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VOLUME  49      NUMBER  7      JULY  3,2003
ubc has A proud tradition of producing authors and books. Last year, 167 UBC authors were
published, many creating award-winning works. Since 1971, UBC Press, the publishing arm of the
university, has published about 40 UBC authors a year. It has a backlist of more than 500 titles. UBC's
creative writing program started in 1946 with a single course taught by poet Earle Birney. It has now become
the premier destination for creative writing studies in Canada. Our alumni have gone on to
success     as     award-winning     poets, i^^^fiction   and   non-fiction   writers,   playwrights   and
screenwriters.      This issue of UBC ^^^^^       Reports   is   dedicated  to   all
of  UBC's   authors   past   and   ^ ^^^  present.
UBC is a Hotbed of
Creative Writing
From small classes large book deals grow 1
Most students dream of cool jobs and a stable income.
Creative writing students tend to dream about book
deals, screenplay sales, poetry readings and theatrical
opening nights. In the case of the UBC creative writing
program, those dreams often become reality before
students even graduate.
UBC is Canada's premier destination for creative
writing studies. Established as a department by
Earle Birney in 1965 (it merged with the Dept. of
Theatre and Film in 1995), creative writing fea
tures workshops and tutorials in all the major
literary   and  dramatic  genres,   at  both  the
graduate (MFA) and undergraduate (BFA and
Diploma) levels.
While faculty members continue to publish
and produce acclaimed books, articles, plays
and film, both students and graduates are winning
contests and awards, securing employment as freelance and
staff writers, publishing articles, short stories, poems and novels and producing radio, television and film scripts.
Here is a sample of works from graduates and current students published in the past year. The excerpt is the opening paragraph of each book.
Mount Appetite
Bill Gaston
Bill Gaston is the author of The Cameraman, Deep Cove Stones, Tall
Lives, North of Jesus Bean's, Belle Combe Journal, Sex is Red and The
Good Body. His poetry and stories have been widely anthologized and
have been broadcast on CBC radio. Two half-hour screenplays - The New
Brunswicker and Saving Eve's Father - are currently in production for
CBC TV. He was awarded the inaugural Timothy Findley Award earlier
this year in recognition of the literary merit of a body of work rather than
a single book. His novel, Sointula, will be published by Raincoast Books
in September 2004. Gaston teaches writing at the University of Victoria.
About Mount Appetite
A wry and witty collection by one of the country's best-loved storytellers,
Mount Appetite is vintage Gaston: candid, personal, unabashed. The
mountain of the title is no physical peak but, rather, a state of grace, a
hierarchy of desire, a pinnacle of both truth and perfection. "Everyone at
the top of Mt. Appetite is as close as they can get to heaven. It's work to
get there and agony to be denied." This relentless state of longing is the
subject of many of Gaston's stories, each one by turns grotesque and
gorgeous, unsettling and familiar.
What's Popular
at the UBC
The top 10 UBC selling
fb>      authors
Nominated for the 2002 Giller Prize.
continued on page 4
The Top 10 Selling
Faculty-authored Books:
1. Toxic Emotions at Work: How
Compassionate Managers
Handle Pain and Conflict
2. Encyclopedia of Literature in
3. No Place to Learn: Why
Universities Aren't Working
4. Book of Contradictions
5. Making Native Space:
Colonialism, Resistance, and
Reserves in British Columbia
(tie) Canada and the Idea of
(tie) The Arbutus/Madrone
Files: Reading the Pacific
Academic Writing: Writing and
Reading in the Disciplines, 3rd
Pawprints of History: Dogs and
the Course of Human Events
Failing Our Kids: How We Are
Ruining Our Public Schools
I Toxic Emotions at Work:
How Compassionate
Managers Handle Pain and
Peter Frost
Harvard Business School Press, 2003
A   study   of  the   causes   and   effects   of
emotional pain in organizations, and what
can  be   done   to   alleviate   pain  before   it
becomes toxic.
' Toxicity, the outcome of emotionally insensitive attitudes and actions of managers and of
the practices of their companies, doesn't simply
ruffle a few feathers. Rather, it acts as a noxious
substance, draining vitality from individuals and
your entire organization, potentially causing everything from missed deadlines to a mass exodus of
your key staff. [...] Left unchecked, toxicity will seep
into your organization's performance and right down to your bottom
line. Despite the pervasiveness of emotional toxins in organizations and
their negative effects on people and on profits, no one will raise the
subject since, as most of us have experienced first-hand, the discussion
of emotion and pain in work situations tends to be seen as "weak" or
"soft," leaving those who do see it—and help to resolve it—with their
mouths shut and their heads down. *
(Chapter 1, Emotional Pain in Organizations, page 13)
Reprinted with permission from the author.
Peter J. Frost is the Edgar F. Kaiser Professor of Organizational
Behaviour at the Sauder School of Business at UBC.
2 Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada
Edited by William H. New
University of Toronto Press, 2002
An extensive record of Canadian authors and literary achievements,
and a thorough analysis of the defining themes and events in Canadian
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UBC Receives Major
William Sauder, the 77-year-old
chairman of International Forest
Products Ltd. and Sauder
Industries Ltd., has given $20 million to the University of British
Columbia in the largest single private donation ever made to a
Canadian business school. "I have
been inordinately lucky and I
wanted to give something back to
this country," he said.
