• Hot off the Press

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    Kim Anderson, Maria Campbell and Christi Belcourt, Editors

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    Nicholas Bradley

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    Alice Major

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    E.D. Blodgett

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    Heather O’Neill

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    Pirkko Markula & Marianne I. Clark, Editors

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    Inhabiting Memory in Canadian Literature / Habiter la mémoire dans la littérature canadienne

    Benjamin Authers, Maïté Snauwaert & Daniel Laforest, Editors

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    The Larger Conversation

    Tim Lilburn

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    Searching for Mary Schäffer

    Colleen Skidmore

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    Beyond “Understanding Canada”

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    Listen. If

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    Believing is not the same as Being Saved

    Lisa Martin

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    Kimmy Beach

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    Micheline Maylor

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    Farm Workers in Western Canada

    Shirley A. McDonald & Bob Barnetson, Editors

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    Surviving the Gulag

    Ilse Johansen

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    Imagining the Supernatural North

    Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough, Danielle Marie Cudmore & Stefan Donecker, Editors

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    Seeking Order in Anarchy

    Robert W. Murray, Editor

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    Care, Cooperation and Activism in Canada’s Northern Social Economy

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    Crow Never Dies

    Larry Frolick

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    Rising Abruptly

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    Ten Canadian Writers in Context

    Marie Carrière, Curtis Gillespie & Jason Purcell, Editors

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    The Woman Priest

    Sylvain Maréchal |
    Translation and Introduction by Sheila Delany

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    One Child Reading

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    The Home Place

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    dennis cooley

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    Sustainability Planning and Collaboration in Rural Canada

    Lars K. Hallström, Mary A. Beckie, Glen T. Hvenegaard & Karsten Mündel, Editors

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    Sleeping in Tall Grass

    Richard Therrien

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    Who Needs Books?

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    Apartheid in Palestine

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    100 Days

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    Unsustainable Oil

    Jon Gordon

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    Gendered Militarism in Canada

    Nancy Taber, Editor

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    A Canterbury Pilgrimage / An Italian Pilgrimage

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell & Joseph Pennell | Dave Buchanan, Editor

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    Idioms of Sámi Health and Healing

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    Weaving a Malawi Sunrise

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    Cultural Mapping and the Digital Sphere

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    The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior

    Ernest Robert Zimmermann
    Michel S. Beaulieu & David K. Ratz, Editors

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    Standard candles

    Alice Major

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    Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture

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    The Chinchaga Firestorm

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    Kathryn Chase Merrett

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    E. Maud Graham
    Michael Dawson, Catherine Gidney,
    and Susanne M. Klausen, Editors

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    Overcoming Conflicting Loyalties

     Irene Sevcik, Michael Rothery, Nancy Nason-Clark and Robert Pynn

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    Fundamentals of Public Relations and Marketing Communications in Canada

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    From the Elephant’s Back

    Lawrence Durrell
    James Gifford, Editor

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    A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance

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    Climber’s Paradise

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    Dreaming of Elsewhere

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    Will not forget both laughter and tears

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    Tomoko Mitani

    Yukari F. Meldrum, Translator

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

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    Paul Martin

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    The Remarkable Chester Ronning: Proud Son of China

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    Brian L. Evans

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

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    Todd Babiak

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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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    Kevin P. Timoney

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

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    Stephen Scobie

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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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    You Haven’t Changed a Bit, Stories

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    Astrid Blodgett

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    Massacre Street

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    Paul Zits

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    Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book

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    Lawrence Hill

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    The Last Temptation of Bond

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    Kimmy Beach

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    Recognition and Modes of Knowledge

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    Teresa G. Russo

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    Healing Histories

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    Laurie Meijers Drees

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    Travels and Tales of Miriam Green Ellis:
    Pioneer Journalist of the Canadian West

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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
    as told to Linda Goyette

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    Canada’s Constitutional Revolution

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    Barry L. Strayer

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    We Gambled Everything

    The Life and Time of an Oilman

    Arne Nielsen

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    Canadian Folk Art to 1950

    John A. Fleming & Michael J. Rowan

    James A. Chambers, Photographer

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    Game Plan: A Social History of Sport in Alberta

