University of Toronto Press Blog

  • The New Intern


    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).

    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.

  • Canuck Rock Rocks Soundscapes

    Last night we launched Canuck Rock: A History of Canadian Music at Soundscapes Record Store on College St. Author Ryan Edwardson led a lively panel that consisted of Nicolas Jennings, documentary filmmaker and author of Before the Gold Rush and True North Records founder Bernie Finkelstein. The trio talked shop about what it means to be a Canadian musician and how that's different from music in Canadian, how the Canadian content regulations shaped the face of the industry, what the Canadian music industry will look like in the future and more.

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    Ryan asked each participant to name the most influential Canadian music act. This lead to some great debate with Bernie choosing the Guess Who, Nicholas choosing the Band, and Ryan himself selecting the Tragically Hip.

    The crowd really got into it, wanting to know about which emerging acts best define the Canadian music landscape, questioning the relevancy of Much Music and more.

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    Soundscapes was a great space for this event and a huge thanks goes out to Greg for being an ever-gracious host. No one at UTP could leave without picking up a new album or being introduced to a new act!

    Canuck Rock is available through our online store for $27.95.

  • UTP & TIFF to Co-Publish Canadian Cinema Series

    Tom McSorley Atom Egoyan's The AdjusterToday, we're proud to announce an exciting venture with the Toronto International Film Festival! TIFF is partnering with UTP in the development, promotion, and distribution of the publications in the Canadian Cinema series. Working in tandem with UTP, TIFF will host screenings and distribute books in the series at its retail outlets.

    “This is an exciting partnership for UTP, for our authors, scholars, and cinephiles everywhere. We are delighted to be working with TIFF to bring the best of Canadian cinema onto the screen and into bookstores everywhere,” said John Yates, President, Publisher, and CEO of University of Toronto Press.

    “We’re extremely excited to be working with one of the best, most established presses in the country on this much-needed series which turns the spotlight on key films in our filmmaking history,” said Steve Gravestock, Associate Director of Canadian Programming for TIFF. “Many of the films discussed in this series - including The Adjuster and The Far Shore - have been sadly neglected in terms of scholarship. This excellent series helps contextualize these seminal works in terms of both film and social history.”

    A series of short books devoted to the best of Canadian film, aimed at cinephiles and academics alike, the Canadian Cinema series debuted in September of 2008, with the publication of David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence by Bart Beaty and Denys Arcand’s Le Déclin de l’empire américain and Les Invasions barbares by Andre Loiselle. Under the direction of series editors Will Straw and Bart Beaty, the series will launch its third volume, Atom Egoyan’s The Adjuster, at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival. ®

    Written by the founder of the Canadian Film Institute, Tom McSorley, Atom Egoyan’s The Adjuster charts the genesis, production, distribution, and critical reception of Egoyan’s breakthrough film.

    “We have always envisioned the books in the Canadian Cinema series as being written for the type of engaged and discriminating cinema-goers that have helped make TIFF such an important global cultural event, and we are confident that this association will allow these film fans to appreciate Canadian film on another level,” says Bart Beaty, Professor of Communications Studies at the University of Calgary.

    Filmgoers will have the chance to see McSorley chat with Atom Egoyan on Tuesday, September 15th at a special Master Class with Atom Egoyan presented by the Festival. For information about tickets, please visit

    The fourth volume in the series, Joyce Wieland’s The Far Shore by Johanne Sloan is due out later this year, with plans for two more volumes to appear in the fall of 2010.

  • Five Great Books for Women's Equality Day

    Every August 26th, we celebrate Women's Equality Day. While the event has American origins - the 19th Amendment was signed and women in the United States were granted the right to vote on August 26th, 1920 - there's no reason we here at UTP can't commemorate those who fought for women's rights today too.

    Below are five recent books about important movements, important women, or that make important contributions to women's studies research.

    Burlesque West by Becki L. Ross

    Becki Ross Burlesque West After the Second World War, Vancouver emerged as a hotbed of striptease talent. Becki Ross presents the first critical history of this notorious striptease scene and delves into the erotic entertainment industry at the northern end of the dancers' west coast tour - the North-South route from Los Angeles to Vancouver that provided rotating work for dancers and variety for club clientele.

    Paper: 9780802096463 $29.95

    Her Worship by Tom Urbaniak

    Tom Urbaniak Her Worship This book looks at the reign of Hazel McCallion, one of the longest-serving and power women in Canadian municipal politics. Tom Urbaniak argues that McCallion's executive skills and dynamic personality only partially explain the mayor's dominant and pre-emptive political position and points also to key historical and geographical factors that contributed impacted Mississauaga as it is today.

    Paper: 9780802096029 $27.95

    1 Way 2 C the World by Marilyn Waring

    Marilyn Waring 1 Way 2 C the World Marilyn Waring is one of the most influential and dynamic feminists ever. A truly absorbing figure known as a distinguished public intellectual, a leading feminist thinker, environmentalist, social justice activist, here she assembles some of her most thought-provoking writings, 1 Way 2 C the World is a compelling collection of essays and reflections on many important issues of our time.

    Paper: 9780802093752 $24.95

    Racialized Bodies, Disabling Worlds by Parin Dossa

    Parin Dossa Racialized Bodies Parin Dossa explores the lives of Canadian Muslim women who share their stories of social marginalization and disenfranchisement in a disabling world. She shows how these women define their identities and claim their humanity using the language of everyday life, making a case for positive acknowledgment of perceived differences of nationality, religion, multiple-abilities, and gendered and race-based identities.

    Paper: 9780802095510 $24.95

    Making Work, Making Trouble by Deborah Brock

    Deborah Brock Making Work, Making Trouble Thoroughly updated to include events that have occurred in the decade since it was originally published, this second edition re-establishes this work as the pre-eminent study of prostitution in Canada. Deborah R. Brock examines anti-prostitution campaigns, urban development, new policing strategies, and the responses of the media, the courts, and governments, as well as feminist, rights, and residents organizations.

    Paper: 9780802095572 $24.95

    Check out more great books in Women's Studies at our website!

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