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2019 Issue 3

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Ex libris: May 2019

Ex libris: May 2019

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[graphic of Erika Behrisch Elce book cover]It is spring 1847, and Lady Franklin is back in London expecting to greet her hero husband, polar explorer Sir John Franklin, upon his triumphant return from the Northwest Passage. But as weeks turn to months, she reluctantly grows into her public role of Franklin’s steadfast wife, the “Penelope of England.” In this novel that imagines a rich interior life of one of Victorian England’s most intriguing women, the boundaries of friendship, propriety, and love are bound to collide.

Erika Behrisch Elce, MA’97 (English), PhD’02, is the author of Lady Franklin of Russell Square. Dr. Behrisch Elce is an associate professor in the English department at the Royal Military College of Canada, where she teaches Victorian literature and culture. She focuses her research on exploration and the Royal Navy in the 19th century. Her scholarly edition of Lady Franklin’s writing, As affecting the fate of my absent husband, was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2009. This is her first novel.

[graphic of John Bery book cover]John W. Berry, Professor Emeritus (Psychology), is the editor of one new book and the co-author of another. In the first, Mutual Intercultural Relations (Cambridge University Press), the authors explore intercultural relationships between dominant/national and nondominant/ethnic populations in 17 societies around the world. They have charted the respective views of those populations and generated “universal” principles of intercultural relations. Understanding these general principles will offer help in the development of public policies and programs designed to improve the quality of intercultural relations in culturally diverse societies around the world. Dr. Berry’s second book, Ecology, Culture and Human Development: Lessons for Adivasi Education, is based on a longstanding program of work with Indigenous Peoples in India with his co-author Ramesh C. Mishra, Professor Emeritus (Psychology) at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi.

[graphic of Samuel Hawley book cover]Samuel Hawley, Artsci’84, MA’86 (History), is the author of Ultimate Speed: the Fast Life and Extreme Cars of Racing Legend Craig Breedlove. An L.A. hot-rodder with a high-school education, a family to support, and almost no money, Craig Breedlove set out in the late 1950s to do something big: harness the thrust of a jet in a car. The car’s name was “Spirit of America” and with it, Craig broke the land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats, setting a new mark of 407 miles per hour in 1963. He went on to break the land speed record five times. In the early 1970s he turned to rockets and set an acceleration record at Bonneville that stands to this day. Even today, at the age of 80, he is going strong with plans for yet another “Spirit of America” racer. The ultimate goal: 1,000 miles per hour.

 

 

[graphic of Kathy Myers Krogh  book cover]Kathy Myers Krogh, Arts’62, has published The Professor and the Pilots: Letters Home from Wartime London by a Canadian Psychologist. C. Roger Myers was a young psychology professor at U of T who appointed was adviser to the RAF on methods of pilot selection and training. His research at air bases in the U.K. and North America significantly contributed to the reduction of the loss of pilots and planes. Many letters illuminate his struggle with fatigue and loneliness, missing his young family in Canada, while humour and satire shine through others. Professor Myers was an entertaining storyteller and keen observer of daily life in Britain. He describes his frustration with the traditionalist approach of the RAF and the eccentricities of his senior colleague. Myers’ account is enhanced by letters from his wife, Helen, who, like many women during wartime, did not expect to sign up to be a single parent.

[graphic of Katherine Ann Roberts book cover]Katherine Ann Roberts, PhD’00 (French), is the author of West/Border/ Road: Nation and Genre in Contemporary Canadian Narrative (McGill-Queen’s University Press). he book offers an interdisciplinary analysis of contemporary Canadian manifestations of three American genres: the western, the border, and the road. The author elucidates Guy Vanderhaeghe’s rewriting of the codes of the historical western to include the trauma of Aboriginal peoples, the politics and perils of the representation of the Canada–U.S. border in CBC-produced crime television, and how the road genre inspires and constrains the Québécois and Canadian road movie. Dr. Roberts is an associate professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures and coordinator of the North American Studies program at Wilfrid Laurier University.

 

 

[graphic of Jeff Young book cover]Jeff Young, Sc’80, is the co-author of The Portage Railway: An Illustrated History of the Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway.The railway, which ran from 1905 to 1959, was just a mile and a half long, and was promoted as “the smallest commercially operated railway in the world.” The charming narrow-gauge railway connected two steamboat routes carrying tourists, supplies, and lumber. Mr. Young tells the story of this unique part of Ontario history. The book is available through The Credit Valley Railway Company: cvrco.ca.

[cover image of the Queen's Alumni Review issue 2, 2019, showing the 'Together' message in Mitchell Hall]