were journalists, including Naomi Lakritz who wrote an informative article on the knowledge she gained from listening to the speakers. A reporter from CBC interviewed guests and filmed the event.

MLA Michael Connolly spoke about the challenges of getting Bill 6 through the legislative process. He remarked that at one point, with loud voices speaking against Bill 6, he wondered if he were doing the right thing in pushing the bill. Then, he looked up into the gallery and saw activists Eric Musekamp and Darlene Dunlop sitting in anticipation of the passing of Bill 6 and knew he was doing the right—and honourable—thing.

New Liberal leader David Khan spoke and assured that he would continue to put the full support of the Liberal party behind Bills 6 and 17 and ensure that Alberta farm workers would continue to benefit from the protections of WCB and OHS. Doug Taylor spoke passionately about his experiences as an advocate for farm safety. His stories are embedded in Naomi Lakritz’s article, where you can read about pigs that got better treatment than workers.

Darlene Dunlop and Eric Musekamp spoke. As always, they were articulate and moving. Anelyse Weiler reported on a recent incident at a farm where a temporary foreign worker died from smoke from the fires in the region (border of Washington).

Shirley McDonald and Jennifer Koshan have already arranged to hold Farm Workers’ Day next year, once again in the Faculty of Law lounge at the University of Calgary. The event will continue to promote this important volume and promote further high level discussions of the issues.

Be sure to read the Vancouver Sun review of Farm Workers in Western Canada and this article in the Work of Arts blog (University of Alberta). The University of Alberta Press has also created a book trailer featuring the struggles of farm workers and the book. There were two other book launches in Edmonton and Kelowna.

 

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“Remembering Air India” launches in Toronto and Hamilton

Editors Chandrima Chakraborty, Amber Dean and Angela Failler launched their new collection, Remembering Air India: The Art of Public Mourning in Toronto on September 14th and in Hamilton on September 15th, 2017.

Anjula Gogia of Another Story Bookshop of Toronto introduced the presenters: contributors Elan Marchinko (York University) and Renee Sarojini Saklikar (Surrey Poet Laureate). There were also video clips from Lata Pada’s dance performance “Revealed By Fire,” a stunning image of which is featured on the book’s cover. The Hamilton event, introduced by Kerry Cranston-Reimer of Bryan Prince Bookseller also included these same contributors to the book, with an introduction by Rob Alexander, who lost his father in the bombing of Air India Flight 182, and Khursheed Ahmed, of the South Asian Heritage Association of Hamilton and Region.

The Editors introduced the book and the speakers, and were delighted by the huge show of interest in the book. They were also deeply honoured to have a number of family members and friends who lost loved ones aboard Flight 182 in attendance. “As editors of Remembering Air India we would like to begin by acknowledging those who lost their lives to the Air India bombings of 1985, and the family members, friends and loved ones who continue to mourn their loss,” Chandrima Chakraborty said in her opening remarks. “This book is a collaborative attempt to share in that mourning, by remembering this little-known or hazily remembered event in Canadian public memory.”

Both of these launches also aimed to give audiences a sampling of the book’s unique combination of creative and critical/scholarly work. ”Remembering Air India is somewhat unique, as scholarly books go,” co-editor Amber Dean explained in her opening remarks, “because it includes reprints of the creative works that the scholars in the book write about.” The book features fiction by Padma Viswanathan and Bharati Mukherjee, poetry by Uma Parameswaran and Renee Saklikar, paintings by Deon Venter, and photographs and artist’s statements from a film by Eisha Marjara and a dance performance by Lata Pada, alongside a critical introduction and essays by Angela Failler, Amber Dean, Maya Seshia, Cassel Busse, Elan Marchinko and Chandrima Chakraborty. The book also reprints the text of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2010 apology to the Air India families and Dr. Sherene Razack’s expert testimony given at the Air India Public Inquiry, and includes short, candid commentaries by Rita Dhamoon, Sherene Razack, Karen Sharma, Teresa Hubel, and Suvir Kaul.

The co-editors gratefully acknowledge the support and sponsorship of the Women’s and Gender Studies Institute (University of Toronto), the Department of English and Cultural Studies and the Graduate Program in Gender Studies and Feminist Research (McMaster University), Another Story Bookshop (Toronto) and Bryan Prince Bookseller (Hamilton), the South Asian Heritage Association of Hamilton and Region, along with the University of Alberta Press and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Darryl Raymaker Launches Trudeau’s Tango in Calgary

June 14, 2017 was an auspicious day for Darryl Raymaker’s launch of Trudeau’s Tango: Alberta Meets Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968–1972. The sun shone as some 200 guests shared a celebratory evening at The Ranchmen’s Club.

The room was full and Darryl was in fine form, with daughter Nicole and son Derek there to help mark his achievement. Son Patrick prepared a terrific slideshow for the event, which was appreciated by the crowd.

We were all thinking of Darryl’s wife, Pat, who passed away this spring. Darryl dedicated the book to her: “To the memory of my wife Pat (1944–2017), for her unswerving loyalty, support, and wise counsel through our arduous but happy and fascinating fifty years of adventures as Alberta Liberals.”

The staff of the University of Alberta Press wishes to express their appreciation for everyone’s support of the event and of the book.

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Congress 2017

Ryerson University hosted this year’s Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Registration and Expo was in the historic Maple Leaf Gardens in what seemed like the busiest part of Toronto. This year’s record-breaking attendance was more than 10,000!

The University of Alberta Press worked with Athabasca University Press and the University of Calgary Press again this year to provide a combined display of books under the banner of the University Presses of Alberta. Thank you for another week of great partnership.

Our theme this year was “Our Future Library”, and our quest for the best books of the next 150 years produced titles such as Non/Sense: Decoding Fake NewsThe Death of the Title and This Bloody Hectare. 

