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U of R Press shines on national best books lists

By Costa Maragos Posted: December 7, 2015 10:00 a.m.

The Education of Augie Merasty, Children of the Broken Treaty, and #Idle No More and the Remaking of Canada are among the best books in Canada for 2015.
The Education of Augie Merasty, Children of the Broken Treaty, and #Idle No More and the Remaking of Canada are among the best books in Canada for 2015. Photo courtesy of U of R Press.

2015 is turning into another stellar year for U of R Press.
 
Three of its books are in some exclusive company.
 
Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada’s Lost Promise and One Girl’s Dream, by NDP MP Charlie Angus, has made the list of Notable Books for 2015 by the prestigious book industry magazine, Quill & Quire.
 
In describing the nationally bestselling book, Quill & Quire says: “Charlie Angus continues University of Regina Press’ stellar record of books on aboriginal issues with this timely and urgent call for justice in Canada’s treatment of its First Nations.”

Idle No More
Professor Ken Coates traces the roots of the #IdleNoMore movement.

The Education of Augie Merasty – A Residential School Memoir as well as #Idle No More and the Remaking of Canada, have placed in the National Post’s list of 100 notable books of the year.

“We’re thrilled to have major national media recognize our work,” says Bruce Walsh, director and publisher of U of R Press.

The Education of Augie Merasty, written by Joseph Merasty with David Carpenter, has deeply resonated with Canadians since the day it was launched on the front page of the Globe and Mail in March 2015. The Globe called the book “one of the most important titles to be published this spring.”
 
The book has also been featured on CBC Radio, nationally and locally, as well as The Toronto Star and numerous other media outlets.
 
It reached number seven on the Bookmaster bestseller list.
 
The National Post has ranked the book fourth on its top 100 list.
 
“To choose The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir as one of the top five books of the year - following the Giller books and ahead of Salman Rushdie - cements our belief that Augie Merasty is an important writer whose story every Canadian should read,” says Walsh.

The book’s social and historical value has also been recognized by schools across the country. The Regina School Division (public) and other school districts across Canada have purchased the book for their students.

Clearing The Plains

U of R Professor James Daschuk produces a bestseller.

The accolades don’t stop there. CBC Books has declared Augie Merasty one of the 15 best Canlit Covers of 2015.  
 
“In almost all of the reviews, the cover is mentioned,” notes Walsh.
 
The cover was designed by Duncan Campbell, design and art coordinator at U of R Press.
 
“We have a great team of people that I work with and the work is very collaborative, so I share the accolades with them,” says Campbell.
 
“We tried to give it more of a novel-like feel. On the surface the cover doesn’t give you a lot of information. It’s a single mitten in the snow. As you read the story and understand how Augie lost the mitten, and what happened to him as a result, that’s when the cover resonates and packs an emotional punch.”
 
#Idle No More and the Remaking of Canada is written by Ken Coates, professor at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan.   
 
The National Post says: “Coates reporting and analysis of the movement trace the roots of Idle No More and show how Aboriginal Youth are changing what it means to be in 21st century Canada.”
 
This stellar line up of award winning books follows Clearing the Plains, by U of R professor James Daschuk, the first book published by the newly-launched press in June 2013. Daschuk received the Governor General’s Award in 2014 for his bestselling book, which now has over 18,500 copies in print.   
 
The U of R Press team was recently invited into the Provincial Legislature by Minister of Parks, Culture, and Sport, Mark Docherty, where its national successes and contribution to Saskatchewan culture were applauded from the House floor.
 

Here’s where you can buy our books:


Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada’s Lost Promise and One Girl’s Dream
The Education of Augie Merasty – A Residential School Memoir
#Idle No More and the Remaking of Canada
Clearing The Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life
 
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