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Featured Reviews of “Crow Never Dies”

“…informative, insightful, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and consistently compelling from beginning to end…. Crow Never Dies is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Canadian Aboriginal Culture reference collections…” John Burroughs, Reviewer’s Bookwatch


“The author writes with obvious delight, indeed lyricism, about the people and the environment… To potential readers who have a love for the Arctic, its landscapes, seasons, and peoples, I highly recommend this beautifully composed and lyrical description of the traditions and way of life that struggle to keep their place in the modern world.” John Andrews, Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research


“[P]art travelogue, part philosophical inquiry, part participant-observationethnography—and a wholehearted celebration of the North. Crow Never Dies is laid out in four sections, documenting cultural events and subsistence activities associated with each season…. Every chapter is built around personal conversations with Northern elders, hunters, and story-tellers…. [R]eaders looking for a refreshing and off-the-beaten-path look at Canada’s warming North, will not be disappointed by Crow Never Dies.” Kelly Shepherd, The Goose


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Featured Reviews of “The Home Place”

“Cooley makes important use of the evolution of some of the major poems by reference to the manuscripts and typescripts of drafts and makes an especially fruitful case for Seed Catalogue.” Anne Burke, Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature


“…[The Home Place] builds a magnificent bridge across the coulee between writer and reader… Comprehensive and intense, The Home Place unpacks Kroetsch’s long poems The Ledger, Seed Catalogue and The Sad Phoenician. It dives into the very marrow of those works and accomplishes brilliant and suggestive explorations of the feints and allusions that make them great… Cooley and Kroetsch partner one another, dance with the words they both love and respect.” Aritha van Herk, Alberta Views


‘”Dennis Cooley has written a remarkable monograph on Robert Kroetsch that focuses primarily on a handful of his books of long poems.Cooley weaves an astute criticism of Kroetsch’s writing with details of Kroetsch’s private life, with an enquiry into being a writer, and with covering (and responding to) a great deal of previous Kroetsch scholarship….making for an acute study that covers an enormous critical range.” Nicole Markotić, Prairie Fire


“Cooley paints Kroetsch (1927–2011) as a Canadian Weldon Kees, as a man well known in certain circles as a celebrated writer, effuse in his friendships yet wandering much of his life and, like Odysseus, never quite sure of home…. Kroetsch had a passion for lists, for cataloging, his language catapulting emotion like the language of Gertrude Stein. One can read into his work the influence of Walt Whitman and Mark Twain, language without sentiment, crisp lines without meandering. Kroetsch’s language pulls readers into his world, where the heroes spend their time alone, repeating words, creating new meanings. Cooley’s collection reflects on the enigma of Kroetsch and the life of a poet in the 20th century. Recommended.” K. Gale, Choice Magazine


“In Cooley’s analysis, Kroetsch in his long poems is engaged with both recovering that past as well as finding how to retell it. Cooley writes, “Is he inventing, or is he recording here? . . . He was a fierce regionalist but he also was immersed in formal innovation . . . As a regionalist he understood that language gestures to the world, that it can tie us to the world, and that it is profoundly social. As a postmodernist he realized that those connections are profoundly unstable. . .” Full review. Garin Cycholl, Rain Taxi

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“This book provides some excellent context for understanding the [NDP] party and the groundwork that has led to its success.”

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“The University of Alberta Press has printed a second edition of this 1992 biography now more arresting given recent events. Author Howard Leeson, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Regina, recalls the man who might have smashed a Prairie political machine a generation before his daughter did…. Grant Notley is an affectionate tribute to a quiet, decent workaholic who might have become Alberta’s premier in 1986, and altered the whole course of his province and the Prairies.” [Full article at https://www.blacklocks.ca/review-the-what-might-have-been]

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“Leeson…provides a key insight into Grant Notley’s time—the organization and electoral development of a new party…. The book’s most compelling insight is…that effecting real change in politics—be it about reducing inequality, alleviating the suffering of the poor or diversifying the economy—requires getting elected to government…. Leeson effectively shows the considerable personal toll politics takes on an individual and their family.”