UBC president Martha Piper
said the donation "will help UBC
move into the first rank of business
education and research in North
America." Proceeds of the endowment will be used to create 125
new student spaces, add more faculty and boost the scope of the
research at what is already one of
Canada's largest business schools.
The UBC Faculty of Commerce
and Business Administration was
renamed the Sauder School of
The story ran in The Globe and
Mail, The Vancouver Sun and The
Vancouver Province, as well as on
Canadian Astronomers
Findjupiter's New Moon
Brett Gladman, UBC associate
professor of physics and astronomy, together with his graduate student Lynne Allen and J. J.
Kavelaars of the National Research
Council have found Jupiter's 61st
moon. Prof. Gladman told The
Globe and Mail that new light-sensitive cameras (mounted on telescopes situated on the top of
Mount Mauna Kea in Hawaii) and
computer algorithms to process the
data helped them "wallpaper the
sky around the planet three times
B.C. forest industry leader William
L. Sauder endowed  UBC's business
school with a gift of $20 million.
in three consecutive months so
[they] were sure [they] would find
A new TRIUMF for Science
and Health Care
A new $27.5-million research facility opened at TRIUMF, Canada's
national laboratory for particle
and nuclear physics on the UBC
campus. The B.C. government contributed $8.7 million for a massive
building that houses an expansion
of an isotope separator and accelerator (ISAC) built in the mid-
1990s to produce exotic atoms
that can be used for everything
from emulating stars to treating
eye cancer.
"ISAC is the best facility in the
world to do nuclear astrophysics,"
TRIUMF's science director
Jean-Michel Poutissou told The
Ottawa Citizen. TRIUMF experiments involve chemists, physicists,
computer scientists, chemical
engineers and technologists.
'Humble' Telescope to
Seek New Planets
Canadian astronomers hope to get
the first good look at planets outside our solar system with a tiny
space telescope which rode into
orbit on June 30. "If it works, we'll
be the first humans in history to see
reflected light from a planet outside
our Solar System," Jaymie
Matthews, UBC associate professor
of physics & astronomy, told The
National Post. The reflected light
will reveal the size of the planets
and the composition of their
Dubbed the "humble" telescope,
in deference to NASA's Hubble, the
MOST telescope (for
Microvariability and Oscillations
of Stars) is just 60 cm wide and 30
cm deep, which makes it the tiniest
space observatory ever built. And
at $10 million, it ushers in an era of
affordable space exploration.
The Bacteria Hunter
In its Canada's Best series, TIME
profiled Brett Finlay, the UBC professor of microbiology and biochemistry who is leading the charge
to decipher and disarm the
weaponry that harmful bacteria use
to cause illnesses. According to
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has pioneered more breakthroughs
in microbial pathogenesis than
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which causes bloody diarrhea and
kidney failure in children, binds to
its host. Finlay's discovery has
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Dear Editor:
Shirley Sullivan, a 2003 Killam Teaching Prize
Winner (UBC Reports, May 2003), advises her
students that before venturing criticism 'they must
first appreciate...what the philosopher is saying.'
(I have suppressed 'fully' from the quoted line. To
ask 'full understanding' as a condition of their
critically addressing the thought of another is to
consign students to perpetual silence. Indeed, the
mouths of the teachers would be stopped were the
demands enforced.) Isn't pedagogical gain more
effectively made by encouraging inchoate critical
activity and gently correcting it ambulando? Still,
Professor Sullivan's is reasonable-sounding advice.
She goes on however to attribute to Plato the
'conviction that people can be happy only if they
are being creative.' Unless 'creative' is being used
here in some esoteric sense, the claim in patently
false. Professor Sullivan seems to have breached
her own counsel. As to the claim about creativity
itself; the image of the tortured artist has wide
currency in our culture. True, Professor Sullivan
doesn't say that creativity assures happiness. She
asserts the converse. But the latter, as patently false
as the attribution to Plato, is even apart from its
untruth an unusual view for the experienced
pedagogue to endorse. Perhaps Professor Sullivan
was careless with her words during the interview.
I must however sadly report that my view of the
Killam awards as gifts made by colleagues to
colleagues is further confirmed.
M. Glouberman
Arts One Programme
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The U Toronto historian Frank Underhill (1889-
1971) used to say that Canada had no intellectual history. He meant by this that no great ideas had originated in Canada and that neither ideas nor intellectuals
had played any significant role in Canadian public life.
This apparent deficiency distinguished Canada both
from Britain and France and from the United States,
whose founding texts had become classic documents in
the history of political thought. [...] No one today
would say Canada had no intellectual history. Two generations and more of professional historians, philosophers, literary critics, and political scientists, inspired in
part by Underbill's quest and his indictment, have
explored and analyzed the record of what Canadians of
an intellectual bent have thought in the past. It may be
too much to say that a 'tradition' of Canadian thought
has been uncovered, but much has been learned about
how Canadians have adapted to and shaped their environment as sentient and thinking beings. In the process,
and under the influence of study elsewhere, our understanding of what constitutes intellectual history has
itself changed. Students of the subject are no longer so
much concerned with "high" ideas and their origins as
with thought and expression as forms of action in
which all men and women engage, the record of which
is referred to ever more commonly as varieties of "discourse." Intellectual history in this mode - the study of
attitudes, beliefs, communication, and meaning, as well
as of ideas as such - shades imperceptibly into cultural
history. '
(Intellectual History entry, page 528).
