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Honouring a Sister Born with Down Syndrome and Overcoming Survivor's Guilt

Posted: November 7, 2019
Victoria Freeman, writer, theatre artist, educator, and public historian, was four years old when her younger sister Martha, who was born with Down syndrome, was sent away to the now-shuttered Rideau Regional Centre in Smith Falls, ON, an institution for the intellectually disabled. It has taken Victoria decades to unravel the guilt and shame she felt, and to come to terms with her own “difference,” her bisexuality, in a society that sets what is considered “normal.” In her new book A World without Martha: A Memoir of Sisters, Disability, and Difference Victoria tells her life story with candid honesty. She shares with Kerry Kilmartin, publicist at UBC Press, her reasons for writing the book and the things she discovered along the way. ...more

How to Speak Up and Speak Out: On Jody Wilson-Raybould’s From Where I Stand

Posted: November 5, 2019
This year’s University Press Week theme is “Read. Think. Act.” It sounds straightforward, right? But when I began to think about it, I wasn’t sure what this really meant. Reading and thinking—those ones are obvious, but do the books we publish encourage us to act? ...more

Hugh Segal’s Bootstraps Need Boots

Posted: October 24, 2019
How radical would it be for all Canadians to receive a basic annual income? Hugh Segal’s Bootstraps Need Boots: One Tory’s Lonely Fight to End Poverty in Canada tells his deeply personal story of why he fights to end poverty in Canada ...more

UBC Press partners with four U.S. university presses

Posted: October 22, 2019
UBC Press is honoured to represent Rutgers University Press, University of Hawai’i Press, University Press of Mississippi, and West Virginia University Press. ...more

Parties and Politicians: Books on Canada's Political Parties

Posted: October 4, 2019
When a UBC Press’er reads or watches the news, it’s customary to say “Hey! We have a book on that!” And that’s especially true during election season. ...more

UBC Press Picks: Orange Shirt Day

Posted: September 30, 2019
September 30, Orange Shirt Day, is a day to recognize the experiences of residential school students and survivors. Below is a short reading list to help you learn and reflect about the residential school experience and legacy. ...more

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s book From Where I Stand will be released on September 20th.

Posted: July 23, 2019
From Where I Stand is a timely, forthright, impassioned, and optimistic book for all Canadians – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – that urges us to build upon the momentum already gained on the reconciliation journey or else risk hard-won progress being lost. ...more

UBC Press receives a US$490,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Posted: June 26, 2019
The University of British Columbia Press has been awarded US$490,000 (C$650,000) to undertake a 15-month research project leading to the design of a business plan and conceptual framework for supporting interactive digital publications in Indigenous studies. ...more

UBC Press Picks: Vancouver Bird Week 2019

Posted: May 14, 2019
A little bird told us that it's Vancouver Bird Week (May 11-17). And since we're as proud as a peacock over our ornithology list, we're taking the opportunity to bring back our UBC Press Picks list of bird books. Though these aren't specific to Vancouver birds, we wanted to give bird-lovers everywhere a bird's eye view of our best bird books! ...more
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The Creator's Game wins 2019 Canada Prize

Posted: April 16, 2019
UBC Press would like to congratulate Allan Downey, author of "The Creator’s Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood" and recipient of the 2019 Canada Prize, awarded by The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. ...more
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