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Ex libris: February 2019

Ex libris: February 2019

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[cover of Gael Force by Merv Daub]

[W]ith the exception of the war years 1915-18 and 1940-44, football has been played continually at the university since 1882 - more than 125 seasons. During that time the school has grown from its small beginnings to stand in the top ranks of Canadian universities. There have been wars, depression, rapid industrialization, immigration, humans on the moon, and the threat of thermonuclear extinction. But through it all, except for those two short periods, Queen's has played football.


Merv Daub, Com'66, Professor Emeritus (Business),has updated his 1996 book Gael Force. In its second edition, Gael Force: A History of Football at Queen's, 1882-2016 (McGill-Queen's University Press) adds the years 1995 to 2016, covering the era of coaches Howes and Sheehan, the Gaels' 2009 Vanier Cup win, and the construction of the new Richardson Stadium. 

[cover graphic of Simple by Barry Cross]Barry Cross, MBA'96, is the author of Simple: Killing Complexity for a Lean and Agile Organization. The  complexities of managing in today's world both obscure decision-making and layer on challenges that bog an organization down. By understanding who their customers are and what they want, leaders can focus innovation strategy and projects in ways that deliver sustainable value. Even in not-for-profit and government agencies, executing in an aligned organization can become the profitable standard business process. Mr. Cross is an assistant professor and distinguished faculty fellow of operations strategy at Smith School of Business. Simple is his third book.



[cover image of Muscle on Wheels by M. Ann Hall]M. Ann Hall, Arts/PHE'64, has written Muscle on Wheels: Louise Armaindo and the High-Wheel Racers of Nineteenth-Century America (McGill-Queen's University Press.) Challenging the understanding that bicycling was a purely masculine sport, Muscle on Wheels tells he story of women's high-wheel racing in North America in the 1880s and early 1890s, with a focus on a particular cyclist: Louise Armaindo (1857-1900). Among Canada's first women professional athletes and the first woman who was truly successful as a high-wheel racer,Armaindo began her career as a strongwoman and trapeze artist in Chicago in the 1870s before discovering high-wheel bicycle racing. Initially she competed against men, but as more women took up the sport, she raced them too. The story of working-class Victorian women who earned a living through their athletic talent, Muscle on Wheels showcases a time in women's and athletic history that is often forgotten or misconstrued. Dr. Hall is professor emerita in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta.

[cover graphic of Skating Over Thin Ice by Jean Mills]Jean (Bangay) Mills, Artsci'78, MA'8o, is the author of the YA novel Skating Over Thin Ice. It's the story of Imogen St. Pierre, a celebrated musical prodigy whose life is about to be disrupted by a hockey-playing classmate with troubling celebrity issues of his own. Skating Over Thin Ice has been nominated for a 2019 OLA Forest of Reading Red Maple Fiction award by the Ontario Library Association. The OLA called the book "a thoughtful, moving, powerful story about what it's like to be gifted and exceptional - and still young."




William C. Reeve, Professor Emeritus (German) is the co-author, with John Mcintyre, of John Doan & Ebenezer Doan: Canadian Quaker Master Builders & Cabinetmakers. Brothers Ebenezer and John Doan were Quaker pacifists who left the Philadelphia area to settle in Upper Canada in Sharon, Ont., north of Toronto. The illustrations in this hardback gift edition include historical images, family photographs, and examples of buildings and furniture created and built by the Doan brothers.

[cover image of Acrylic Painting Mediums and Methods by Rheni Tauchid]Rheni Tauchid, Artsci'88, is the author of Acrylic Painting Mediums and Methods: A Contemporary Guide to Materials, Techniques, and Applications. Developments in the pigment industry have given acrylics a remarkably permanent, rich, and abundant palette, making it the favorite medium of many contemporary artists. As colours are being developed, their chemical components are also enhanced for better texture and handling. There are now acrylic mediums for thinning, thickening, glazing, molding, pouring, texturing, and dozens of other uses. Even experienced acrylic painters can be intimidated by the number of products. Ms. Tauchid simplifies this daunting subject, clearly explaining each type of medium and suggesting ways it can enhance your painting practice.

[cover image of Queen's Alumni Review issue 1, 2019, showing a photo of Alfred Bader]