By Kenneth C. Dewar and reprinted with permission
from the editor and University of Toronto Press.
William H. New is a University Killam Professor in the
UBC English department.
rMaking Native Space: Colonialism,
Resistance, and Reserves in British
Cole Harris
UBC Press, 2002
A comprehensive history of the Indian reserves in
British Columbia.
For 150 years a contested division of land between
Natives and non-Natives has underlain the Canadian
province of British Columbia. Everyone has a stake
in it: Native people most directly because most of
their land was taken away and they have had to
make do with minimal remainders, the Indian
reserves, but all others, too, because their lives here
have been made out ofthe lands taken away.
Recently, as a result of decisions of the Supreme
Court of Canada, the treaty process in the province,
the signing of the Nisga'a treaty, and, underlying
them all, increasingly forceful Native voices, the
Native land question is more to the fore than ever.
Lawyers, consultants, and researchers gather around
the issues involved. Protracted and expensive court
cases generate mountainous collections of evidence
and reports. The political temperature rises, not
always overtly, because people are afraid to be
thought racist, but to the point where throughout the
province the Native land question is probably now
more volatile than at any time since the 1870s.
(Chapter 10, Towards a Postcolonnial Land Policy,
page 293).
Reprinted with permission from the author.
Cole Harris is a Professor Emeritus in  the  UBC
Department of Geography.
3No Place to Learn: Why Universities Aren't      (tie) Canada and the Idea of North
Working Sherrill E. Grace
Tom Pocklington /Allan Tupper
UBC Press, 2002
A challenging critique of the structure and functioning
of modern Canadian universities.
The idea that teaching is improved by interaction
with research is a foundational concept in Canadian
universities. Among other things, the mutual enrichment notion is used to distinguish universities from
other educational institutions. As professors often
declare, research universities differ from colleges and
technical institutes in that they conduct research that
inspires teaching. The idea of mutual enrichment is also
employed to differentiate modern research universities
from their predecessors. Research universities are
depicted as vigorous places where cutting-edge research
sustains and bolsters teaching. Great teachers are
dynamic researchers whose classes come to life as they
review their latest findings. The contrast is the dreary
university of yesteryear where teaching was the dominant activity and where professors, who were not
obliged to do research, transmitted established wisdom.
The theory of mutual enrichment performs important
political functions in universities. It justifies the commitment of university resources to research. [...] Finally,
mutual enrichment is an aspect of professors' drive for
social status and influence. It is an idea that makes professors seem talented and multiskilled. [...]
We argue that mutual enrichment does not reflect!
university reality. Teaching and research are generally in
conflict with each other. The mutual enrichment thesis
is an impediment to necessary university reform.
Effective undergraduate teaching, which demands general knowledge, considerable energy, and reflective
inquiry, is a very different activity from the preparation
of specialized professorial research.
(Chapter 6, Teaching and Research at Canadian
Universities, pages 105-111).
Reprinted with permission from UBC Press.
Allan Tupper is the Associate VP, Government Relations
at UBC.
McGill-Queen's University Press,   2001
An extensive examination ofthe way Canadians have
defined themselves as a northern people throughout
their history and culture.
The idea that Canada's future is somehow linked
to the North is [...] hardly new. Depending upon
where North is located and how it is determined, it
has symbolized future hopes for purity, freedom,
adventure, wealth, fame, and regional and national
identity - for Quebec rayonnement and for national
unity - as long as there has been a Canada. Just as
there is always a personal politics of location, there
is as well a national politics of location, and at the
beginning of a new century that politics of northern
location seems to hold challenges and promises
beyond anything Haliburton or Stefansson or
Diefenbaker could have imagined. Nunavut is one of
those promising challenges, as is the writing back of
the northern Cree or the land-claims agreements of
the Inuvialuit and Nishga peoples."
(Epilogue, Magnetic North, page 267).
Reprinted with permission from the author.
Sherrill E. Grace is a professor in the UBC English
Book of Contradictions
George McWhirter
Oolichan Books, 2002
Book of poems.
Which is it to be?
or meals.
What if the ideal
is a meal?
What shall we do then
with all the fresh ideas
in our new republic?
(Whatever It Is You Must Eat It, page 19).
Reprinted with permission from the author.
George McWhirter teaches in the UBC Creative Writing
(tie)The Arbutus/Madrone Files:
Reading the Pacific Northwest
Laurie Ricou
NeWest Press, 2002
An exciting look at 20th-century Pacific Northwest
Just sticking with the West Coast version of logging language, one can quickly come up with a
vocabulary recorded in print sources of 9,000 to
10,000 terms. Logging jargon is a rich, revealing
study in its own right: as with any other separate language, learning woodswords uncovers new understandings: that the ubiquitous donkey (engine)
appears to have been named because the original was
less than one horse-power, or that "gandy dancer,"
the movement traced by a worker driving spikes into
ties, may allude, however indirectly, to India.