Melanee Thomas, Alberta Views


“Especially commended to the attention of those with an interest in Canadian politics in general, and the political career of Grant Notley in particular…”

John Taylor, Reviewer’s Bookwatch

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“[T]he interest of this volume does not only lie in the immeasurable9781772120516_large wealth of Durrellian archives that are brought to the reader’s knowledge: it also sketches out the fascinating portrait of an artist engaged in the creative production of his generation so that readers of Shakespeare, Wordsworth, T. S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Richard Aldington, Cavafy, and Seferis will discover fascinating pieces of critical analysis where they may least have expected to…. The final part devoted to travel writing will similarly edify and stimulate both Durrell’s readers and all those who seek to understand the refinements of the genre.” [Full review at http://ebc.revues.org/3502]

Isabelle Keller-Privat, Études britanniques contemporaines


“Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, From The Elephant’s Back is an outstanding collection of masterfully crafted essays organized into four major sections: Personal Positions; Ideas About Literature; Eternal Contemporaries; and Spirit of Place: Travel Writings. Very highly recommended for academic library collections, From The Elephant’s Back will prove to be engaging, memorable, thought-provoking reading, and ultimately rewarding.”

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“…buy the book for Durrell’s wit, elegance, philosophy, joie de vivre and flaming intelligence.”

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“The result is that this edition promises to open up new approaches to interpreting Durrell’s more famous work. Durrell fans will treasure the book’s selection of rare nonfiction, while scholars of Durrell, modernist literature, anti-authoritarian artists, and the Personalist movement will also appreciate Gifford’s fine editorial work.”

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Featured Reviews of “Climber’s Paradise”

“As PearlAnn Reichwein shows, Wheeler’s ACC wasclimber's cover color_lowres_6x9_RGB instrumental in creating and promoting the Rockies as a ‘‘climber’s paradise.’’ In doing so, it worked both with and against the federal government’s Parks branch over the course of the twentieth century, pushing for conservation and preferred access as well as negotiating the changing landscape of outdoor recreation. Inspired by the British Alpine Club, the ACC can be thought of as an ethnic institution, one that sought to encourage an appreciation for the mountains and the promotion of mountain recreation as well as scientific exploration. It also acted as a political lobby group…”

Tina Loo and Meg Stanley, The Canadian Historical Review


“Canada’s national parks have a complex history in which sport-oriented nature tourism is a key element. PearlAnn Reichwein. Climber’s Paradise provides a detailed account of the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) and its entwined relationship with Canada’s mountain parks. This history focuses on western Canada and a western Canadian sport heritage. It is a valuable addition to social, environmental, and sport historiographies…”

Elizabeth L. Jewett, University of Toronto Quarterly


“Wilderness. Symbol of nationhood. Playground. Sanctuary. Revenue source. Over the last century Canada’s mountain parks have been imagined and reimagined through a spectrum of meanings and contending desires. PearlAnn Reichwein’s history of the Alpine Club of Canada explores these incarnations and tells the fascinating stories of the people who cared fiercely for the mountains and struggled over their use and value. Just as importantly, Reichwein traces out the less visible tracks of class, race, and gender that weave through the grand narratives of adventure and conquest. This is vital reading for anyone who cares about our vanishing wild heritage.”

Thomas Wharton, award-winning author of Icefields


“This is a remarkable story. It’s about how a small group of urban, middle-class, Anglo Canadians, working through the Alpine Club of Canada, sought to assert their narratives of alpinism, the environment, nation, and interpersonal relations on Canada’s western Canadian mountain parks, and the conditions they faced, the institutions they created, the political victories they achieved, and the struggles and setbacks they encountered. Professor Reichwein tells it brilliantly, bringing both a climbers’ love of the mountains and a social historian’s critical distance and research to her subject. Her analysis is illuminated with mini-biographies of the key players, grounded in their speeches and personal correspondence resourcefully dug out of archival collections, and an extensive collection of photographs. It’s an important contribution to the history of Canadian sport and recreation and a telling case study of volunteering, but anyone who has ever holidayed or even contemplated a hike in a mountain national park would enjoy and benefit from this book.”

