Alumni books out now: November 2012
SHAWN MALONEY, Artsci'05, has written Backpack, a rich account of his globe-trotting adventures (available on Amazon, $14.99). After completing his university studies, Shawn decided to set off on a once-in-a-lifetime backpacking trip with his best friend, Patrick. Their three-month trip to Europe took an unexpected turn after one week when a spontaneous decision in Amsterdam led the two travelers off the beaten path and on a haphazard adventure across the continent.This fast-paced true story takes the reader on a journey filled with discovery and rich with history. From scaling waterfalls in the Swiss Alps to exploring lost caves in Sardinia, camel trekking in the Sahara Desert to examining the unearthed treasures of Pompeii — this book offers a glimpse at the possibilities that await any aspiring young backpacker. http://www.backpack-book.com/
WAYNE MORDEN, Artsci'86, is the author of Golf Shorts and Plus Fours: Musings from a Golfing Traditionalist (available on Amazon, $13.33). The book covers many aspects and memories of golf including Wayne's personal stories of attending the Masters, playing the Old Course and Pebble Beach, hitting plastic balls as a youth, the advantages of playing match play, the connection with his father and the game, caddies, and thoughts about the Ryder Cup. This is an ideal read for golfing enthusiasts who not only enjoy the game but also respect its rich traditions. Wayne started golfing when he was five years old and is a member at Oxford Golf and Country Club in Woodstock, ON. http://waynetmorden.com/
Along with Queen's PhD student Angela Mills, MARY CHAPMAN, Artsci'83, MA'84, has co-edited Treacherous Texts: US Suffrage Literature 1846-1946 (Rutgers University Press, $32.50), which recently won the Susan Koppelman Prize for Best Edited Volume in Feminist Popular Culture from the Popular Culture Association. Mary's book Making Noise, Making News: US Suffrage Literature and Modernism is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2013. Her new project is an edition of the uncollected works of turn-of-the-century author/journalist Edith Eaton (Sui Sin Far), the first writer of Chinese descent in Canada and one of the first female journalists in Canada. Mary has found almost 100 unknown works of fiction and journalism by Eaton, many of which are set in Montreal, Northern Ontario, Jamaica, west-coast US Chinatowns, and rural Washington State. She has also located startling information about Eaton's Chinese tightrope-dancer mother and her British smuggler father. Eaton's works shed light on the history of the diasporic Chinese in North America. The collection is under contract with McGill-Queen's University Press.
MICHAEL HETHERINGTON, Artsci'76, has written The Archive Carpet (Passfield Press, $19.95), a collection of selected fragments of fiction written daily over 2,500 days between 1995 and 2002. The prologue to The Archive Carpet was published in Geist magazine and other excerpts from the book have appeared in The New Quarterly, Lichen, and Exile.Turnstone Press published Michael's collection of short stories, The Late Night Caller, in 2003. Many of the stories in that collection have been published in literary magazines, including Matrix, Blood & Aphorisms, ON SPEC, and The Malahat Review. Michael lives in North Vancouver with his family.
BERNARD "GERRY" COULTER, Artsci'85, MA'88, has written Jean Baudrillard: From the Ocean to the Desert -- The Poetics of Radicality (Intertheory, $22). The book examines various key aspects of Baudrilard's radical and poetic contribution to poststurcturalist thought since the 1970s. Gerry, a sociology professor at Bishop's University in Quebec, is the founding editor of the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies. He has received the William and Nancy Turner Prize, Bishop’s University’s highest award for teaching.
JIM SMITH, Artsci'77, is the author of Happy Birthday, Nicanor Parra (Mansfield Press, $16.95). Bursting with anti-translations, non-stories, tiny lyrics and extended dictations, it is part birthday gift-bag, part writer’s memento mori. Jim last collection from Mansfield Press, 2009’s Back Off, Assassin! New and Selected Poems, was longlisted for the 2010 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and hit number 7 on the Chapters/Indigo 14 Best Poetry Books for National Poetry Month 2010. In 61 years, Smith has published some 15 books and chapbooks of poetry, ran a small literary magazine and press, went to law school late and litigates for a living in Toronto. He remains Crown Counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General Crown Law Office-Civil.