Alumni Notes – December 2020

Alumni Notes - December 2020

Here’s what some of our alumni have been up to recently. Have a story you want to share, or want to receive our alumni newsletter for all the latest at King’s? Update your information to connect.

Abagail Bumpus, BA(Hons)’18, graduated with distinction from the University of Leeds with an MA in Curating Science. The program was housed in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. Abagail’s dissertation was titled, “Our Emotional Connection to Living Collections: Understanding How We Collect Plants at the Intersection of Our Biological and Digital Environments.” It explored plant collection practices within Facebook groups, discussing both traditional botanical practices and memes! She hopes to explore the topic further, perhaps in a doctoral program.

Lindsay Cameron Wilson, BA’95, BJ`99
, and Justine Barnhart have created a new cookbook, FOOD + REFLECTION. The book is an intimate collection of 20 recipes photographed through Lindsay’s kitchen window during isolation. They will be donation a portion of the sales to The North Grove, a local non-profit organization and community hub that offers services and space for people to learn and connect through family support, food and friendship.


John Packman, BJ(Hons)’09, built a corporate portrait and video business. He has pivoted into broadcasting live streamed talks, interviews and festivals since COVID began. He recently completed video work for the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Material Sampling symposium.

Jane Doucet, BJ(Hons)’93, is pleased to announce that Vagrant Press, the fiction imprint of NimbusPublishing, will publish her second novel, Fishnets & Fantasies—a funny, heartwarming story about a married couple in their late 50s who open a sex shop in Lunenburg, N.S.—in July of 2021. Fishnets & Fantasies is currently available for online pre-orders at Indigo/Chapters and Amazon. Jane’s first novel, The Pregnant Pause, was shortlisted for a 2018 Whistler Independent Book Award. She is working on her third novel, which will combine characters and locations from her first two books.

Eva Holland, BA(Hons)’05, published Nerve earlier this year, a book about the science, history and medicine behind fear. Nerve was one of four Canadian titles named to Time’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2020 and was listed on Smithsonian magazine’s Ten Best Science Books of 2020.


Karen Stiller, MFA’18, had her book project published by Tyndale House Publishers (Chicago) in May 2020 as The Minister’s Wife: a memoir of faith, doubt, friendship, forgiveness and more. The spiritual memoir-in-essays explores themes of faith and belonging.

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