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Ex libris: New books from faculty and alumni November 2020

Ex libris: New books from faculty and alumni November 2020

Miller Adams, Artsci’75, who graduated as Sylvia Adams (and who wrote a novel, two poetry collections, and a children’s book under that name), has two new poetry collections, Instructions for Lies and Flowers and Folding Laundry on Judgment Day. Ms. Adams lives in Ottawa, where she leads writing workshops and, as ADAR Press, has published chapbook anthologies by workshop participants. She is a founding member of Ottawa’s Field Stone Poets and has taught writing in Canada and Chile.

Lee Airton, Assistant Professor (Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education), is co-editor of Teaching about Gender Diversity, a collection of teacher-tested interdisciplinary lesson plans that provides K–12 teachers with the tools to implement gender-inclusive practices into their curriculum and talk to their students about gender and sex. Divided into three sections dedicated to the elementary, middle, and secondary grade levels, this practical resource provides lessons for a variety of subject areas, including English language arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and health and physical education. The lessons range from reading aloud early literacy picture books that use gender-neutral language and highlight the gendered experiences of characters to engaging mathematics in the study of targeting gender terminology, stereotypes, and the social construction of binary gender.

Claudia (Brown) Coutu Radmore, BFA’84, is the author of rabbit, her fifth collection of poems. Ms. Radmore celebrates, and sometimes grieves, the unique inhabitants of our natural and human worlds in lines teeming with observation, curiosity, and appropriate wonder. Rife with detail and greedy for understanding, the poems in rabbit pulse with buoyant energy, the title poem alone an invitation to perceive “the other” and to be changed. A poem from her last volume, camera obscura, was included in The Best Canadian Poetry of 2019. A new collection, Park Ex Girl: Life with Gasometer, will be published later this year.

Ken Cuthbertson, Artsci’74, Law’83 (and former Review editor), is the author of 1945: The Year That Made Modern Canada, which chronicles the events and personalities in a critical year for Canada. The author profiles an eclectic group of Canadians, including eccentric prime minister Mackenzie King, iconic hockey superstar Rocket Richard, business tycoon E. P. Taylor, Soviet defector Igor Gouzenko, the bandits of the Polka Dot Gang, crusading MP Agnes Macphail, and authors Gabrielle Roy and Hugh MacLennan, among many others. The book also covers topics like the Halifax riots, war brides, the birth of Canada’s beloved social safety net, and the remarkable events that sparked the Cold War.

Neil Dukas, Artsci’83, published a new edition of his 2004 book A Military History of Sovereign Hawai’i. The book provides an overview of Hawai’i’s remarkable military history, beginning with its classical period as a sovereign nation and progressing through the political turmoil of the 19th century to its annexation, in 1898, by the United States. The 2020 edition reflects recent findings and new schools of thought, as well as new illustrations. Captain Dukas was recently appointed director of the non-profit Forum on Hawai‘i’s Military and Warrior Past.

Anna Frenkel, Artsci’16, Ed’17, has created a travel journal: Q & A a Day for Travelers. “After studying abroad,” she writes, “I decided to create a book to help people document their travels and plan new ones.” The book is a three-year guided journal that provides a question prompt each day. Writers answer a question each day and then see how their answers change. Whether you are hiking the Appalachian Trail or discovering secret corners of your hometown, the prompts in this journal will spur you to remember great trips, meals, people and all the odd moments and details that make travel so exciting. Your answers year-over-year will reveal what you love best about travel and what you should avoid, as well as documenting the journeys you have taken. Ms. Frenkel is a French language teacher and is studying to be a speech-language pathologist.

Keith Garebian, PhD’73 (English), has a new work out: Mini Musings: Miniature Thoughts on Theatre and Poetry. The titles alone speak to the little book's uniqueness: they include Watching Your Father Die on Stage, Do Actors Love the Audience?, Can There Be Poetry After Donald Trump?, and Filthy Shakespeare. The mini musings bubble with a sense of wonder, excitement, and intimacy. This is Dr. Garebian’s 27th book.

