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MICHAEL CARLEY, MA’71, PhD’76, is the author of Silent Conflict: A Hidden History of Early Soviet-Western Relations (Rowman & Littlefield, $45). The author drew upon 25 years of research with declassified Soviet and Western archival documents to present a history of the formative years of Soviet policy making following WWI. He shows that this seminal period — termed the “silent conflict” by one Soviet diplomat — launched what became the Cold War. Concentrating on the major western powers — Germany, France, Great Britain, and the United States — the author also examines the ongoing political upheaval in China that began with the May Fourth Movement in 1919 as a critical influence on Western-Soviet relations. Michael is Professor of History at Université de Montréal.
COLETTE COLLIGAN, MA’98, PHD’02, has written A Publisher's Paradise: Expatriate Literary Culture in Paris, 1890-1960 (University of Massachusetts Press, $28.95). From 1890 to 1960, some of Anglo-America’s most heated cultural contests over books, sex, and censorship took place, not on home soil, but in Paris. Colette explores the political and literary dynamics that gave rise to this flourishing expatriate culture, which included everything from Victorian pornography to the most daring and controversial modernist classics. Colette is Associate Professor of English at Simon Fraser University.
JOHN MARTIN GILLROY, MA’78, is the author of An Evolutionary Paradigm For International Law: Philosophical Method, David Hume & The Essence Of Sovereignty (Palgrave-Macmillan, $115). This book conceptualizes international law as an expression of practical reason, focusing on the genesis of modern international law in the essence of the concept of sovereignty. Utilizing the philosophical method of R.G. Collingwood, the essence of sovereignty is sought in a dialectical model drawn from the philosophy of David Hume. The author is Professor of International Relations and Public International Law at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He is also working on a new book series exploring philosophy, public policy, and transnational law.
IAN MacMILLAN, Meds’56, has written his second book, Golfing in the Village of Charbonneau: The Creation and Survival of a Golf Course (Inkwater Press, $14). The book explores the history, development, and survival of the Charbonneau Golf Club, which was designed by the renowned golf course architect Ted Robinson.
ROBERT McGILL, Artsci’99, follows up his last work, a novel, with a new book on the complexities of writing autobiographical fiction. In The Treacherous Imagination: Intimacy, Ethics, and Autobiographical Fiction (Ohio State University Press, $54), he explores people’s sense of betrayal when they believe they have been turned into characters in novels or stories. Robert is Assistant Professor of English at the U of T. His research focuses on Canadian literature and issues related to creative writing.
THOMAS McCAVOUR, Sc’52, has written Bloody Diamonds (Createspace, $32.78). The novel follows the lives of Sam, a geologist with a South African mining company, and Sarah, an Inuit environmentalist who works for the Canadian government. The two meet in the Northwest Territories – site of one of the world’s richest diamond mines. The book explores issues that are important to the industrial development of Canada’s North, such as Aboriginal rights and the environment.
BRIAN McCONNELL, Artsci’81, started exploring his family history and Irish roots and it led him to publish McConnells of Monaghan: Relations of William McConnell who was married at Drumkeen, Ireland in 1863 (Blurb, $14.59). Brian uses old photos and church records to trace the McConnell family history in Monaghan, Ireland.
THERESA O’KEEFE, PhD’03 (Political Studies), has written Feminist Identity Development and Activism in Revolutionary Movements (Palgrave MacMillan, $75). The work examines the development of feminist identities among women active in revolutionary movements and how this identity both contributes to and conflicts with the struggle for women's emancipation. It is based on interviews with women who were active in the contemporary Irish republican movement, among others. The author is a lecturer in Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
CAMERON REED, MSc’79 (Physics), has written The History and Science of the Manhattan Project, describing the development of the atomic bomb during World War II. Descriptions of technical material at a level that will appeal to undergraduate physics, chemistry, math, and engineering students are interspersed with narrative sections that will appeal to more general readers. The work complements a more technical volume published in 2010 as The Physics of the Manhattan Project. Cameron is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics at Alma College in Alma, MI.
CHRISTOPHER RIDDLE, Artsci’04, PhD’12, has written Disability and Justice: The Capabilities Approach in Practice (Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield, $70). In it, he explores the failures of egalitarian principles of justice for people with disabilities. The book’s foreword was written by Jerome E. Bickenbach, who taught a “Philosophy of Law” course at Queen’s that piqued Christopher’s interest in justice and disability. The author is Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Utica College in New York State.
NANCY RIEDEL BOWERS, Artsci’74, is the editor and co-author of Play Therapy and Families: A Collaborative Approach to Healing (Rowman & Littlefield, $70). Playing can be therapeutic during tough times. The book explores family therapy, filial and “theraplay” models as well as a “sandtray” model for adoptive families. Nancy teaches in the Faculty of Social Work and the Seminary at Wilfrid Laurier University.
ANITHA ROBINSON, Com’89, will have her debut young adult novel, Broken Worlds (CBAY Books, $9.95), released in June. The book is about a young woman who is attacked in an alley, then rescued by a kind stranger. At first, she thinks she is safe, but this is only the start of her problems.
JEAN M. SNOOK, MA’77, has translated Awakening to the Great Sleep War, the third book in a trilogy by Gert Jonke (Dalkey Archive Press, $16). Jean received the 2009 Austrian Cultural Forum Translation Prize as well as the 2011 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize for her translation from German to English of the second book in the trilogy, The Distant Sound. Jean’s translation of My Year of Love, by Paul Nizon (Dalkey Archive Press, $15), also appeared in 2013. To put the significance of Jean’s contribution in perspective, Nizon’s work won the prestigious Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2011.
JANET STOBIE, Artsci’79, MEd’80, has a new book out: Fireweed (WestBow Press, $19.95), which tells the story of Renée, a 15-year-old who is overcome with grief when her mother is killed by a drunk driver. Renée goes on a journey of faith in the face of the tragedy. Janet has written four other Biblically based books for children and adults.