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Holiday Baking in UTP’s Test Kitchen

If you’ve been watching UTP’s calendar of events, you may have noticed that we recently launched The Viking Immigrants: Icelandic North Americans by L.K. Bertram at a very special virtual event that featured the First Lady of Iceland, Eliza Reid, as well as Jewells Chambers, host of the fabulous All Things Iceland podcast. We were inspired at this book launch to attempt the most famous of all Icelandic North American holiday cakes: vinarterta (aka the “striped lady”). So, using one of the historic recipes included in the book, we took the challenge to UTP’s Test Kitchen.

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!

Raise UP: Rae André

Today, the blog tour highlights active voices within the community and who better to Raise UP than Rae André, climate change educator and bestselling author. She teaches Leadership and Sustainability in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, as Professor Emeritus, and consults on integrating planetary sustainability into business school and other university curricula. She is also the author of Lead for the Planet: Five Practices for Confronting Climate Change

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.