Category: Books

How Story Saves Us from Our Anxiety

Cherie Dimaline made several appearances at Calgary’s ever-brilliant WordFest this year, including one titled Group Therapy, starring Alexandra Auder, Cherie Dimaline, Susin Nielsen, and Mary L. Trump. So, we thought it appropriate to excerpt a short passage from the beginning of her 2023 book, An Anthology of Monsters: How Story Saves Us from Our Anxiety, […]

Alberta Book Publishing Awards Gala 2023

In September, the publishing industry came together to celebrate another year of wonderful writing and books. There were so many remarkable books shortlisted! A highlight of the evening was remarks from Minister Tanya Fir (Arts, Culture, and Status of Women) and the presence of numerous officials from the government of Alberta and the City of […]

Publishers and Seasonal Catalogues

Seasonal catalogues! Many publishers, for many years, organized their “lists” of books into seasons, usually Spring and Fall. Sales reps, including our wonderful Ampersand Inc. folk, would take the printed catalogues to bookstore buyers and they would sit together and mark them up to make their orders. The catalogues included frontlist titles (new books, coming […]

University Press Week 2023: #SpeakUP about Palestine

University presses have the capacity to bring new voices to a conversation or raise up voices that are not widely heard. University of Alberta Press has been privileged to publish several authors who share their experiences and research about Palestine. Here are some of the recent publications. Canada as a Settler Colony on the Question […]

Human Rights and the City in the Pre-Charter Era

A guest post by Dr Sandeep Agrawal, Professor and Inaugural Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Alberta, excerpted from Chapter 3 of his edited collection, Rights and the City: Problems, Progress, and Practice. This chapter presents a broad inquiry into the changes that occurred on the rights front […]

Cover Design: This Is How You Start to Disappear

Our in-house designer, Alan Brownoff, does almost all of our covers, but every now and again we ask one of our terrific freelance book designers to create a cover. We thought it would be fun to share some of the behind-the-scenes conversations that led to our selecting this cover, produced by Natalie Olsen of Kisscut […]

Congress 2023

Congress 2023 took place at York University in Toronto from May 27 to June 2. Over 10,000 scholars, graduate students, and practitioners in the humanities and social sciences gathered together and shared their research. University of Alberta Press was part of the Expo and had a major staff presence. Acquiring editors Mat Buntin and Michelle […]