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Catalogues Revisited: A Q&A with Alexa Love

Posted: February 2, 2018
UBC Press's newest catalogue, Spring 2018, marked a big change in the way UBC Press does catalogues. In the past, we had two catalogues: a trade catalogue (for general-interest, trade bookstores) and a scholarly (for our main, academic audience). Alexa Love, Catalogues and Advertising Manager, was tasked with redesigning the UBC Press catalogues--doing away with the print trade catalogue and designing one single catalogue for all UBC Press and distributed titles. Curious about the redesign, I asked Alexa about her process. ...more
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UBC Press Picks: Books about Birds

Posted: January 5, 2018
Is a bird in the hand better than two in the bush? We think so. In honor of #NationalBirdDay in the US, here are some fantastic UBC Press books for birders. ...more
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UBC Press Picks: Books on Volunteering

Posted: December 5, 2017
In honour of International Volunteer Day, we've selected UBC Press books that capture the importance and spirit of volunteering. ...more
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UBC Press: Tweets that Count?

Posted: November 9, 2017
University presses are in the business of communicating important, often verbose and scholarly, information to a sometimes very targeted audience. It’s what we do, it’s what we do well, and it’s what should remain our core mission as a university press. However, this method of communicating is often in opposition to the goal of social media—to relay quick snippets of information and videos of cats doing things. ...more

Libraries and Librarians helping us all #LookItUP

Posted: November 9, 2017
#Alternativefacts. #FakeNews. Phrases of political rhetoric that rapidly became a lightning rod for information professionals, journalists, and academics to galvanize against and respond in kind with #EvaluateSources. #FactCheck. ...more

Exciting times, indeed, but also nerve-wracking:
UBC Press's foray into trade publishing

Posted: November 7, 2017
Every university press publishes books that matter or – as we like to say at UBC Press – “Thought That Counts.” But these books would matter more if publishers could get the attention of readers outside of their traditional hard-core academic audience. Over the past two years, UBC Press has tried to do exactly that, honing newfound skills to attract general readers. ...more

Behind-the-Scenes: The New Purich Books Logo

Posted: November 1, 2017
On a crisp October afternoon, Liz Hudson (UBC Press’s inventory coordinator) and I had the pleasure of sitting down with Emma Novotny, Senior Graphic Designer from UBC’s Faculty of Arts, to chat about the process behind designing the new Purich Books logo. ...more

In the News: Give and Take

Posted: October 6, 2017
Shirley Tillotson's tax book, Give and Take: The Citizen Taxpayer and the Rise of Canadian Democracy, is releasing in just over a month. Lately she's been making the rounds in the media. ...more

Concordia University Press Partners with UBC Press

Posted: September 26, 2017
Concordia University Press and UBC Press are pleased to announce a partnership which will see UBC Press assume worldwide responsibility for marketing and distribution of Concordia University Press’s English-language print books. ...more

UBC Press Picks: Books on Public Memory and Commemoration

Posted: August 24, 2017
Monuments and public art are embedded with meaning, shaping how we understand the past. How do they support or challenge common interpretations of the past – and the present? How might civic art and commemorations claim space for society’s more vulnerable groups? And how do local places – the main street, the city square, the village museum, internment camps, and the rural landscape – becomes spaces that connect memory with identity? ...more
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