March 29, 2016

New Titles Tuesday: Fresh List

Twelve diverse and intriguing print titles were added to the catalogue last week.  To borrow any or all of these  "Available soon" books, which are not yet on the shelves, click on the title and use the "Place Hold" link.

The art of memoir /Mary Karr.
Karr breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir, opening our concepts of memory and identity, and illuminating the cathartic power of reflecting on the past; anybody with an inner life or complicated history, whether writer or reader, will relate.

Black robe: a novel /Brian Moore.
In weaving a tautly suspenseful tale of physical and spiritual adventure in a wilderness frontier on the cusp of change, Brian Moore has written a novel that rivals Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness in its exploration of the confrontation between Western ideology and native peoples, and its meditation upon Good and Evil in the human heart.

Cherry: a memoir /Mary Karr.
Karr dashes down the trail of her teen years with customary sass, only to run up against the paralyzing self-doubt of a girl in bloom. Fleeing the thrills and terrors of adolescence, she clashes against authority in all its forms and hooks up with an unforgettable band of heads and bona-fide geniuses. Parts of Cherry will leave you gasping with laughter. Karr assembles a self from the smokiest beginnings, delivering a long-awaited sequel that is both "bawdy and wise."

Evangelicals around the world: a global handbook for the 21st century /editors: Brian C. Stiller, Todd M. Johnson, Karen Stiller, Mark Hutchinson.
Bringing together a team of multi-disciplined scholars, writers, activists, and leaders from around the world, this handbook provides a compelling look at the diverse group we call Evangelicals. In this guide, written by those who know the movement the best, the issues that divide and the beliefs that unite this global Christian movement are presented in a journalistic fashion. 

A faithful farewell: living your last chapter with love /Marilyn Chandler McEntyre.
In this book McEntyre offers fifty-two short meditations on the very real issues faced by dying people. She addresses a wide and sensitively chosen range of subjects, including such things as anger, losing control, curiosity, doubt, loss of privacy, family conflict, sadness, gratitude, and even spiritual adventure.

Popular Catholic blogger Tushnet tries to forge a truce between the gay community and religious groups, often at war with one another, by explaining how, as a lesbian, she lives a celibate lifestyle that is consistent with official Catholic teaching about human sexuality and finds joy in doing so. The author is irreverent and has a sharp wit, making for appealing reading. Her polished writing style and humor move the autobiographical narrative along briskly. Her conversion from liberal atheist to traditional Catholic is fascinating and not overly pious.

Lit: a memoir /Mary Karr.
The author reveals how, shortly after giving birth to a child she adored, she drank herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide before a spiritual awakening led her to sobriety. 

Completed in the wake of a bone marrow transplant, this book is a meditation on what a viable contemporary faith--responsive not only to modern thought and science but also to religious tradition--might feel like.

Prof. Nafisi resigned from her job as professor of English Literature at a university in Tehran in 1995 due to repressive government policies. For the next 2 years, until she left Iran, she gathered 7 young women, former students, at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss works of Western literature forbidden by the new regime. They used this forum to learn to speak freely, not only about literature, but also about the social, political, and cultural realities of living under strict Islamic rule.

 Slow pilgrim: the collected poems /Scott Cairns ; preface by Richard Howard ; introduction by Gregory Wolfe.
"With Dostoyevsky and the psalmists as his traveling companions, Cairns pursues his peregrinations through frustration and pleasure, desolation and eros, step by step realizing 'how / fraught, how laden the visible is.'"

This groundbreaking study brings into dialogue for the first time the writings of Julian, the last non-Christian Roman Emperor, and his most outspoken critic, Bishop Gregory of Nazianzus, a central figure of Christianity. Susanna Elm compares these two men not to draw out the obvious contrast between the Church and the Emperor’s neo-Paganism, but rather to find their common intellectual and social grounding. Her insightful analysis, supplemented by her magisterial command of sources, demonstrates the ways in which both men were part of the same dialectical whole.

Hachlili's distinctive research interests: synagogues, burial sites, and Jewish iconography receive particular attention in the volume. Fresh analyses of ancient Jewish art, essays on architecture, historical geography, and research history complete the volume and make it an enticing kaleidoscope of the vibrant field of scholarship that owes so much to Rachel.

New Titles Tuesday: You are on P1

Back in  December some  120,000 titles were added to Alloway Library's eBook collections. We continue to highlight titles which reflect the broad range of topics covered in this collection, today featuring titles that begin with the letter 'P.'
Click on a title to view the contents; TWU login may be required.



Environmental Studies

Film & Literature

Philosophy of War Films. / David LaRocca 

The place of Lord Byron in world history: studies in his life, writings, and influence: selected papers from the 35th International Byron Conference / introduced and edited by Nic Panagopoulos and Maria Schoina ; with a foreword by Peter W. Graham.
Plot, story, and the novel: from Dickens and Poe to the modern period / Robert L. Caserio ; design by Maura McAndrew.
The poetry of Rimbaud / Robert Greer Cohn.