Moreover, it's surprising to find that such an extensive dialect has developed in an economy where
workers are separated by long distances. This language [...] seems to be a bunkhouse language [...], an
afterwork language, a bull-shitting language. All of
which should give it a great appeal to writers. On the
West Coast, logging dialect seems to be the closest we
have to an indigenous language in English.
(Afterfile: Woodswords, page 195).
Reprinted with permission from the author.
Laurie R. Ricou is a professor of English at UBC.
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Not knowing what was afoot in the next room, Mr. Oates
told her to stand and take off her blouse. He himself
removed the bra straps from her shoulders, carefully so that
nothing more fell. It did sometimes make women nervous,
this laying their skin bare to him, for they knew he was no
official doctor. At the same time they seemed to understand
that exposure, that some kind of intimacy, was part of this.
To him the clothing didn't matter. It didn't get in the way of
his work unless it was distracting, like a fluffy sweater, or
that scratchy metallic material, like woven Christmas tinsel
- lame? He'd had them all under his hands. Just like he'd
had a few women reveal slinky underthings, black or shameless crimson, and these women had an attitude to match, as
if seducing him would get them more from him, or win some
of the Gift for themselves to take home. Well, he would say
unto those women, Get thee gone.
"Where it Comes From, Where it Goes" from Mount
Appetite by Bill Gaston, published in 2002 by Raincoast
Broken Record Technique
Lee Henderson
Lee Henderson was born in
Saskatoon and raised there
and in Edmonton. He now
lives in Vancouver. His journalism has appeared in
Saturday Night and The
Vancouver Sun while his stories have appeared in Grain
and The Fiddlehead. One of
his stories ("Sheep Dub")
from Broken Record
Technique was included in the
2000 Journey Prize
About Broken Record Technique:
In these mesmerizing, often visceral stories, Lee Henderson
evokes a world both utterly strange and achingly familiar.
Pubescent boys lost in sumo wrestler costumes battle it out
in a suburban yard as their parents stake the odds. A boy
disappears from his home, taken by a man who looks exactly like his father. A young man spends a potentially heroic
day with his wife at the new wave pool, while trying to save
his marriage. These are loopy, eerily engaging stories both
afflicted and inspired by the profound isolation and psychic
drift that are inherent in a world of talk-show television,
mega-malls and suburban sprawl.
Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first book of short
fiction by a Canadian author published in 2002.
But it didn't quite happen like that. His name was Dave,
no, it was Eaton. He was in love with June, and ditto her
with him, but after a few months they realized they weren't.
He met Angie through an acquaintance or through the personals or through sheer luck, and they went for corndogs
and soon they were a couple. He spent the nights at her tight
little bachelorette where they kissed and hugged, and she
wore a gritty concoction on her face when she slept.
Her hair was short and green like summer grass. Her big
dream, which she'd never told anybody - and never would -
was to own an electric guitar. She said, We can save money
if we both use the same toothbrush. Yeah, he said. One day
they went to rent a movie and she stopped at the Cult section and picked one out, but when they sat down on her
hide-abed and watched it she pressed the stop button after
the first act and turned to him and said, This isn't about
cults at all. "'
From "Attempts at a Great Relationship" from Broken
Record Technique by Lee Henderson. Copyright © Lee
Henderson, 2002. Reprinted by permission of Penguin
Group (Canada), a Division of Pearson Penguin Canada Inc.
Michael V Smith
In 2001, Loop Magazine named Michael V. Smith one of
Vancouver's Most Dangerous People. His writing straddles
mainstream and underground culture. His short fiction has
appeared in Stag Line, edited by Bonnie Burnard, Carnal
Nation, Best Gay Erotica 2001, and Contra/diction. Smith's
poems have won national competitions in Arc and This
Magazine and his tranny prostitution videos with Nickolaos
Stagias have screened across North America. Smith, who
grew up in the border town of Cornwall, Ontario, is also
Miss Cookie LaWhore, a stand up drag queen capable of
anything,   and   a   pornographic   zinester,   self-publishing
Cruising, a study of the
culture of gay public sex.
About Cumberland:
Questions of identity,
whether fueled by unemployment, aging, or sexual ambiguity, plague the
people of Cumberland in
this stunning first novel.
It is a small-town story
about longing and loss in
the manner of David
Adams Richards; it is an
exploration of loneliness
and the fear of loneliness
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Malouf's was crowded, even for the afterwork rush. There
weren't any free tables, which meant people came in and left,
while others packed themselves around the bar, standing
until they were lucky enough to nab a stool. The spring
weather got everyone out of the house. See and be seen, as
Bea understood it, was the driving principle for going
out - aside from drinking. Women checked themselves in the
bathroom, undoing a button on their blouses, or letting their
hair down. A few drinks later, they'd reconsider their outfits,
making even more changes. When they returned to their
tables, they'd claim to be more comfortable and sit next to
the man they were after. ' ■
Copyright   ©   2002   Michael   V.   Smith.   Published   by
Cormorant Books Inc.
Dead Girls
Nancy Lee
Nancy Lee lived her early years in England before immigrating to Canada. She teaches at the Simon Fraser University
Writing and Publishing Program, and is Associate
Coordinator of the Booming Ground Writers Community.
Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and
anthologies, as well as in the 2001 Toronto Life Summer
Fiction issue. She is the recipient of many grants, fellowships, and writing awards, including the Gabriel Award for
Radio. Nancy Lee lives in Vancouver.
