University of Toronto Press Blog

  • The 30th Anniversary of the Osgoode Society

    On Thursday, October 29th, the Osgoode Society and UTP got together to celebrate the publication of four new titles: Canadian Maverick: The Life and Times of Ivan C. Rand by William Kaplan, A Trying Question: The Jury in the Nineteenth Century Canada by R. Blake Brown, Canadian State Trials, Volume III: Political Trials and Security Measures, 1840-1914 edited by Barry Wright and Susan Binnie, and The Last Day, The Last Hour: The Currie Libel Trial by Robert J. Sharpe. In the stately Convocation Hall at Osgoode Hall, guests were treated to refreshments and a variety of tasty food (which I enjoyed sampling). The crowd was enthusiastic about the event (and the selection of cheeses!). The editor-in-chief of the Odgoode Society, Jim Phillips, gave a very rousing introduction to the evening, joking about the work habits of both himself and the authors he edits. Following Phillips's  speech, the authors and editors of the celebrated titles spoke.

    Overall the evening was a success! Books, food, drink, and humour made it quite a night in a room full of lawyers!

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    Canadian Maverick: The Life and Times of Ivan C. Rand by William Kaplan: In Canadian Maverick, best-selling author William Kaplan critically examines the life and times of lawyer, politician, academic, and Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand. Born to a working-class New Brunswick family, Rand would build an extraordinary career that redefined Canada’s legal landscape.

    A Trying Question: The Jury in Nineteenth Century Canada by R. Blake Brown: The jury, a central institution of the trial process, exemplifies in popular perception the distinctiveness of our legal tradition. Nevertheless, juries today try only a small minority of cases. A Trying Question traces the history of the jury in Canada and links its nineteenth-century decline to the rise of the professional class.

    Canadian State Trials, Volume III: Political Trials and Security Measures, 1840-1914 edited by Barry Wright and Susan Binnie: The third volume in the Canadian State Trials series examines Canadian legal responses to real or perceived threats to the safety and security of the state from 1840 to 1914, a period of extensive challenges associated with fundamental political and socio-economic change. Trials for treason and related political offences, suspensions of habeas corpus, and other public order and security-related measures, supported by new institutions such as secret policing, are studied in essays by leading scholars in the field.

    The Last Day, The Last Hour: The Currie Libel Trial by Robert J. Sharpe: On November 11, 1918, the last day of the Great War, the Canadian Corps, led by Sir Arthur Currie, liberated Mons after four years of German occupation. The push to Mons in the last days and weeks of the war had cost many lives. Long after the war, Currie was blamed by many for needlessly wasting those lives. When the Port Hope Evening Guide published an editorial in 1927 repeating this charge, Currie was incensed. Against the advice of his friends, he decided to sue for libel and retained W.N. Tilley, kc, the leading lawyer of the day, to plead his case.

  • Michael Prince Launches Absent Citizens at University of Victoria

    The Canadian health care system may count as one of the 4.41 million Canadians that self-identified as being disabled in the 2006 Census, according to Michael Prince. Absent Citizens: Disability Politics and Policy in Canada, Prince's new book, launched on October 22nd at the University of Victoria where Prince is a social policy professor. Prince's book reveals the lack of opportunity and care provided for mentally and physically disabled Canadians. The book launch for Absent Citizens, hosted by the Friends of UVIC Libraries in the McPherson Library Staff Lounge, was well-received by the 40 guests in attendance for Prince’s talk and book signing.

    Susan Henderson, the Communications Officer at the UVic Libraries, said about the event: “Even though the topic was serious and Michael didn’t mince words when it came to describing the absence of leadership, the lingering stereotypes and policy failures, everyone appreciated the refreshments and opportunity to linger and meet the people who came to the event.”

    Karen Wallace-Prince (left, Michael’s wife), Wendie McHenry (Assistant University Librarian), Michael Prince, and Deirdre Roberts (Friend of UVic Libraries) share in the success of Prince’s launch at UVic.

    Michael Prince Book Launch

    Prince was recently interviewed by The Georgia Straight about his new book, saying that Absent Citizens is a "'...challenge' to the conventional wisdom that we are doing enough for people with disabilities in this country."

    Absent Citizens was reviewed by the Toronto Star this weekend. Disabilities Columnist Helen Henderson says she couldn’t agree more with Prince’s argument that Canada needs more ‘positive action legislation.’ Prince believes that “if the Harper government is developing an [federal disability] act, then the disability community needs to engage in that process.”

    With the launch of Absent Citizens, Prince is revealing that it’s not Canadians with disabilities who are absent, but rather the Canadian government with their lack of inclusive policy for people with disabilities. However, with the release of Prince's book, and events such as those at UVic, Prince is making his move to correct the public policy that has left Canadians with disabilities on the wayside.

    Photo taken by Susan Henderson (Communications Officer, UVic Libraries)

  • Joe Martin's Relentless Change Launched at Rotman

    Joe Martin, director of the Canadian Business History program, adjunct professor of Business Strategy, and Executive in Residence at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and Chair of the Governors of the National Business Archives of Canada, launched his book, Relentless Change, at the Rotman School of Management last night. Joe spoke to an engaged crowd of several hundred about the history of Canadian business, taking them through the several case studies he explores in his book.

    Joe Martin Relentless Change

    From the impact of the free trade agreement on the Ontario wine industry to the future of the automobile industry, Joe provided wisdom and insight to a crowd that is looking for hope and seeking innovation in the rapidly changing world of business.

    Joe also looked to the future, imagining the world in thirty-five years, when China and India have the biggest economies in the world and the Canadian economy and Canadian industries look nothing like they do today. It was an interesting and informative lecture from one of Canada's leading minds in business history.

    Relentless Change is available through our online store for $39.95.

  • The New Intern

    Hello!

    It's Liz, the new marketing intern! I'm almost done my first week at University of Toronto Press and what a week it's been! The people here at UTP are wonderful. They're happy to teach me all about the filing system, give me fun marketing projects, take me to meetings to see how books get published, and they are all patient with my confusion about the streets of Toronto and my complete lack of sense of direction (I'm fairly pleased that I only got lost twice getting here in the mornings).

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    This has been a week of firsts for me: my first cubicle, my first book launch, and my first foray into filing (but not my last!).

    We launched the Lincolnshire volumes of the Records of Early English Drama (great food!), Canuck Rock by Ryan Edwardson (so sad that I missed the buttertarts), and Jazz Age Barcelona by Robert Davidson (more great food! I see a theme here and I don't mind one bit).

    I've been told that this is not a normal week for UTP (there's not usually so many book launches), and while it has been fun (and there's still one more book launch to go!), I'm looking forward to next week so I can file some more and continue learning about marketing in the scholarly publishing world!

  • Getting Jazzy with Robert Davidson

    Last night, we partied like the Spanish with good cava, good tapas, and good friends! Robert Davidson launched his book, Jazz Age Barcelona, at Ben McNally Books in downtown Toronto. A big thank you goes out to the two Humber jazz students, who set the scene of the fun-filled evening.

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    UTP is really proud to be working with Robert and is proud to have published his book.

    Jazz Age Barcelona is available through our online store for $29.95.

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