University of Toronto Press Blog

  • 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!

  • 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.)

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