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Faculty of Arts academics have produced a great selection of new books to inspire, inform or entertain.

Discover something new: Books to inspire, inform and entertain

Browse the latest selection of fiction and non-fiction from Arts faculty members

August 11, 2023 — 

Academics in the Faculty of Arts regularly publish works that reflect their research and areas of expertise. Providing in-depth insights and analysis on a wide range of topics, from state schooling in British Columbia to essays of love and peace, our faculty are committed to sharing their research and creativity with the world. Whether you’re a student looking to expand your understanding, a researcher in need of reliable sources or simply someone with a thirst for knowledge, this sampling of books released over the past year are sure to provide the guidance you seek.


Dr. David Camfield – Future on Fire: Capitalism and the Politics of Climate Change
Associate Professor, Labour Studies Program & Department of Sociology and Criminology

“Only mass social movements have the power to bring about necessary change in the fight to transition away from fossil fuels,” states Dr. David Camfield in Future on Fire. The book delves into this pivotal assertion, exploring the essence of the ecological crisis caused by capitalism and the potential solutions within eco-socialism. Through a thorough examination of the challenges faced by green left leaders and status quo-supporting politicians, Dr. Camfield’s work ignites a call to action for readers to champion the planet’s future. With a focus on the urgent need for transition, Future on Fire stands as a thought-provoking contribution, inviting us to consider the trajectory of our planet and our role in shaping its destiny. Purchase: Future on Fire: Capitalism and the Politics of Climate Change (published by Fernwood)


Dr. Sean Carleton – Lessons in Legitimacy: Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Rise of State Schooling in British Columbia
Assistant Professor, Department of History & Department of Indigenous Studies

In Lessons in Legitimacy, Dr. Sean Carleton examines the complex histories of state-run schools for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations in British Columbia. By analyzing the purposes served by these schools, Dr. Carleton exposes their role in promoting settler capitalism and the making of British Columbia. Drawing from history, Indigenous studies, historical materialism and political economy, this book sheds light on the role of schooling in truth and reconciliation, offering a deeper understanding of Canada’s history and fostering meaningful contemporary discussions. Lessons in Legitimacy won the 2023 Canadian Historical Association’s Clio BC prize.  Purchase: Lessons in Legitimacy (published by UBC Press)


Dr. Andrea Charron and Dr. James Fergusson – NORAD: In Perpetuity and Beyond
Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies
Professor, Department of Political Studies

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has encountered significant changes since 2006. Dr. Andrea Charron and Dr. James Fergusson, renowned scholars in international relations, trace NORAD’s evolution, technological advancements and the unprecedented threats it faces in NORAD: In Perpetuity and Beyond. Through their comprehensive analysis, the authors evaluate NORAD’s options and recommend the necessary technological and organizational measures to protect North America. As we navigate an era of emerging challenges, this book serves as an essential tool for both scholars and practitioners in understanding the future of North American defense. Purchase: NORAD: In Perpetuity and Beyond  (published by McGill-Queen’s University Press)


Dr. Christine Stewart-Nuñez – Chrysopoeia: Essays of Languages, Love and Place
Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Dr. Christine Stewart-Nuñez invites readers to explore the intricate tapestry of family and place through a collection of interesting essays. From Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar to Ireland’s Cliff of Moher, from Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park to the heartland of America, each essay in Chrysopoeia transports readers to a different corner of the world. Through poetic reflections on language and place, this book offers an experience filled with inspiration. Purchase: Chrysopoeia: Essays of Languages, Love, and Place (published by Stephen F. Austin University Press)


Dr. Alison Calder – Synaptic
Professor, Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media

Explore the intersections of science, neurology and perception through Dr. Alison Calder’s collection of thought-provoking poems. Dr. Calder skillfully weaves scientific language and lyricism, inviting readers to question power and authority. The book’s two segments, “Connectomics” and “Other Disasters,” explore the brain’s neural connections and cultural perspectives, inviting readers on a journey of self-reflection and understanding. Synaptic raises fundamental questions about our interiority and the intricate relationship between language, art and daily life. Purchase: Synaptic (published by University of Regina Press)


Dr. Andrea Charron and Dr. Clara Portela – Multilateral Sanctions Revisited: Lessons Learned from Margaret Doxey
Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies
Professor, Political Science, University of Valencia, Spain

Dive into the complexities of multilateral sanctions with the book, Multilateral Sanctions Revisited. It offers a comprehensive examination of various types of sanctions imposed by the UN, regional bodies and independent actors. Dr. Andrea Charron and Dr. Clara Portela analyze how different players employ multilateral sanctions and address crucial issues such as implementation, effects, evasion and the challenges posed by emerging technologies like cryptocurrencies. This book, recognized as one of the top 100 nonfiction books of the year by the Hill Times, provides essential understanding for scholars and policymakers. Purchase: Multilateral Sanctions Revisited (published by McGill-Queen’s University Press)


Dr. David Annandale [BA/90, MA/92] – The Tyrant Skies: A Marvel: Untold Novel
Senior Instructor, Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media.

If you’re a Marvel fan, you’ll want to immerse yourself in Dr. David Annandale’s latest Doctor Doom tale, The Tyrant Skies. Dr. Annandale crafts an interesting tale of conflict and intrigue as Doctor Doom faces Red Skull, his deadliest enemy, and confronts a wave of attacks, putting his beliefs, strength and powers to the ultimate test. Purchase: The Tyrant Skies (published by Simon & Schuster)


These books can help to expand understanding, encourage critical thinking or creatively entertain. Whether you are a student, researcher or lifelong learner, we invite you to explore these publications and immerse yourself in intellectual discovery.


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