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book cover imageTwo Travelers. Sarah Tolmie. Aqueduct Press, 2016.

In "Dancer on the Stairs," a woman wakes up on a stone staircase in a baroque palace, not speaking the language of the place and lacking the chemical signature that allows people to identify each other within a complex social hierarchy. Unable to communicate in words, she resorts to dance. In "The Burning Furrow," a man who runs a diner in present-day America is also a freedom-fighter in the northern, courtly realm of Dinesen. His people are abused foreigners at home, the servants of strangers, bound not by their overlords, but by their world itself, through a ritual known as the burning of the furrows. Only he and his family are free—for a time. Now that time is ending.

book cover imageNo Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career. Larry Smith. HarperCollins, 2016.

Each year, millions of talented college and university students graduate with little or no real sense of what their next step will be, yet they are determined not to settle for so-so careers; they are looking for great careers. Smith points out that only a few fortunate souls are born knowing exactly what they want to pursue in life. The rest of us have to stop making excuses and start asking ourselves tough questions about achieving our goals. In his straightforward, no-nonsense approach, Smith itemizes and dismisses all the usual excuses, fears and worries that people hide behind when trying to find their true direction.

book cover imageAdapting War Horse: Cognition, the Spectator, and a Sense of Play. Toby Malone and Chris Jackman. Palgrave MacMillan, 2016.

This book analyses the success and adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel War Horse to stage, radio, live events, and feature film, in different cultures, on tours, and in translation. In under a decade, War Horse has gone from obscure children’s novel to arguably one of the world’s most recognisable theatrical brands, thanks to innovative puppet designs from South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company in an acclaimed stage production from the National Theatre of Great Britain. With emphasis on embodied spectatorship, collaborative meaning-making, and imaginative ‘play,’ this book generates fresh insights into the enduring popularity of the franchise’s eponymous protagonist, Joey, offering the most in-depth study of War Horse to date. 

book cover imageKnowledge and the Norm of Assertion: An Essay in Philosophical Science. John Turri. Open Book Publishers, 2016.

Language is a human universal reflecting our deeply social nature. Among its essential functions, language enables us to quickly and efficiently share information. We tell each other that many things are true—that is, we routinely make assertions. Information shared this way plays a critical role in the decisions and plans we make.  Knowledge and the Norm of Assertion investigates the rules or norms that structure our social practice of assertion. Combining evidence from philosophy, psychology, and biology, John Turri shows that knowledge is the central norm of assertion and explains why knowledge plays this role.

book cover imageSeleukid Royal Women: Creation, Representation and Distortion of Hellenistic Queenship in the Seleukid Empire. Altay Coskun and Alex McAuley. Franz Steiner Verlag, 2016.

The study of royal women has been one of the most dynamic fields of inquiry into the Hellenistic world (ca. 336–30 BC) and has dramatically shifted our perceptions of gender, status, and influence in the ancient world. Amid numerous works on the Ptolemies, Antigonids, and Argeads, this volume is the first to examine the roles and representations of the women of the Seleukid dynasty and its clients. These royal women were born or married into a dynasty that ruled an empire spanning dozens of cultures and languages, encompassing territory from western Asia Minor to modern-day Afghanistan. As representatives of their family's prestige, they were highly influential in shaping the culture and legacy of this Empire that spanned East and West.

book cover imagePlaces of the Heart: The Psychogeography of Everyday Life. Colin Ellard. Bellevue Literary Press, 2015.

Our surroundings can powerfully affect our thoughts, emotions, and physical responses, whether we’re awed by the Grand Canyon or Hagia Sophia, panicked in a crowded room, soothed by a walk in the park, or tempted in casinos and shopping malls. In Places of the Heart, Colin Ellard explores how our homes, workplaces, cities, and nature—places we escape to and can’t escape from—have influenced us throughout history, and how our brains and bodies respond to different types of real and virtual space. As he describes the insight he and other scientists have gained from new technologies, he assesses the influence these technologies will have on our evolving environment and asks what kind of world we are, and should be, creating.

book cover imageDisease Control Priorities (3rd edition): Volume 3, Cancer. Edited by Hellen Gelband, Prabhat Jha, Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, and Susan Horton. World Bank, 2015.

