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Christmas in Icelandic Winnipeg, 1920

Between 1870 and 1914 almost one-quarter of Iceland’s population migrated to North America, forming enclaves in both the United States and Canada. Released earlier in the year, The Viking Immigrants maps the transformation of Icelandic North American culture over a century and a half and reveals the hidden histories behind everyday traditions. In this post, author L.K. Bertram takes us back in time to 1920 and explores the Christmas traditions of a bustling Icelandic neighbourhood in Winnipeg 100 years ago. Cozy up and enjoy!

Before a Saint, A Man: Disability in the Life of Francis of Assisi

Written by Donna Trembinski, Illness and Authority examines the lived experience and early stories about St. Francis of Assisi through the lens of disability studies. In this post, Trembinski discusses more about her book that shows us another, less readily seen side of this famous saint.

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. 

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.

Sex Industry Slavery: Protecting Canada’s Youth

Sexual exploitation and human sex trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar international industry that preys on youth. Sex Industry Slavery: Protecting Canada’s Youth, written by veteran police officer Robert Chrismas, is an impactful read for anyone who wants to know more about this serious Canadian problem. In this post, Chrismas dives deeper into his book and discusses why he wanted to protect vulnerable people from a young age.