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Ex libris: November 2018

Ex libris: November 2018

[cover image of Polidoro da Caravaggio]

David Franklin, Artsci’84 (Art History), PhD (University of London), is the author of Polidoro da Caravaggio (Yale University Press). Polidoro, one of Raphael’s most influential and distinctive followers, has not been well treated by time. His early frescoes, which graced exterior palace facades in Rome, have perished almost without exception. Most are known only in copies. Consequently, the originality of his public work has been little explored, despite his contemporary reputation and the association of his name with Raphael and Michelangelo. His move to Scily, a region with few surviving primary sources, further complicates the study of his work. In this first account in English, Polidoro’s radical Sicilian paintings are considered through the lens of the religious life of the era and in relation to his early secular work. Dr. Franklin is a curator at the Archive of Modern Conflict in Toronto.

[clover image of Her Father's Daughter]

Lucy K. Pick, Artsci’88, (PhD, U of T) is the author of Her Father’s Daughter: Gender, Power, and Religion in the Early Spanish Kingdoms, which studies the lives of royal women in the early medieval kingdoms of the Asturias and of León-Castilla. Dr. Pick examines these daughters of kings as members of networks of power that work in parallel, in concert, and in resistance to some forms of male power. she contends that only by mapping these networks do we gain a full understanding of the nature of monarchical power. Dr. Pick is senior lecturer in the history of Christianity at the University of Chicago. Her previous works are Conflict and Coexistence and the novel Pilgrimage.

[cover image of My Undiscovered Country]

Cyril Dabydeen, MA’74, MPA’75, has a new book of short stories: My Undiscovered Country. In this collection, stories of life in Guyana are interspersed with depictions of the urban landscape of Canada. Mr. Dabydeen’s stories are distinctive, with a strong narrative voice that encompasses fantasy and reality as ethnic and cultural roots commingle. The author’s inflection is mixed with motifs when the tropics and the temperate merge.

Paula Mallea, Arts’71, MA’72,MA’77, Law’78, has released her sixth book: Beyond Incarceration: Safety and True Criminal Justice. Centuries ago, incarcerating convicts represented progress on society’s part, since it came as a replacement for capital punishment, maiming, and torture. Ms. Mallea argues it is time to recognize the ineffectiveness of incarceration and the need for a new approach.

Ruth (Olson) Latta, MA’73 (History), is the author of Grace and the Secret Vault, a historical novel about the impact of the first World War and the 1919 Winnipeg General strike upon a 13-year- old girl and her family. Grace is Grace Woodsworth, who, as Grace MacInnis, became a progressive voice on women’s and other social issues in the House of Commons during the 1960s and ’70s. Grace and the Secret Vault was shortlisted for the “Northern Lit Award” for fiction in English, presented annually by Ontario Library Services North.

William J. Patterson, Arts’53, MA’57 (History), has published the third edition of the book Up the Glens: Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, 1868-2018. The book updates the regiment’s history, first published in 1952, and revised in 1995, to coincide with its 150th anniversary this year. Although its official date of formation is July 3, 1868, the SD&G has roots back to the founding of the three united counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry in 1784 by disbanded Loyalist regiments. Members of the SD&G served Canada during the War of 1812, the First and Second World Wars, and in Afghanistan. this is Brigadier-General Patterson’s ninth book.

Unity Club, by Karen Spafford-Fitz, Artsci’86, Ed’87, is a book for readers aged 10 to 14. it tells the story of Brett, the 14-year-old president of her school’s community service club. When a group home for at-risk youth opens, Brett encourages everyone to welcome the teens to the neighbourhood. After acts of vandalism occur, many people demand the group home be shut down. Brett doesn’t believe any of the teens from the home are responsible, but when an elderly woman is seriously injured, even Brett begins to have doubts. Unity Club is the fourth novel for Ms. Spafford-Fitz, an arts educator and touring author who lives, teaches, and writes in Edmonton.

[illustration for 'the public health' issue of the Queen's Alumni Review]