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Ex libris: the November 2017 issue

Ex libris: the November 2017 issue

first snow falling slow

hangs in the air

a curtain drifting there

thickening sight

– “Winter” from As. If by Douglas Barbour (University of Alberta Press)


[cover of Douglas Barbour book]In his new collection of poetry, Douglas Barbour, PhD’76 (English), experiments with what he calls “rhythmically intense open form.” Listen. If presents technically innovative poetry that invites the reader to join in some serious play. Barbour’s vivid, ekphrastic poems engage an ongoing conversation among artworks – not only classic paintings but also popular music – while his lyric poems evoke places, moments, and feelings. Leaping from love to landscapes, politics to jazz, Keats to Milne to Monk, these poems yearn to be spoken aloud for the pure joy of sound. Dr. Barbour is an emeritus professor of the University of Alberta.

[cover of Kristin Andrychuk]Kristin Andrychuk, Arts’62, has a new novel out: Cadillac Road. Sharon Desjardins swears she won't make her mother's mistakes. Look where love got Mom, married and pregnant at 17. And Sharon doesn't. No poverty for her. No dilapidated house. Wealth, respect, a beautiful home – it's all hers now. There's only one problem: she realizes she doesn't love her wealthy lawyer husband or his lifestyle. Her efforts to fit in leave her depressed and on pills. In the end, Sharon, realizing she needs to be true to her heart, abandons her marriage and takes to the road, a road that could very well lead back to her hometown of Cadillac.

[cover of Ken Cuthbertson book]The Halifax Explosion: Canada’s Worst Disaster by Ken Cuthbertson, Artsci’74, Law’83, tells a gripping story of the 1917 disaster. Mr. Cuthbertson, the former Queen’s Review editor, reccounts the investigation of the key figures involved, the histories of the ships that collided, and the confluence of circumstances that brought these two vessels together to touch off one of the most tragic man-made disasters of the 20th century. The Halifax Explosion is a fresh, revealing account that finally answers questions that have lingered for a century: Was the explosion a disaster triggered by simple human error? Was it the result of shortcomings in harbour practices and protocols? Or was the blast – as many people at the time insisted – the result of sabotage carried out by wartime German agents?

Gerald Hodge, Professor Emeritus (Urban and Regional Planning) and Heather M. Hall, PhD’12 (Geography), have released the second edition of Planning Canadian Regions. The book, first published in 2001, led the way in integrating the history, contemporary practice, and emergent issues of regional planning in Canada. The second edition brings the discussion up to date, applying the same thorough analysis to illuminate the rapid changes now shaping our regional landscapes. Special attention is paid to the regional planning dimensions of climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability across Canada, the development inequities faced in peripheral resource regions, the role that Aboriginal peoples must play in the planning of their regions, and the distinctive planning needs of metropolitan regions across the country. Dr. Hall is an assistant professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo.

[cover of Sara Jewell book]Sara Jewell, Artsci’82, Ed’83, has collected lots of addresses – 18 in total – including three in Kingston, four in Vancouver, and three in her hometown of Cobourg, Ont. But there was one address that always remained constant: Pugwash Point Road in rural Nova Scotia. She was nine years old the first time her family vacationed in the small fishing village about an hour from the New Brunswick border, and the red soil stained her heart. Life, as it's wont to do, eventually took Ms. Jewell away from the east coast. But when her marriage and big­ city life started to crumble, she only wanted one thing: a fresh start in Pugwash. Her new book, Field Notes, features essays on the differences, both subtle and drastic, between city life and country living, from curious neighbours and unpredictable weather to the reality of roadkill and the wonders of wildlife.

[cover of Cheryl Poth book]Cheryl Poth, Artsci’96 (Biology), Ed’97, PhD’08 (Education), is the co-author of the revised fourth edition of Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches. Dr. Poth and her co-author John W. Creswell explore the philosophical underpinnings, history, and key elements of five qualitative inquiry approaches: narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study. Dr. Poth is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. She is also the president of the Mixed Methods International Research Association.

[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 4-2017]