About Dead Girls:
Subtly linked by the background narrative of a serial killer's
arrest in Vancouver, these stories are edgy, dark, sharply
observed, uniquely imagined. Nancy Lee journeys into the
realm of desperate relationships, into the surprising territory of power and impulse, a tipping world of emotional
wagers and negotiations.
Her characters are people
who reflect our own lives.
Infused with eroticism,
poignancy, and a deep
awareness of the desires
and delusions that compel
us to do the things we do,
the eight stories in this
stunning collection cut
straight to the bone.
That boy works as a
photographer for the
Associated Press. He is at
home in a suite at the
Marriott Hotel, in a city whose name sounds like machine-
gun fire. You keep in touch through e-mail. He sends you
photos of human rights violations: the scarred backs of
Chinese women, a severed hand at the side of the road, a
secret mass grave. You send him photos of local atrocities:
your father's retirement cake in the shape of breasts, the
words "Jesus Sucks" graffitied in etching gel across the windows of a church.
From "Associated Press" from Dead Girls by Nancy Lee,
published by McClelland & Stewart Ltd., The Canadian
Publishers. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
I Losing
Fori \ I K
Losing Forever
Gayle Friesen
Gayle Friesen's novels
Janey's Girl and Men of
Stone have garnered critical praise. Both books
have been Best Books for
Young Adults selections
by YALSA, a division of
the American Library
Association, as well as
choices on the NY Public
Library Books for Teen
Age List. Losing Forever
is Gayle's third book. She
lives in Delta, BC, with her husband and their two children.
About Losing Forever:
For Jes, normal life is slipping away. Her mother is getting
married again and is totally preoccupied with planning the
perfect wedding. And if one fool in love is not enough, Jes's
best girlfriend has fallen for a complete jerk. To make matters worse, Jes also has to deal with Angela, her soon-to-be
stepsister, who has come to stay for a month before the wedding. A half-crazed mother, a lovesick friend, a perfectly evil
stepsister - could things for Jes get any worse?
2004 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, shortlist
2003 Canadian Library Association's Young Adult Book of
the Year, shortlist
2003 Red Maple Award, winner
2003 The Sheila A. Egoff Award, shortlist
The water at Mara waits for me. As soon as my foot hits
the sun-warmed planks of the dock, I can sense the waiting.
I walk to the end of the wharf - feel the movement of the
waves beneath me, that slow, gentle rocking. Sometimes I
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wait for a long time, because I know in a split second it will be over - gone
for another entire year. I actually shiver, even on the hottest days.   '
© 2002 by Gayle Friesen, published by Kids Can Press. Reprinted by
permission from Kids Can Press.
Christy Ann Conlin
Born in Nova Scotia, Christy Ann Conlin has
traveled and lived in France, England,
Germany, Switzerland, Korea and the United
States and recently worked as a storytelling
apprentice in Northern Ireland. The first short
story she wrote was a prize winner in the
1996 Blood & Aphorisms fiction contest, and
that story, in a somewhat different form,
became the opening pages of Heave. Conlin
was named one of B.C.'s best young writers
by The Vancouver Sun. She lives in Halifax
and in Turner's Brook, a community on the
shore of the Bay of Fundy.
About Heave:
Heave explores the joys and agonies of the Sullivan family, of what one
generation inherits from the next and how the past is inevitably linked to
the present. Twenty-one-year-old Seraphina "Serrie" Sullivan longs to
experience the world. Serrie snatches up the reader in an exhilarating and
poignant journey from the pastoral countryside of rural Nova Scotia to
urban bars in London, to strip clubs by the docks, through mental hospital wards and rehab centres back to quiet and comforting verandahs and
porch swings in the serene seaside village of Lupin Cove. At once feisty and
gentle, Heave reveals human truths with wry humor and compassion while
evoking the importance of memory and forgiveness and the anguish of
growing older. Serrie's story takes us to the centre of the lonesome heart
that tenderly beats and bounces across the timeless and mysterious landscape of humanity.
Shortlisted for the 2003 Amazon/Books In Canada First Novel Award
Globe and Mail's Top 100 books of the year list
And I am.
Going so fast it seemed as though I was hovering above myself,watching as
I went veil first into those massive oak doors in the foyer because no one
makes a getaway in high heels. Just look what happened to Marilyn
Monroe — naked, bloated, DOA. That's what happens when you wear
high heels. I put my hands out, just like they taught us in high school gym
class, you know, when spotting someone on the trampoline: hold up hands,
don't push, let the person touch and then bounce back to middle. But only
an idiot would wear high heels on a trampoline and there was no bouncing back to the middle as those shoes took me down on that hot June day,
my sweaty hands flat on the cool oak door panels only long enough to feel
the old wood on my palms and I was crashing straight through the doors
that hadn't been properly latched, yards of silk dress floating behind me
like a flock of angels as those carved oak slabs were falling silently shut.
