ELIZABETH ABBOTT (FORMER DEAN OF WOMEN) Dogs and Underdogs: Finding happiness at the end of a leash (Viking). When her beloved dog Tommy was left behind in Haiti, Abbott set out on a journey that took her from the concrete cells of an American prison to Toronto’s Mt. Sinai Hospital and post-war Serbia, and taught her essential truths about the power of hope and redemption among people changed forever by a wagging tail and a pair of soulful eyes— and dogs who found a new lease on life.
ASHLEY (KANG) BARKMAN ’01 (EDITOR) The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott. (Lexington Books) brings together 18 critical essays that illuminate a nearly comprehensive selection of the director’s feature films from cutting-edge multidisciplinary and comparative perspectives. Chapters examine such signature works as Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Thelma and Louise (1991), Gladiator (2000), Hannibal (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001), and American Gangster (2007).
BARBARA (BEATTIE) CAMPBELL ’66 Pestilence. A family drama, medical thriller and apocalyptic narrative combined, this is the story of a family that attempts to escape a killer virus by fleeing to their cottage in Northern Ontario. There they encounter not only danger and tragedy in their fight to survive but also surprising moments of happiness.
ELAINE COBURN ’97 More Will Sing Their Way to Freedom (Fernwood). Indigenous resistance and resurgence across lands and waters claimed by Canada are the themes of this book, in which the authors describe practices and visions that prefigure a possible world where there is justice for Indigenous peoples and renewed healthy interactions with “all our relations.”
SARAH DITCHBURN NEAL ’54 Lynnehurst (Shadow River Ink). In this portrait of a Canadian family reaching back to the early years of our nationhood and stretching forward into the 21st century, Lynnehurst puts the spotlight on a part of English Canada, the Muskoka Lakes District of Ontario, a setting the author knows well.
GEORGE GRIFFITH ’67 The Gairy Movement: A History of Grenada, 1947-1997. A child of colonial Grenada and public servant during Grenada’s TRINITY
ROY MACLAREN ’91 Empire and Ireland: The Transatlantic Career of the Canadian Imperialist Hamar Greenwood, 1870–1948 (McGill-Queen’s University Press). In this thought-provoking work, MacLaren recounts the life and political career of Hamar Greenwood, a young man from rural Canada who reached the imperial pinnacle of the British cabinet. The author also illuminates the meaning of liberal imperialism, a significant factor in political thinking and policy formation throughout the global empire in Greenwood’s time, which still has resonance today.
ROSE MURRAY ’62 Rose Murray’s A-Z Vegetable Cookbook (Formac). A household name on the Canadian food scene for more than three decades, Rose Murray has compiled more than 250 delicious and simple recipes for home cooks gathered in her travels across Canada.
CAROLYN SMART ’73 Careen (Brick Books, 2015). Smart tells the story of the Barrow Gang—most famously Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow—in narrative poetry. Her previous collection, Hooked – Seven Poems, became an award-winning one-woman performance in Edinburgh, Seattle and across Canada.
RON B. THOMSON ’68 The Concession of Évora Monte (Lexington Books). The political history of Portugal is chronicled from 1810 to 1850, as the country moved from an absolutist to a constitutional form of government. The author’s contention is, that struggle for independence, George Griffith shares his insights into the nation’s history including British colonialism, the failed West Indies Federation, independence from Britain and the role of Grenada’s charismatic first Prime Minister, Eric Matthew Gairy, and the Gairy Movement. www.thegairymovement.com
ELYSE KISHIMOTO ’04 Divine Intervention: The Dining and Social Club For Time Travellers (Green Jelly Bean Press). When Louisa Sparks is thrown into a world of adventure she finds an unusual timepiece. With the press of a button she is transported through time. She accepts an invitation to join the strange fraternity, The Dining and Social Club for Time Travellers. But her adventures have only just begun! contrary to received opinion, it was not a period in which Liberalism triumphed.
MARY F. WILLIAMSON ’55 (EDITOR) A Boyhood Journey, Scotland to Canada 1853. It was 1925 when Charles Robert Peterkin began to recall the “incidents and adventures” of his youth. Looking back he remembers a carefree boyhood in Aberdeen and a harrowing crossing on the Berbice in 1853. The memoir ends abruptly with Charles helping to build a new home for Sir Sandford Fleming’s father— which taught him the skills he would need to establish a successful wood turning and planing mill in Toronto.
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