University of Toronto Press Blog

  • Burlesque West Strips Down at Talisman Books

    Becki Ross brought Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver to Pender Island, BC last Sunday, with a launch at Talisman Books & Gallery.

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    Becki, who has summered on Pender Island for over a decade, and lives not five minutes away from the store, was delighted by the warm reception she received from neighbors and friends. “Where else but here can you size up the crowd from your living room?” she laughed.

    Bookstore owner, Wendy McDonald, was highly complimentary about Becki’s presentation. “We had roughly forty people out on a beautiful afternoon, and you wouldn’t believe the discussion her book started,” Wendy said. “It’s a book club pick for sure.” Popular with many former Vancouverites, the crowd responded enthusiastically to Becki’s account of how the erotic entertainment industry in Vancouver, once an engine of economic growth in the downtown district, has been all but eliminated by subsequent municipal leaders.

    The launch at Talisman is only the first of several for Becki this fall, with numerous events planned for September in both Vancouver and Toronto. For more details about her upcoming events check back here or look for Becki on Facebook beginning in September.

    Photo courtesy of Talisman Books

  • Interning at UTP: Filing, Cubicles, and a Whole Lot of Learning

    internThis is what I wrote in my diary the day I was offered a marketing internship with University of Toronto Press: “I GOT THE INTERNSHIP! OMG OMG OMG! I have an OFFICE JOB! They’re giving me a CUBICLE! And a CHAIR!” This is a true, and embarrassing, story. Though I may have harboured some illusions about the glamour of cubicle life, after three months at UTP, I can say for sure that my excitement was well founded.

    Although I’d taken two excellent classes in publishing at Ryerson, working at UTP gave me the irreplaceable experience of learning on the job. Attending the sales conference, helping out with book launches, tracking down buyers, and writing catalogue copy helped me understand what it takes to work in this industry from day to day. My tasks ranged from the thrilling (sipping wine with the Honourable Adrienne Clarkson was a particular highlight) to the less so (I filed quite a few memos, giving me the irrational fear that one of our enormous filing cabinets would topple over and crush me to death), but no matter what I was doing, I was learning.

    Not only did I add an impressive list of new skills to my resume, but I also met an office full of friendly, welcoming people who went out of their way to help me out, by giving me resume tips, going over my class projects, teaching me how to fix the photocopier, and sometimes just buying me a beer. After three months, I suddenly found myself with the beginnings of what every job-hunting manual keeps telling me I need to have: a network.

    My internship was a huge step forward for me, and I’m grateful to everyone at UTP for giving me all the new experiences. Next time the beer’s on me. (Well, not literally. I can’t back that up.)

  • UTP at the APA

    UTP spent the weekend at the American Psychological Association conference. Held in downtown Toronto, this annual conference brought together over 12,000 academics, practitioners, and more to discover and discuss the latest happenings in psychology.

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    UTP shared a booth with New York University Press. Traffic was brisk and a popular seller was Alexandra Rutherford's Beyond the Box. Alex was one of the invited speakers for the conference, and her entertaining talk about BF Skinner's cultural prominence in the '50s through to the '70s brought out over 100 people!

    Our booth was right next to the History of American Psychology Society and they had some amazing artifacts on display, including a Skinner box!

    See everyone next year at the 2010 conference in San Diego!

  • UTP is Goin' Green!

    In an effort to save trees and time, we will no longer be mailing out physical copies of our catalogue to individuals. Feel free to browse our interactive website or download the PDF.

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