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University of Calgary Press offers eclectic lineup of nine new titles

Winter releases include the launch of two new series, Arts in Action and Brave & Brilliant
March 6, 2017
Polaris: The Chief Scientist's Recollections of the American North Pole Expedition, 1871-73, gives readers a first-hand account of this historic arctic exploration, from the perspective of the voyage's chief scientists and medical officer, Emil Bessels. The book launches tonight, March 6.

Polaris: The Chief Scientist's Recollections of the American North Pole Expedition, 1871-73, gives readers a first-hand account of this historic arctic exploration, from the perspective of the voyage's chief scientists and medical officer, Emil Bessels. The book launches tonight, March 6.

Take a trip back in time on a North Pole expedition that went awry. Track how animals affected the environmental history of urban Canada. Discover how director Michael Rubbo transformed the art of documentary filmmaking at the National Film Board. Explore the current state of genocide studies through essays by a range of experts. 

The University of Calgary Press has charged into 2017 with the release of nine new titles on a diverse range of topics, including a book in the life sciences, Vascular Plants of Alberta. Co-author John Packer is one of Canada’s leading botanists.

“We’re pleased that four of our new releases result from partnerships on campus and in the community,” says Brian Scrivener, director of the University of Calgary Press. “Polaris is the latest book in the Northern Lights series, which we publish in collaboration with the Arctic Institute of North America. Understanding Atrocities is the first book in our Arts in Action series, published in partnership with Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Arts. Ice Blink and Animal Metropolis are the latest in our series sponsored by the Canada-wide Network in Canadian History and the Environment.”

Another development is the launch of the Press’s Brave & Brilliant literary series, featuring strong showings by Calgary poets Sheri-D Wilson and Emily Ursuliak. This new series, under the guidance of University of Calgary English professor Aritha van Herk, seeks to publish books that entertain and engage readers with fresh and energetic approaches to storytelling and verse.

“We are delighted to publish authors who are new to us, as well as those who have published with us in the past,” notes Scrivener, referring to Finding Directions West, co-edited by University of Calgary history faculty members George Colpitts and Heather Devine. “Our strong offerings this season demonstrate our commitment to promoting Canadian and global research as well as supporting Canadian literary arts.”

As an open access publisher, the University of Calgary Press is one of only a handful of university presses in Canada to make its titles available for free online in addition to hard-copy format. The press was established in 1981 and is overseen by Libraries and Cultural Resources

Three books will be launched at public events starting tonight:

Polaris: The Chief Scientist's Recollections of the American North Pole Expedition, 1871-73

  • Aquila Books, 826 – 16 Ave NW
  • Monday, March 6, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.

Understanding Atrocities: Remembering, Representing and Teaching Genocide

  • Launch of the Arts in Action Series
  • Mount Royal University, 2nd Floor, EB Atrium
  • March 10, 2017, noon

Throwing the Diamond Hitch

  • Shelf Life Books, 1302 – 4th Street SW, Calgary
  • March 18, 2017, 2 – 4 p.m.