UBC Press email newsletter #2, May 2017
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The (very) long-awaited second edition of our e-newsletter has arrived! And that means we have so much to tell you! For more up-to-date news and events, I hope you'll follow UBC Press on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you have any questions about this newsletter, or ideas for future editions, please contact me, Megan, at So without further ado ...

Alex Marland wins the Donner Prize for Brand Command

Last week, Alex Marland was awarded the $50,000 Donner Prize for his book Brand Command. Awarded annually, the Donner Prize celebrates contributions to Canadian public policy discourse. According to the Donner Prize jury, “Marland’s authoritative, original and accessible treatise on the most significant development in modern democratic politics will captivate Canadians, especially those with an interest in policy and politics.” Read the official press release here, and Memorial University of Newfoundland’s tribute here. Two previous UBC Press books have taken home the Donner Prize: Globalization and Well-Being by John F. Helliwell (2002) and The Politics of Linkage by Brian Bow (2009).

Join Us at Congress 2017!

UBC Press invites you to visit our spectacular array of scholarly books at special discount prices at the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Book Expo from May 27 to June 2 at Ryerson University. The Congress Book Expo, one of the premier interdisciplinary scholarly book fairs in North America, features over 50 Canadian and international publishers. Visit the Congress 2017 website for more information.

Coming Soon: UBC Press is lauching a new website!

It's finally happening! We're this close to launching the new Stay tuned! What can you expect from our new website? More featured books, more deals, e-books, and everything you need to know if you're a reader, author, or fan of UBC Press! Once it's launched, we'd be thrilled to hear what you think. Email your comments to

"Yes, we’ll do what we can to hang around a while. And you, too, our beloved Rick, must have some more time for dancing boys and sunlight on the garden. But when we go down to whatever, we won’t any of us have to fault ourselves, for we have created a world out of words and deeds to be proud of, hand on a good inheritance to the young queer nations to follow. We are accountable."

- Jane to Rick, July 16, 1991. From A Queer Love Story: The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout


TORONTO | May 27June 2
2017 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Visit our booth at the Congress Expo! Check the hours here.

TORONTO | May 27, 2 pm
Book launch for Ryan Eyford's White Settler Reserve. Bloor/Gladstone Library, 1101 Bloor Street W., Toronto.

TORONTO | May 31, 4 pm
Book launch for David Rayside, Jerald Sabin, and Paul Thomas's Religion & Canadian Party Politics. The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, 14 Elm Street, Toronto. This event is sponsored by The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, and UBC Press.

TORONTO | May 31, 8 pm
Book launch for Queering Social Work Education. The 519, Rm. 204, 519 Church Street, Toronto.

TORONTO | June 1, 7 pm
Book launch and dramatic reading from A Queer Love Story. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street, Toronto.

NEW YORK | June 4, 2:30 pm

Book launch and dramatic reading from A Queer Love Story. McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, New York.

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference. University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 

VANCOUVER | July 6, 7 pm

Book launch and dramatic reading from A Queer Love Story. Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium, 1238 Davie Street, Vancouver.

GALIANO ISLAND | July 8, 4 pm

Book launch and dramatic reading from A Queer Love Story. Galiano Island Books, 76 Madrona Drive, Galiano Island.

Visit our Facebook events page regularly for up-to-date event information.

Recent Awards

Alex Marland has won the Donner Prize, and also the 2017 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, for Brand Command.

Lock, Stock and Icebergs by Adam Lajeunesse has won the Dafoe Prize! The Dafoe Prize celebrates non-fiction excellence about Canada, Canadians, and the Canadian nation in international affairs.

Far off Metal River by Emilie Cameron has won a 2016 Clio (The North), awarded by the Canadian Historical Association, and was a finalist for the 2017 Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Ecology of Salmonids in Estuaries Around the World by Colin Levings has won the 2017 K.D. Strivastava Prize.


Read Alex Marland's op-ed, “How the Liberals became masters of their brand,” via The Globe and Mail. 

Upstream posted this excerpt from Upstream Medicine, the newest title from our new imprint, Purich Books.

“Die hard: The once and future scholarly book.” Parameters discusses the future of scholarly books. Spoiler alert: Books aren't going anywhere!

Be sure to check out CBC's “Black history in Canada: A reading list.”

Also check out this review of Sarah Turnbull's Parole in Canada from the London School of Economics Review of Books.

Enter the discount code UBCPNEWS on our website,, to receive 10% off any UBC Press book.

Offer expires
June 30, 2017.

"Trudeaumania" photograph by Reg Innell. Toronto Star Collection, Getty Images, 502523947. Originally appeared in the Toronto Daily Star, May 9, 1968.
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