Bruce Kidd, University of Toronto historian and Olympian


Climber’s Paradise is both an informative and entertaining read. It makes a good companion book for specialists wishing to learn further details about national park history, the history of mountaineering, the making of Canadian nationhood, and other topics. Due to the accessible nature of the text, it also provides an enjoyable gateway into Canada’s past for nonspecialists.”

Jessica M. DeWitt, Canadian Journal of History


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“This is a passionately written academic book – a characterization which the author would probably agree should not be an oxymoron. The passion suggests that it is written as much for curious general readers as for academics. I hope it reaches many of both, particularly those who know or have known war survivors…. Grace’s specific subjects are Canadian literary and visual representations of 20th-century war created in the 1977-2007 period, and the tasks of collective national memory that these perform…. Official war histories record the losses, gains, and casualties but seldom the savage and often impulsive and unnecessary means by which these came about. In these 600+ pages Grace examines numerous novels, plays and television films…” Frank Davey, Frank Davey Blog, January 1, 2015

“… officialdom and media have celebrated wartime exploit as a central fixture of the Canadian experience. This is factually dubious but worthy of thoughtful analysis. Professor Sherrill Grace, a professor of literature at the University of British Columbia, examines the phenomenon. The result is striking and poignant…. Prof. Grace examines this ritual of remembrance over a 30-year period, citing hundreds of Canadian poems and films, novels, memoirs and documentaries.” Holly Doan, Blacklock’s Reporter, January 17, 2015

9781772120004_large“An extraordinary and seminal work of truly impressive and seminal scholarship…. [E]specially recommended for academic library Canadian History reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.” Michael Dunford, Midwest Book Review Bookwatch, January 2, 2015

“[The prominent Canadian literary critic Sherrill] Grace’s new book is an exhaustive look at the way Canadian artists have recently understood and remembered both wars. Her work is nuanced, probing the contradictions and ambiguities of the ‘good’ war, particularly through Joy Kogawa’s Obasan. Grace regularly returns to the theme of democracy and freedom being ‘fragile,’ especially during wartime. She also asks crucial questions using the metaphor of memory as landscape.” Jamie Swift, ActiveHistory.ca, April 9, 2015

“[Sherrill Grace’s book] examines the work of artists, who can be instrumental in voicing and depicting war memories that are painful, sometimes heroic, and often shocking…Blending raw personal point of view with objective academic discourse, Grace describes how she was propelled into writing this book…. Landscapes of War and Memory is a compelling and provocative cultural study that poses important questions regarding where Canada stands today in relation to war.” Anne Cimon, Canada’s History Magazine, June 1, 2015

“Despite the passage of five decades, Canadian novelists, memoirists, playwrights and artists are decidedly far from finished with the World Wars—with the experiences of our predecessors in battle and the sometimes atrocious actions of citizens on the home front. In particular, UBC literature scholar Sherrill Grace argues, we are concerned with memory, with remembering and forgetting… ‘Forgetting is a trap,’ she shows us. Art, then, does the vital memory work of ‘bearing witness’ to our troubled and restless war-scarred past. Naomi K. Lewis, Alberta Views, July 1, 2015

In Landscapes of War and Memory, Sherrill Grace examines the twin processes of commemoration and amnesia that have shaped cultural responses in Canada to the two global conflicts of the twentieth century. Her study, immensely rich, surveys works of theatre, visual art, and film as well as novels and stories, but above all it is concerned with fiction in a catholic sense — with the perpetual reinvention of the past…. I cannot do justice in a brief review to the six hundred pages of her book, and in summary I suggest only that it is a pleasure to read despite the sobering topic: Grace is an admirably clear writer, her study perfectly accessible. It will appeal to specialist readers of this journal as well as to students of Canada at large.” Nicholas Bradley, BC Studies, online, March 1, 2016