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Two WLU Press authors shortlisted for Canada Prize awards

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Feb 15/12| For Immediate Release

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Brian Henderson, Director, WLU Press
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WATERLOO – Two books published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press have been shortlisted for Canada Prize awards by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences – awards that are seen as the “benchmark for outstanding scholarly work.”

Canadian Women in Print, 1750 – 1918 by Carole Gerson was shortlisted for the Canada Prize in Humanities. Veronica Strong-Boag’s book Fostering Nation? Canada Confronts Its History of Childhood Disadvantage was nominated for the Canada Prize in the Social Sciences.

“We are proud to be able to showcase Carole and Veronica,” said Brian Henderson, director of WLU Press.“These are senior authors who are at the top of their scholarship field.”

This is the third year in a row a book published by WLU Press has been nominated for the humanities prize and the first time that any of its books have been nominated for both the humanities and social sciences categories in the same year.

“WLU Press has long been recognized as one of Canada's best academic publishing houses,” said Abby Goodrum, Laurier’s vice-president: research. “To be shortlisted for these prizes is a well-earned recognition of the excellence Laurier brings to the dissemination of social science and humanities research.”

Canadian Women in Print, 1750 – 1918 is the first historical examination of women’s engagement with multiple aspects of print over 200 years. Gerson is a professor in the English department at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Strong-Boag’s Fostering Nation? Canada Confronts Its History of Childhood Disadvantage explores the missteps and the promise of a century and more of child protection efforts by Canadians and their governments. The author is a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia.

The Canada Prize awards are handed out annually to an English and French book in each category of Social Sciences and the Humanities. The 2012 winners will be announced at an awards ceremony Friday, March 30 in Montreal.

The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences strives to support and advance Canada's research in the humanities and social sciences through various activities, including an annual Congress meeting, which this year will be co-hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo from May 26 to June 2, 2012. For more information about Congress, visit: www.congress2012.ca.

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