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Launchpad: knot body, by Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch

By Kerry Clare

"Readers may sit and ruminate on the sharp and sensual inquiry offered by each individual letter, or read cover-to-cover …

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2020 Poetry Delights

By Pearl Pirie

A list by the author of new collection footlights. These books turn and explore, question and listen.

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The Chat with Zsuzsi Gartner

The Chat with Zsuzsi Gartner

By Trevor Corkum

Zsuzsi Gartner’s debut novel, The Beguiling (Hamish Hamilton), is a stunner. It was a finalist for this year’s Write …

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Launchpad: LOSS LAKE, by Amber Cowie

By Kerry Clare

"Sentence by gorgeous sentence, Cowie reveals an intricately woven, powerful plot, unveiling the depths of the character …

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Hope Matters

25 Reasons to be Hopeful

By Kerry Clare

The following books are infused with hope—that what we do and who we are really matters, that second chances are possi …

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Notes From a Children's Librarian: Money Money Money

By Julie Booker

Financial literacy is part of the new math curriculum for grades 4-6. But why not start even sooner, as young as kinderg …

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Launchpad: YOU ARE EATING AN ORANGE. YOU ARE NAKED. by Sheung-King

By Kerry Clare

"This novel ...gives the cold shoulder to the dominant gaze and its demands to control the Asian body, carving out a thr …

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Books for University Press Week

By Clare Hitchens

“Raise UP” is a particularly apt theme in a time when information moves at faster speeds than ever before across a m …

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Shelf Talkers: Indie Booksellers Get Us Through the End of the Year

Shelf Talkers: Indie Booksellers Get Us Through the End of the Year

By Robert J. Wiersema

To mark the passing of the year, we’ve gathered the independent booksellers of the Shelf Talkers fellowship – the st …

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Launchpad: FOUR UMBRELLAS, by June Hutton and Tony Wanless

By Kerry Clare

"Our goal from the outset was to write a book in which the person with Alzheimer’s has a place on the page, too."

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#LookItUp: Knowledge Matters

In his keynote to the annual conference of the Association of American University Presses in June, veteran journalist Dan Rather declared that “we all must be … vigilant in renewing our compact with books and deep thoughts.… [University presses] offer the antidote to alternative facts and the assault on reason, and do it authoritatively and elegantly.”

Canadian university presses, with their counterparts in the United States, celebrate University Press Week annually in November to “highlight the extraordinary work of nonprofit scholarly publishers and their many contributions to culture, the academy, and an informed society.” This year’s theme, which resonates in an era of “fake news” and “alternate facts,” is #LookItUp: Knowledge Matters, a tag that asks us to value the expertise and knowledge of our authors and publishing partners.

We asked presses to nominate a title they wished to highlight for this week, and the responses were as varied as you might expect. From a history of snack foods in Canada to the examination of Alberta’s changing “brand,” the list of books illustrates the contribution of Canadian university presses to our national body of knowledge. University press books are available wherever books are sold. Why not pick one up today?

To keep up with news and events, including the annual blog tour, follow @aaupresses and the hash tags #ReadUp and #LookItUp on Twitter.

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Books for University Press Week

Emphasizing the role that university presses play in elevating authors, subjects, and whole disciplines that bring new perspectives, ideas, and voices to readers around the globe, the Association of University Presses (AUPresses) has chosen “Raise UP” as the theme for this year’s University Press Week. University Press Week (UP Week) runs November 9-15.

“Raise UP” is a particularly apt theme in a time when information moves at faster speeds than ever before across a multiplicity of platforms and access points. It is critical that scholarship about wide-ranging perspectives on important concepts and sociopolitical challenges is nurtured, championed, and made widely available to inform public debate and understanding. 

To that end, here is a list of Canadian books for any reader who wants to learn more.

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Otter’s Journey through Indigenous Language and Law, by Lindsay Keegitah Borrows

About the book: Storytelling has the capacity to address feelings and demonstrate themes—to illuminate beyond argument and theoretical exposition. In Otter …

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