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Ex libris: the May 2016 issue

Ex libris: the May 2016 issue

[graphic of Mary Chapman book cover]

Mary Chapman, Artsci’83, MA’84 (English), is the editor of a new book: Becoming Sui Sin Far: Early Fiction, Journalism, and Travel Writing by Edith Maude Eaton.

When her 1912 story collection, Mrs. Spring Fragrance, was rescued from obscurity in the 1990s, scholars were quick to celebrate Sui Sin Far as a pioneering chronicler of Asian-American Chinatowns. Newly discovered works, however, reveal that Edith Eaton (1865 – 1914) published on a wide variety of subjects – and under numerous pseudonyms – in Canada and Jamaica for a decade before she began writing Chinatown fiction signed “Sui Sin Far” for American magazines.

Born in England to a Chinese mother and a British father, and raised in Montreal, Edith Eaton is a complex writer whose expanded oeuvre demands reconsideration. Dr. Chapman unearthed the uncollected fiction and journalistic works of Eaton and, in this book, positions the writer within the popular transnational print culture of the 1910s. Another volume, which collects her uncollected mature work, and a monograph that looks at Eaton’s use of the “Afro-Asian analogy” are works in progress.

Dr. Chapman is a professor of English at the University of British Columbia.

[graphic of Ryan O'Connor book cover]

Ryan O’Connor, MA’04, is the author of The First Green Wave: Pollution Probe and the Origins of Environmental Activism.

In 1969, litter was pervasive alongside Ontario’s highways, smokestacks belched toxins into the air and, just across Lake Erie, sludge in the Cuyahoga River caught fire. Few Canadians felt they had the power to do anything to stop this kind of rampant pollution until, like a breath of fresh air, a group of environmentalists emerged to change the attitudes of both citizens and policy makers.

In The First Green Wave, Ryan O’Connor traces the rise of the environmental movement in Toronto, home to one of Canada’s earliest communities of environmental activists. At the heart of the story is Pollution Probe, an organization founded in 1969 by students and faculty at the University of Toronto. Living up to its motto (“Do it!”) in its first year of operation, Pollution Probe confronted Toronto’s City Hall over its use of pesticides, Ontario Hydro over air pollution, and the detergent industry over pollution of the great lakes. The success of these actions inspired the founding of other environmental organizations across Canada and led to the development of initiatives now taken for granted, such as waste reduction and energy policy.

Ryan O’Connor teaches in the Department of Canadian Studies at Trent University.

[graphic of David Kincaid book cover]

David Kincaid, Artsci’81, is the author of The Value of a Promise Consistently Kept: What I’ve Learned About Managing Brands as Assets.

For nearly 30 years, working for companies like General Foods and Corus Entertainment, David was behind some of the world’s most iconic brands. He turned his expertise into a business system, with tools that executives can use to create value from their brands.

[graphic of Marion Fraser book cover]

Marion Fraser, MPA’75, has written a book about her father, George Lincoln Fraser, a member of Science 1923.

In Ten Decades in the Life of My Dad – and the Lessons I Learned, the author revisits the 20th century through the eyes of her father (1898 – 1997), who had shared many of his stories with her. George was a veteran of both world wars and a self-employed man – a home builder, farmer and logger. For Marion Fraser, writing the book was a labour of love and an opportunity to revisit the many lessons she learned from her father, his hopes, dreams and disappointments.

Michael Martin, MPA’74, is the author of Working Class Culture and the Development of Hull, Quebec, 1800 – 1929.

The book explores the growth of the community from small agrarian community through its growth as a centre of the timber trade to its emergence as a fully industrialized and modern city. The book is available in digital format at archivedcdbooks.ca.


[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 2-2016]