Doug Jordan, Arts’69, MBA’71, has been on a journey of change and transition in the last several years, beginning with the diagnosis, and then death, of his wife, Marlene, in 2017 from complications of breast cancer. Struggling with grief and loss he sought to find a new purpose in his life and a new identity, as author. His latest book, Travels With Myself, a mixture of anguish and irony, bitterness and humour, recounts his journey of discovery about grief, empathy, mental health, love and purpose; he hopes others will find meaning and understanding in it for themselves. You can discover more about his work at his website, AFSPublishing.ca.

Aran MacKinnon, Artsci’88 (PhD, African Studies, University of London) is the author of Nelson Mandela: A Reference Guide to His Life and Works. The work seeks to illuminate the various
dimensions of Mandela’s life from his rural roots to his embrace and eventual leadership of African National Congress, the oldest political liberation organization on the continent. It covers his clandestine work for the liberation struggle, his trial for treason, his long imprisonment, his eventual release, and his triumphant ascent to the presidency of the new South Africa in a fully democratic election. This book is part of a biography series from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers geared to young adults. Dr. MacKinnon is Professor of African History and Chair of the Department of History and Geography at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA. He is the author of The Making of South Africa: Culture and Politics.

Tom Mawhinney, Arts’73, MA’81, PhD’87 (Psychology), has published a choir songbook, We’ll Sing for Pleasure, We’ll Sing to Please. The book contains 15 original songs, 10 with piano accompaniment and five a capella. In addition to being a psychologist, Dr. Mawhinney is a noted folk musician, composer, and choir director. With the help of Professor Stephanie Lind of the Dan School of Drama and Music, Dr. Mawhinney created videos of some of the original songs being performed. You can view them on his Youtube channel.

Christopher McCreery, MA’99, PhD’03, has written Government House Halifax: A Place of History and Gathering. The book, which has a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales, tells the story of this historic building beginning with its construction in 1800 and continuing through its extensive renovations in 2009. Learn about the building’s royal residents, the household staff, and the momentous – and occasionally amusing – events that have transpired within its walls. Dr. McCreery guides readers through the building, including the state room and its hidden secrets, and introduces important works of art held at Government House as part of the Crown Collection. The text is complemented by historical drawings and modern photographs.

Deni Melim, Artsci’93, MEd’14, is co-author of Belonging: A Relationship-Based Approach for Trauma-Informed Education. The call for trauma-informed education is growing as educators and parents increasingly recognize the profound impact trauma has on children’s daily ability to learn in traditional classrooms. This book outlines how Dyadic Developmental Practice can be used as a model for developing the relationships and felt sense of safety children with developmental trauma need. Integrating what is known from attachment theory, intersubjectivity theory, and interpersonal neurobiology, this work helps readers to understand both why children behave in the challenging ways they do and how to invite traumatized children into more successful relationships and learning.

Michael Minifie, Com’82, has written his first novel: The Brave Ones. Set in the American West of the 1870s, this adventure/romance novel follows the search for Maggie Brandt, who disappears when her family is attacked by renegade Sioux following the defeat of General Custer at the Little Big Horn. Rescued by a young ranch hand, her sister Emma will not rest easy until she is reunited with Maggie. A sequel is in the works.

Robert Popple, Sc’63, has published his fourth book: Born in Huronia: Recollections of a Kid from Penetanguishene. This memoir includes his early childhood in Huronia and highlights from four years at Queen’s in Engineering Physics. His 32-year career in nuclear power at Ontario Hydro included functioning as the corporate spokesperson for five years after the Three Mile Island accident, a mission to Moscow in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident, and a two-year assignment in Romania for startup of a CANDU nuclear power station. Go to robertpopple.com for further information.

[graphic of cover of Queen's Alumni Review issue 4, 2020]