Magic it was that pieces so large could move with no noise, wrought-iron
hinges no doubt well-oiled by the latest sexton. I slipped through the crack
and left the musty church behind, all those pews full of stunned guests, and
then the sweet outdoors was in front of me but I was crashing backwards
as the doors slammed shut, the stupid billowy dress jammed in the doors,
and I was smashed back and up, three feet off the top step, hand pounding
back into the hard wood, pain dull and distant, and then me, dangling
there, garland of flowers down over my eye, battered bouquet of freesias
and roses still in my right hand, its scent floating up on the hot summer air,
enveloping me in the sweet and squashed miasma of my life.    '
Excerpted from Heave Copyright © 2002 Christy Ann Conlin
Published by Random House of Canada Ltd. Reproduced by arrangement
with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
Compiled by Erica Smishek with information supplied by book publishers
and UBC creative writing. □
Uncovering the Treasure
Rare Books and Special Collections librarian Ralph Stanton hopes linguists and historians will soon start working
on the manuscript of The Thompson Liturgy.
From 17th-century Japanese
roadmaps to the works of the early
Vancouver bookbinders, the Rare
Books and Special Collections
Division of the UBC Library holds
invaluable treasures. Many are still
waiting to be revealed.
From the more than 100,000
books in his care, Rare Books and
Special Collections librarian Ralph
Stanton is particularly fond of a
Victorian notebook that scholars
have yet to discover.
"It was my first important
acquisition here," he explains.
It's also a unique historical and
linguistic record.
According to Stanton, the holograph of The Thompson liturgy,
offices, regimen & lists & c, dated
1873, is a remarkable rarity. Rev.
John Booth Good, the Anglican
minister at St. Paul's Mission in
Lytton, B.C. transliterated parts of
the Anglican Book of Common
Prayer, passages from the Bible,
and hymns, into the local
Neklakapamuk tongue. He also
included a list of the villages,
chiefs, and watchmen of the mission.
The manuscript has been at UBC
for more than a year.
"We're awaiting scholars to start
working on this book," Stanton
says. "It's an invaluable resource
for linguists and historians of the
church and Native relations and
it's the faculty's job to exploit this
The Thompson liturgy is not the
only treasure in the UBC collection
waiting to be discovered.
"The public doesn't fully appreciate how exceptional this collection is," Stanton says.
While the community has been
generous,    financial    and    staff
resources are still stretched.
Cataloguing the items is a major
task and digitization efforts are just
beginning. Exhibition and user
space is limited.
The new Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre will solve some of
these problems. Stanton is working
with the architects and designers to
ensure that the new facility is "as
useful to the university community
as it can be." The new exhibition
space will be far superior in terms
of lighting and presentation, and
the new display cases will allow the
public to view the exhibits from
two different angles. Stanton hopes
the new learning centre will make
the library resources more readily
available to scholars and the public.
"We have endless treasures
here," he says. Treasures waiting to
be shared. □
Board of Governors approves
UBC Visual Identity Policy
In May 2003, UBC's Board of Governors approved a Visual
Identity policy meant to guide UBC units in their use ofthe
university's name, typeface, initials, specified colours and logo
(at left), as well as their relationship to other visual features in
printed and electronic materials.
The appropriate use of these elements enhances the University's reputation,
leverages quick recognition, reduces design costs and inefficiencies, and
demonstrates organizational purpose and accountability to diverse
University stakeholders.
The policy applies to:
(a) campus signage;
(b) University print advertising;
(c) University Web sites and other forms of electronic promotion/
(d) livery for University vehicles;
(e) University business cards, letterhead, and other stationery; and
(f) University brochures and other publications.
An electronic version of the full Policy and Guidelines is available at:
UBC's Alumni Association Trek
Magazine continues to gain
international and national awards
and recognition.
Trek writer Diane Haynes recently was named
among the winners in Canada's 26th Annual
National Magazine Awards. She won an
Honourable Mention in the Health and Medicine
division for an article entitled Change your
Museum Rocks
Curator Kirsten Parker and Asst. Prof, of Earth
and Ocean Sciences Stuart Sutherland (right)
welcome visitors to UBC's newest on-campus
museum. The Pacific Museum of the Earth,
which opened officially on June 19, merges the
collections of the Pacific Mineral Museum,
formerly located on W Hastings St., and the
university's M.Y Williams Geological Museum.
The 30,000-piece collection includes
spectacular samples of rocks, mineral and fossils
from all over the world and a six-metre-long
Lambeosaurus skeleton named George.
Eventually, the museum will also house a
tornado machine, a seismic centre, several
oceanography displays, and a teaching resource
centre for K-12 and undergraduate educators.
The museum is located on the main floor of
the Earth and Ocean Sciences Building, 6339
Stores Rd., and is open to the public daily from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more
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What do Sheryl Crow, Sting
and Tobey Maguire have in
common? They all practice
yoga and they all appear in
Ellen Schwartz' new book
I Love Yoga. The book, her
tenth, is aimed at teens and
pre-teens, and is an introduction to yoga: where it comes
from, how it works, famous
people who do it and why it's
good to do, along with some
basic instruction. It follows her
other how-to book for kids,
I'm a Vegetarian.
Born and raised in the
Washington, D.C. area, she
and husband Bill came to
Canada in 1972 as part ofthe
back-to-the-land movement
and settled in the West
Kootenays, built a cabin, grew
a garden, raised honeybees and
burned wood for heat. Trained
as a teacher, she taught special
ed., elementary school and
environmental education, then
began educational writing. She
soon turned to fiction.
