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Welcome to UBC Press's "Congress from your Couch." Grab a cup of your favourite beverage and settle in. As you approach our "booth," you will notice all the great new titles and old favourites. We have tried to include everything you might find at a UBC Press conference exhibit (except, perhaps, our smiling faces).

Here you will find:

Special Features

Thank you to all the authors who contributed blog posts and other stories to #CongressFromYourCouch. Please get comfy and connect with the amazing work of these authors.

Indigenous Empowerment through Co-Management: The Inside Story
Graham White's inside story of Indigenous Empowerment through Co-Management "lacks scandal, backstage catfights, high-flying impresarios and stories of outrageous behaviour," but it's worth a read anyway.

The Geography of British Columbia: More than a Textbook
Author Brett McGillivray convinces us that Geography of British Columbia: People and Landscapes in Transition is more than just a textbook.

Out of Milk: The Inside Story
Lesley Frank describes the impetus (and some of the heartbreaking stories) behind her new book.

Knowing the Past, Facing the Future: Behind the Scenes
"Coordinating an edited book is tasking!" - Sheila Carr-Stewart takes us through the process of editing Knowing the Past, Facing the Future.

Vancouverism: One Year Later
Last year, Larry Beasley's book Vancouverism told us the story of modern-day Vancouver. Today, he reflects on the reaction to Vancouverism and the challenges still facing the city.

Challenge the Strong Wind: A Cover Story
We love a good cover story! David Webster tells us why the cover for Challenge the Strong Wind is a winner.

Crossing Law's Border: Behind the Scenes
On the eve of World Refugee Day, Shauna Labman chats Crossing Law's Border and resettlement in Canada.

From Wardship to Rights: Behind the Scenes
Jim Reynolds gives us an insider's look behind the landmark Guerin case.

Contact!Unload: A Call to Action
I think the new book Contact!Unload is the only UBC Press book to include a full script of a play. I know this is the only #CongressFromYourCouch feature to include a full-length theatrical performance. Sit back and enjoy!

Moments of Crisis: Thinking about Nation, Religion, and Loss in Québec and Egypt
Ian Morrison reflects upon writing about national identity in Québec, while simultaneously grappling with watching, from a distance, loss and tragedy in Egypt.

Quick Pitch: 5 Books You Can't Miss this Summer
We take a look at five new books, "elevator-pitch-style." 

A World Without Martha: Who Speaks? Who Tells? Who Listens?
"Writing about my sister, who died in 2002, was an ethical challenge. In many ways, I had barely known her and she had a limited ability to speak for herself and be heard by others, including me." Victoria Freeman talks about writing her Lambda-nominated book. Originally published on

The Aging/Disability Nexus: The Documentary
Here's a brief documentary about the symposium that inspired The Aging-Disability Nexus.

War Junk: A Surprising History
Have you ever wondered what happens to all those munitions and supplies after war ends? Alex Souchen talks War Junk with The Tattooed Historian.

In the Spirit of '68: Acadian Fire
Joel Belliveau, a recent guest on the Champlain's Society's "Witness to Yesterday" podcast, discusses the 1968-69 student protests at the University of Moncton and his book In the Spirit of '68.

Faith or Fraud: Should Religious Freedom Include Spiritual Beleifs?
"In the West, the fundamental right of freedom of religion developed alongside toleration — the idea that a nation could allow more than a single religious group to operate freely within its borders. The assumption, however, was that religion was practised by organisations." Faith or Fraud author Jeremy Patrick in conversation with... The Conversation.

Caring for Eeyou Istchee: Protected Area Creation in Wemindji Cree Territory
The authors of Caring for Eeyou Istchee graciously shared slides from a presentation they gave at the AAA/CASCA 2019 meetings. (PDF Download).

Canada and Ireland: French Canadians and the Irish Question
How was the "Irish Question" connected to the "Québec Question" in early Canadian history? Philip J. Currie explains in his new book.

"Paper Clips"

Quick video pitches from our authors. Netflix, watch your back. 

Current Catalogue

Fall 2019 Canadian Cover
Queen of the Maple Leaf
Beauty Contests and Settler Femininity
Environmental Policy in Canada's Petro-Provinces
The Justice Crisis
The Cost and Value of Accessing Law
Canadian Foreign Policy
Reflections on a Field in Transition
Edited by Brian Bow and Andrea Lane
A Complex Exile
Homelessness and Social Exclusion in Canada
Visual Culture at the Banff School of Fine Arts
North of El Norte
Illegalized Mexican Migrants in Canada
At the Pleasure of the Crown
The Politics of Bureaucratic Appointments
The Nuclear North
Histories of Canada in the Atomic Age
Constitutional Pariah
Reference re Senate Reform and the Future of Parliament
Canada 1919
A Nation Shaped by War
A Better Justice?
Community Programs for Criminalized Women
Fixing Niagara Falls
Environment, Energy, and Engineers at the World’s Most Famous Waterfall
The Good Fight
Marcel Cadieux and Canadian Diplomacy
A World without Martha
A Memoir of Sisters, Disability, and Difference
At the Bridge
James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging
Flawed Precedent
The St. Catherine’s Case and Aboriginal Title
Moved by the State
Forced Relocation and Making a Good Life in Postwar Canada
The New NDP
Moderation, Modernization, and Political Marketing
Nothing to Write Home About
British Family Correspondence and the Settler Colonial Everyday in British Columbia
Assembling Unity
Indigenous Politics, Gender, and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Levelling the Lake
Transboundary Resource Management in the Lake of the Woods Watershed
Delivering Policy
The Contested Politics of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Canada
Our Voices Must Be Heard
Women and the Vote in Ontario
Truth and Conviction
Donald Marshall Jr. and the Mi’kmaw Quest for Justice
Incorporating Culture
How Indigenous People Are Reshaping the Northwest Coast Art Industry
The Last Suffragist Standing
The Life and Times of Laura Marshall Jamieson
A Family Matter
Citizenship, Conjugal Relationships, and Canadian Immigration Policy
Breaching the Peace
The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand against Big Hydro
By Sarah Cox Foreword by Alex Neve

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