“The lesson that emerges from the well-aimed empirical analyses presented in this volume is not only that a major difference can be made in the incidence, management, and elimination of cancer, even in the poorer countries of the world, but that this can be done in cost-effective and affordable ways. Understanding and determination are the deficiencies most in need of change.” Dr. Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, Havard University

book cover imageCults and New Religions: A Brief History, 2nd Edition. Douglas E. Cowan and David G. Bromley. Wiley Blackwell, 2015.

This unparalleled introduction to cults and new religious movements has been completely updated and expanded to reflect the latest developments; each chapter reviews the origins, leaders, beliefs, rituals and practices of a new religious movement, highlighting the specific controversies surrounding each group.


book cover imageExploring Big Historical Data: The Historian's Macroscope. Shawn Graham, Ian Milligan and Scott Weingart. Imperial College Press, 2015.

The Digital Humanities have arrived at a moment when digital Big Data is becoming more readily available, opening exciting new avenues of inquiry but also new challenges. This pioneering book describes and demonstrates the ways these data can be explored to construct cultural heritage knowledge, for research and in teaching and learning. It helps humanities scholars to grasp Big Data in order to do their work, whether that means understanding the underlying algorithms at work in search engines, or designing and using their own tools to process large amounts of information.

book cover imagePurchase for Profit: Public-Private Partnerships and Canada's Public Health Care System. Heather Whiteside. University of Toronto Press, 2015.

Since the start of the twenty-first century, Canadian provinces have increasingly begun turning to the private sector to finance and construct large-scale infrastructure projects. From a critical public policy perspective, the danger of these public-private partnerships (P3s) is that they are more than just new ways to deliver public infrastructure. They are neoliberal projects that privatize and corporatize the basis of public services. Analyzing four Canadian P3 hospital projects, Heather Whiteside argues that P3s not only fail to fulfill the promises made by their proponents but also compromise public control of health policy, outcomes, and future plans.

book cover imageMoral Reasoning in a Pluralistic World. Patricia Marino. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015.

Moral diversity is a fundamental reality of today’s world, but moral theorists have difficulty responding to it. Some take it as evidence for skepticism - the view that there are no moral truths. Others, associating moral reasoning with the search for overarching principles and unifying values, see it as the result of error. In the former case, moral reasoning is useless, since values express individual preferences; in the latter, our reasoning process is dramatically at odds with our lived experience. Moral Reasoning in a Pluralistic World takes a different approach, proposing an alternative way of thinking about moral reasoning and progress by showing how diversity and disagreement are compatible with theorizing and justification.

book cover imageDisciplinary Measures from the Metrical Psalms to Milton. Kenneth J.E. Graham. Routledge, 2016.

Disciplinary Measures from the Metrical Psalms to Milton studies the relationship between English poetry and church discipline in four carefully chosen bodies of poetry written between the Reformation and the death of John Milton. Its primary goal is to fill a gap in the field of Protestant poetics, which has never produced a study focused on the way in which poetry participates in and reflects on the post-Reformation English Church's attempts to govern conduct. Its secondary goal is to revise the understandings of discipline which social theorists and historians have offered, and which literary critics have largely accepted.

book cover imageHymnic Narrative and the Narratology of Greek Hymns. Edited by Andrew Faulkner and Owen Hodkinson. Brill, 2015.

Ancient Greek hymns traditionally include a narrative section describing episodes from the hymned deity’s life. These narratives developed in parallel with epic and other narrative genres, and their study provides a different perspective on ancient Greek narrative. Within the hymn genre, the place and function of the narrative section changed over time and with different kinds of hymn (literary or cultic; religious, philosophical or magical). Hymnic Narrative and the Narratology of Greek Hymns traces developments in narrative in the hymn genre from the Homeric Hymns via Hellenistic and Imperial hymns to those in the Orphic tradition and in magical papyri, analysing them in narratological terms in order to place them in the wider context of ancient Greek narrative literature.

book cover imageThe Modern Girl: Feminine Modernities, The Body, and Commodities in the 1920s. Jane Nicholas. University of Toronto Press, 2015.

