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Science Writing in a Time of Crisis

It’s day four of University Press Week and today the blog tour is highlighting the scientific voices within the community. One of those voices is Mireille F. Ghoussoub, who holds a PhD in materials chemistry from the University of Toronto and is the co-author of The Story of CO2: Big Ideas for a Small Molecule. In this post, Mireille highlights why, in a world facing climate change and a global pandemic, the need for honest and effective science communication has never been greater.

Accidental Wilderness: Toronto’s Tommy Thompson Park

Accidental Wilderness is a stunning new book about the history of Toronto’s Tommy Thompson Park, an urban landscape where forests, grasslands, and wildlife thrive – all within a stone’s throw of North America’s fourth-largest city. In this post, local artist and photographer Robert Burley, whose stunning collection of photos feature prominently in the book, tells us more about the park and why this fortuitous urban miracle offers a hopeful narrative about how nature can flourish in a modern-day city. 

Local Voices: Another Story Bookshop

Today, University Press Week celebrates the “local voices” within the community. With that in mind, we reached out to Another Story Bookshop in downtown Toronto, a local legend in Toronto scholarly publishing circles. The bookshop has long been a strong supporter of university press titles by hosting book launches and stocking titles, especially in the field of social justice. In this post, we spoke to Anjula Gogia, Events Coordinator at Another Story, and asked her questions about the history and philosophy of the bookshop, as well as their relationship with university presses.

Creating Light in Dark Times

It’s day two of the University Press Week blog tour and today UPs are highlighting the creative voices within the community. So who better to turn to than Charlotte Corden, illustrator of the stunning new ethnoGRAPHIC book, Light in Dark Times. The book is a profound work of anthropology and art, designed for anyone yearning to understand the darkness and hoping to hold onto the light. The book is also part of our ethonoGRAPHIC series, which speaks to a growing interest in comics as a powerful narrative medium and a desire for a more imaginative and collaborative ethnography. In this post, Charlotte discusses the Light in Dark Times project and what it’s like to create illustrations around some of the most complex topics we deal with in today’s world.

UP Week Day 1: “New Voices”

Today marks the start of University Press Week and this year’s theme celebrates the ways in which university presses help Raise UP a variety of voices and ideas. As ever, we’ll be participating with daily posts that address the topic of that particular day. Today’s posts are aimed at highlighting “new voices” within the community, so we asked Jodi Litvin, our Inside Sales Representative who is new to publishing, to share with us her experience working at UTP over the last three months.