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Tomson Highway’s Kreisel Lecture

The Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture is the Canadian Literature Centre’s most prestigious annual public event. In 2014 we enjoyed Tomson Highway’s talk, “Understanding Each Other: the Essential Importance of Multilingualism Through the Prism of Cree, French, and English”. Well, it was a lot more than a talk; there was laughter and piano playing during the multilingual event by one of Canada’s foremost Indigenous voices, which is now available on YouTube.

The published versions of the Kreisler Lectures garner media attention every year, and this year hasn’t been different. Read a snippet of Tomson Highway words on the CBC website, or his  inimitable answers to 8 questions from Canada Reads.

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For 2015, the CLC has invited Lynn Coady, Canadian novelist, journalist and TV writer, originally from Cape Breton Island, NS. Her collection of short stories Hellgoing won the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The Kreisel Lectures are co-published by the Canadian Literature Centre and the University of Alberta Press, and Tomson Highway’s new book, A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance: Imagining Multilingualism is now available. Previous speakers in the series included, Dany Laferrière, Eden Robinson, Annabel Lion, Lawrence Hill, and Esi Edugyan.

David Halton at the Faculty Club

On March 3, 2015, David Halton launched his new book, Dispatches from the Front.

The book is a biography on the life of Matthew Halton, ’29 BA, former editor of the Gateway, foreign and war correspondent for CBC News and honorary degree recipient from the U of A. Drawn from extensive interview and archival research, this definitive biography, written by acclaimed former CBC correspondent David Halton, Matthew’s son, is a captivating portrait of the life of one of Canada’s most accomplished journalists.

As you can see, there was a full house, which included Ellen Schoeck, author of  I Was There: A Century of Alumni Stories about the University of Alberta, 1906-2006. UAP presented a copy of Sherrill Grace’s Landscapes of War and Memory to David Halton, who was looking forward to reading more about how the two world wars influenced a new generation of Canadian writers and artists.

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The evening was put together by the Alumni Association, Faculty of Arts and the University of Alberta Bookstore. Thank you for the wonderful event!

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Director’s Message, Spring 2015 Catalogue

You might have received a notice about our Spring 2015 catalogue, or received a printed copy. If not, you can download it from our website. Four titles from the catalogue are already on our bookshelves; look for them at your favourite independent bookstore.

We also had a successful and eventful 2014, winning three major awards and facing some challenges that affected the publishing world. Please read our Director’s message detailing some of these triumphs and trials.

We have cause for celebration at the Press. Our senior editor, Peter Midgley, received the Tom Fairley Award* for Editorial Excellence for his work on The Last Temptation of Bond by Kimmy Beach. Author Paul Martin was awarded the Gabrielle Roy Prize** for his book Sanctioned Ignorance: The Politics of Knowledge Production and the Teaching of the Literatures of Canada. And Kevin Timoney received the Lane Anderson Award*** for The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem.

In addition there have been design awards for excellence from the Alcuin Society, the Alberta Book Awards, and the Association of American University Presses. Congratulations to the winning authors and everyone associated with the books involved.

During all the excitement and demands of our publishing program and celebrating award-winning authors and books we have been engaged in transitioning from our old (2001–2002) enterprise-wide publishing management system to a brand new system, BooksoniX, an efficient web-based book management system. I’m happy to report the transition is progressing well and we will soon power our fresh, new website from the BooksoniX platform.

Publishing has undergone an astonishing array of changes in the past few years. Print books to eFormats, a proliferation of self-published authors entering the field, the closure of many independent booksellers, and, in Canada, a change in legislation with, among other things, the addition of fair dealing. There is reason for concern among publishers and creators that the application of a broadly defined fair dealing policy will diminish the future availability of Canadian content in course material.

At the University of Alberta Press we are seeing the effects of all the changes and particularly a broad application of fair dealing that is not, we believe, supported by the change in legislation. Books which previously enjoyed regular, wide adoption for course use have lost sales. Therefore, we are asking educators to consider carefully the material they choose for their students and to recognize that without the publishers and creators being adequately compensated for the use of the material, Canadian publishers’ ability to continue to generate the latest high quality content and make it available to Canadian students at a reasonable cost is in jeopardy.

Sincerely,

Linda D. Cameron, Director

* The Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, established in 1983 and presented annually by the Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC), recognizes the editor’s often invisible contribution to written communication.

** ACQL annually awards the Gabrielle Roy Prizes, one in English and one in French, for the best book-length studies in Canadian and Québec literary criticism.

***The Lane Anderson Award honours the very best science writing in Canada today.

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.

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CCI Press: A year later

One year ago, UAP acquired CCI Press, the publishing imprint of the Canadian Circumpolar Institute at the University of Alberta. Since then, much has been accomplished to integrate the imprint into our publishing program: administrative and production files were reviewed, metadata for the 140+ titles produced by CCI Press was created, we are digitizing the backlist, and two new titles are being prepared for publication.

As an imprint of UAP, CCI Press is mandated to publish and disseminate peer-reviewed social science, natural science, and humanities research on Canada’s Far North as well as the international circumpolar region. To that end, we have taken some significant steps:

First, we have established a specialized academic press committee for the CCI Press imprint. The committee’s responsibilities include approving proposed publications and advising UAP on emerging research directions and scholarly publication needs in the circumpolar research community. Three eminent northern scholars at U of A have accepted appointments to the committee: Fiona Schmeigelow, David Hik, and Noreen Willows.

Second, we have focused CCI Press acquisitions on scholarly monograph manuscripts as well as three important, established, and well-received series: Northern Hunter-Gatherer, edited by Andrzej Weber (U of A); Solstice, edited by Mike Evans (UBC-Okanagan) and Chris Fletcher (Laval); and Patterns of Northern Traditional Healing, edited by Earle Waugh (U of A). A new volume in the latter series is forthcoming in Fall 2015: Idioms of Sami Health and Healing, edited by independent scholar Barbara Miller. Also forthcoming in early 2016 is the monograph Care, Cooperation and Activism in Canada’s Northern Social Economy, edited by Frances Abele (Carleton) and Chris Southcott (Lakehead).

More manuscripts are under consideration and we warmly invite inquiries from Canadian Far North and international circumpolar researchers. Please contact Colleen Skidmore (cskidmor@ualberta.ca) or Linda Cameron (cameronl@ualberta.ca) regarding acquisitions.

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