Celebrating books by alum on National Author’s Day

Celebrating books by alum on National Author's Day

In honour of National Author’s Day on November 1, we’re tipping our hat to King’s alumni who have seen their name in print this year.

If you’re an alum who has been published this year and your name is not on the list, click on the link at the bottom of the story to share your news.

Iguana Books published Marilyn Carr’s, MFA’20, book, Nowhere Like This Place: Tales From a Nuclear Childhood, in the fall of 2020. Nowhere Like This Place tells the story of growing up in the quirky, isolated, company town of Deep River, Ontario in the 1960s and 70s.

Alan Doerksen, BJ’88, has published the novel The Lost Princess of Loulan—a work of historical fiction about a young woman in the ancient western Chinese kingdom of Loulan who is tragically lost at a young age and grows up not knowing her true identity as the heir to the throne.

Natelle Fitzgerald, BJ’02, released her first novel Viaticum, through Now or Never Publishing, a drama about two people fighting to maintain their dignity in a world that objectifies them.

Eva Holland, BA(Hons)’05, had her book Nerve, a study on the science of fear, published by Penguin Random House in April 2020.

Martine Jacquot, BJ’84, has a new trilogy of historical fiction novels: Les Terres Douces, Les Glycines and Les Colombes, being published in Europe and Africa.

John M. MacFarlane, BSc’70, and Lynn J. Salmon have published Around the World in a Dugout Canoe: The Untold Story of Captain John Voss and the Tilikum, which chronicles the journey of Captain John Voss, a Canadian sailor who in 1901 circumnavigated the globe in a dugout red cedar canoe called the Tilikum.

Janice McDonald’s, MFA’16, book, Fearless: Girls with Dreams, Women with Vision, was published in March and appeared on the Toronto Star’s national bestseller list just a week later.

Alan McHughen’s, 1972, latest book, DNA Demystified, brings the reader up-to-speed on what we know about DNA and what we don’t, and where genetic technologies are taking us.

No More Nice Girls: Gender, Power, and Why It’s Time to Stop Playing by the Rules, published by House of Anansi Press, is a new book from Lauren McKeon, MFA’16, that asks an important question: Why do we expect women and other marginalized genders to try to win an unfair game rather than change the rules?

Emily Sharpe, BA(Hons)’05, has published a book entitled, Mosaic Fictions: Writing Identity in the Spanish Civil War. It is the first book-length critical analysis of Canadian Spanish Civil War literature.

David Huebert, BA(Hons)’08 has published a new book of poetry, Humanimus. Humanimus presents a world of soiled nature, of compromised ecology, of toxic transcendence.

Wolfville, N.S.-based writer Deborah Hemming, BA(Hons)’11, has written her first novel. Throw Down Your Shadows is a dark coming-of-age tale that follows a 16-year-old girl whose life and friendships are upended by the arrival of a magnetic new companion. 

Natural Killer is a harrowing personal account of Harriet Alida Lye’s, BA(Hons)’09, battle with cancer at age 15. Her rare form of leukemia, the eponymous ‘Natural Killer,’ has a grim prognosis. Yet she survived and at age 30 became pregnant—something she was told her extensive chemotherapy would make near impossible. Drawing from personal and family accounts from her time at the hospital as well as contemporary reflections, this is an intimate portrait of illness and learning to trust in your body again.

Jen Powley, BJ’01, MFA’15, has made her first foray into fiction with Sounds Like a Halifax Adventure, which became available on June 15. It’s a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book for adults about two sounds—Pia, the sound of a door chime, and Edgar, the sound of a refrigerator hum—who go on an adventure to some of Halifax’s landmarks, with multiple possible endings. The book features 16 original illustrations by Bee Stanton.

Christian Smith’s, MFA’17, MFA-project book, The Scientist and the Psychic: A Son’s Exploration of his Mother’s Gift, is a captivating, one-of-a-kind memoir about a scientist’s life with his famous psychic mother and his revealing exploration of the paranormal realm.

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