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Alumni Bookstand

For your reading pleasure, we present a roundup of new books by alumni and other members of the Queen's community

Laurie Adkin, MA’84, PhD’90, is the editor of Environmental Conflict and Democracy in Canada (UBC Press, $34.95), a book dealing with the need to resolve conflicts over forests, fisheries, farming practices, and greenhouse gas reductions through a critical re-thinking of the nature of democracy and citizenship. The book offers sixteen case studies illustrating how environmental conflicts are essentially about citizens’ rights and responsibilities and about the quality of democratic institutions. Laurie is an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Alberta.

Queen’s History professor Donald H. Akenson’s book The Irish in Ontario: A Study in Rural History has been reissued in a second edition (McGill-Queen’s University Press, Carleton Library Series, $34.95). For most of the 19th century, the Irish formed the largest non-French ethnic group in central Canada; their presence was particularly significant in Ontario. The author argues that, despite the popular conception of the Irish as a city people, those who settled in Ontario were primarily rural and small-town dwellers. Though it is often claimed that the experience of the Irish in their homeland precluded their successful settlement on the frontier in North America, Akenson’s research shows that Irish migrants to Ontario not only chose to live chiefly in the hinterlands, but did so with marked success.

Andrew Binks, Artsci’82, has written his first novel, The Summer Between (Nightwood Editions, $17.95). On the “wide slow river” in front of his home, 12-year-old Dougaldo Montmigny navigates the dark waters of homophobia and racism while becoming aware of his parents’ disintegrating relationship and the complexity of his own feelings for a friend. www.andrewbinks.ca.

Ian Blumer, Meds’81, has just had his fifth book published: Celiac Disease for Dummies, co-written with Sheila Crowe, a fellow specialist in gastrointestinal disorders (Wiley, $23.99). The book helps readers identify the symptoms of celiac disease and explains how doctors definitively diagnose it. Outlining treatments beyond the often-prescribed gluten-free cure, the book offers upbeat guidance on nutritional measures as well as alternative and complementary approaches to treating the disease.

Brian Burtch, Arts’72, and Nick Larsen have co-edited the third edition of Law in Society: Canadian Readings (Nelson Education Ltd., $71.95). This edition includes several new chapters on racism, religious ­arbitration, women’s rights, First Nations’ claims, the legalization of gambling, and homophobia and transphobia in high schools. Brian’s cousin Michael Burtch, Artsci’77, created the sculpture on the book’s cover.

Blair Paul, Ed (Dip)’84, has written his first book. On The Edge of Discovery: Contemporary Paintings in a Personal Context (Penumbra Press, $24.95) explores Blair’s life and paintings. He is the co-ordinator/painting professor of the “Introduction to Fine Art Program” at Ottawa’s Algonquin College. You can see more of his artwork at www.blairpaul.com.

Gerald Hodge, former director of Queen’s School of Urban and Regional Planning, now retired to Hornby Island, BC, has written The Geography of Aging: Preparing Communities for the Surge in Seniors (McGill-Queen’s University Press, $29.95). Canada’s post-WWII baby-boom generation is about to turn 65. In barely a decade, the number of senior citizens in Canada will double, yet most communities are largely unprepared to deal with the consequences for housing, transportation and community services. Hodge delineates the everyday ‘geography’ of seniors and proposes a comprehensive framework for all communities that will allow them to respond to the needs of a rapidly aging population.

Janice Kirk, Artsci’94, has written her second novel in collaboration with Gina Buonaguro. Ciao Bella (St. Martin’s Press, $31.99) is a WWII love story of a Canadian woman married to a missing Italian Resistance fighter. Visit www.ciaobellanovel.com.

Gabor Keitner, Meds’73, Professor of Psychiatry at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University and at the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI, is the co-author of Clinical Manual of Couples and Family Therapy (American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., $65). This manual, which includes a DVD, posits that most psychiatric symptoms or conditions evolve in a social context. Families can be useful in identifying the history, precipitants, and likely future obstacles to the management of conditions. The book clarifies the clinical decision-making process for establishing family involvement in patient care in different clinical settings.

