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Ex libris: the November issue

Ex libris: the November issue

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I do have a big ego!
As I often say, modesty is my only vice.
If I weren’t so modest, I’d be perfect.

[Roberts book cover]That is how author Siobhan Roberts, Artsci’94, introduces mathematician John Horton Conway, the subject of her book Genius At Play: The Curious Mind of John ­Horton Conway. And, as she then says, his ego is so ­sizable that it seemed to demand its own font. Therefore, ­direct quotes from Conway, distinguished professor of applied and computational mathematics at Princeton University, are interjected, in their own font, throughout the text. His voice comes through loud and clear, interspersed with calculations, drawings, game theory and gossip, as Roberts captures Conway’s fascinating world of mathematics. The author describes her subject as “Archimedes, Mick Jagger, Salvador Dalí, and Richard Feynman, all rolled into one. He is one of the greatest ­living mathematicians, with a sly sense of humour, a polymath’s promiscuous curiosity, and a compulsion to explain everything about the world to everyone in it.” Roberts is a science writer and winner of four National Magazine Awards. Her first book, King of Infinite Space, won the Mathematical Association of America’s Euler Prize for ­expanding the public’s view of mathematics.

[Smith book cover]Russell Smith, Artsci’86, MA’88, has a new book of short stories out that is garnering rave reviews. In the stories of Confidence, there are ecstasy-taking PhD students, violent and unremovable tenants, aggressive raccoons, seedy massage parlors, experimental filmmakers who record every second of their day, and wives who blog insults directed at their husbands. There are private clubs, crowded restaurants, psychiatric wards. There is one magic cinema and everyone has a secret of some kind. As the QAR went to press, Confidence had been nominated for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Sandra Campbell and Duncan McDowall, Arts’72, MA’74, explore the colourful history of Bermuda in their collaborative work, Short Bermudas: Essays on Island Life. Here you can find essays on the history of the Bermuda onion, the Bermuda connection to Civil War bioterrorism and Bermuda’s high society and everyday people. Each piece is followed by suggested reading, for the reader who wants to delve further into the history of the island. Dr. Campbell is also the author of Both Hands: A Life of Lorne Pierce of Ryerson Press [see Issue 2-2014]. Her husband, Dr. McDowall, is the Queen’s University historian. His book, Tested Tradition, the third volume of the official Queen’s University history, will be published in 2016. Learn more about this work on page 48.

[Eisenhaueer cover]Elizabeth Eisenhauer, Meds’76, is co-editor of Phase I Cancer Clinical Trials: A Practical Guide. The second edition of the book was published earlier this year by Oxford ­University Press. Phase I trials are a critical first step in the study of novel cancer therapeutic approaches. Their primary goals are to identify the recommended dose, schedule and pharmacologic behaviour of new agents or new combinations of agents and to describe the adverse effects of treatment. In cancer therapeutics, such studies have particular challenges. Due to the nature of the ­effects of treatment, most such studies are conducted in patients with advanced malignancy, rather than in healthy volunteers. This work is a useful resource for ­oncology trainees or specialists interested in understanding cancer drug development. New to this edition are chapters on Phase 0 Trials and Immunotherapeutics, and updated information on the process, pitfalls and logistics of Phase I Trials. Dr. Eisenhauer is head of the Queen’s ­Department of Oncology and director of the NCIC Clinical Trials Group Investigational New Drug Program.

Amy Kaufman, Law’04, is the co-author, with Leeann Beggs, of Out of Practice: Exploring Legal Career Paths in Canada. The book presents the experiences of lawyers who have made changes, large and small, to their own careers, along with the advice of legal career coaches, all within the context of what is happening in Canada’s legal profession. It provides practical strategies to explore and make the transition into a new career or, alternatively, reassess and modify your current career path in smaller ways. Amy Kaufman is head of the Lederman Law Library at Queen’s. Leeann Beggs, former director of career services for Queen’s Law, is now director of ­student and associate programs at Gowlings in Ottawa.

[Henderson cover]Patricia Henderson, Artsci’77, has written the non-fiction book Inside Kingston: Stories Celebrating People’s Lives & Passions. Published by Quarry Press, the book is about 150 people who made their lives quietly extraordinary by following their passions and being true to themselves. The book features many Queen’s professors, including Lindsay Davidson, Jonathan Rose, Michael Adams and Richard Ascough. Patricia, a former CBC radio writer/broadcaster, runs her own company, Writing By Design, in Kingston. Inside Kingston is available at Kingston’s Novel Idea bookstore as well as online at ­Indigo. www.patriciajhenderson.com

[Divine Intervention cover]In Divine Intervention, Louisa Sparks is thrown into a world of chaos and adventure when she finds an unusual timepiece in the pocket of her grandfather’s old coat. With the press of a button, Louisa is suddenly transported through time. Soon after, she receives an invitation to join the strange fraternity of The Dining and ­Social Club for Time Travellers. But her adventures have only just begun! Time travellers are going missing and Louisa may be the only one who can save them. This is the first novel in the Dining and Social Club for Time ­Travellers Series for young adults by Elyse Kishimoto and Doug Feaver, Artsci’01. Doug is both co-author and illustrator of the books.

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