Member news: November 2014

Prairie Provinces branch member Paul Buckingham, editor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Alberta, has been awarded the Pearson Canada Award for academic excellence in Ryerson’s Certificate in Publishing.

Merridy Cox Bradley (Toronto branch) has published Edwardian Pets and How to Keep Them, Book I: Beasts. This book, written in 1907 by ornithologist Frank Finn, includes charming black-and-white photos and information about all sorts of animals now considered exotic. Merridy has annotated the book with contextual information and a biography of the author. Historians and animal lovers will find this book intriguing.

Toronto branch member Caroline Kaiser recently published a novel with the help of two BC branch colleagues, Irene Kavanagh and Arlene PrunklVirginia’s Ghost is a cozy mystery centred on Virginia Blythe, an antiques specialist at a Toronto auction house, and Constance Pendleton, a beautiful flapper ghost. The novel is a tale of ghastly crime, euphoric love and devastating betrayal, in which two women transcend time to affect each other’s lives in startling ways.

Robert Runté (Prairie Provinces branch) received an Aurora Award for “Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading,” Scholar Keynote Address at the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy, Toronto, October 2013, and subsequently published in Canadian Fantastic in Focus: New Perspectives. Allan Weiss, ed. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland, 2014 (in press). The Aurora Awards are presented each year by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association; this year’s banquet was held in Vancouver on October 4.

BC branch member Philip Sherwood launched his latest book, It’s Not the Ships, at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, BC. The book, which Sherwood co-authored and which his company published, is the World War II memoirs of his father, the late Frederick Sherwood. Fred was well respected among the Canadian naval community as Canada’s most highly decorated submariner. The book launch was part of West Coast Submarine Week, commemorating 100 years of Canadians in submarines.

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