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[book cover graphic for Peril at the PleasantJUDITH ALGUIRE, ARTS’69, MPA’79, has written a new novel. Peril at the Pleasant, the fourth in her Rudley mystery series (Signature Editions, $16.95). The Rudleys and a few of their ­Pleasant Inn guests embark on a canoe ­expedition in northern Ontario, leaving the staff in charge of the inn. As the party makes its way through the wilderness, “all hell breaks loose” at the Pleasant, including ­kidnapping, theft, and, of course, murder.

DENNIS DOWLING, COM’71, is the author of Are You Taking Ownership of Your Career? A Guide for the Canadian Independent Contractor (Friesen Press). A CPA and Certified Financial Planner, Dennis has worked extensively with independent contractors both in his ­accounting practice and since his 2011 retirement. In this book, he discusses advantages of independent contracting – both financial and non-financial – and offers tips on how to organize a company.

STAN DRAGLAND, PHD’70 (English) has a new work of non-fiction: Deep Too (Book Thug, $12). It incorporates emails, limericks, and other protean literary forms as it explores the meaning of masculinity. The author, who is the founder of Brick magazine and Brick Books, is an emeritus professor of English at Western University. He lives in St. John’s, NL.

LYRANDA MARTIN EVANS, ARTSCI’99, and FIONA STEVENSON, ARTSCI’00, have written Reasons Mommy Drinks (Random House NYC), a comedic guide to new parenthood – complete with drink recipes. Each essay has an accompanying recipe for mocktail, cocktail, or caffeinated beverage. Lyranda drew on her Queen’s experiences working at ­Alfie’s (for the recipes) and with the Queen’s Players (for the comedic timing). Fiona used to write for the Queen’s Journal and the Whig-Standard, which, Lyranda says, “helped us spell things pretty and such.” The two also have a blog: reasonsmommydrinks.com

JIM LEECH, MBA’73, ­President and CEO of the 303,000-member Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (and Queen’s next Chancellor), is the author, with Globe and Mail columnist Jacquie McNish, of a timely book that has sparked many favourable newspaper ­reviews and editorials. The Third Rail: ­Confronting Our Pension Failures (Signal, $29.95) “confronts head-on the rich-poor gap between private- and public-sector ­pensions.” (Globe & Mail). Over the next 20 years, more than seven million Canadian workers will exit the workforce. The majority of these retirees do not have pension plans or sufficient savings to last through their retirement years; others belong to pension plans that are unsustainable. The authors ­examine the looming pension crisis in Canada, describe pension policies that work elsewhere, outline affordable solutions for reviving the ailing system in Canada, and offer ways of enhancing the CPP to address middle-income earners and building more effective defined contribution plans. Their conclusion: It will take “a great deal of ­political courage.”

W. GEORGE LOVELL (Professor of Geography, Queen’s) is the co-author, with Christopher Lutz, of Strange Lands and Different Peoples: Spaniards and Indians in Colonial Guatemala (U of Oklahoma Press, $45). Guatemala emerged from the clash between Spanish invaders and Mayan cultures that began five centuries ago. The conquest of these “rich and strange lands,” as Cortés called them, and their “many different ­peoples” was brutal and prolonged. The studies assembled here, focusing on the first century of colonial rule (1524–1624), ­discuss issues of conquest and resistance, settlement and colonization, labour and ­tribute, and Maya survival in the wake of Spanish invasion.

WILLIAM J. PATTERSON, ARTS’53, MA’57, is the author of Semaphore to Satellite: A Story of Canadian Military Communications, 1903-2013, published by the Military Communications and Electronics Museum Foundation to mark the 110th anniversary of the founding of Canadian Military Communications on 24 October, 1903. The book traces the story from its founding (by Kingstonian Major Bruce Carruthers) through two World Wars, the Korean conflict, and Canadian participation in NATO, NORAD, and UN missions from the Suez in 1956 to Afghanistan in 2013.

RUTH A. RAPPINI, EMBA’96, had always been curious about her father’s experiences during World War II, but he would never discuss that time in his life. After his death, she received an unexpected packet of yellowed, wartime letters from an Italian relative. So began the quest to piece together Vittorio’s Journey, An Italian Immigrant’s Story, which traces his rocky journey from boyhood poverty in the 1930s to his immigration to Canada in the post-war 1950s, after surviving a sinking ­submarine and imprisonment in Allied POW camps in Great Britain and America (Glen Margaret Publishing, $25).

CLAUDIA (BROWN) COUTU RADMORE, BFA’84, is the editor of Arctic Twilight: Leonard Budgell and Canada’s Changing North (Dundurn Press, $39.95). Leonard Budgell ran ­Hudson’s Bay Company trading posts for decades in isolated communities up the Labrador coast and across the Arctic. He ­witnessed episodes of human and animal life and heard stories that would never again be repeated outside native circles had he not written them down. His pen memorably ­portrays everything from dancing northern lights and hunting practices of birds to ­astonishing human adventures and predicaments.

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