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Farm Workers in Western Canada: Edmonton Launch

The Edmonton launch for Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activism gave key individuals an opportunity to acknowledge many years of striving to ensure that Charter rights are enforced for Alberta farm workers.

There were many key attendees from government, the activist community, labour policy organizations, media, and publishing. It was a particular pleasure to welcome:

  • Christina Gray, Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal. December marks the one-year anniversary of the Alberta’s government’s work on Bill 6: The Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act.
  • David Swann, Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party, MLA, and long-time supporter of this human rights issue.
  • Darlene Dunlop and Eric Musekamp, advocates and activists who have spearheaded this conversation for over a decade, at great personal cost.
  • Bob Barnetson, professor of labour relations at Athabasca University and co-editor, with Shirley McDonald, of the book.
  • Zane Hamm, an Edmonton contributor to Farm Workers in Western Canada.

It was an honour to be in the room with these strenuous advocates for workers’ rights in Alberta—to hear their stories and learn why they were inspired to do this work.

We know that the information and stories in Farm Workers in Western Canada will reach an important audience, from farm workers to employers to policy makers. In the book, key issues are covered in depth, with accuracy, and for posterity. The launch at The Common, organized by Dr. Swann and his staff, was a great start to letting people know where they can go for this information.

 

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“One Child Reading” Launch

On September 30, 2016 the School of Library and Information Studies and the University of Alberta Press celebrated the release of Dr. Margaret Mackey’s book One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography. The guests gathered in Henderson Hall (Rutherford South at the University of Alberta) enjoyed the speeches and presentations by Linda Cameron, Heide Blackmore, and Margaret herself.

We’d like to share Heide’s speech here, which is a great overview of the book. Who wouldn’t want to read One Child Reading after hearing her speak?

For all of my remembered life I have been a reader. Riding in tandem has been an ongoing curiosity about readers and especially their pleasure-reading preferences.

Some two decades ago I met Margaret by auditing her course on reading at the School of Library and Information Science, and I have been learning from her ever since.

And so it is my particular delight to be here to celebrate the publication of her latest book, One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography.

So then here is one reader (me) reading about one child reading. Well, this reader likes:
– first person narratives—TICK
– complex situations—TICK
– suspense—hmm, oddly enough—TICK
– a nice fat book—TICK!

This book is thick, it’s heavy—I love the soft colours of the cover, the weight and shape of the book in my hands, the restful layout, the lovely font, the white space, the smooth feel of the paper—it’s a full body treat; it even fits precisely into my arm. Kudos to the craftsmanship of the folks at the U of A Press for creating a physical object that perfectly embodies one of Margaret’s themes—namely that reading is grounded in the physical, local, and personal. Great job!

It was a surprise to me how little overlap there is between my childhood reading and that of the young Margaret, and yet I frequently found myself staring into the distance as warm memories surfaced of similar early reading experiences. And so I was happy to follow the paths and note the landmarks [one of the metaphors that shapes the book] in the young Margaret’s world, certain that new awareness—both general and personal—was in store for me from Margaret’s examples and analysis.

Close on the heels of that pleasure was the intellectual workout this book offered me—I don’t remember the last time I had to skip so many words because I was in such a rush to keep reading to discover the next theory or insight. Of course, I had to go back since the meaning rests in the words!

This book is an astonishing accomplishment—a self-disciplined scholar applying a courteous detachment—carefully examines the reader she knows best, in order that her readers can learn not about her, but about themselves.

You do write beautifully, Margaret.

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Ten-Ten Soiree: LitFest and the CLC Celebrate Turning Ten

The University of Alberta Press was a co-sponsor of the “Ten-Ten Soiree” at Edmonton’s LitFest. The fabulous tenth anniversary celebration was held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Latitude 53.

The event was packed, with a bevvy of special literati and guests. The more than 100 people included those who have fostered LitFest from its inception, and others who were with the Canadian Literature Centre over its ten years. We launched the CLC’s anthology of some of their Brown Bag Readings at the party: Ten Canadian Writers in Context.

Hosted by Curtis Gillespie, this was the literary event of the season, with food, wine, and much merriment. The presenters were Caterina Edwards, Marina Endicott, Alice Major, Ross King, and Charlotte Gray. They were paired with guest artists Lacey Huculak & Todd Houseman (improvisors), Vern Thiessen (playwright), Jen Mesch (dancer), Emily Storvold (painter), and Donna Durand (musician). At the mid-point of the program, Eric Schloss spoke to us about his friend, the multi-talented and much-mourned Mel Hurtig.

Fantastic food was provided by Culina Restaurants and Catering and Duchess Bake Shop.

A silent auction featured 10 different themes, including literary magazines, historic Edmonton, indigenous writers, sports, and theatre arts. The bidding was lively! Our thanks to the many organizations, individuals, and businesses who donated items for the auction.

Enjoy the photos from the night, courtesy of Jack Bawden and UAP staff.

 

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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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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.

 

Literary Cocktails 2016

Literary Cocktails proved to be a very popular event, yet again! Last year we moved from the cozy Papaschase Room of the Faculty Club to the elegant and spacious Winspear Room with its wonderful view of the river valley.

With the early arrival of Spring, there must have been something in the air to enhance the magic of poetry. The three readers and the collections couldn’t have been more different, yet they worked remarkably well together. From stars to molecules, from Uganda to the Canadian Prairies, from homelessness to genocide, many topics were covered and emotions ran high. Anger, sadness, hope, and the beauty of images and words took listeners from high to low to high again.

Thank you, Alice Major [Standard candles], Richard Therrien [Sleeping in Tall Grass], and Juliane Okot Bitek [100 Days] for sharing your poetry, and Dennis Cooley [The Home Place] for emceeing the event.

A big thank you goes out to John Acorn, who provided a brilliant sound system; the Faculty Club for the wonderful food; and particularly all of those who joined us this year to celebrate with us and support the Edmonton Poetry Festival. (We missed Jerome Martin and Ted Bishop, our musicians, who couldn’t make it. We’ll catch them for next year!)

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Second Edition of “Grant Notley” Hard at Work

The Federal NDP Convention was held in Edmonton at the Shaw Conference Centre. 800 delegates from around the country attended, and we were fortunate to get a table to sell Grant Notley: The Social Conscience of Alberta, Second Edition. Author Howard Leeson joined me at the table to sign copies. Here are his comments about the event.

At the federal NDP convention in Edmonton in early April a number of people who had worked with Grant Notley–former Leader of the Official Opposition and father of the present Premier of Alberta, Rachel Notley–got together for a mini reunion. The reunion resulted from the sale of a new edition of the book on Mr. Notley. Many New Democrats at the convention were interested in the history of Mr. Notley’s involvement in Alberta politics and were happy to buy the book. All royalties from the book are going to the Grant Notley scholarship at the University of Alberta.

Bill Dryden – Provincial Secretary of the NDP in Alberta in 1972 and 1973. Later, Chief of Staff to Grant Notley in 1984. David Elliott – Provincial organizer for the NDP in Alberta from 1973 to 1975. Ede Leeson – worked with the Alberta NDP from 1970 to 1977, as a Calgary organizer, convention organizer, and Provincial Council member. Howard Leeson – first executive assistant to Grant Notley in the legislature, provincial secretary for the NDP in Alberta from 1973 to 1975, provincial president from 1975 to 1979, and author of the book. Ted Chudyk – worked with Grant Notley from 1968 to 1971 as a fundraiser and close friend and figures prominently in the book. Reg Basken – Provincial Treasurer for the Alberta NDP during the 1970s and longtime member of the NDP.

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Read an article from the University of Regina, where Howard taught Political Science.