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Ex libris: the February 2018 issue

Ex libris: the February 2018 issue

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Gene Dagnone, Meds’68, is the author ofA Call to Listen: The Emergency Department Visit. Emergency medicine is carried out in a fast-moving, ever-changing environment. The art of listening is important in the practice of any medicine, but doubly so in the emergency department.Every piece of information, every personal experience,every second opinion, and every voice in the room may mean the difference between immediate and delayed action, sometimes even life and death. the tales recounted here illustrate how the tiniest detail can unlock a medical mystery, calm a child, comfort a loved one, or save a life. Dr. Dagnone is professor emeritus of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s.

[cover of Rooting for Food]Raili (Parviainen) Garth, Arts’63, and her sister, Kaarina Brooks, have written a cookbook based on the vegetable-based recipes of the Martha Organization of Finland. During the turbulent war years,1939–1945, Finnish women on the home front struggled to conjure up nutritious meals out of the scant resources available.Rooting for Food gives the reader a sampling of the recipes they used. a chronology of the war in pictures from the Finnish Army’s Photography Archives and interesting acts on the events of the war give the recipes a historical context. Excerpts from letters, biographies, and memoirs add a unique look into life in Finland during those difficult times.




[cover of The Waking comes late]The Waking Comes Late is the newest book of poetry from Steven Heighton, Artsci’85, MA’86 (English). The winner of the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the volume contains a collection of laments and celebrations that reflect on our struggle to believe in the future of a world that continues to disappoint us. The poet challenges the boundaries of sleep and even death in these meditations on what lies just beneath the surface of contemporary life. These are poems that trouble over the idea of failure even as they continually recommit to the present moment. This is fierce music performed in a minor key.






[cover of The Politics of Furniture]Cammie McAtee, MA’96 (Art History), and Fredie Floré are the editors of The Politics of Furniture: Identity,Diplomacy and Persuasion in Post-war Interiors. In many parts of the world, modern furniture elements have served as material expressions of power in the post-war era. They were often meant to express an international and, in some respects, apolitical modern language, but when placed in a sensitive setting or a meaningful architectural context, they were highly capable of negotiating or manipulating ideological messages. The agency of modern furniture was often less overt than that of political slogans or statements, but, as the chapters in this book reveal, it had the potential of becoming a persuasive and malleable ally in very diverse politically charged arenas, including embassies, governmental ministries, libraries, museums, and even prisons. Cammie Mcatee is an architectural/design historian and curator.



Jean Snook, MA’77 (German), has a new work of translation out.Evelyn Grill’s “The Antwerp Testament” is the saga of a family living in the shadow of the Holocaust and poisoned by long-kept secrets. Dr. Snook says, “A friend sent me the German original [Das Antwerpener Testament] in 2011, and I suddenly realized I knew the main character! That doesn’t often happen to a translator.” That main character was based on Joachim Storck, with whom Dr. Snook studied at the University of Mannheim in the 1970s and who became a lifelong friend. Dr. Snook, in addition to translating the roman à clef from German to English, also wrote an afterward to The Antwerp Testament that enlightens the reader to the struggles experienced by the novel’s real-life inspirations, long after the novel’s story draws to a close. Dr. Snook is a professor of German at Memorial University. Her translation ofGert Jonke’s The Distant Sound won the2009 inaugural Austrian Cultural Forum Translation Prize as well as the 2011 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize.


[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 1-2018]