Our Director, Linda Cameron, is retiring at the end of August and as a going away present, we created a book that has all the book covers she worked on during her 16 years at UAP. We took the book with us so that colleagues all over the country could convey their good wishes to Linda, who has been has been an active and effective member of the publishing community for decades. Thank you all who stopped by to sign this wonderful memento.

After an exhilarating and exhausting week in Toronto, we are looking forward to Congress 2018 in Regina.

A Reception in Honour of Linda Cameron

Some time ago, University of Alberta Press Director Linda Cameron announced her plans to retire at the end of August 2017, and despite her objections to a big celebratory party, her colleagues organized a reception on May 11.

Co-workers, authors, friends and family members arrived in large numbers, and the Saskatchewan Room in the Faculty Club filled up quickly. Colourful banners of book covers stood around the room, a slideshow of photos played in the background, and copies of recent books were on display.  Jerome Martin, a fellow publisher and a dear friend of UAP, played the piano for much of the afternoon, receiving many compliments.

The program was opened by Gerald Beasley, Vice-Provost & Chief Librarian, followed by a few words from Derek Truscott, UAP Author and past-Press Committee chair. Linda wrapped up the program, using this opportunity to promote the Press once again.

Excerpts from Derek’s speech capture not just how Linda conducted business, but also touch on academic publishing:

I have had the privilege and pleasure of knowing Linda for some 15 years. I had submitted a proposal to the U of A Press for my first book and a little while later received a phone call from Linda. She had a way of explaining to me that no publisher would possibly take on a book by a new author based solely on a proposal. She offered no evasive banalities or needless cruelties. In fact, Linda was so reasonable I simply got off the phone and set about to write my manuscript.

A few years later the Press published that book, and it was the beginning of a beautiful relationship that included my being invited to be a part of the Press Committee.

Many here have worked with a variety of publishers and I feel confident that you share my appraisal of the U of A Press as unique in the publishing world. Yes, the Press consistently produces beautiful books of exceptional merit, but it does so while treating all the people involved as valued individuals. I can honestly say that I have not experienced anything like it anywhere else. And Linda is responsible.

Now Linda is quick to attribute the success of the Press to the exceptional staff and authors with whom she works. And I know she means it. And I know it’s true. After all…I’m an author who works with her. However, I also know that the most robust indicator of the quality of a person is the quality of the people who gather around them.

So Linda, I might invite you to consider taking a moment to think about the people who are here today—and those who are unable to be here—and perhaps just bask a bit in what that says about you.

Now, how someone—even someone as capable as Linda—is able to direct an academic publisher so successfully for so many years is a mystery. I have come to be fascinated with endeavours that flourish over the long term—athletes, artists, programs, businesses. We have all witnessed the collapse of worthwhile undertakings due to any number of negative influences or events. And when they do their fragility is so evident, their fundamentally ephemeral nature revealed.

This is what makes Linda’s accomplishments even that much more remarkable. She has nurtured good ideas and kept them alive for a quarter of a century. This is as praiseworthy as it is exceptional. How has she done it?

And now we have the chance to ask Linda­, “Why us? Why has the U of A Press thrived under your directorship?”

And I imagine Linda pausing, making sure she has our attention, and saying, “Children, there are only three simple rules to academic publishing.” We all lean in expectantly. “Unfortunately, no one has the slightest idea what they are.”

Linda, you have made a difference that will be remembered for a very long time.

– Derek Truscott

Thank you to the organizers, especially Cathie Crooks and Diane Schaub who worked on this event behind the scenes. And thank you all for coming and making this event a memorable one!

If you are in the neighbourhood of Ring House 2, please stop by and sign “The Book” for Linda, which includes the covers of all the books that UAP published under her leadership.

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2017 International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba

Back in February, I had a chance to attend the 26th International Book Fair in Havana. A last minute opportunity presented itself and I was able to spend a few hours at the historic San Carlos de la Cabana Fortress.

This year’s guest country of honour was Canada with two exhibition rooms: one to display books and feature authors, and another one to hold events and show images from the Canada-Cuba Co-operation of the last 70 years. There was a line up at the Canadian book display space with a guard to make sure that there weren’t too many people in at the same time. There were line-ups at various tents that sold books. There were food fairs, markets selling crafts, and even ‘amusement parks’ for children to play.

I have never been to an international book fair and was taken aback by how busy this one was. My only experience has been with expos at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and they did not prepare me for the amount of people lining up to get into this fair. A long line of people marching non-stop to get in! It was such an inspiring experience to see many people attending, most of them young. Having our books displayed to a different culture was wonderful to see.

36 countries, 162 authors, 86 foreign exhibitors, plus 58 publishers and hundreds of authors from Cuba participated in the 10-day-long fair that began with a tour of the country on February 19 and ended on April 16 in the province of Santiago de Cuba.

A real celebration of reading!

 

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Literary Cocktails 2017

The University of Alberta Press celebrated another successful Literary Cocktails as part of the Edmonton Poetry Festival. Our director, Linda Cameron, emceed the event that featured five superb readers. An audience of more than 80 enjoyed readings from Rising Abruptly [Gisèle Villeneuve], Listen. If [Douglas Barbour], Little Wildheart [Micheline Maylor], Believing is not the same as Being Saved [Lisa Martin], and Nuala [Kimmy Beach], all part of the Robert Kroetsch Series.

We’d like to thank:

  • the Poetry Festival for providing the sound system
  • Audreys for selling books
  • Jerome Martin for playing the piano
  • the Faculty Club for the wonderful food and venue
  • and to all of those who attended, making this event what it is!

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Hope to see all of you again next year!