Alumni books out now: March 2012
JEAN RAE BAXTER, BEd'71, has published the third book in her historical fiction trilogy for young adults set during the American Revolutionary War. In Freedom Bound (Ronsdale Press, $11.95), the scene shifts to South Carolina and the focus turns to the Black Loyalists as the fighting ends and the evacuation of Charleston draws near.
DR. ELWIN G. UPTON, Arts'71, has published his first book The Driver's Mirror: Looking at your driving and that of others. This small manual aims to increase awareness of the many psychological issues factored into the driving experience.
M. ANN HALL, Arts/PHE ’64, has written The Grads Are Playing Tonight!: The Story of the Edmonton Commercial Basketball Club (University of Alberta Press, $29.95). Between 1915 and 1940, the amazing Edmonton Grads dominated women’s basketball in North America and the world. Coached by J. Percy Page, they played over 400 official games, losing only 20; they travelled more than 125,000 miles in Canada, the United States, and Europe; and they crossed the Atlantic three times to defend their world title at exhibition games held in conjunction with the Summer Olympics in Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin. The book contains biographies of the 38 women who played for the Grads, and it is richly illustrated with over 100 archival photos. Ann is a professor emerita at the University of Alberta, and this is her third book about Canadian women’s sporting history.
ALICE PETERSEN, PhD'99, will be publishing her first collection of 16 short stories, entitled All the Voices Cry (Biblioasis Press), in May. The stories begin in Canada and work their way across the Pacific, via Tahiti, to New Zealand. Alice was the 2009 winner of the Richard Adams Award, offered by the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick. Her stories, published in Geist, The Fiddlehead, Room, and Takahe, have variously been shortlisted for the Journey Prize, the Writers’ Union of Canada competition, the CBC Literary awards, and the Metcalf Rooke Award. Alice lives in Montreal with her husband and two daughters. www.biblioasis.com/alice-petersen