In 1984, she enrolled in the
Creative Writing MFA program at UBC, and in '87 published her first Starshine!
novel,   a   teen-oriented   book
about a stubborn girl and her
oddball parents. She has since
published two more Starshine
She has written several other
children's books, including Mr.
Belinsky's Bagels, and is
working on Emma's Birds,
about a little girl, her older
Japanese neighbour, and their
fascination with birds. She's
also working on a historical
novel set in Brooklyn, New
York, in the late 1940s, against
the backdrop of Jackie
Robinson's entry into
baseball's major leagues. She
says she's learning more about
baseball than she ever thought
Like most fiction writers,
Ellen does other things for
money. She and her husband
run a communications consulting company, and she teaches
creative writing at Simon
Fraser University and Douglas
College. She has also written
dozens of articles for national
magazines, the latest being "To
Walk Again," about advances
in spinal cord research, for the
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Globalization and
John F. Helliwell
The winner of this year's $25, 000
Donner Prize for the Best Book in
Canadian Public Policy was Prof.
John F. Helliwell's volume of
essays, adapted from lectures he
delivered while he was Brenda
and David McLean Chair of
Canadian Studies. In
Globalization and Weil-Being, the
UBC Professor Emeritus of
Economics takes on the thorny
question of globalization as it
relates to the social and economic
well-being of both citizens and
nations. It will be of special interest to those thinking about
whether Canada should focus on
its North American linkages or on
building bridges to the broader
international community.
If faced with a foreign policy
choice between a globally oriented
policy and one that has its primary focus on continuing efforts
to harmonize policies with those
in the United States, I think that
the decision is obvious. Given the
evidence I have reviewed, the latter policy is likely to represent bad
economics and bad politics. North
America is destined, through the
joint forces of demography and
catch-up, to be a smaller and
smaller share of the world economy. To focus emphasis on the
smaller part of the global pie may
seem attractive during booming
times in the United States economy, but would be a short-sighted
strategy. Fortunately, it is possible
for Canada to maintain a balanced set of foreign polices that is
in accord with the facts and
opportunities of global markets,
has a suitably broad view of the
world and its needs, and still deals
in a timely and consistent way
with bilateral relations between
this country and the United States. 1
(Combining National and Global
Well-being, p. 86)
The Politics of
Resentment: British
Columbia Regionalism
and Canadian Unity
Philip Resnick
This is the first book to examine
the role that British Columbia has
played in the evolving Canadian
unity debate. UBC Political
Science Professor Philip Resnick
looks at the views of politicians,
opinion-makers, and ordinary
British Columbians on the challenges that were posed by Quebec
nationalism since the Quiet
Revolution, on their sense of
estrangement from central
Canada, and on what they see as
the future of Canadian unity. The
Politics of Resentment draws on a
wide range of sources - from
government documents and from
the media, to the work of B.C.
authors and commentators, to the
academic literature on regionalism and nationalism - to capture
what underlies the often fractured
relationship between Canada's
westernmost province and the rest
of the country.
Individualism, and with it conflicting rather than overarching
communal values, is the dominant
characteristic of B.C.'s inhabitants. As Jean Bethke Elshtain has
pointed out with reference to the
United States, identity politics or
what is sometimes called the politics of difference makes the forging of any sense of shared community more difficult. The same
would certainly hold true for
B.C.. For his part, Charles Taylor
talks about the need for "horizons
of shared significance" in modern
societies riven by the ethos of
"doing your own thing." By this
standard, B.C. society is recognizably less communitarian or community-minded than Quebec's.
In much the same way, one can
see B.C. regionalism as a product
partly of continuity, partly of
invention: with a navel invented
for it by the propagandists of B.C.
regionalism in our own day, as by
their predecessors in an earlier
one. Yet not all is contrived: there
is a genuine sense of regional distinctiveness to British Columbia,
flowing from its geographical
position, its resource economy, its
historical development, and its
idiosyncratic political traditions.
There is a sense of estrangement
from central Canada that can be
channelled into a politics of
resentment. There is the sense of a
hybrid community continuously
in the making - more oriented to
the present and the future than to
the past - that strikes even the
casual observer of the B.C. scene.
(A Distinct Region of Canada, p.
Wired to the World,
Chained to the Home:
Telework in Daily Life
Penny Gurstein
Penny Gurstein, associate professor at the UBC School of
Community and Regional
Planning and Chair of the Centre
for Human Settlements, explores
the myths and realities of home-
based employment and addresses
the more pressing questions related to the new trend of working
from home.
Gurstein combines a background in planning, sociology of
work, and feminist theory with
data from 10 years of original
research, including in-depth interviews and surveys, to understand
the impact of home-based work
on daily life patterns. She analyzes
the experiences of employees,
independent    contractors,     and
self-employed entrepreneurs to
present significant findings on the
workload, mobility, and tensions
involved in combining work and
domestic activities in the same setting.
Home-based work is not a
return to an Utopian time when
family and work responsibilities
were intermingled. Historically,
that idyllic life existed for only a
very few. For the rest, work based
at home meant constant work for
every member of the family, with
little free time. This is also the
experience for most present-day
homeworkers; women in particular rarely have leisure time. Work
is spread out over most of the day,
resulting in less time for other
activities. This raises the issue of
what "flexibility" really entails.
