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Ex libris: August 2019

Ex libris: August 2019

James Hughes, Com’87, is the editor of Beyond Shelters: Solutions to Homelessness in Canada from the Front Lines. Over the last 25 years, homeless shelters have changed dramatically, offering new methods of intervention and different types of services to the communities they serve. The days of shelters serving merely to warehouse homeless people out of sight and mind are being replaced by specialized approaches that are reducing homelessness in Canada. This book offers essays by experienced shelter managers who address the future of the homeless shelter in Canada. Mr. Hughes served as director-general of the Old Brewery Mission, Quebec’s largest centre serving homeless people. He was the deputy minister of social development in New Brunswick from 2008 to 2011 and now works for the Montreal-based McConnell Foundation. In May, Mr. Hughes received the John B. Stirling medal from the Montreal Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association in recognition of his work.

[cover for Mark Julien graphic novel]Mark Julien, Ed’08 (Artist in Community Education), is the author and illustrator of Justin Case and the Closet Monster. The graphic novel tells the story of two closeted gay men, Justin and Peter, who struggle to come to terms with who they are. Each man, coming from a different background, has closed the door on the possibility that he might be gay and made a pact with himself never to open it. Luckily for them, though, members of the Closet Monster’s Guild – a legion of magical creatures that reside in a parallel dimension and are assigned to every gay and lesbian person at birth – are about to come along and open that door from the other side. A journey of faith, love, and family, this poignant story blends mythology, campy wit, and fantasy to show that while Justin’s path out of the closet has many hurdles, he learns that he is not alone in his quest to accept himself and find true love. The book was named one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2018 by The Advocate, the oldest and largest LGBTQ magazine in the U.S.

Henry B. Lovejoy, Artsci’02 (PhD, UCLA), is the author of Prieto: Yorùbá Kingship in Colonial Cuba during the Age of Revolutions (University of North Carolina Press). Juan Nepomuceno Prieto (c.1773–c.1835) was a member of the West African Yorùbá people enslaved and taken to Havana during the era of the Atlantic slave trade. In Havana, Prieto and most of the people of the Yorùbá diaspora were identified by colonial authorities as Lucumí. Prieto’s evolving identity becomes the fascinating fulcrum of the book. Drafted as an enslaved soldier for Spain, Prieto achieved self-manumission while still in the military. Rising steadily in his dangerous new world, he became the religious leader of Havana’s most famous Lucumí cabildo, where he contributed to the development of the Afro-Cuban religion of Santería. Dr. Lovejoy is an assistant professor of history at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Erika Nielsen, Mus’07, is the author of Sound Mind: My Bipolar Journey from Chaos to Composure. In this frank memoir, Erika confronts the shock of her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and chronicles how, step by step, day by day, she walked herself to a place of stability and health. Containing wellness tips and coping strategies to live creatively, productively, and healthily with a mental illness, Sound Mind is a story of hope, healing, and transformation that reminds us that it is not only possible to function with a mental illness, it is possible to thrive. By promoting education, awareness, and de-stigmatization of mental illness, Sound Mind helps write a new narrative around mental health and wellness. Ms. Nielsen is a professional cellist and educator; she lives in Toronto. www.celloerika.com


Wayne Campbell, Arts’64, is the author of The Scales of Eden, a roman à clef set in the town of Deep River, Ontario, in the 1950s. The community, built to house the scientists and others working at the nearby Chalk River nuclear research facility, was, on the surface, an idyllic place to grow up. But the story’s protagonist and his friends must live with abuse by a once-trusted adult, as well as the aftermath when they confront their abuser.

Meghan Ferrari, Artsci’07, Ed’08, is the author of The Garden, a YA novel. Fifteen-year-old Elias and his family are caught in the middle of an international conflict – the deadly crossfire between the Syrian Army and government-opposed rebels. After witnessing the tragedy of war and the indignities of a refugee camp, Elias finds himself a newcomer in North America where he comes face to face with completely new battles – culture shock, racism, and bullying. Ms. Ferrari is an educator with the York Catholic District School Board; The Garden, her first novel, was inspired by her newcomer students and their families. A teacher’s guide for the book is also available through Red Deer Press.

In Causes, Agents, Explanations, and Free Will, Martin Gerwin, Arts’62, (MA, PhD, Princeton) takes a novel approach to an old philosophical dilemma: if everything is caused, human free will must be an illusion. Yet this kind of determinism flies in the face of everyday experience. Dr. Gerwin argues that there is no reason to doubt that we have free will – rather, the illusion is that everything is caused in the same deterministic way. Our very idea of cause and effect is rooted in our experience of being agents who make things happen. But from this experience we derive, not a single, unified idea of causing, but an idea with different variants. Dr. Gerwin was an associate professor of philosophy at St John’s College, University of Manitoba.

[cover of Leah Knight]Leah Knight, PhD’05 (English), is the co-editor of Women’s Bookscapes in Early Modern Britain: Reading, Ownership, Circulation (University of Michigan Press). Women in 16th- and 17th-century Britain read, annotated, circulated, inventoried, cherished, criticized, prescribed, and proscribed books in various historically distinctive ways. Yet the study of women’s reading practices and book ownership has been an elusive and largely overlooked field. The book brings together the work of internationally renowned scholars investigating key questions about early modern British women’s figurative, material, and cultural relationships with books. Dr. Knight is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont.


[cover of Peter Shaver book]Peter Shaver, Sc’65 (PhD, Astrophysics, University of Sydney), has a new book out: The Rise of Science: From Prehistory to the Far Future. How did science rise up to so dramatically change our world, and where will it take us in the future? This book gives a broad overview, exploring turning points in the rise of science from the earliest civilizations to the present. The book also examines how science actually happens – the triumphs, the struggles, the mistakes, and the luck. Dr. Shaver explores curiosity-driven versus goal-oriented research, big and small science, the support of science, the relation of science to society, philosophy, and religion, and much more. Dr. Shaver spent most of his career as a senior scientist at the European Southern Observatory in Munich. Now retired, he devotes himself to broadening his horizons in science.

Someshwar Rao, PhD’77 (Economics), is the co-author of Macro-Economic Impacts of Inward and Outward FDI in Canada. The estimated coefficients of 11 behavioural equations and six identities are used to simulate the macro-economic impacts of a sustained 10 percent increase in Canada’s two foreign direct investment (FDI) stocks. Dr. Rao is a research fellow at the Institute for Research on Public Policy. He provides advice on the institute’s competitiveness, productivity, and economic growth research program. He was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for his contribution to policy research on productivity, North American economic integration, and foreign direct investment.

[cover image of the Queen's Alumni Review issue 3, 2019, showing art conservator Heidi Sobol with a painting by Rembrandt]