Clearing the Plains Wins the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize
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Clearing the Plains has, ironically, won the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, which has stirred up some discussion. James Daschuk also won the Clio Prize and the Canadian Historical Association’s Aboriginal History Book Prize.
Fists Upon A Star by Florence Bean James and Jean Freeman won the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport Publishing Award.
U of R Press "Grabs [the] Spotlight"— internationally
Read the University of Regina Press profile in Publishers Weekly, "the bible of the American book industry."
Read another great article on the Press in Canada's leading magazine of book news and reviews.
When I was a kid I was taught
“Canadian history is boring.”
Being a Nova Scotian I felt sorry for the Canadians. We had six wars, nine major battles, ethnic cleansings, whorehouses, pirates, and buried treasure: not always pretty, but hardly boring. The home to “iron men and wooden boats,” Nova Scotia had the first responsible government in the British Empire, and that didn’t happen by being “nice.”
Living in Quebec, I learned that the defeated people of New France had no love for the conquerors. In Toronto I discovered that Upper Canada was once known as “Glory Land” to every enslaved American dreaming of freedom. Now in Saskatchewan, I find out that Sir John A. Macdonald implemented a policy of starvation against First Nations people. Thousands died.
Why did this come as a shock to me? Why isn’t this history—with its ugliness and glory—known to every Canadian?
Four Horses: Official Music Video
M.P. Charlie Angus was so "blown away" by the bestselling book, Clearing the Plains, he was inspired to write a song. Here is the video for that song, "Four Horses."
Reality Publishing: One On One
with Charlie Angus and James Daschuk
Clearing the Plains author James Daschuk and M. P Charlie Angus discuss the book and the importance of speaking the truth about Canadian history.
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Authors in the News
Read NDP MP releases song about John A. Macdonald's treatment of Aboriginal People in the Globe and Mail
Read "First Nations history should make us questions what is means to be Canadian" review of Clearing the Plains in the Globe and Mail
Read "Ethnic Cleansing, Canadian Style" review of Clearing the Plains in the Literary Review of Canada
Listen to Charlie Angus on the CBC Morning Show discuss how Clearing the Plains inspired a song he wrote.
Listen to Charlie Angus on CBC Sudbury discuss how Clearing the Plains inspired a song he wrote.
Listen to Charlie Angus on MBC radio discuss how Clearing the Plains inspired a song he wrote.
Listen to James Daschuk (left) on CBC's The Current discussing his new book, Clearing the Plains.
Read James Daschuk's "When Canada Used Hunger to Clear the West" op-ed from the Globe and Mail
Read an excerpt from Ramin Jahanbegloo's (right) memoir Time Will Say Nothing: A Philosopher's Descent into Iran's Notorious Evin Prison, in the LA Review of Books, which will be published by University of Regina Press in the Fall of 2014.
Read the National Post review of Boiling Point and Cold Cases and Thugs, Thieves and Outlaws.
U of R Press Launches New Logo
It is not every day that Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro congratulate a university on the launch of its university press, but then, it is a rare occasion when a new university press comes into being. Jumping to the head of the class on the good wishes of these literary titans, University of Regina Press officially launched June 1st, 2013. If you are at Congress on Tuesday, May 27th, please join us at booth 50 to celebrate our first anniversay with champagne and birthday cake.
To help define who we are and what we do, we created a logo that was inspired by the Cree language and the Morse code, to both honour our roots and express a desire to communicate universally. Our motto is “For many peoples, a voice” and we try to keep that in mind with everything we do.
Please see the story of our logo here and we hope you join Ms. Atwood and Ms. Munro in welcoming an exciting new venture to the publishing scene.