Jamie Linton, an SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Geography at Queen’s, has written What Is Water? The History of a Modern Abstraction (UBC Press, $85). The author explores the history of water as an abstract concept, stripped of its environmental, social and cultural concepts. Reduced to a scientific abstraction – to mere H20 – this concept, he says, has given modern society license to dam, divert, and manipulate water with apparent impunity.

Kathryn MacDonald, MPA’95, has written Calla & Édourd (Hidden Book Press, $16.95). Drawing their sustenance from past generations, Calla and Édourd’s love endures when traumatic loss gives way to fragmentation of memory, and past, present and future merge into one.

Rebecca Manley, Department of History, Queen’s, has written To the Tashkent Station: Evacuation and Survival in the Soviet Union at War (Cornell University Press, $45). In 1941, as German armies sped across the Soviet Union, the Soviet leadership embarked on a desperate attempt to safeguard the country’s industrial and human resources. Their success helped determine the outcome of the war in Europe. To the Tashkent Station reconstructs the evacuation of more than 16 million Soviet citizens in one of the most dramatic episodes of WWII.

William J. Patterson, Arts’53, MA’57, Brigadier-General (ret.) of Kingston, has written Soldiers of the Queen: the Canadian Grenadier Guards of Montreal, 1859-2009 (Canadian Grenadier Guards Corporation, $64.95). Canada’s oldest infantry regiment, the Regiment fought as an infantry battalion, the 87th, in the First World War and as an armoured regiment, the 22nd, in the Second World War. It has been awarded 31 battle honours. Pte. J.F. Young of the 87th won the Victoria Cross in 1918, and Sgt. S.M. Hurwitz, DCM, MM, of the 22nd was the most decorated soldier of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps in WWII.

Franklin Saksena, Meds’60, is the author of Colour Atlas of Local and Systemic Signs of Cardiovascular Disease (Wiley-Blackwell, $95.99). The book was translated into both Portuguese and Chinese last year. The author is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University.

Heather Grace Stewart, Artsci’95, a regular contributor to the Review (“Grace's Grads”) and newly accepted as a full member of the League of Canadian Poets, has self-published Leap, a new book of poetry and photographs. The book is Heather's second poetry collection; her work has appeared in numerous online and international print anthologies. One reviewer has called Leap “so direct, political and feminine by turns that it can take your breath away. A must for new and already hooked fans.” Half the proceeds from sales of the book go to Unicef’s Gift of Education fund. Autographed copies of Leap are $30 Cdn, payable to the writer at hgrace.com via Paypal. Samples of Heather’s poems and a link to where copies of Leap can be purchased can be found at http: hgstewart.wordpress.com.

Ian Stewart, MA’76, PhD’83, is the author of Just One Vote: From Jim Walding’s Nomination to Constitutional Defeat (University of Manitoba Press, $29.95). In 1986, Manitoba MLA Jim Walding was nominated as the New Democratic Party candidate for St. Vital in a tightly fought three-way nomination struggle. Although a veteran MLA, he had fallen out of favour with key elements in his party, and won the nomination by a single vote. Two years later, Walding would unexpectedly bring down his own government by a single vote, marking the only time in the history of Canadian politics that a majority government was brought down from within. Just One Vote is a vivid retelling of this dramatic moment in Manitoban and Canadian politics. The author teaches political science at Acadia University.

David A. Wilson, MA’77, PhD’83, is the editor of Irish Nationalism in Canada (McGill-Queen’s Press, $29.95). According to conventional historical wisdom, Irish nationalism in Canada was a marginal phenomenon, overshadowed by the more powerful movement of the Orange Order. The nine contributors to this book argue otherwise. Focusing on the period 1820 to 1920, they examine political, religious, and cultural expressions of Irish-Canadian nationalism as it responded to both Irish events and Canadian politics.


[Queen's Alumni Review 2010-2 cover]