    Karen Wall

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    Dramatic Licence

    Louise Ladouceur
    Translator Richard Lebeau

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    Countering Displacements

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

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    Cross-Media Ownership and Democratic Practice in Canada

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

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    Civilizing the Wilderness

    A. A. den Otter

    978-0-88864-546-3


    Anti-Saints: The New Golden Legend of Sylvain Maréchal

    Sheila Delany

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    Imagining Ancient Women

    Annabel  Lyon

    978-0-88864-629-3


    Continuations 2

    Douglas Barbour, Sheila E. Murphy

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    Baba’s Kitchen Medicines: 

    Michael Mucz

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    Pursuing China: 

    Memoir of a Beaver Liaison Officer

    Brian L. Evans

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    The Grads Are Playing Tonight!:

    The Story of the Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball Club

    M. Ann Hall

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    Alfalfa to Ivy:

    Memoir of a Harvard Medical School Dean

    Joseph B. Martin

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    Not Drowning But Waving

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

    978-0-88864-614-9


    Narratives of Citizenship

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

    978-0-88864-518-0


    Winter in Fireland

    Nicholas  Coghlan

    978-0-88864-547-0


    The Sasquatch at Home
    Traditional Protocols & Modern Storytelling


    Eden Robinson

    978-0-88864-559-3


    At the Interface of Culture and Medicine

    Earle  H.  Waugh, Olga  Szafran & Rodney  A.  Crutcher, Editors

    978-0-88864-532-6


    Apostrophes VII: Sleep, You, a Tree

    E.  D.  Blodgett

    978-0-88864-554-8


    Demeter Goes Skydiving

    Susan McCaslin

    978-0-88864-551-7


    Kat Among the Tigers

    Kath MacLean

    978-0-88864-552-4


    Retooling the Humanities

    Daniel Coleman & Smaro Kamboureli, Editors

    978-0-88864-541-8


    Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up?

    Geo Takach

    978-0-88864-543-2


    Un art de vivre par temps de catastrophe

    Dany Laferrière

    978-0-88864-553-1


    Rudy Wiebe: Collected Stories, 1955–2010

    Rudy Wiebe
    Introduction by Thomas Wharton

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    Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium

    Myrna Kostash

    978-0-88864-534-0


    The Contemporary Arab Reader on Political Islam

    Ibrahim Abu-Rabi’, Editor

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    Locating the Past / Discovering the Present: Perspectives on Religion, Culture, and Marginality

    David Gay & Stephen R. Reimer, Editor

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    “Collecting Stamps Would Have Been More Fun”: Canadian Publishing and the Correspondence of Sinclair Ross, 1933–1986

    Jordan Stouck & David Stouck, Editors

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    The Beginning of Print Culture in Athabasca Country

    Patricia Demers, Naomi McIlwraith & Dorothy Thunder, Translators

    Arok Wolvengrey, Foreword

    Patricia Demers, Introduction

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    The Measure of Paris

    Stephen Scobie

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    Emblems of Empire: Selections from the Mactaggart Art Collection

    John E. Vollmer & Jacqueline Simcox

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    Taking the Lead: Strategies and Solutions from Female Coaches

    Sheila Robertson, Editor
    Dru Marshall, Introduction

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    Ukrainian Through its Living Culture: Advanced Level Language Textbook

    Alla Nedashkivska

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    Bosnia: In the Footsteps of Gavrilo Princip

    Tony Fabijancic

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    wild horses


    rob mclennan

    978-0-88864-535-7


    Memory’s Daughter



    Alice Major

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    Too Bad: Sketches Toward a Self-Portrait

    Robert Kroetsch

    978-0-88864-537-1


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


    E. J. (Ted) Hart

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


    Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation
    Shirleen Smith

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    The rose that grew from concrete: Teaching and Learning with Disenfranchised Youth

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    Diane Wishart

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    The Meteorites of Alberta

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    Anthony  J.  Whyte / Chris Herd, Foreword

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    When Edmonton Was Young

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    Tony Cashman / Leslie Latta-Guthrie, Foreword

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

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    Sandra Rollings-Magnusson

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    Retiring the Crow Rate: A Narrative of Political Management

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    Arthur Kroeger / John  Fraser, Afterword

