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From UAP Author, Richard Therrien

This year’s Literary Cocktails might just be a distant memory by now for some, but for me, its loveliness lingers on until the next one is on the horizon. A week after UAP’s signature event, Richard Therrien, one of the poets reading in the Faculty Club, sent the following email:

Wow, it’s a week later and seems like ages. Thanks to everybody for a most enervating launch. One of the things I marvel at, upon my return, is how wide the circle spreads, from poetry event at the centre, to new contacts and friendships seeded, to the outermost rings of (in my case) family, old friends and old haunts. Ring House 2 and all those who work within to make the Press one of the best… the windfall of your endeavours reaches places far beyond the workplace—and I, for one, am a greatful beneficiary of your dedication and attention to detail.

Overheard at the launch:

“That first woman, what was her name, man, I’m one of those people in the towers looking down on Boyle Street—and she just nailed it!”

“Juliane, that African lady, jeez, I still got goosebumps from that one where she sang.”

I happen to know these people, and know that they are not “poetry” people. They had never been to a poetry reading. We all like accolades from our peers, but I find this kind of reaction most telling and touching.

cheers and hugs to all


New UAP Intern and ARL Diversity Scholar

We have another new face at UAP. Welcome, Lorisia MacLeod!

Hello everyone! My name is Lorisia MacLeod and I am a new Indigenous Intern at the UAP. I’d like to take this chance to tell you a little bit about me.

I have always lived in Edmonton though when I was younger I usually spent my summers living in the mountains; rafting, rappelling and hiking. I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, both canonical and otherwise. In fact, I have always loved books and libraries possibly because I was raised by a librarian(my Dad) and an avid reader(my Mom). But being a bibliophile didn’t mean I ever thought about the work that was put into making books, cataloguing them or even how books are only one way we experience information- that all came later.

In 2014, I got my BA from the U of A with a double major in Anthropology and French. After that I went on to spend two years working for the City of Edmonton and taking Spanish classes through the Faculty of Extension. While working, I realized that I was very interested in how people interacted with and accessed information. Once I realized that I also wanted to have a career at the management level, I knew I had more to learn so I applied to the U of A Masters of Library and Information studies which I will be starting this September. Things really started to fall into place once I was accepted; I got this internship which will give me hands on experience during my degree and I was chosen as an ARL Diversity Scholar.

Now you may be thinking, what is an ARL Diversity Scholar? If you want to read the official information you can find it here but I will try to give you the broad strokes. Every year the Association of Research Libraries chooses about 15 scholars from North America that will receive a stipend for their tuition, get to go to a leadership symposium in Atlanta, and get an ARL selected mentor. It is an amazing opportunity!

Once I complete my MA degree, I will be the third in my family to get a library related degree following in the footsteps of my grandmother and Dad. Even my sister has years of experience working in libraries and is contemplating the MLIS degree when she completes her BA. I have heard the term BiblioDynasty used to describe our family and I can’t argue with it- we are a family that loves books and loves working with them.

But what will I be doing at the Press? Learning of course! Interning at the Press has given me the exclusive opportunity to experience the process that goes into creating a book. I’ll be helping at any stage I can but I believe that even seeing this process in work will give me such an appreciation for the finished product. I’ve been helping at the Press for over a month now and already I feel like my understanding of the publishing business has exponentially increased.

Lorisia MacLeod

Read more about her on the Faculty of Education’s website.

Featured Reviews of “small things left behind”

“Her first collection of poems…is powerfully sad and hopeful, full of Russian history and personal histories, her family, herself.” [Full interview at http://bit.ly/1wtv7ql], Ariel Gordon, The Jane Day Reader, August 21, 2014

9781772120028“Ella Zeltserman waited decades to pen her experiences of oppression and liberation…. In these 38 poems, small things left behind weaves a big story. It traces the poet’s bold quest for a better life after she sees a Soviet documentary of a Russian-Jewish immigration… Zeltserman’s story of the human cost of leaving one country, one life, for another, has made her an important voice.” Fall/Winter 2014, Linda Alberta, Prairie Books Now, December 1, 2014

“That is what I would write if I were a poet.” Agnes Macklin, a Holocaust survivor and a refugee from Hungarian Revolution of 1956, September 1, 2014

small things left behind is the winner of the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award, Book Publishers Association of Alberta (2015) and the Betty Averbach Foundation Prize, Western Canada Jewish Book Awards (2016).


Berries and Blooms Photo Contest

Have some Summer fun with the University of Alberta Press!

We are running a photo contest on our Facebook page and eagerly await your submissions. Send us a photo (or two!) of berries or blooms (or berries AND blooms), and the lucky winner will win a copy of Why Grow Here: Essays on Edmonton’s Gardening History by Kathryn Chase Merrett.

Submit your entry between August 4 – August 17 by posting a photo in the comment section of the event. The winner will be announced on August 22.

