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MARILYN BAILLIE ’65. How to Save a Species (Owlkids Books) brings school- aged readers as close as they may ever get to some of the most endangered animals and plants on earth. Co-authored with Dr. Jonathan Baillie and shortlisted for the 2015 Silver Birch Express Award, the book highlights the efforts of scientists, communities and campaign groups in bringing species back from the edge of extinction, as well as urgent cases needing instant action. In 2014, Baillie also released Whoosh! A Watery World of Wonderful Creatures (Owlkids Books). Aimed at preschoolers, the book playfully celebrates water—something precious to each of us.

CATHERINE S. BAIRD ’90. Revolution from Within: The YMCA in Russia’s Ascension to Freedom from Bolshevik Tyranny (BookLogix) is a nonfiction narrative of determination, unlikely partnerships, and surprising tricks of fate that change our understanding of the Russian Revolution and the Cold War. The book is a result of Baird’s 1997 doctoral thesis on Russian and French intellectual history.

DAVID GORDON BUTLER. Bishop John Strachan and Heraldry in the University of Trinity College, Toronto (Stratford Herald Publishing) examines the intertwined histories of the University of Trinity College; its predecessor, the University of King’s College; Bishop Strachan; and the heraldic symbols in Trinity College buildings. Illustrated with images of the founding charters of both universities, royal warrants, letters patent for grants of arms, coats of arms, seals and emblems, the book is available at the U of T bookstore.

SUSAN MARGARET CHAPMAN ’66. The Old Ways (Fifth House, Fitzhenry and Whiteside) is a picture book about a contemporary Inuit boy stranded in a snowstorm on a snowmobile with his grandparents. Carefully researched and beautifully illustrated, The Old Ways reveals the traditional wisdom of the elders with the clarity of sparkling sun on fresh snow.

ADRIENNE CLARKSON ’60In Belonging (House of Anansi Press), based on her 2014 Massey Lectures Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship, Canada’s 26th Governor General masterfully chronicles the evolution of citizenship throughout the ages and argues that a sense of belonging is a necessary mediation between an individual and a society.

PENNY CLAPP DRAPER ’77Red River Raging (Coteau Books) is the eighth book in the award- winning Disaster Strikes! Canadian history series for juvenile readers. Finn, 13, is exiled to his grandmother’s farm in Manitoba, and has to struggle with his cantankerous great-grandfather, a mysterious friend, a giant catfish and finally the Red River itself in this heart-stopping survival tale based on actual events.

THOMAS GERRY ’71The Emblems of James Reaney (The Porcupine’s Quill) investigates the unique artistic vision of poet, painter and playwright James Reaney, revealing the “magnetic arrangement” that links Reaney’s emblems with some of his best-known fiction, poetry, drama and artwork. The book presents a fascinating organizational scheme within which to study some of Reaney’s most beloved works.

DIANNE O’NEILL ’66Collective Remembrance: Propaganda Posters from the Great War (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia). First World War propaganda posters still allow us to experience an earlier generation’s feelings, fears, and hopes about the first truly global conflict. The names of most of the artists responsible for these posters in Canada and in Britain have been lost, but Arthur Keelor and Malcolm Gibson can again be celebrated.

BRIAN E. PEARSON ’80Pie Face Boy: In Search of Soul (Pie Face Press) is a collection of personal essays exploring the emergence of “Soul.” If character is shaped not only by the outward circumstances of our lives, but also by the inward movement of Soul, then sharing our soulful stories helps us recognize the wondrous life that is being lived through us.

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