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Living Lightly On The Earth: Building An Ark For Prince Edward Island 1974-76

Steven Mannell

Living Lightly On The Earth: Building An Ark For Prince Edward Island 1974-76—Steven MannellThe PEI book launch of Living Lightly On The Earth: Building An Ark For Prince Edward Island 1974-76 by Steven Mannell will take place June 11 at The Carriage House at Beaconsfield, 2 Kent Street beginning at 7:30 pm.

Built in 1976 by the Cape Cod-based New Alchemy Institute and designed in partnership with Solsearch Architects of Cambridge MA, the Ark bio-shelter was conceived as “an early exploration in weaving together the sun, wind, biology and architecture for the benefit of humanity.” The structure’s integrated ecological design features provided autonomous life support for a family of four, providing for all food and energy needs, managing all wastes, and enabling a new and symbiotic relationship between its inhabitants and the ecosystem of their home. The Ark deployed many then-experimental technologies that remain emblems of sustainable design today: solar heating with mass heat storage, a high-efficiency wood stove, a wind turbine generator, composting toilets, and a passive solar agri/aquaculture greenhouse. This study of the project, celebrating the Ark’s 40th anniversary, is illustrated with original drawings and period photographs, and a wealth of background materials.

Living Lightly On The Earth: Building An Ark For Prince Edward Island 1974-76 is published by the Dalhousie Architectural Press. Steven Mannell is director of the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He is the author of Atlantic Modern: The Architecture of the Atlantic Provinces 1950-2000 (2004).

Inside the Classroom: Stories of Curriculum and Creativity

Edited by Sean Wiebe and Lori Gard with Kristopher Barnes

Inside the Classroom: Stories of Curriculum and Creativity—Edited by Sean Wiebe and Lori Gard with Kristopher BarnesIn Inside the Classroom: Stories of Curriculum and Creativity, edited by Sean Wiebe and Lori Gard with Kristopher Barnes, a collection of stories from Atlantic Canadian educators, the narrative of the teacher as both a professional and a unique individual gradually emerges. At times this narrative, written as life-story, is characterized by myriad questions and wonderings, targeting the individual educator’s courage when facing the stark realities of unemployment or teacher burnout. At other times, the narrative is a celebration of personal victories garnered through no small sacrifice—re-learning, so as to see the world through a child’s eye, along with re-discovery found in the sense of satisfaction that comes with having reached a professional epiphany. Each story is unique to the contributing teacher who penned the words, and collectively, the stories paint a visual for the reader about the life and work of our educators.

Inside the Classroom is available primarily as an electronic book with a print-on-demand option through the University of Prince Edward Island Bookstore. See its Local Books and Giftware section. It is produced by Island Studies Press and UPEI’s Faculty of Education.

L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s)

Edited by Rita Bode and Jean Mitchell

New from McGill-Queen’s University Press is L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s) edited by Rita Bode and Jean Mitchell.

L.M. Montgomery’s writings are replete with enchanting yet subtle and fluid depictions of nature that convey her intense appreciation for the natural world. At a time of ecological crises, intensifying environmental anxiety, and burgeoning eco-critical perspectives, L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s) repositions the Canadian author’s relationship to nature in terms of current environmental criticism across several disciplines, introducing a fresh approach to her life and work.

Drawing on a wide range of Montgomery’s novels as well as her journals, this collection suggests that socio-ecological relationships encompass ideas of reciprocity, affiliation, autonomy, and the capacity for transformation in both the human and more-than-human worlds, and that these ideas are integral to Montgomery’s vision and her literary legacy. Framed by the twin themes of materiality and interrelationships, essays by scholars of literature, law, animal studies, anthropology, and ecology examine place, embodiment, and difference in Montgomery’s works.

L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s) opens up conversations about humans’ interactions with nature and the material environment.

Rita Bode is professor of English literature at Trent University and co-editor of L.M. Montgomery’s Rainbow Valleys.

Jean Mitchell is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Prince Edward Island and co-editor of Anne around the World.

No Choice

The 30-Year Fight for Abortion on Prince Edward Island
Kate McKenna

No Choice: The 30-Year Fight for Abortion on Prince Edward Island—Kate McKennaCBC journalist, and former Prince Edward Island resident, Kate McKenna sheds light on the long struggle to provide access to abortion on the Island in her new book, No Choice: The 30-Year Fight for Abortion on Prince Edward Island (Fernwood Publishing).

