University of Toronto Press Blog

  • 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


    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.

    robert davidson jazz age barcelona

    jazz age barcelona robert davidson

    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.

    canuck rock launch soundscapes

    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.

    canuck rock launch soundscapes

    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.

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