With her short skirt, bobbed hair, and penchant for smoking, drinking, dancing, and jazz, the “Modern Girl” was a fixture of 1920s Canadian consumer culture. She appeared in art, film, fashion, and advertising, as well as on the streets of towns from coast to coast. In The Modern Girl, Jane Nicholas argues that this feminine image was central to the creation of what it meant to be modern and female in Canada.

book cover imageFeminist Pedagogy in Higher Education: Critical Theory and Practice. Edited by Tracy Penny Light, Jane Nicholas and Renée Bondy. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015.

In this new collection, contributors from a variety of disciplines provide a critical context for the relationship between feminist pedagogy and academic feminism by exploring the complex ways that critical perspectives can be brought into the classroom. The contributors collectively consider the implications of the theory/practice divide, which remains central within academic feminism’s role as both a site of social and gender justice and as a part of the academy, and map out some of the ways in which academic feminism is located within the academy today.

book cover imageHolocene Prehistory in the Télidjène Basin, Eastern Algeria. Assembled and edited by David Lubell. Archaeopress, 2016.

Kef Zoura D and Aïn Misteheyia are stratified Capsian escargotières (one openair, the other a rockshelter) in the Télidjène Basin, Eastern Algeria. They were excavated in the 1970s but have remained incompletely published. The sites are the only modern excavations of a Capsien Typique/Capsien Supérieur sequence, demonstrating that this is indeed a chronological progression related to the 8200 cal BP climate event. The technological (introduction of pressure flaking), palaeoeconomic and palaeoecological changes related to this event are examined in these contributions.

book cover imageEnvironmental Ethics from the Roots Up: An Introductory Anthology (1st edition). Edited by Heather E. Douglas. Cognella, 2016.

As environmental issues become ever more central in democratic societies, understanding the ethical basis on which our relationship with the environment is structured has never been more important. The centrality of environmental issues in policy disputes, business decisions, political conflicts, and consumer choices requires us to have a clear sense of our ethical obligations with respect to the environment. Environmental Ethics from the Roots Up: An Introductory Anthology enables students from the humanities, science, and social sciences to consider the normative issues that arise across many environmental debates, uncovering the underlying conceptual tensions and philosophical viewpoints.

book cover imageBuilding a Social Democracy: The Promise of Rhetorical Pragmatism. Robert Danisch. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

Building a Social Democracy offers an alternative intellectual history of American pragmatism, one that tries to reclaim the middle of the twentieth century in order to push neo-pragmatism beyond its philosophical limitations. Danisch argues that the major entailment of the invention of American pragmatism at the beginning of the twentieth century is that rhetorical practices are the rightful object of study and means of improving democratic life. Pragmatism entails a commitment to rhetoric. Rhetorical pragmatism is intended to be more faithful to the project of first generation pragmatism, to offer insight into the ways in which rhetoric operates in contemporary democratic cultures, to recommend practices, methods, and modes of action for improving contemporary democratic cultures, and to subordinate philosophy to rhetoric by reimagining appropriate ways for pragmatist scholarship and social research to advance.

book cover imageGéographie des confins : Espace et écriture chez Pierre Morency, Pierre Nepveu et Louis Hamelin. Élise Lepage. Les Éditions David, 2016.

Comment écrire les lieux de confins que sont tout à la fois la campagne, la forêt, la petite ville et le Nord ? Cette question se pose avec d’autant plus d’acuité que l’entrée de la littérature québécoise dans la modernité a été fortement associée à la ville, alors que les régions étaient identifiées à un héritage littéraire et idéologique passéiste. À travers l’étude des oeuvres de Pierre Morency, de Pierre Nepveu et de Louis Hamelin, cet ouvrage montre comment la subjectivité élabore une attitude réflexive propice à l’écriture et qui permet de reconsidérer la place qu’occupent les espaces marginaux dans l’imaginaire contemporain.

book cover imageThe BRICS: A Very Short Introduction. Andrew F. Cooper. Oxford University Press, 2016.