Abortion was made legal in Canada in 1969, and in 1988 a supreme court ruled that criminalizing abortion was unconstitutional. Despite this ruling, providing access to abortions was not constitutional. However, the procedure falls under Canada’s Health Care Act, which all provinces must deliver. PEI was the exception. McKenna tells us that in the book she illustrates how the influence of the Catholic Church and the Right to Life movement worked to lobby government officials, doctors and even to assume roles on hospital boards in order to prevent abortions from being made available to women on the Island.

McKenna introduces readers to the activists who fought for women’s rights and pro-choice, risking being ostracized and fired from their jobs, and who often paid to take women off the Island to Nova Scotia or New Brunswick to have the procedure performed.

Kate McKenna is a journalist with the CBC. She was a finalist for two Canadian Association of Journalism Awards and a silver medal winner of the Atlantic Journalism Award.

A Blossom for Job

Bob Jensen

A Blossom for Job—Bob JensenNew Brunswick native, and long time PEI resident, Bob Jensen has released a collection of spoken word poetry entitled A Blossom for Job. The fifteen poems were written over the past five years and reflect the author’s own ambivalence towards the Christian faith he was raised in. The material ranges from reverent to critical, questioning the nature of man, the efficacy of faith and the meaning of death.

Jensen will travel to England in August to perform his poetry at the FolkEast Festival in Suffolk with UK recording artist Jake Morley as his accompanist.

A Blossom for Job is available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, etc. For samples of Jensen’s work visit soundcloud.com or tumblr.com.

Jeopardy

Richard Lemm

Jeopardy—Richard LemmRichard Lemm, PEI author, and a UPEI English professor for many years, will launch his new poetry book, Jeopardy, on June 29, at 7 pm in the Carriage House of Beaconsfield Historic House at 2 Kent Street in Charlottetown. Acorn Press, the publisher, will host the launch.

Jeopardy opens with “Profane and Sacred,” poems conjuring myths and journeys—Adam and Eve’s Edenic choice; a Jewish surgeon’s pilgrimage to Assisi; the poet’s grandfather leaving the family farm for America’s first imperialist war. “Skeletal Blues” explores a couple’s struggle with mental illness and the quest for healing.

“History Lessons” takes readers to the British penal colony in Tasmania, reveals pre- and post- Revolution experiences in Cairo teaching Egyptian students, and encounters an ancient civilization wrestling with cross-currents of modernity and tradition. “The Future Hurtling Toward Us” evokes with humour and urgency our ecological reality and environmental crises.

Lemm has published five poetry collections, including Burning House, Four Ways of Dealing with Bullies, and Prelude to the Bacchanal, which won the Canadian Authors’ Association Award. He has won poetry prizes in the CBC Literary Competition, and a PEI Book Award for Shape of Things to Come.

At UPEI, Lemm teaches creative writing, Canadian, British, and post-colonial literature, and environmental literature. 

Sailing in Circles, Goin' Somewhere

Finley Martin

Sailing in Circles, Goin’ Somewhere—Finley Martin

Not all dreams have happy endingsFinley Martin's Sailing in Circles, Goin’ Somewhere is the funny, bittersweet memoir of a Prince Edward Island man who, over seven years, builds a classic 1930s wooden sailboat and, in 2004, attempts to circumnavigate eastern North America. The author leaves a small fishing port on the Island and tracks along the rugged coast, up the St. Lawrence River, and through the Great Lakes. Alone, he encounters heavy fog, near-collisions with freighters, mechanical breakdowns, enormous seas, several brushes with disaster, and even a hostile reception at one French-speaking port. He meets odd and curious people. It all comes to an inglorious and mundane end when the author and his boat, the Arja D., are stuck in, of all places, Peoria, Illinois. Was it worth it? Maybe. 

Finley Martin will launch his new book Sailing in Circles, Goin' Somewhere on May 19 from 7–8:30 pm at Beaconsfield Historic House, 2 Kent Street, Charlottetown. Finley will be reading and signing copies of his book, which Bookmark Charlottetown will be selling on-site.

