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Ex libris: the February issue

Ex libris: the February issue

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An introduction to some difficult workplace truths...

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better: a Woman’s Guide to Coping with Life

[cover of Monica Heisey book]

  • You will never, ever, successfully "take an outfit from work to cocktails" with the removal or addition of a blazer.
  • Your entire employment period is basically a countdown to accidentally calling your supervisor "Mom" in front of everyone.
  • "Team building activities" are just another word for "being embarrassed in a polo shirt."

These bon mots are from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better: a Woman’s Guide to Coping with Life by Monica Heisey, Artsci'10. Created to help you live your Best LifeTM, the book offers tips on everything from workplace politics to sexting, how to make your apartment look like you read design blogs and to where to cry in public.

Monica is a Toronto-based writer and comedian. Her work has appeared in VICE, Playboy, New York Magazine, and The Hairpin, among others.


Edwin and the Quest for Drow

[cover of Gordon Allan book]Gordon Allan, Artsci’82, Ed’83, released his first children’s fantasy novel, Edwin and the Quest for Drow 埃德温历险记介绍, last summer in Shenzhen and Beijing, China before introducing it to the North American market in the fall.

The bilingual English and Chinese novel tells the story of a young boy who has the power to enter the books he reads and affect the outcome of the story.

The book is already being embraced by Chinese second-language learners and English students in Mandarin-immersion programs.

Published by Xinhua Publishing House, it is available through amazon.ca.

The Columbian Covenant: Race and the Writing of American History

[cover of James Carson book]James Carson, Professor (History), is the author of The Columbian Covenant: Race and the Writing of American History.

This provocative analysis of American historiography argues that when scholars use modern racial language to articulate past histories of race and society, they collapse different historical signs of skin colour into a transhistorical and essentialist notion of race that implicates their work in the very racial categories they seek to transcend.

The Matchstick Girl

[cover of Suzanne Hocking book]Suzanne Hocking, Artsci’04, is the author of The Matchstick Girl.

The novel brings LGBT undercurrents to 19th-century Russia, as the young protagonist struggles with class differences, schoolgirl relationships and her search for elf-empowerment.

Growing up in poverty, Yelena strives for a better life. Through luck and deceit, she lands a place at the esteemed Smolny Institute for Noble Girls where the young women of the Russian court are taught mathematics, literature and science and where Yelena hopes to light a fire under Russian society.

The Matchstick Girl was shortlisted for the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize for debut novels.

Canadian Women in the Sky: 100 Years of Flight

[cover of Elizabeth Muir book]Elizabeth Gillian Muir, Arts’56, has a new book out: Canadian Women in the Sky: 100 Years of Flight.

“I wrote the book because I discovered that only six per cent of all pilots, flight engineers and instructors in Canada are women,” says the author.

This is the story of how women in Canada, from Newfoundland to British Columbia, have struggled to win a place in the world of air travel, first as passengers, then as flight attendants and pilots, and, finally, as astronauts. Anecdotes trace these women’s challenges and successes, their slow march over 100 years from scandal to acceptance, whether in Second World War skies, in hostile northern bush country, and even beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

From the time the first woman climbed on board a flying machine as a passenger to the moment a Canadian woman astronaut visited the International Space Station, this is an account of how the sky-blue glass ceiling eventually cracked, allowing passionate and determined “air-crazy” women the opportunity to fly.

[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 1-2016]