As part of the Very Short Introductions series, The BRICS: provides an informative, analytical and comprehensive overview of the BRICS; addresses a wide range of issues concerning the BRICS in our contemporary political landscape; and offers an explanation of what the BRICS have been able to accomplish as a hybrid club, forum, and lobby group in global politics, and their potential trajectory going forwards.

book cover imageBeyond the Binary: Thinking about Sex and Gender. Shannon Dea. Broadview Press,  2016.

How many sexes are there? What is the relationship between sex and gender? Is gender a product of nature, or nurture, or both? In Beyond the Binary, Shannon Dea addresses these questions and others while introducing readers to evidence and theoretical perspectives from a range of cultures and disciplines, and from sources spanning three millennia. Dea’s pluralistic and historically informed approach offers readers a timely background to current debates about sex and gender in the media, health sciences, and public policy.

book cover imageCanadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives. Candida Rifkind and Linda Warley, editors. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016.

Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives presents critical essays on contemporary Canadian cartoonists working in graphic life narrative, from confession to memoir to biography. The contributors draw on literary theory, visual studies, and cultural history to show how Canadian cartoonists have become so prominent in the international market for comic books based on real-life experiences. The essays explore the visual styles and storytelling techniques of Canadian cartoonists, as well as their shared concern with the spectacular vulnerability of the self. Canadian Graphic also considers the role of graphic life narratives in reimagining the national past, including Indigenous–settler relations, both world wars, and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution.

More from 2015

After '08: Social Policy and the Global Financial Crisis. Stephen McBride, Rianne Mahon, and Gerard W. Boychuk. University of British Columbia Press, 2015.

Arab Dawn: Arab Youth and the Demographic Dividend they will Bring. Bessma Momani. University of Toronto Press, 2015.

How Nations Innovate: The Political Economy of Technological Innovation in Affluent Capitalist Economies.  Jingling Huo. Oxford University Press, 2015.

The Canadian Oral History Reader. Edited by Kristina R. Llewellyn, Alexander Freund and Nolan Reilly. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015.

Conflicting Visions: Canada and India in the Cold War World, 1946-76. Ryan Touhey. University of British Columbia Press, 2015.

The Black Atlantic Reconsidered: Black Canadian Writing, Cultural History, and the Presence of the Past. Winfried Siemerling. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015. (Winner of the 2015 Gabrielle Roy Prize, The Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures, May 2016.)

Writing in a World of Hurt: Trauma and resilience in the narratives of medical personnel in warzones. Carol Acton and Jane Potter. Manchester University Press, 2015.

Then and Now: Collections and Classicism in Eighteenth-Century England. Joan Coutu. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015.

Trio. Sarah Tolmie. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015.

Necromedia. Marcel O'Gorman. University of Minnesota Press, 2015.

Love, Knowledge and the University: Essays and Poetry from the Christianity and Literature Study Group, Victoria, 2013. Edited by John North. NWA Press, 2015.


The Status Quo Crisis: Global Financial Governance After the 2008 MeltdownEric Helleiner. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Longing for Justice: Higher Education and Democracy's Agenda. Jennifer S. Simpson. University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Ad Infinitum: New Essays on Epistemological Infinitism. Edited by John Turri and Peter D. Klein. Oxford University Press, 2014.

The Stone Boatmen. Sarah Tolmie. Aqueduct Press, 2014. (Shortlisted for the 2014 Crawford Award.)

The Sociology of Religion: A Canadian Perspective. Lorne L. Dawson and Joel Thiessen. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods: International Development and the Making of the Postwar Order. Eric Helleiner. Cornell University Press, 2014. (Winner of the 2016 Francesco Guicciardini Prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations, ISA; Winner of the 2015 CPSA Prize in International Relations. Shortlisted for the 2015 BISA International Political Economy Group's book prize.)

