Alumni books out now: August 2012
ROSEMARY SMYTH, Artsci’92, has authored 101 Success Tips and Strategies for Financial Advisors ($15.99). The book is divided into four sections, Rookie, Advisor, Senior Advisor and Manager, each section dealing with the common topics that occur as financial advisors advance through their career. The tips and strategies are designed as short bites of information that are easy to understand and remember. There is also an inspirational quote attached to each tip as a small token of wisdom and humour. Rosemary is a columnist and an international business coach for financial advisors. She spent her career working at leading investment firms before pursuing her passion for coaching. Visit her website at www.rosemarysmyth.com
LEAH MURRAY, Artsci'98, has written her first novella, Romancing the Buzzard (Quattro Press, $14.95), a tale of the author's journey from love to terror as her husband's mind unravels. Leah, a writer and artist, lives in Kingston with her daughter. Visit her website at http://www.leahleah.ca/
ANIKO VARPALOTAI, Artsci'81, MA'83, has co-edited Pedagogy in Motion: A Comunity of Inquiry for Human Movement Studies (The Althouse Press, $42.95), a collection of essays by noted Canadian theorists and researchers comprising a community of inquiry that represents a broad cross-section of disciplines and areas of study related to human movement and health. Aniko is a professor in the Faculty of Education, Western University, where she teaches and researches in the areas of health education, rural and remote education, and comparative and international education.
TRACY TROTHEN, Artsci'86, MDiv'89, is the author of Shattering the Illusion: Child Sexual Abuse and Canadian Religious Institutions (Wilfrid Laurier Press, $32.95), the first book to gather and comparatively analyze policies addressing child sexual abuse complaints in a selection of religious institutions in Canada. This book identifies significant and shared causal factors behind the emergence of policy to address abuse complaints within religious institutions and reviews their content carefully. Tracy is an associate professor of theology and ethics at Queen’s School of Religion. She is the author of over twenty scholarly publications, the most recent of which are concerned with the intersections of sport, technology, and religion.
MARILYN CROSBIE has written Memories of Jack Pickup: Flying Doctor of British Columbia (RDM Publications, $18), the story of Jack's contributions as a flying doctor to his community, his regional district, and his province, in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, following his graduation from Queen's Medicine in 1942 and his move to BC in 1949. The story is an account of the friendships Jack formed with his staff and coworkers and citizens of Alert Bay, Sointula, Port McNeill, and to some extent Port Hardy and Port Alice. He was not only a top-notch physician and surgeon, but he also served as mayor of Alert Bay for six years and served on the Mount Waddington Regional District.
DIANNE (CAMPBELL) HAYES, Arts'62, has recently published a series of poetry books under the title of "Observations": Love Along the Line, Family Matters, The Gift of Friends, Thresholds, Musings, and Outward Things. After several years of teaching English at the University of Toronto, and Humanities at York University, Dianne taught primary school for 30 years, retiring in 2001.Married to playwright Dennis Hayes, their amalgamated family of 8 children and 9 grandchildren are scattered around the globe. firstname.lastname@example.org
KATHRYN ELLIS, Artsci'77, is the author of teen fiction book Home in Time for Dinner (Red Deer Press, $12.95). Chris Ramsay is living a normal, quiet existence in a quiet suburb in Dallas. He lives alone with his controlling father, in a home with bare walls. There’s no family photos. It’s all routine. Predictable.Then one evening Chris turns on the TV. There, suddenly before him, he sees a photo of a little kid on Santa’s knee, a kid who’s missing and whose computer-aged face is an exact duplicate of Chris’s. A kid stolen from his mother 13 years ago, a kid who has disappeared from his home in Kingston, Ontario. Travelling by bus, meeting strangers, assuming a new identity to escape detection by his father, grabbing opportunities as they are available, Chris makes his way home. And when he finds himself almost there … it’s not over.
Kathryn is a publicist and writer whose work includes scripts for the original Degrassi Junior High television series. She is also author of the book Degrassi Junior High (Lorimer). She lives in Toronto.