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Belle Maro

By Marshall Godwin

Imagine that the Beothuk people did not entirely die out, but lived among Newfoundlanders and had children. What would those children think about their mixed heritage? Would they want revenge for the harm done to one parent's people?

Author Dr. Marshall Godwin, a family doctor and professor in Memorial's Faculty of Medicine, uses the setting of his home town of Belleoram to weave a fascinating story around the question of whether or not Beothuk blood flows in the veins of Newfoundland people.

Belle Maro is a sweeping historical novel that traces three centuries of cross cultural contact and relations between the Beothuk and the European settlers who came to Newfoundland.

The story is largely set in the community of Belle Maro, now known as Belleoram, in Fortune Bay. Starting in 1966 in Belleoram when two boys discover a skull, the story travels back to 1812 and the arrival of some early settlers, one of whom is connected to a Beothuk woman who was abducted and brought to England at the age of 10 in 1758. The story also encompasses the lives of a small group of Beothuk in the 19th century, the rape and pregnancy of a Beothuk woman by a white man and the fate of that child and his ancestors.

Belle Maro is a story of love, a story of struggles and conflicts and a story of vengeance. It is also a story of a sacred mountain, of two treasure chests and how the treasures of two peoples reflect the difference in their values.
Belle Maro is published by DRC Publishing, St. John's.


Education Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality

Edited by Gerald Galway and David Dibbon

Unprecedented enrolment changes, economic rationalism and a new secularization are the backdrop for this book's examination of the antecedents to educational reform, its processes and its consequences. Using the constitutional amendment and consequent reorganization of education in Newfoundland and Labrador as context, this book examines religious, social, economic, and political dimensions of educational reform relevant to Canadian as well as international education systems.

Many of the organizational, governance and delivery issues that faced Newfoundland, before and after reform, are now being experienced in other jurisdictions. This book raises important questions about how schools and school districts have navigated the new arrangements. The book examines the outcomes of reform -- intended and unintended -- and suggests avenues for further research into large-scale school reform.

Dr. Gerald Galway has held a number of teaching, research and administrative positions in the Newfoundland education system, including six years as assistant deputy minister of education. He is the recipient of several teaching and research awards and is currently a member of Memorial University's Faculty of Education.

Before his untimely death in 2010, Dr. David Dibbon was dean of education at Memorial University. Prior to joining the Faculty of Education he had a distinguished 20-year career as a teacher and principal, during which he received local and national recognition for his innovative leadership.
Education Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality is published by the Althouse Press, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont.

Aquaculture Biotechnology

Edited by Garth L. Fletcher and Matthew L. Rise

A sustainable and profitable aquaculture industry is technology and innovation driven. The biotechnological advances of the last few decades have unlocked molecular and genetic techniques to improve production traits, enhance treatment and diagnosis of disease, and led to more efficient culture practices.

Aquaculture Biotechnology brings together key biotechnological advances and looks at their potential impacts on the aquaculture industry. It showcases biotechnological innovations and the impacts these advances can have on aquaculture production.

The book also focuses on topics ranging from improved broodstock development and biotechnological advances in fish health to embryogenesis and stem cell technologies in fish reproduction.

Beyond the scientific advances, Aquaculture Biotechnology also looks at sustainability and ethical issues surrounding the use of biotechnology in fish production.

Garth L. Fletcher is a professor emeritus and director of the Ocean Sciences Centre. Matthew L. Rise is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Marine Biotechnology and an associate professor at the Ocean Sciences Centre. Both are cross-appointed with the Department of Biology.



By Dr. Kirby Shannahan

SELL is the first Canadian edition of this highly-regarded title used in Professional Selling and Introduction to Sales courses throughout North America.
Published in Canada by Nelson Education, the textbook delivers comprehensive coverage of current professional selling in an interesting and challenging manner. Focusing on trust-based selling, the text reflects the authors' extensive experience as leading sales educators and trainers to major corporations.

The content and format are intended to be an engaging and accessible solution to accommodate the diverse lifestyles of today's learners and SELL is supplemented by resource materials, including cases, manuals and presentations.

The U.S. version of this text is a current market leader in both the United States and Canada. Dr. Shannahan was recommended to Nelson Education by the U.S. authors of SELL, Drs. Thomas Ingram and Raymond LaForge, two prominent academics in the field of marketing and sales.

Dr. Kirby Shannahan is an associate professor of marketing with the Faculty of Business Administration. Dr. Thomas Ingram is a professor with the College of Business at Colorado State University and Dr. Raymond W. LaForge, is professor with the University of Louisville.


