At the heart of the University of Alberta Press is a dynamic group of people. You are invited to learn more about each of us by clicking on a photograph.
Roger EppAcquiring Editor (Northern Studies)
Cathie CrooksAssociate Director / Manager Planning & Operations
Douglas is responsible for overall operations of UAP, including financial and editorial matters and future growth. His whole career has been in scholarly publishing, having previously worked at University of Toronto Press in senior sales/marketing and acquisitions positions.
Thoughts on UAP?
It’s an exciting place to be. We have ambitions here to be one of North America’s top university presses. The University of Alberta is a place that encourages big thinking.
Cities. Walking in them, cycling across them, navigating their transit systems, and finding the small parts that make each of them unique.
Senior Editor (Acquisitions)
Peter Midgley, PhD
Peter Midgley is a middle-aged, Afrikaans-speaking white South African male. In the eyes of the world, he is therefore by definition racist and sexist. In the course of thirty years as an editor (freelance, managing, and acquisitions), lecturer, clerk of court, bartender, door-to-door salesman, and janitor, he has acquired an honours degree in Dutch and Afrikaans literature and an MA and a PhD in English, both with a focus on Indigenous Knowledge Systems. It’s astounding what people leave in the garbage.
Thus fully equipped for life as an impostor, he has opined about aspects of African literature and society in far-flung places—from Botswana, Canada, Namibia, South Africa, Switzerland and Tanzania to the United Kingdom and the United States of America. He is working on the rest of the alphabet. All this travel, he believes, resulted in him accidentally being awarded a Killam Scholarship. Proof, if nothing else, that reward follows persistence rather than talent.
His thoughts have even been published in 14 books and a handful (or two or three) of scholarly articles, book chapters, etc. He has also translated 60 books. Some keynote addresses, distinguished lectures and the like fortunately only infect the ether. Be careful of the air you breathe…
His forays into editing have provided him the Editors’ Association of Canada’s Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. The Book Publishers Association of Alberta presented him with the Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence. He was unable to retire on the award money. Since he is now doubly excellent, he has apparently earned the honorific “Your Excellency.”
Fredric C. Bohm, PhD
Fredric has a PhD in history and has taught at several institutions of higher learning. He has an extensive background in scholarly publishing.
“Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.” Voltaire
“Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.” John Maynard Keynes
I have many favourite places, some of them are far away: the Greek islands, Paris, Berlin to name three. But most of all, I love the mountains of the West: the Rockies, the Coast Range of BC, the Cascades and Olympics of Washington.
I like being part of that never-ending process of turning ideas and inspirations into books that are written, edited, designed, and produced to be read by people who think. To say that a book is "a good read” isn't saying very much as far as I’m concerned. A great book, or even a “good book”—one that causes a reader to reconsider, to reflect, or perhaps learn something new—that’s my kind of book.
Mary Lou Roy
Mary Lou works with UAP’s authors and freelancers, shepherding manuscripts through all stages of the editorial process. From copyediting to proofreading to indexing, Mary Lou helps guide them on their way.
On life at UAP:
“My office is set up to stage large manuscripts in several iterations, so I live surrounded by paper. And at the same time, the most important elements of our process are the electronic files that we work with; the paper is just a static moment in time. Food for thought!”
Greatest irrational fear?
Death by papercut.
Timba! (contemporary Cuban dance music).
“If you take hyphens seriously, you will surely go mad.” Oxford University Press style manual
Design & Production
Alan Brownoff, BFA
Alan is our in-house designer and handles production. His award-winning book design has become one of the hallmarks of UAP. Many of his covers make strong use of Canadian art.
“Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions, there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.” —Paul Rand
“Works of imagination bleed together with the world they extrapolate from, the writing process begins with the writer, the life; it branches onto paper, into artifice; but the final restless resting place of every written thing is the solitary life of the reader; there it hibernates, a cluster of stray images, forgotten incitements and conversational asides, a mass of shadow wrapping itself around the thoughts and gestures of the self.” —Sven Birkerts
Sales & Marketing
Cathie Crooks, MBA
Cathie is a publishing, marketing, and communications specialist and experienced project manager. She coordinates all of the sales and marketing activities of the Press and enjoys working with authors, other staff members, and our sales representatives to get the word out about our books.
Thoughts on UAP?
I love the diversity and variety in our books and my terrific colleagues. There’s never a dull moment.
Learning something every day!
I am the other half of the marketing and sales department, working with authors and their books.
“Life expands or shrinks according to one’s courage.” Anais Nin
“Mintha szavakkal játszani nem annyi volna, mint magával az élettel játszani.” [As if playing with words isn't like playing with life itself.] Kosztolányi Dezsõ
Thoughts on working at UAP?
Enjoying the variety and creativity of the tasks I have to tackle; never a dull moment!
Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan
The Tale of the Unknown Island by Jose Saramago
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
The Danish Poet and The Russian Ark (oh, so international)
Basia Kowal, MBA
Want to purchase a book? Have questions concerning your payment? Need a financial report? I'm your contact!
Working at UAP?
I just love the characters!
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Travelling, life-long learning, reading, trail running, marathons, and obstacle course racing.
I wear many hats, all of which support our editors and authors. Most of my time is spent managing editorial projects and working with our digital publications and their distribution.
CKUA! You can listen here: http://www.ckua.com