Autumn 2015


U of A alumni share their new books, including a collection of poems, a look into the world of high performance and essays on digital humanity.

Compiled by Christie Hutchinson and Bridget Stirling


Photo by Richard Siemens

Dead Reckoning in Dublin

by Patricia Trudeau, ’77 Dip(Ed), Moose Hide Books,

The sixth in Trudeau’s Agnes Carroll mystery novel series, Dead Reckoning in Dublin sees Agnes go abroad to write a play for a university lecturer only to find herself investigating a fatal shooting at Dublin’s Trinity College campus.

Cultural Mapping and the Digital Sphere

by Ruth Panofsky and Kathleen Kellett (editors); foreword by Susan Brown, ’91 PhD, and Mary-Jo Romaniuk, The University of Alberta Press,

This collection of 14 essays enriches digital humanities research by examining Canadian cultural works and the advances in technologies that facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations. The book aims to serve as a road map for researchers and those interested in the digital humanities, women’s writing and Canadian culture and literature.

The Closet Poet’s Collection: My Life in Verse 1969 to 2014

by Wayne Pendleton, ’65 BCom, ’83 BEd(VocEd), Self-published,

His poems were scrawled on paper napkins, sketched on the inside of a cereal box or typed on his beloved old typewriter. The Closet Poet’s Collection is a raw, personal compilation of 45 years of poetry inspired by Pendleton’s relationships, experiences and travel.


by Dave Madole, ’99 BEd, Self-published,

Only desert and destruction exist beyond the Keep, a lone fortress where the Council of Constraint controls everything. In return for surrendering freedom, citizens receive survival, and most don’t mind the exchange. The Son of Sara isn’t like most people. Then one day, he receives a letter from the Nightingale, the Keep’s mysterious dissident. After that, nothing stays the same.

Sustainable High Performance

by Cal Botterill, ’72 MA, ’76 Dip(Ed), ’77 PhD, Jason Brooks and Aman Hussain, McNally Robinson,

Drawing on more than 50 years of experience in high-performance fields, the book describes lessons, strategies and perspectives that have proven valuable in optimizing health and high performance. Testimony and examples from medicine, sport and business are included.

Prairie Bohemian: Frank Gay’s Life in Music

by Trevor W. Harrison, ’93 PhD, The University of Alberta Press,

Until his death in 1982, Edmonton luthier and composer Frank Gay built guitars for several famous musicians, including country star Johnny Cash. Though Gay was a well-known musician in his own right, few recordings of his work exist. In Prairie Bohemian, Harrison shares the fascinating story of this private and often troubled man.

Dramaturging Personal Narratives: Who Am I and Where Is Here?

by Judith Rudakoff, ’77 MA, The University of Chicago Press,

How do people identify, locate or express home? Rudakoff’s book explores the relationship between personal and cultural identity by investigating how people perceive and creatively express self, home and homeland through showcasing various innovative artistic processes and resulting projects.

The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr.

by Debra Komar, ’99 PhD, Goose Lane Editions,

In spring 1842, the chief trader at Fort Stikine was shot dead by his own men. Using archival research and modern forensic science, Komar re-examines the long-closed case, unlocking the mystery of what really happened the night John McLoughlin Jr. died.


by Trina St. Jean, ’92 BA, ’95 BA, ’96 BEd, Orca Book Publishers,

Waking from a coma, Jessica has no memories of her life before the accident at her family’s bison ranch. Returning to school is a nightmare — especially when she overhears someone say she is faking her amnesia. When a new friend presents an alternative to staying in her old life, Jessica must confront the reality of what it means to leave her past behind.

Why Grow Here: Essays on Edmonton’s Gardening History

by Kathryn Chase Merrett, ’92 MA, The University of Alberta Press,

Vacant lot gardeners, rose gardeners and horticultural societies have all contributed to the beautification of the capital city of Alberta. Merrett’s collection of essays depicts the development of Edmonton’s social, cultural and physical landscape.

A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle

by David Young, Robert Rogers, ’71 BSc, and Russell Willier, North Atlantic Books,

In this study and guide, a native healer opens his medicine bundle to share his repertoire of herbal medicines. Young and Rogers chronicle the life, beliefs and healing practices of Willier, who offers his knowledge for future generations.

Hillsdale Book

by Gerald Hill, ’90 MA, NeWest Press,

In his new poetry collection, Hill fuses history, geography and autobiography to document life in Regina’s suburbs, then and now. Readers are invited to take a cruise down the streets of Hillsdale, learn about its architecture, rehearse its schoolyard taunts and sample its denizens’ favourite drink recipes.

From Realism to Abstraction: The Art of J.B. Taylor

by Adriana A. Davies, ’65 BA, ’67 MA, The University of Calgary Press,

J.B. Taylor spent his career striving to depict the idea of the mountain. Davies’ book, filled with images of Taylor’s work and photographs of his life, focuses on Taylor, his importance to western Canadian artistic communities and his role in the evolution of landscape ideals and technique.

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