Rebel Youth: 1960s Labour Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada. Ian Milligan. University of British Columbia Press, 2014. (Shortlisted for 2015 MacDonald Prize, Canadian Historical Association)

Diplomatic Afterlives. Andrew F. Cooper. Polity Press, 2014.

A Historical and Legal Study of Sovereignty in the Canadian North: Terrestrial Sovereignty, 1870-1939. Gordon W. Smith. Edited by P. Whitney Lackenbauer. University of Calgary Press, 2014.

Epistemology: A Guide. John Turri. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.

Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture. Jeff Wilson. Oxford University Press, 2014.

The Great Wall of Money: Power and Politics in China's International Monetary Relations. Edited by Eric Helleiner and Jonathan Kirshner. Cornell University Press, 2014.

Modern Canada: 1945 to Present. Edited by Catherine Briggs. Oxford University Press, 2014.

From Uncle Tom's Cabin to The Help: Critical Perspectives of White- Authored Narratives of Black Life. Edited by Claire Oberon Garcia, Vershawn Ashanti Young and Charise Pimenta. Palgrave McMillan, 2014.

Advances in International Environmental Politics. Edited by Michele M. Betsill, Kathryn Hochstetler and Dimitris Stevis. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Applications of Social Network Analysis (4-volume set). Edited by Peter Carrington. Sage, 2014.

Maimonides and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon. James A. Diamond. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Racisms in a Multicultural Canada: Paradoxes, Politics, and Resistance. Augie Fleras. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014.

Epistemic Norms: New Essays on Action, Belief, and Assertion. Edited by Clayton Littlejohn and John Turri. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry & Gary Snyder. Edited by Chad Wriglesworth. Counterpoint Press, 2014.

Other People's English: Code-meshing, Code-switching, and African American Literacy. Vershawn Ashanti Young, Rusty Barrett, Kim Brian Lovejoy and Y’shanda Rivera. Teachers College Press, 2014.

Waterloo Directory of Irish Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900. Edited by John North. NWA Press, 2014.

Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond. Edited by Paul Bramadat and Lorne Dawson. University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Religious Diaspora in Early Modern Europe: Strategies of Exile. Edited by Timothy G. Fehler, Greta Grace Kroeker, Charles H. Parker, and Jonathan Ray. Pickering & Chatto Publishers, 2014.

Fremd und Rechtlos? Zugehörigkeitsrechte Fremder von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, Ein Handbuch (Did Aliens have Rights? Legal and Political Inclusion and Exclusion of Foreigners from Antiquity to the Present Day, A Handbook). Edited by Altay Coskun and Lutz Raphael. Boehlau Verlag, 2014.

Immigration Canada: Evolving Realities and Emerging Challenges in a Postnational World. Augie Fleras. University of British Columbia Press, 2014.

A Very Private Diary: A Nurse in Wartime - Mary Morris. Edited by Carol Acton. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2014.

No Food. Sarah Tolmie. Aqueduct Press, 2014.

Sonnet in a Blue Dress and Other Poems. Sarah Tolmie. Baseline Press, 2014.

Interconnectivity in the Mediterranean and Pontic World During the Hellenistic and Roman Periods. Edited by Victor Cojocaru, Altay Coskun and Madalina Dana. MEGA Publishing House, 2014.

Traces: Memories of Resistance (Argentina 1974-1983). Edited by Maria del Carmen Sillato. Translation from Spanish by Joan Shnier. Editorial Abrazos, 2014.

Blockades or Breakthroughs? Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State. Edited by Yale Belanger and P. Whitney Lackenbauer. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014.

Disability Rhetoric. Jay Timothy Dolmage. Syracuse University Press, 2014. (Winner of the 2015 Prose Award in Language & Linguistics, Association of American Publishers)

Note: Books are listed in no particular order, and book descriptions have been adapted from those appearing on publisher websites.

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