While telework appears to
increase productivity and in some
circumstances allows work to be
combined with other activities, it
also results in role conflicts, inadequate workspaces, the blurring
of the work/leisure time division,
and an increased tendency for
"overwork." The home can be
unsuitable as a workplace for
many people because of spatial
constraints and the lack of social
contacts. Homework inhibits
face-to-face interactions, resulting
in social isolation. Coupled with
isolation is the feeling of being
"invisible" to fellow workers,
friends, and family who don't perceive teleworkers as really working. Home-based employees feel
disassociated from the corporate
culture and their opportunities for
advancement are curtailed. Many
employees are not self-motivators
and cannot cope with managing
their home and work responsibilities in the same environment. '
(Conclusion, p. 201)
Compiled by Cristina Calboreanu
with information supplied by
UBC Press. □
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2003 Cecil Green Croquet Invitational
Darren Dahl (1) and Paul Chwelos (above) of the Sauder School of
Business reminded everyone of the game's origins by appearing as retro
French noblemen.
Herbert Rosengarten (r),
executive director, Office of the
President, lines up a shot at the
UBC Public Affairs Office's 2003
Cecil Green Croquet Invitational.
Held on the lawns of Cecil Green
Park, the event pairs up UBC
communicators, staff and faculty
with local members of the media.
Guests went home with some
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8 Academic Writing: Writing
and Reading in the
Disciplines, 3rd edition
Janet Giltrow
Broadview Press, 2002
A stimulating introduction to academic writing, with numerous examples and exercises.
Scholarly style does exclude many
readers. Even within the larger academic community, readers who are
members of one discipline can be
excluded from the ongoing discourses of other disciplines. While
researchers seem to be generally
respectful of those working in other
fields, smirks and raised eyebrows are
not unknown when a researcher
comes within earshot of the wordings
of another discipline. The "postmodernism" of the humanities and
some ofthe social sciences can inspire
ridicule amongst those who do not
work in those terms. And, equally,
the classifying vocabularies ofthe sciences and some other social sciences
can arouse suspicion amongst those
who work with less technical terminologies. [...] any social group —
skateboarders or pilots or childcare
workers — will develop and maintain
speech styles which serve and represent the routines which organize their
activities. And these styles will, to a
greater or lesser degree, exclude people who don't belong to the group
and incur the risk of social reactions
to that exclusion.''
(Chapter 5, Scholarly Styles and the
Limits of Knowledge, page 213).
Reprinted with permission from the
Dr. Janet Giltrow is an Associate
Professor in the UBC English
(Chapter   10,   The   Dog   on   the
Therapist's Couch, page 137).
Reprinted with permission from the
Stanley Coren is a Professor of
Psychology at UBC.
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9 Pawprints of History: Dogs
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Stanley Coren
Free Press, 2002
9 Failing Our Kids: How We
Are Ruining Our Public
Charles Ungerleider
McClelland & Stewart, 2003
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A history of the relationship between
famous historical figures (from Saint
Roche to Bill Clinton) and their dogs.
It is difficult to know whether
Freud simply had a predisposition to
love dogs, or whether they fulfilled a
need that could not be otherwise
expressed in his life. This was an era
of great formality; open and playful
affection could only be expressed
toward young children (and even
then with some restraint) or to dogs.
Judging from some of the home
movies that we have, Freud loved
playing and clowning with his dogs.
They also helped him to deal with
difficult moments in his life. For
example, Freud hated birthdays, perhaps because they were a sign of his
aging and mortality. However, Anna
[Freud's youngest daughter] managed
to get him to celebrate them through
the dogs. At each of his birthdays, the
family would gather around the
table, where there was a birthday
cake. Each ofthe dogs [...] were seated in chairs and they, as well as
Sigmund himself, would all be wearing paper party hats. Hanging
around the neck of one of the dogs
would be an envelope containing a
poem, which was composed by Anna
but signed in the name of one of the
dogs. Sigmund would always read
the poem out loud, with great
dramatic flourishes, then thank the
dog in whose name it was signed
and offer the dog the first slice
of birthday cake. ' •
A critical analysis of the Canadian
public school system.
Canadians might as well begin
teaching their grandchildren how to
sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" and
pledge allegiance to the American
flag if they continue treating
Canada's public schools the way they
have been recently. Our public
schools, and what they teach our
children, help define Canada as a
unique nation. But we are neglecting
our public schools in a perversely
malicious way: making impossible
demands upon them, strangling them
financially, creating trivial changes
for the sake of ideology, avoiding
necessary changes for lack of
fortitude, saying their graduates don't
measure up, making fatuous
comparisons between one public
school and another, decrying their
accomplishments, and just plain
ignoring them. It's true what they say,
"You don't know what you have till
it's gone." Our public schools are
collapsing from malign neglect.
(Chapter 1, You don't know what
you have till it's gone, page 8).
Reprinted with permission from the
Charles Ungerleider is a professor of
Sociology of Education in the UBC
Department of Educational Studies.
He was the UBC Associate Dean for
teacher education from 1993 to
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Books take all forms at UBC. Here, in 1967, graduate
student Paul Thiele uses a Braille edition of Winston
Churchill's history of World War II as a book rest in the new
Charles Crane Memorial Library in Brock Hall. UBC had the
largest private collection of Braille books in the world.


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