Good luck, everyone!

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Maximum two photo submission per person.
No photoshopped images.
Members of the Press and their family members are not eligible to win – though they can submit🙂

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And the winner is….

“Poppy Pods” by Dale Ford


Below are Kathryn Chase Merrett’s comments:

“I have chosen photo 7 because of the beautiful composition and the wonderful way the monochromatic colours are handled. The left hand side of the photo is darker than the right hand side and yet the light foregrounds the poppy pod on the left. The photo is intensely representational and yet it has an abstract quality that brings out the mystery of those wonderful pods. You can imagine that photo hanging on the wall.”

Congratulations, Dale!

Our Scholar is in residence blogging about…

…a flurry of new activity over the past few months about her book, This Wild Spirit: Women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, published by the University of Alberta Press ten years ago. The book is about to be printed for a third time; an invitation to speak about This Wild Spirit led to an evening in May at the Alberta Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre with a highly-engaged audience willing to share their own deep knowledge and abundance of insightful questions and observations; and, the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives asked to include This Wild Spirit in exhibition form in its summer 2016 schedule. More…


Pokémon Go at UAP

By Tanya Ball, UAP Intern

If you haven’t heard already, the Pokémon Go has swept across the universe, attracting Pokémon aficionados like myself.

Now, I bet you’re wondering… what does this have to do with the University of Alberta Press? UAP is actually situated on one of the most popular Pokémon sites on campus. There are 4 Pokéstops in this area, which makes it a popular spot for dropping lures. In fact, there’s a lure outside right now!


But what is Pokémon Go?


It’s actually a free-to-play App developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. It’s a location-based augmented reality game that allows you to catch various Pokémon creatures in and around your area. Basically, this means that you can walk around your neighbourhood and catch wild Pokémon with your device.

If you’re interested in downloading this app there are a few things that you need to know (at least for us at the Press).

  1. Pokéstops. A Pokéstop is a place where you can go to grab different (but necessary items) like Poké Balls, which you use to capture your Pokémon. These stops are typically located near important areas in your city, like monuments, bus terminals, libraries, etc.
  1. Pokémon Gyms. A Gym is where you can actually train your Pokémon and battle with other members of the community!
  1. Lures. For me, this part is the most exciting. Sometimes, life is rough for hunting wild Pokémon. If you do not live near any stops or gyms they may be hard to find. Lures are a special item that you can “drop” onto a Pokéstop. Once a lure is dropped, the Pokémon are drawn to that area.

Next time you’re around the Press and see a mob of people sitting out front, pull out your phone and start collecting. Gotta catch ‘em all, right?

Happy Hunting!

Canada Day Talk Features UAlberta Press Author PearlAnn Reichwein

Paris Lectures on Canadian Mountain Studies Features UAP Author PearlAnn Reichwein

In Paris, historian PearlAnn Reichwein gave an international lecture on Canadian Mountain Studies on July 1. Her plenary address to the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES) annual congress meeting focused on the topic “Climber’s Paradise and Canada’s Mountain Parks: Adventure and Conservation in the 20th Century and Beyond.” In it she explored the history of Canada’s national mountaineering club and broader issues of national park and conservation history as it relates to global sustainability. “Physical educators, recreation, sport, and tourism all have a role to play understanding mountains and sustainability,” she stated. “With the largest national park system in the world, Canada has much knowledge to share but also needs to rethink its current directions for the future.”

“People are interested to hear more about nature, outdoor pursuits, and what Canada has to contribute, in so many ways, to further international discussion,” said Reichwein, an associate professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. “I was delighted to spend Canada Day talking about Canadian Mountain Studies in Paris with colleagues from around the world. We have a lot to share in conversations about mountains around the world.”

Mountaineering and Tourism

Invited to l’Université de Paris-Est Marne (UPEM) as a visiting professor for the month of June, Reichwein gave several research lectures and visited the French Alps. She travelled to Chamonix and was fresh off the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), observing mountaineers and industrial tourism in action. Steady rain in the valleys did nothing to deter her from seeing Mt. Blanc, a birthplace of mountaineering and alpine tourism. “Clouds lifted off suddenly and islands of peaks towered above a sea of clouds – Mt. Blanc, the Grandes Jorasses, and le Dent du Géant – in absolutely brilliant snow and sunshine. Every direction was dazzling and took my breath away. Climbers winding down ridges were miniscule on the glacier as birds soared high above,” said Reichwein. “Caspar David Friedrich’s painting of ‘A Wander above the Clouds’ (1818) came to mind. He got it right in so many ways – visually and philosophically. To see it myself in the Alps was a moment of clarity.”

Mountaineering culture and history significant in Canadian landscapes are the subject of her research and lectures given in Paris. They also pointed to international connections in a global mountain world. “Canada has long been part of an international mountain world and I learned more to understand past and future trends.”

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