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Nicholas Bradley at the Battle of the Bards in Toronto

Nicholas Bradley [Rain Shadow] was invited to participate in IFOA’s 10th Annual Battle of the Bards in Toronto. Here is his account of this quick yet rewarding trip:

Hi, Monika,

After the long Easter weekend and the rush of the new week, my trip to Toronto at the end of March already seems like ancient history, but I have fond (if slightly jet-lagged) memories of the reading. The 10th Annual Battle of the Bards was held at Harbourfront Centre on a surprisingly warm and clear night. Each of the nineteen poets read for five minutes. And having been duly warned by the organizers not to run long, nearly everyone kept to the allotted time … As you can imagine, with that many writers involved, the poems ranged widely in style and subject. The readers were all impressive, and one of the best things about the evening was the impression it gave of the liveliness and diversity in Canadian poetry right now. To my ear, no two poets sounded much alike.

At dinner before the reading, I met Aaron Tucker, a poet from Toronto who, it turns out, used to live in rural B.C. I was delighted when the conversation turned to pine beetles—and I didn’t even have to bring them up!

We appeared in alphabetical order—from Stéphane Bouquet to Catriona Wright—which meant that I read second. I chose three poems from Rain Shadow—“The Beasts,” “In Praise of the Mountain Pine Beetle,” and “Cycling”—which I thought gave a good sense of what the book is about.

The day after the reading, the judges declared Paul Vermeersch the winner. Paul was entirely deserving, but all of the authors read fine, inspired (and inspiring) poems. I’m grateful to IFOA for hosting us so warmly and generously. It was a privilege to read in front of such a large and enthusiastic audience.

The rest of my time in Toronto was spent in the archives at U of T, where I perused the old letters of a few Canadian authors (who shall remain nameless). The things poets say about each other! But that’s a story for another time …

I’ll see you in Edmonton in a few weeks for Literary Cocktails.

Nick

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Alice Major Launches “Welcome to the Anthropocene”

On March 1st we launched Welcome to the Anthropocene at the University of Alberta Conservatory with great success. More than 70 eager readers gathered to celebrate Alice Major’s 11th poetry collection; they were welcomed by Sharon Morsink, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Science – Physics. Peter Midgley, Senior Editor at UAP said a few words about Alice in introduction.

Duane Froese, Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, provided a little background on the Anthropocene – what is it? How do we know we’re in it? We learned that most of the audience will have been born before the start of the Anthropocene, which may well be determined to be 1964 — when there was significant above-ground nuclear testing, with concomitant results in the Earth’s crust.

Alice’s reading was most enjoyable: she was informative, serious, and sometimes also made us laugh. After the science and poetry, there was an opportunity to step outside and take a look at the stars. Unfortunately, the moon was hiding.

A reception, book sales, and author signings followed.

There were some great media sidenotes to the launch… The event made it onto the Edmonton Journal‘s Top Ten Things to Do, Codie McLachlan took great photos to post to the Social Seen column, and Global TV sent a camera to take some footage. Finally, Welcome to the Anthropocene hit number 1 on Edmonton’s Bestsellers list on March 11 — a rare position for a book of poetry, but well deserved!

Congratulations to Alice and a large thank you to all the organizers and attendees. A special thanks goes to Audreys Books, Edmonton’s Independent Bookseller.

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Featured Reviews of “The Home Place”

“Cooley makes important use of the evolution of some of the major poems by reference to the manuscripts and typescripts of drafts and makes an especially fruitful case for Seed Catalogue.” Anne Burke, Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature


“…[The Home Place] builds a magnificent bridge across the coulee between writer and reader… Comprehensive and intense, The Home Place unpacks Kroetsch’s long poems The Ledger, Seed Catalogue and The Sad Phoenician. It dives into the very marrow of those works and accomplishes brilliant and suggestive explorations of the feints and allusions that make them great… Cooley and Kroetsch partner one another, dance with the words they both love and respect.” Aritha van Herk, Alberta Views


‘”Dennis Cooley has written a remarkable monograph on Robert Kroetsch that focuses primarily on a handful of his books of long poems.Cooley weaves an astute criticism of Kroetsch’s writing with details of Kroetsch’s private life, with an enquiry into being a writer, and with covering (and responding to) a great deal of previous Kroetsch scholarship….making for an acute study that covers an enormous critical range.” Nicole Markotić, Prairie Fire


