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Ex libris: the August issue

Ex libris: the August issue

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Ian Burgham, Arts '72, has a new book of poetry – his fifth.  Midnight is written as a complete work of linked poems. Ian presents the thoughts of a restless traveller to such places as Istanbul, Canada, Scotland, and Greece. Ian himself takes to the road this October. With Steven Heighton (Artsci’85, MA’85) and other writers, Ian will conduct workshops and readings in London, Glashow, Edinburgh and Stratford. Find out where he is next on Facebook.

[cover of book by Elaine Chen] Elaine Chen, BFA'98, released her first novel, The Good Brother, in June. The YA fantasy tells the story of a young Chinese-Canadian woman haunted by her dead brother-- as well as the spirits of her former selves -- during the Festival of Hungry Ghosts. Much of the novel was inspired by a Queen's housemate and his very traditional Chinese family.

Deb Child, Artsci’88, MA’90 (Art History), is the author of Soldier, Engraver, Forger: Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic. This richly illustrated biography follows in the footsteps of a British grenadier who fought in the American Revolution before deserting in 1779. A trained engraver and diesinker, Brunton’s primitive but charming works included some of the earliest pre-printed family registers in America. Despite his many talents and efforts, he was never able to make an honest living from his craft. Instead, he spent years living on the fringes of society, forging and counterfeiting currency, until his death in a New England almshouse in 1832.

[cover of book by Cyril Dabydeen] Cyril Dabydeen, MA’74, MPA’78, has a new book of poetry, God’s Spider, which has been described as a lyrical exploration of the power of place in human consciousness. In these conversations with the reader, the poems make enlightening connections between ancient Greece and Amerindian myth in Guyana.

Keith Garebian, MA’73 (English) has two new books (his 20th and 21st) published within two months of each other: Georgia and Alfred, a poetry collection about Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, published in April; and Accidental Genius, a political satire, published in June, masquerading as “faux poetry” and aimed at American right-wing extremists.

[cover of book by Debra Komar] Is it possible to reach back in time and solve a murder, more than 170 years after it was committed? Forensic anthropologist Debra Komar, MSc’96 (Anatomy), does just that in her latest book, The Bastard of Fort Stikine: the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr. The author uses archival research and modern forensic science, including ballistics, virtual autopsy, and crime scene reconstruction, to unlock the mystery of the 1842 murder of a trader at a remote and lawless Hudson’s Bay Company post.

so long ago / when others overheard me / singing in the silo / something dormant inside me / is ready to sing again

[cover of book by Philomene Kocher] Philomene Kocher, MEd’08, has published her first collection of poetry, Singing in the Silo. The 142 poems are mostly haiku, accompanied by tanka and haibun which are related poetic forms also rooted in the Japanese tradition. Written over a period of 22 years, the poems appear in chronological order and provide a rare opportunity to observe, as the poet says, “the development of my craft and the path of my journey.” She is inspired by her love of nature, and her faith in the healing power of beauty. singinginthesilo.ca

[cover graphic of Poemotional] Linda Jane Marshall, Artsci’82, Ed’83, has released a collection of poems called Poemotional. The book is available at the Queen's Campus Bookstore, as well as online.  Linda Jane, a Kingston-based teacher, is also a musician and has turned five of her poems into songs. She also runs a tutoring business called Bridging the Gap. She is currently working on a new collection of short stories.

Jennifer Robertson, MSc’09, PhD’14, and Julian Barling (Queen’s School of Business) are the co-editors of The Psychology of Green Organizations (Oxford University Press). The book reviews leading research in different areas of organizational environmental sustainability. In so doing, it consolidates available knowledge on employees' contributions to corporate environmental initiatives, stimulates future empirical research on this topic, and provides recommendations for how organizations can improve their environmental performance through their employees. Many chapters provide case examples of environmentally sustainable organizations to illustrate lessons gleaned from research.

[cover of Queen's Alumni Review 2015 Issue 3]