Published by Nimbus Publishing. 

www.finleymartin.ca

From Narratives of Teaching Conversations Toward Agency and Authenticity in Education

Sean Wiebe
Craig MacDonald

From Narratives of Teaching: Conversations Toward Agency and Authenticity in Education—Sean Wiebe and Craig MacDonaldFrom Narratives of Teaching: Conversations Toward Agency and Authenticity in Education, written by Sean Wiebe and Craig MacDonald, invites readers into an intimate conversation about the work life circumstances of teachers.

Drawing on the research about teacher worklife on Prince Edward Island, Wiebe and MacDonald contribute a distinct collaborative perspective to discussions about what it means to be a teacher in this time. Through a series of critical questions, they reveal the intricate ways the autonomy, authority, and accountability intertwine and manifest in the daily lives of teachers.

Professor Susan Walsh of Mount Saint Vincent University said, “Wiebe and MacDonald weave together a thoughtful, erudite, and evocative conversation about the complex and fluid spaces that teachers live between school and home.”

Sean Wiebe and Craig MacDonald are professors at the University of Prince Edward Island. They have many years in teaching and researching and have been awarded grants and awards. Their areas of research include: curriculum theory, critical literacy, transformative education, teacher narrative, and arts-based methodologies.

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Called to Serve: Georgina Pope, Canadian Military Nursing Heroine

Katherine Dewar

Called to Serve: Georgina Pope, Canadian Military Nursing Heroine—Katherine DewarThe newest book from Island Studies Press at UPEI, Called to Serve: Georgina Pope, Canadian Military Nursing Heroine, will be available in bookstores in mid-May. It is being launched in Charlottetown at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House on May 24, at 7 pm. The Summerside launch will be June 24 at 2 pm, at the Eptek Centre.

Georgina Pope (1862-1938) of Summerside, PEI, was a pioneer in Canadian military nursing, whose critical roles as a nursing leader in the Boer War and the First World War have led to her recognition by historians as “Canada’s Florence Nightingale.” She is one of 14 heroes honored with a bronze bust at the Valiants Memorial at Confederation Square in Ottawa. The Canadian Mint produced a $5 coin bearing her image, and she has been recognized by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board.

Pope was the first nurse to ever lead Canadian nurses into a foreign war, the first Canadian nurse to receive the Royal Red Cross 1st Class Medal, the first nurse enlisted into the Permanent Army Medical Corps after its creation and the first Matron of the Canadian Army Medical Corps.

This new book by Katherine Dewar delivers history on the risk and rewards of military nursing in the early 20th century. It details Georgina Pope’s path to power, addresses the significance of her privileged and powerful lineage, the influence of her parents on her world view, and the inspiration of Florence Nightingale who invoked in Pope a “burning desire” to become an “army nurse” in a faraway land.

The story takes us from Georgie’s rather sheltered life in Victorian PEI to the “Boston States,” to the dangerous and primitive conditions she experienced as Superintendent of nurses in two South African Wars; to her work in the formation of the nursing component of the Canadian Army Medical Corps (PAMC); and to the battlefields of Europe during the First World War.

Katherine Dewar is the author of the award-winning book, Those Splendid Girls: The Heroic Service of Prince Edward Island Nurses in the Great War, 1914-1918 which was shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award, and was chosen Publication of the Year by the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, and the City of Summerside’s Heritage and Culture department.

Ward’s Valley

Bobby Curnow
Illustrated by Brenda Hickey

Ward’s Valley—Bobby CurnowSaving Ward’s Valley will be gnome mean feat! Ward is a grumpy gnome who only wants to be left alone. He never asked for company…but when his beautiful forest starts filling up with animals, it’s more than just grumpiness that makes him nervous. Mysterious muck-trolls and terrifying humans are invading, and he’ll need all the help he can get to defend Ward’s Valley.

Ward’s Valley is an all-ages fantasy graphic novel written by Bobby Curnow (Night of 1000 Wolves, My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and illustrated by local PEI comic artist Brenda Hickey (My Little Pony, Halls of the Turnip King). Filled with animal antics, edge-of-your-seat action, and the hardships of overcoming loss, it is sure to be a joy for younger readers as well the young at heart.

The graphic novel is published by Top Shelf Productions.

www.topshelfcomix.com

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