“Cooley paints Kroetsch (1927–2011) as a Canadian Weldon Kees, as a man well known in certain circles as a celebrated writer, effuse in his friendships yet wandering much of his life and, like Odysseus, never quite sure of home…. Kroetsch had a passion for lists, for cataloging, his language catapulting emotion like the language of Gertrude Stein. One can read into his work the influence of Walt Whitman and Mark Twain, language without sentiment, crisp lines without meandering. Kroetsch’s language pulls readers into his world, where the heroes spend their time alone, repeating words, creating new meanings. Cooley’s collection reflects on the enigma of Kroetsch and the life of a poet in the 20th century. Recommended.” K. Gale, Choice Magazine


“In Cooley’s analysis, Kroetsch in his long poems is engaged with both recovering that past as well as finding how to retell it. Cooley writes, “Is he inventing, or is he recording here? . . . He was a fierce regionalist but he also was immersed in formal innovation . . . As a regionalist he understood that language gestures to the world, that it can tie us to the world, and that it is profoundly social. As a postmodernist he realized that those connections are profoundly unstable. . .” Full review. Garin Cycholl, Rain Taxi

Poetry Reading Season – Reminder!

Attention Canadian Poets!

A couple of years ago UAP started to streamline poetry submissions as manuscripts arrived in our mailbox and email boxes. We instituted a Reading Season for Poetry, which means that the submission period for manuscripts will be between September and November this year again. At the end of the Reading Season, the manuscripts will be evaluated and up to three will be selected for publication.

This might change next year by moving the timeline ahead one month. Please stayed tuned for updates in order to be considered adding your poetry collection to the Robert Kroetsch Series of Canadian creative writing!

Questions? Please contact Peter Midgley at (780) 492-7714 or pmidgley@ualberta.ca.

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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Books by their covers… or what’s a footnote for?

The University of Alberta Press has published many of Alice Major’s poetry collections; four, to be precise. The latest, Standard candles, inspired two blog posts by Alice that we’d like to share here, with her permission, of course.

Many-a-things make a book, and Alice’s reflections touch on two of the elements: footnotes and covers. She muses:

It’s a little embarrassing to be a poet who needs notes to her poems. Ten pages of them in Standard candles – good grief, Alice, are you writing poetry or an academic paper? 

And…

There’s nothing quite like the first sight of your book cover—and the artwork that a designer has chosen for it. It’s like catching an unexpected reflection in a mirror and, slightly surprised, thinking, ‘Oh! That’s me?’

We’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate Alice: Standard candles is on the League of Canadian Poet’s shortlist for the 2016 Raymond Souster Award.

Other UAP books by Alice: The Office Tower Tales, The Occupied World, Memory’s Daughter, and her non-fiction book, Intersecting Sets.

 

Alice Major will be one of the readers at our Literary Cocktails on April 20 @ 4:00 pm. Please join us at the Faculty Club, and hear poems by Juliane Okot Bitek [100 Days] and Richard Therrien [Sleeping in Tall Grass]. The event’s MC will be Dennis Cooley, who also has a new book – The Home Placethat has just been published by UAP.

Literary Cocktails 2013

It was wonderful to have many fans and friends out to celebrate with us on April 23. Literary Cocktails is the signature event of the University of Alberta Press. Once again, it took place in collaboration with the Edmonton Poetry Festival.

Literary Cocktails is the perfect occasion to launch UAP’s new fiction titles in a festive spirit — although we are still waiting for Spring! There was something for everyone: popular culture delivered by Kimmy Beach [The Last Temptation of Bond], dramatic prose from Astrid Blodgett [You Haven’t Changed a Bit], and aboriginal history via Paul Zits’s poetry [Massacre Street].

Even though the sky was grey and gloomy, we had a lovely time, led by our MC, Patricia Demers, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies here at the University of Alberta. We recently published her latest book, Travels and Tales of Miriam Green Ellis.

A wonderful dimension was added by our musician-colleagues, Jerome Martin (piano) and Ted Bishop (guitar). The event was a huge success, and we hope to see all of you again next year!

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