For Immediate Release
April 17, 2020
Reedpop’s announcement late yesterday that the 2020 edition of BookExpo America (BEA), scheduled to be held July 22-26 at the Javits Center in New York City, is officially cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has forced Canada’s largest academic publisher, University of Toronto Press, to launch its new trade imprint, Aevo UTP, online.
“We’ve been looking forward to unveiling Aevo UTP at BEA,” says Jane Kelly, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Now we’ll pivot towards our digital channels to spread the word about the Aevo UTP line-up to our book industry colleagues, before these titles start to arrive this fall.”
Written by leading experts for intellectually curious readers, Aevo UTP books delve into the major issues facing today’s world. The first few books in the lineup tackle topics ranging from climate change to mental health. Kelly and her team have started to present the Aevo UTP list to book buyers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
“David Miller’s forthcoming book Solved: How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis has already generated considerable buzz,” says Kelly. The international climate change expert argues that it’s time to pin our hopes for the planet on cities. Miller presents a clear-eyed and compelling case that significant progress can be made by duplicating the actions of leading cities, at pace and scale, around the world. (Publication Date: October 2020)
Geoffrey A. Ozin and Mireille F. Ghoussoub offer a chemist’s perspective on climate change in The Story of CO2: Big Ideas for a Small Molecule. By approaching carbon dioxide as a resource, they show us how we can repurpose it and add carbon capture to our other tools in the fight to address the earth’s environmental crisis. (Publication Date: September 2020)
Concerned citizens and business leaders have applied natural science to understand climate change. In Lead for the Planet, Rae André contends that they should now apply social science to improve how society makes decisions about the climate crisis. André details five key practices for strong leadership in sustainability. (Publication Date: October 2020)
Australian podcaster, critic, and writer Sam Twyford-Moore interweaves a candid personal narrative with telling references to pop culture icons like Kanye West in The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania. It is not only a cultural history of manic depression but a vivid portrait of the way(s) the human mind operates in a manic state. (Publication Date: September 2020)
In addition to these four Aevo UTP titles, University of Toronto Press was planning to debut new books from its popular lines at BEA. From the Rotman-UTP imprint, for instance, comes Julia Levy’s tale of how she went from being a science professor to the CEO of a highly lucrative biotechnology company. Her memoir In Sight: My Life in Science and Biotech is a candid account of her exhaustive battle to turn a scientific discovery into a commercial product, and the truly remarkable hurdles faced by women in the scientific community. (Publication Date: October 2020)
“It’s disappointing that a line-up this strong won’t be showcased at BEA,” says Kelly. “Even so, there’s no doubt that these books will end up in the hands of intellectually curious readers.”
Chris Reed, Publicist, University of Toronto Press
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