Medicine in the Remote and Rural North 1800–2000

Edited by J.T.H. Connor and Stephan Curtis

A new publication from Pickering & Chatto, the third volume in their series Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine, offers perspectives on the practice of medicine in rural and remote areas in the last two centuries. The editors are Memorial University faculty members Dr. Jim Connor, John Clinch Professor of Medical Humanities and History of Medicine, and Dr. Stephan Curtis, associate professor, Department of History.

The 13 essays in the book emerged from a conference in April 2007 at Memorial that looked at the history of sickness and health in northern remote and rural regions. This conference, organized by Drs. Connor and Curtis, featured presentations by historians, geographers and demographers from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, England, Scotland, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.

The editors note that "the North" is more than just a geographical area. "It is a place of cold and hardship on the one hand and of welcome solitude and opportunity on the other – a place requiring adaptation and compromise," they write. "The medical practitioners responsible for providing health care to the populations of these regions endured the daily hardships of surviving in such an inhospitable environment and had the added burden of negotiating between different cultures. They represented the state and external authority and brought new innovations to previously isolated communities."

This volume of essays focuses on the health and treatment of the peoples of northern Europe and North America over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. Numerous themes and topics are raised that are relevant not only to a discussion of how medicine was practised in rural and remote areas of the recent past, but also to current attempts to improve medical care in more isolated regions of the world.

The essays are organized into groups centering on various themes such as gender, professionalization and the increasing role of the state in the provision of medical services. Geographically the essays explore medical services in northern Russia, northern Norway, the highlands and islands of Scotland, rural Sweden, rural Newfoundland, rural New Brunswick, western Greenland, the Peace River region of British Columbia and Lapland.


Leaving the Past Behind: Newfoundland History from 1934

By Patrick O'Flaherty

Leaving the Past Behind: Newfoundland History from 1934 concludes Patrick O'Flaherty's three-volume history of his native Newfoundland. The book begins with the inauguration of the Commission of Government, an oligarchy appointed by Britain after Newfoundland's elected leaders, at the height of the Great Depression in 1933, lost their nerve and asked the "mother country" to take over their affairs. The system of direct rule from London lasted 15 years. From 1946-48, amidst the uncertainty of the post-war era, people had to choose the form of government they wanted. Long debate in a National Convention and the public media climaxed in two referenda in June and July 1948, in the latter of which Newfoundlanders decided to jettison their history as an independent country. Dr. O'Flaherty makes this debate and the decision that followed it the centerpiece of his book. It is a story about the loss of a country from the map of the world. A concluding chapter treats Newfoundland as a province of Canada. "A masterpiece," said Historian James E. Candow.

Patrick O'Flaherty is a professor emeritus (English) at Memorial University. He has a PhD from the University of London. He retired from teaching in 1995 and now works as a writer and consultant. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2006, and in the spring convocation of 2011 was awarded an honorary degree by Memorial University.

Published by Long Beach Press.


Edge of time

By Susan M. MacDonald

This dynamic science fiction novel is aimed at young adults, but it's a good read for anyone who enjoys fantastic adventures. For two teenagers, their lives are turned upside down when they find themselves being hunted to death by pan-dimensional beings that travel the universe and devour weaker worlds.

But help is at hand from the Tyron Collective – a secret intergalactic agency concerned with maintaining the balance between self-direction and interference. For teens Alex and Riley, the rescue initially seems more like imprisonment as they learn to harness power they didn't know they had. It's a race against time to save themselves and the world.

Author Dr. Susan MacDonald is an associate professor of family medicine, Faculty of Medicine, and she obviously had a great deal of fun writing this first novel. Newfoundland serves as home base for the group trying to protect Earth from destruction because it is situated between the two main locations of Potentials: Ireland and Canada. The Potentials are humans with a genetic mutation that seem to resist the mind control the Others employ.

One of the leading writers of science fiction and fantasy, Orson Scott Card, praises this novel. "It's the best kind of story – kids with troubles of their own suddenly find themselves the targets of assassins while even weirder people claim to be protecting them. And Susan M. MacDonald is the best kind of writer – she drops you into the middle of the action and makes you care what happens so you can hardly stand to put the book aside until you've finished."

Edge of time is published by Breakwater Books.


Temagami's Tangled Wild: Race, Gender, and the Making of Canadian Gender

By Jocelyn Thorpe

Canadian wilderness seems a self-evident entity, yet, as this volume shows in vivid historical detail, wilderness is not what it seems. In Temagami's Tangled Wild Jocelyn Thorpe traces how struggles over meaning, racialized and gendered identities, and land have made the Temagami area in Ontario into a site emblematic of wild Canadian nature, even though the Tema-Augama Anishnabai have long understood the region as their homeland rather than as a wilderness.

Eloquent and accessible, this engaging history challenges readers to acknowledge the embeddedness of colonial relations in our notions of wilderness, and to reconsider our understanding of the wilderness ideal.

Jocelyn Thorpe is an assistant professor of women's studies at Memorial University.