UVic Torch -- Spring 2004
Spring 2004,
Volume 26, Number 1

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Wondrous Strange: The Water Lily Pond Sway Anxiety Disorders: The Caregivers Cat’s Pilgrimage Labrador The Slip Knot Penelope and the Humongous Burp Searching for Sofia: A Tale of Obsession, Murder, and War The Second Life of Samuel Tyne uccession
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Anxiety Disorders: The Caregivers

KENNETH V. STRONG, Victoria College '56
Select Publishing, 2003 . 256 pages . $22.95

Written for caregivers, Strong details the disorders, symptoms, causes, and treatments for anxiety and depression sufferers and offers ways to prevent the family from being drawn into a disruptive vortex.

Cat's Pilgrimage
MARILYN BOWERING, MA '73
HarperFlamingo Canada, 2004 . 299 pages . $34.95

Bowering's third novel is the story of 14-year-old runaway Cathreen who leaves rural BC for England in search of her father. Bowering combines realism with magic realism to explore themes of a family falling apart, violence and their influence on dreams in a tale that the Vancouver Sun says "resonates with wisdom."

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Labrador The Slip Knot
TJ DAWE, BFA '97
Brindle & Glass, 2003 . 80 pages . $12.95
Brindle & Glass, 2003 . 96 pages . $14.95

Here are two theatrical monologues from Dawe, the Vancouver-based comedic writer and performer. Labrador is about a part of the world that practically no one knows anything about-Canada's own Siberia. The Slip Knot, winner of the Just For Laughs Comedy Award, has been described as "hilarious and surreal."

Penelope and the Humongous Burp
SHERI RADFORD, BA '96
Lobster Press, 2004 . 32 pages . $21.95

In her first children's picture book (ages 3 to 7), Radford tells the amusing tale of Penelope who learns the disastrous events that can arise from drinking a simple glass of soda.

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Searching for Sofia: A Tale of Obsession, Murder, and War
JOHN NADLER, BA '84
Doubleday Canada, 2003 . 416 pages . $34.95

While covering the Kosovo war, CanWest news correspondent Nadler agreed to help a young Muslim Albanian search for his missing Christian fiancée..

The Second Life of Samuel Tyne
ESI EDUGYAN, BA '99
Knopf Canada, 2004 . 336 pages . $34.95

A debut novel at once haunting and atmospheric portrays an ambitious immigrant's heartbreak, hardship and moments of grace. Edugyan is a sessional instructor in the UVic Writing department whose earlier work appeared in Best New American Voices, edited by Joyce Carol Oates.

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Succession
ART NORRIS, BFA '94
Brindle & Glass, 2003 . 128 pages . $24.95

Urban vs. rural living is explored in a story cycle that follows a burned-out musician's return from Vancouver to the struggling farming community where he grew up.

Sway
HOLLY LUHNING, BA '99
Thistledown Press New Leaf Series, 2003 . 64 pages . $9.95

Distinctive poetry shaped by the experiences of prairie life, the east coast and world travel.

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The Water Lily Pond
HAN LI, PhD '94
Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2004 . 260 pages . $24.95

A young woman, born into China's "poor-class" comes of age during Mao's Cultural Revolution and grows up to reflect on the ways political change left their mark on the country's ordinary people in this "subtle and richly textured" novel.

Wondrous Strange:
The Life and Art of Glenn Gould

Kevin Bazzana, BMus '88
McClelland & Stewart, 2003 . 536 pages . $39.99

This is first biography of the brilliant pianist to explore the influence of his Toronto upbringing on Gould's life and art. Bazzana, editor of Glenn Gould magazine, throws fresh light on this and many other aspects of Gould's celebrated life as a pianist, writer, broadcaster, and composer.






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