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More recognition for the University of Regina Press

By Dale Johnson Posted: July 6, 2016 6:00 a.m.

The team at U of R Press has a lot to celebrate with its award-winning books; (l-r) Duncan Campbell, Donna Grant, Bruce Walsh, Nickita Longman, David McLennan, Morgan Tunzelmann, Karen Clark and Diane Perrick.
The team at U of R Press has a lot to celebrate with its award-winning books; (l-r) Duncan Campbell, Donna Grant, Bruce Walsh, Nickita Longman, David McLennan, Morgan Tunzelmann, Karen Clark and Diane Perrick. Photo: U of R Press

The University of Regina Press marked its third anniversary last month, and the celebration was enhanced by collecting some major awards.

  • "Children of the Broken Treaty" won an international IndieFab bronze for Political Writing. Author Charlie Angus provides insight into how the Canadian government deliberately denied Indigenous children on Reserve their basic human rights.  
  • "The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir" won the One Book/One Province vote. Organized by the Saskatchewan Library Association, people across Saskatchewan will be reading this book together in 2017. This is the first year for the initiative, which will be an ongoing event.
  • "Métis and the Medicine Line" won the Clio Award for Prairie history. In this book, Michel Hogue examines the implementation of the Canada/U.S. border along the 49th parallel and the tragic consequences for Métis and other Indigenous people.   

U of R Press Director Bruce Walsh says “I am thrilled for our authors. They work so hard to write their books, so it’s great that they are recognized with awards. It’s also great for the Press. The more awards we win, the better able we are to attract the highest calibre authors to our list.”
 
In addition, there has been national and international media coverage of U of R Press books.

  • Kay Parley was on CBC Radio’s The Current discussing "Inside the Mental."
  • Blair Stonechild was on Tapestry on CBC Radio talking about "The Knowledge Seeker."
  • “100 Days of Cree” and the Press’s Indigenous languages program were profiled in The Guardian (a British national daily newspaper) and Publishers Weekly, the bible of the American book industry, with Neal McLeod on CBC’s Day 6 discussing the both the book and the evolution of the Cree language.
As well, "Clearing the Plains," with more than 21,000 copies in print, is now the bestselling academic book published in Canada this century.

“Our goal as a press is to become a powerhouse in Canadian publishing. Winning awards, attracting national and international media attention, and having record breaking sales represent important steps along the way,” Walsh says.