Alumni books out now: June 2012
JEFFREY TODD, Artsci'04, has written his first novel, Storm of Hate ($24.99, The Key Publishing House), a work of adult fiction set in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina. Storm of Hate is a powerful story about the struggle to survive amid the chaos. Jeff paints a vivid and affecting picture of fragile hopes, personal tragedy and social breakdown. Following his time at Queen's, Jeff went on to complete graduate degrees in British literature and journalism. He's worked in the newspaper industry in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and The Bahamas. He currently lives in Nassau, The Bahamas where he serves as the business editor of the Nassau Guardian and is completing work on his second novel, based on his journalism experience in the Middle East. Pre-order Storm of Hate (release date August 23) at www.onyourtodd.com
DALE KIDD, Ed'78, is the author of Sacrificing Sticks, a novel that explores life in suburban schools and on the streets of Halifax, where youth violence and homelessness collide with tragic consequences. Born in Scotland, Dale has lived in Canada for almost 40 years, working primarily as a teacher, newspaper writer and editor. Dale lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is married with three daughters.
MIRANDA HILL, Artsci’92, has won the 2011 Journey Prize for her debut collection of short stories entitled Sleeping Funny (Doubleday, $29.95). The Journey Prize jury raved that this collection is “writing of the highest order, packed with insight, empathy, suspense, and wit.” Miranda, who is married to fellow Canadian writer Lawrence Hill, has had her writing published by The New Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review and The Fiddlehead. She has worked in television and as a freelance writer and communications consultant. She is the founder and executive director of Project Bookmark Canada, a national charitable organization that marks the places where the real and imagined landscapes meet. Learn more at www.projectbookmarkcanada.ca
TROON HARRISON, Ed'96, has written The Horse Road ($19.50, Bloomsbury), the first in a trio of historical novels for tweens centred around the bond of friendship between a girl and her horse who live in the Ferghana Valley in Central Asia in 104 BC. Born in the Rocky Mountains of B.C., Troon was raised mainly in Cornwall, England. On returning to Canada, she spent ten years on the west coast before moving to Ontario to complete her post secondary education. Troon has over 30 books published in a range of genres including historical, contemporary, fantasy and science fiction; she also writes nonfiction. Since 1997, Troon has been a creative writing teacher with the Institute of Children's Literature in Connecticut. www.troonharrison.com
BRYCE MCBRIDE, Artsci'89, has written his second high school economics textbook, Economics for Canadians (Croecko Publishing, $25 individually, or $17 when ordered as part of a class set). While the book was written to satisfy the requirements for Ontario grade 12 economics, it is also being considered for schools in B.C. and the Maritime provinces. www.croecko.com.
BEVERLEY BAINES, Law'73, a law professor at Queen's, has co-edited Feminist Constitutionalism: Global Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, $24.99), a book that aims to explore the relationship between constitutional law and feminism using a spectrum of approches and an analysis that is set across a wide range of topics including both familiar ones like reproductive rights and marital status, and emerging issues such as a new societal approach to household labor and participation of women in constitutional discussions online. This work seeks to examine, challenge and indeed redefine the very idea of constitutionalism from a feminist perspective.
LESLEY WOOD, Arts'91, an associate professor in Queen's Department of Sociology, recently wrote Direct Action, Deliberation and Diffusion: Collective Action After the WTO Protests in Seattle (Cambridge University Press, $55). By comparing the spread of direct action tactics from the 1999 Global Justice Movement protests against the World Trade Organization in Seattle to grassroots activists in Toronto and New York, Lesley argues that dynamics of deliberation among local activists both aided and blocked diffusion. To analyze the localization of this cycle of protest, the research brings together rich ethnography, interviews, social network analysis and catalogs of protest events. The findings suggest that when diverse activists with different perspectives can discuss innovations in a reflexive, egalitarian manner, they are more likely to make strategic and meaningful choices.