University of Toronto Press Blog

  • 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!

  • Get Un-hooked with UTP!

    Get ready for what will be the wildest UTP launch yet!

    On Friday, September 25th we’ll launch Becki Ross’s Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver and the new second edition of Deborah Brock’s Making Work, Making Trouble: The Social Regulation of Sexual Labour at Goodhandy’s Bar in Toronto.

    Deborah Brock Making Work, Making Trouble Becki Ross Burlesque West

    Entitled Un-hooked: sex workers and law, the night will bring together the authors with members of the Sex Professionals of Canada and local burlesque performers Saucy tarts and Cinnamon Harts for a panel discussion about the regulation of sexual labour in Canada and some tantalizing fun!

    Toronto Women’s Bookstore will be on hand to sell books and admission is free. Check back here for more details soon. Can’t wait to see you there!

  • 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.


    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.


    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!

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