So Many Stories to Tell
Books by Alumni
Published in the past year these authors - some new, some veterans - all showed what a rich and varied contribution Memorial alumni are making to the cultural fabric of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Newfoundland: Journey into a Lost Nation, by Michael Crummey, BA '87(Hons), and Greg Locke, BA '79; 144 pp, poetry and photography, hardcover, $29.99, McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, ON, 2004
In Newfoundland: Journey into a Lost Nation, poet and novelist Michael Crummey draws upon deep-seated memories to evoke passing traditions. His work is juxtaposed with the photography of Greg Locke whose images reveal a new, more cosmopolitan Newfoundland. Chronicling the resilience and humour of Newfoundlanders for over a decade, this book embodies two unique visions that speak with a strong united voice.
Hard Light: 32 Little Stories, by Michael Crummey; Audio CD - 80 mins, $19.99, House of Anansi Press, Toronto, ON, 2004 (first published by Brick Books, 1998)
Read by Dr. Ron Hynes, LLD '02, Deidre Gillard-Rowlings, BFA '94, and Michael Crummey, Hard Light retells and re-invents Crummey's family stories of outport Newfoundland and the Labrador fishery of 50 years ago.
Narratives at Work: Women, Men and the Fashioning of Identities, by Linda K. Cullum, BA '90; 384 pp, nonfiction, paper, $29.95, ISER, St. John's, NL, 2003
In 1948, a group of fish and blueberry processors formed the exclusively female, working-class, Ladies' Cold Storage Workers Union at Job Brothers fish plant in St. John's, Newfoundland. In Narratives at Work, Linda K. Cullum explores how these women and the working-class men describe their labour and domestic lives, offering reflections on the integration of theories and methods in the production of qualitative research.
Women Fishes These Days, by Brenda Grzetic, MA '02; 128 pp, nonfiction, paper, $14.95, Fernwood Publishing, Black Point, NS, 2004
The complex joys, struggles and dangers of Canada's fisherwomen are captured by Brenda Grzetic in this study of how women's work in previously male-dominated trades impact their identity and autonomy. Narratives from fisherwomen and statistics about the fishing workforce inform this gender analysis of how vocational restructuring challenges traditional patriarchal codes.
Tsunami: The Newfoundland Tidal Wave Disaster, by Dr. Maura Hanrahan, BA '84; 229 pages, nonfiction, paper, $16.95, Flanker Press, St. John's, NL, 2004
Twenty-seven dead. Staggering property losses. Triggered by an offshore earthquake on the Grand Banks in 1929, a tsunami unleashed its fury on the coastline of the Burin Peninsula, Newfoundland. Tsunami: The Newfoundland Tidal Wave Disaster is the tragic, incredible story of this South Coast disaster.
Haunted Shores: True Ghost Stories of Newfoundland and Labrador, by Dale Jarvis, MA '01; 206 pp, nonfiction, paper, $14.95, Flanker Press, St. John's, NL, 2004
From legends of phantom loggers to stories of possessed teapots, Haunted Shores: True Ghost Stories of Newfoundland and Labrador is an eerie exploration of the phantom-filled nooks and crannies of the province. Drawn from both archival sources and first-hand accounts, these delightfully spooky stories promise to become a campfire essential.
Amanda Greenleaf: The Complete Adventures, by Ed Kavanagh BA '78(Hons), B.Ed.'82; 245 pp, fiction for young readers, illustrated, paper, $14.95, Flanker Press, St. John's, NL, 2004
Ed Kavanagh's timeless stories of Amanda Greenleaf come together here in this one-volume edition, featuring, for the first time, the concluding story, The Journey Home. With a colourful cast that includes a magic dragonfly, a wisecracking trout, merpeople, fairies, and magicians, Amanda Greenleaf: The Complete Adventures is sure to captivate and delight.
Connecting Past and Present, by Dr. Wilfred B.W. Martin BA '66, B.Ed.'68, MA '70; 183 pp, nonfiction, paper, $19.95, Random Island Books, Hickman's Harbour, NL, 2004
In Connecting Past and Present Volume One, Dr. Wilfred Martin presents a genealogical history of ancestors and descendants of the Martin family from Hickman's Harbour, Newfoundland. Exploring the connection between three different Martin families, he weaves together an annotated family tree, including dates and places of birth, marriage, death and descendants, as well as biographical sketches.
The Oldest City: The Story of St. John's, Newfoundland (Revised), by Dr. Paul O'Neill, LLD '88; 888 pp, nonfiction, illustrated, $40, Boulder Publications Ltd., 2004, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (first published by Press Porcépic, Victoria, 1975)
This beautifully updated classic uncovers the epic story of St. John's, Newfoundland. Featuring photographs and tales of stoic fishermen, intrepid aviators, brilliant statesmen, shameless politicians, and destructive fires, Paul O'Neill's meticulously researched book illustrates people and events that have made St. John's, Newfoundland, a truly unique city on the North American landscape.
Born Down By The Water, by Robert C. Parsons, BA(Ed)'71, BA '77, M.Ed.'82; 151 pp, nonfiction, paper, $14.95, Flanker Press, St. John's, NL, 2004
Born Down By the Water is Robert Parsons' latest collection of sea stories inspired by the maritime history of Newfoundland and Labrador. From wrecks and rescues, races across the Atlantic and war at sea, this compilation of 19 true stories, including dozens of photographs and newspaper clippings, is an interesting and exciting read.
For Maids Who Brew & Bake: Rare & Excellent Recipes from 17th Century Newfoundland, by Sheilah Roberts, BA '79, B.Ed. '84; 149 pp, paper, $16.95, Flanker Press, St. John's, NL, 2004
Curious cures and delicious recipes from the 17th century warm the pages of Sheilah Roberts' charming treasure trove. With syllabub and loblolly, pottage and spiced bread, this book describes a way of life long gone. Excerpts O English manuscripts and Newfoundland letters paint a vivid picture of how Newfoundland's earliest settlers might have lived.
Terre-Neuve: anthologie des voyageurs français, 1814-1914, by Dr. Ronald Rompkey, BA '65, B.Ed.'66, MA '68; 304 pp, nonfiction, illustrations, paper, $29.95, the Presses Universitaires de Rennes in the collection Mémoire Commune, Paris, France, 2004
Newfoundland the mysterious, the beautiful, the romantic, the evolving is presented in Ronald Rompkey's latest book, Terre-Neuve: anthologie des voyageurs français, 1814-1914. Written in French, this anthology of French travel literature depicts a Newfoundland reflected throughout the 19th century by the numerous visitors associated with the French fishing industry - the many visitors who fell in love with this province.
You Might As Well Laugh, by Ed Smith, B.Ed.'79, M.Ed.'81; 239 pp, fiction, paper, $16.95, Flanker Press, St. John's, NL, 2004
From one of Newfoundland and Labrador's favourite humorists comes his latest collection of musings which are insightful and comical at the same time. You Might as Well Laugh ranges from subliminal messages hidden in the author's columns to the death-defying fearlessness of houseflies, Ed Smith, it seems, can find the laugh button on anything. His advice: when all else fails, you might as well laugh.