Creative Saskatchewan released the following media statement today, and we want to make sure you’ve seen it. Because if there’s one thing we loooove to talk about, it’s how awesome our publishers are. We can talk about that All. Day. Long. So congratulations, University of Regina Press! This is some great success for one of your new titles, and an important book in the Canadian bibliolandscape. Yeah. We just invented that word.
Saskatchewan Publishing on the Front Page
It is not very often that a book graces the cover of a national newspaper, yet that is exactly where The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir was featured in the Saturday March 21st edition of The Globe and Mail.
In addition to appearing on page 1, combined with a multi-page article inside the paper, The Education of Augie Merasty is an Amazon top 10 bestseller and is one of CBC’s CanLit15 picks. Demand for the book has sent it back to press for another print run!
Published by the University of Regina Press, this book was written by Saskatchewan-based authors Joseph Auguste Merasty, with David Carpenter. Described as “one of the most important books of the Spring season” by Canada’s national newspaper, the success of The Education of Augie Merasty is a positive reflection of the great activity occurring in Saskatchewan’s publishing industry as a whole.
“Thank you to Creative Saskatchewan for supporting the publishing of this book,” said Bruce Walsh, Publisher of University of Regina Press. “This success would not have happened without your support.”
Creative Saskatchewan funding from the Creative Industries Production grant supported the publishing of this and other books released by the University of Regina Press in 2014.
“This is very exciting for everyone involved,” says JP Ellson, CEO of Creative Saskatchewan. “This is great recognition of the hard work of both the publisher and author and is a nod to the work of Saskatchewan’s publishing industry as a whole.”
The University of Regina Press launched on June 1, 2013 and publishes books on aboriginal issues, Saskatchewan history, and other topics for both the trade and scholarly markets. The first book published by University of Regina Press, Clearing the Plains, won the Governor General’s Award for History and became the rarest of things in academic publishing: a national bestseller. It was also published with support from the government of Saskatchewan. Visit www.uofrpress.ca for more on University of Regina Press.