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Canada Prize Finalist

Just announced ... Christopher Armstrong and H.V. Nelles are finalists for the 2014 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences for the book Wilderness and Waterpower: How Banff National Park Became a Hydroelectric Storage Reservoir.

The Canada Prizes are awarded annually for the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program through the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Canada Prizes recognize books that make an exceptional contribution to scholarship, are engagingly written, and enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada.

The winners will be announced in early May.


Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 14:01

Friday, March 28, 2014

Events for a Polar Explorer

Author P. J. Capelotti will be signing his book, Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The Expeditions of Benjamin Leigh Smith, England's Forgotten Arctic Explorer, at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge on Friday, September 27, starting at 4 pm. Capelotti will be speaking the next day at a grave marker rededication ceremony at the cemetery in Brightling, Sussex, 11 am - 2 pm. The ceremony marks the centenary of Leigh Smith's death and will be attended by his descendant, Charlotte Moore.

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 16:17

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Launch of The Reindeer Botanist

The Reindeer Botanist: Alf Erling Porsild, 1901-1977 was launched on November 22 at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa to an interested crowd of about a hundred. Attendees included friends of the author, museum staff, researchers, scientists, students, and people who knew Porsild. Afterward, the author, Wendy Dathan, commented on how beautifully the evening unfolded. The speeches are available on YouTube (Reindeer Botanist Book Launch). The event was followed by a lively launch in the author's hometown of Grand Manan. And, soon after, another event at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John.

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 17:17

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Award-winning Press!

On Saturday, June 9, at the annual gala awards dinner of the 2012 Alberta Book Awards, the University of Calgary Press was named Publisher of the Year!  Staff members Donna Livingstone, John King, Judy Powell, Melina Cusano, and Karen Buttner were in attendance and happily accepted the award. The jury noted that "This publisher’s 2011 list displays its commitment to - and achievement in - every area considered by this award: editorial, design, production, promotion, marketing, sales, service to clients, and service to the community. This press tackled an ambitious and courageous catalogue ... with its compass always pointing west, with its nets always cast for a broad readership, and with spectacular results." The Press wishes to thank the authors, the readers, the booksellers, and the organizations that provide support for publishing.

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 15:42

Monday, June 11, 2012

Happyland is a winner!

On April 28, the Saskatchewan Books Awards Gala sparkled. Historian and author Curtis McManus was among thirteen award recipients. He was pleased to receive the Nonfiction Award for his book, Happyland: A History of the "Dirty Thirties" in Saskatchewan, 1914-1937. The book was also nominated for the Scholarly Writing Award, the First Book Award, and the Book of the Year Award. The jury's comments, included in the program, indicated that his book is "destined to become a classic."

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012 - 15:40

Monday, April 30, 2012

Happyland shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Awards

The Saskatchewan Book Awards recently announced their shortlist.  Happyland: A History of the “Dirty Thirties” in Saskatchewan, 1914-1937 is up for an award in four (!) categories: Scholarly Writing, Non-Fiction, First Book, and Book of the Year. Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala in Regina on April 28.
In Happyland, author Curtis McManus contends that the "Dirty Thirties" actually began much earlier and were connected only peripherally to the Depression itself. McManus has mined the rarely consulted records of Rural Municipalities in Saskatchewan, as well as government documents, ministerial correspondence, local community histories, newspapers, and publications of relevant government departments, to tell a lively story of a quarter-century of stubborn persistence but also of absurdity, despair, social dislocation, moral corrosion, and inconsistent and often inept government policy.

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:37

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Art of John Snow, the first major book on Canadian printmaker John Snow is now in print!

The buzz on The Art of John Snow  is tremendous and author Elizabeth Herbert is in demand these days.  Some of the events celebrating the publication of The Art of John Snow are:

Thursday, March 10, noon to 12:45 p.m. -- An illustrated talk by Elizabeth Herbert, "John Snow: An Artist You Should Know About" in the Conco theatre on the main floor of Glenbow Museum.

Saturday, March 19, noon to 4 p.m. -- Elizabeth presents "John Snow, Centenniary Exhibition Opening" at the Collectors Gallery of Art (1332 9th Avenue SE, Calgary).

Saturday, March 26, at 5:30 Elizabeth returns to The Collectors Gallery of Art for a book-signing and a talk on The Art of John Snow.

Thursday, April 7, noon to 1 p.m. -- An illustrated talk by Elizabeth Herbert, "The Art of John Snow" at the Nickle Arts Museum on the University of Calgary campus.

Saturday, April 9, 2 to 4 p.m.  -- Book signing and exhibition at Willock and Sax Gallery (110 Bison Courtyard, 211 Bear Street in Banff)

Posted: Friday, March 11, 2011 - 16:25

Monday, March 28, 2011

Our Commitment to Open Access

On October 22 as part of Open Access Week, the University of Calgary Press launched our first open-access book - Grey Matters: A Guide to Collaborative Research with Seniors. Written by Nancy Marlett and Claudia Emes, Grey Matters offers groundbreaking, practical methods for participatory action research with and by seniors. 

At the University of Calgary Press we are committed to ensuring that the important work of our authors is accessible to its widest possible audience. We therefore embrace open-access publishing and strive to make as many of our publications as possible available as open-access files that are free to anyone who wishes to download them.  Grey Matters is the first University of Calgary Press title to be released simultaneously in traditional book format and as a free and downloadable PDF from its book page on our website.  Watch for more!

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 11:44

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Open Access Titles

Three titles are now available in open access format free on the University of Calgary website. Watch for more to come!

Shrines in Africa: History, Politics and Society, by Allan C. Dawson

The Land has Changed:  History, Society and Gender in Colonial Nigeria, by Chima J. Korieh

Grey Matters: A Guide to Collaborative Research with Seniors, by Nancy Marlett and Claudia Emes 


Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 17:05

Wednesday, December 8, 2010