Ottawa, September 22, 2016 – The University of Ottawa Press (UOP) unveiled an exciting 2016–2017 editorial program during a lively season launch at the Alex Trebek Alumni Hall.

The event was hosted by Monica Gattinger, UOP Editorial Board member and Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa, who engaged in a lively discussion with series editors Michel Bock (Amérique française), John Willis (Mercury, a co-publication with the Canadian Museum of History), Nicholas Ng-A-Fook (Education), and Tony Horava (Perspectives on Open Access).

In total, the 2016–2017 publishing program features 33 titles (14 English titles, 17 French and 2 bilingual) across all three editorial axes. Four of these titles are offered as frontlist open access (OA) titles, increasing the number of books in UOP’s OA collection to 74.

The Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 catalogue runs the gamut of academic inquiry in the Humanities and Social Sciences, from Trotskyism to Fascism, from poetry to politics, from primary-school integration to the pursuit of tenure. Each title strengthens UOP’s three editorial axes--Francophone and Canadian Studies; Politics, Public Policy and Globalization; and Contemporary Society.

Thematic highlights of this year’s rich line-up of monographs and edited volumes include the following (a full list with publication date and series may be found at the end of this release):

  • History:titles thatlift the veil on fascist anti-Semitism in 1940s Quebec; and recall the transformative impact of Canada’s military-industrial complex during the Second World War;
  • Society: books that examine Quebec’s contemporary cultural transformation; question e‑access to justice; and offer a portrait of Canada’s Global Affairs between the late 1960s and mid 1980s;
  • Education: a textbook on qualitative methodology in the social sciences; a French-immersion textbook for university students; a study on integration and inclusion at school; and another on tenure;
  • Francophone Studies: a compendium of studies on minority-language writing; an examination of French immersion programs and best practices; and an analysis of the Senate’s role in defending the rights of French-language minorities;
  • Prominent Canadians: the life and work of one of Canada’s leaders, both in business and in culture, David Culver; and of eminent Franco-Ontarian Gaétan Gervais;
  • Translation: a treatise on poetry and translation; a French-language translation of Orange Fish, Carol Shields’ first short story collection; and a highly entertaining collection of reflections by authors, philosophers, and theorists on the art and science of translation;
  • Mercury Series: books that explore the life and work of pioneering archaeologist W. B. Nickerson; The Forgotten Songs of the Newfoundland Outports; as well as the archaeology and history of New France and Canadian culture;
  • Literary Studies: a study of the ecosystem of literary translation as examined in the case of Anne Hébert’s poetry; a critical examination of Canadian modernists and other members of the Lost Generation in 1940s Paris; UOP's fourth and final instalment of the Malcolm Lowry subseries; Shakespeare in Canada; a collection of essays on Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro; and a ground-breaking critical edition of the correspondence between Leo Tolstoy and his wife, Sofia Tolstaya.

The newly created Regional Studies series will fittingly be launched with an illustrated book on the 80 years of scholarly publishing at the University of Ottawa. It will be followed by a French-language architectural guide to Ottawa and the national capital region, just in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary. UOP’s most recently created series, Perspectives on Open Access, will significantly extend the open access mandate adopted by the University—and UOP—in 2009.

The 2016–2017 publishing program will close on a high note: Andrew Donskov’s critical edition of 48 years of correspondence between Tolstoy and his wife, Sofia Tolstaya. This voluminous tome—a complement to the award-winning memoirs of Sofia Tolstaya, My Life, also published by UOP—not only introduces the correspondence between the literary giant and his wife for the first time in English, it also includes letters never before published even in Russian.

“Our vision for an ideal publishing program balances innovation with tradition, offers rigour in research and editorial presentation in both English and French, and supports a solid and steady expansion of our existing series year over year. To this end, our editorial board and series editors have spared no effort to shape carefully crafted series that continue to attract leading scholars from Canada and abroad. The results speak for themselves: UOP authors and the Press have garnered a variety of awards and recognitions this past year, attaining success in both English and French publications,” said Robert Major, FRSC, Vice-President Academic and Provost Emeritus, University of Ottawa, and Chair of the UOP management and editorial boards.

The University of Ottawa Press acknowledges the support of the University of Ottawa, the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and its Awards to Scholarly Publications Program, as well as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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