March 25, 2016

Remembering Norma Alloway - a builder

Norma Alloway, for whom the library is named,  was born in 1922 on this day.

Norma was an only child, born and raised in Toronto. Her parents evidenced a deep love for the Lord and they provided for her strong models of Christian service. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 1944 with a degree in English, and married Donald Miller Alloway in 1945.

She was a Christian woman who communicated her love for Jesus Christ through her writings, her speaking, and through the example of her life. In her own writings, Norma stated her desire to be used as God's servant, transformed by God's love, and dependent on God – the rock of her salvation. 

Norma lives on through the great treasure reflected in her writings and in the hearts and lives of the many people who were able to see the love of a great and powerful God in a life so willing to be his servant.

We are grateful for the blessing of Norma, who knew how to build.

From Listening: friendly thoughts from the seashore by Norma Alloway: 
Three bricklayers were at work on a building. A man walked over to where the first bricklayer was at work and asked: "My friend, what are you doing?"
The man replied somewhat impatiently: "I'm laying bricks."
When the same question was addressed to the second man, he replied: "I'm earning a living."
Walking over to where the third man was busily at work, the question was again asked: "My friend, what are you doing?"
Pausing in his work, and looking up with purposeful glance, the man said: "I'm building a cathedral...."
On November 9, 1994, the TWU Library was re-dedicated, and named in honour of Norma Marion Alloway. The campanile and gardens adjacent to the Alloway Library were dedicated to the memory of Norma Marion Alloway on March 27, 2000.

Read more about Norma Alloway

March 23, 2016

Robo-librarian will take you to your

Meet Hugh. He's quiet. He's friendly. He's helpful. He knows every book in the library and can show you where the ones you want are.  A bit on the unobtrusive side in spite of his quirky looks, he might even put away the books when you are finished with them.

He's Hugh and he  plans to work at the Hugh Owen Library in Wales' Aberystwyth University starting in the fall of 2016.
Hugh does much more than most bowling pins.

Oh, and he's a robot.
Hugh is a voice controlled, artificially intelligent robot designed around Aberystwyth University’s Hugh Owen Library. Hugh’s job is simple: he will help library users to quickly find any book in the library within an instant. He is able to move though the library and can physically take the user to any book’s location.
Interacting with Hugh is simple, this is done by simply speaking with him like you are talking to a person. This A.I. assistant robot is about enhancing the user experience in a non-intrusive way. He is the first step to creating a larger platform where its home will one day be in hospitals where it can guide visitors and give useful information. (I am Hugh)
Hugh is the work of  a group of students at Aberystwyth University working to create new type of useful artificially intelligent robot. Read more about Hugh here.

Meanwhile at Alloway Library, the same great team of quiet, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable humans are ready to help you here and now.

March 22, 2016

New Titles Tuesday: Fresh List

17 new titles were added to Alloway Library’s collection in the past week. Here they are, listed in alphabetical order.
Click on the title to view more information. Print item may be obtained by placing a hold on the item. TWU login may be required.
Investigates recent policies introduced into Turkey which are designed to reduce state activities and open up the country to international investment and trade. The focus is on agriculture and the major effects of a deliberate restructuring of an agrarian economy as seen through the lens of the peasant, the village and poverty.
And the mountains echoed /Khaled Hosseini.  [Print]
A multigenerational-family story revolving around brothers and sisters, it is an emotional, provocative, and unforgettable novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. With profound wisdom, insight and compassion, Hosseini demonstrates once again his deeply felt understanding of the bonds that define us and shape our lives--and of what it means to be human.
 In a wide-ranging and in-depth study of the recent history of anthropology, David Price offers a provocative account of the ways anthropology has been influenced by U.S. imperial projects around the world, and by CIA funding in particular. He argues that anthropologists’ interactions with Cold War military and intelligence agencies shaped mid-century American anthropology and that governmental and private funding of anthropological research programs connected witting and unwitting anthropologists with research of interest to military and intelligence agencies. Price compares this history of anthropological knowledge being used by military and intelligence agencies during the Cold War to post-9/11 projects.

Discrimination at work: comparing European, French, and American law /Marie Mercat-Bruns ; [Elaine Holt, translator].
How do the United States and France differ in laws and attitudes concerning discrimination at work? Franco-American scholar Marie Mercat-Bruns interviews prominent legal scholars to demonstrate how these two post-industrial democracies have adopted divergent strategies. Powerful and incisive, the book examines hot-button issues such as racial and religious bias, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and equality for LGBT individuals, highlighting comparisons that will further discussions on social equality and fundamental human rights across borders.

Examines the everyday embodied practices and performances of the BisiKongo people of the lower Congo to show how their gestures, dances, and spirituality are critical in mobilizing social and political action. Covington-Ward focuses on specific flashpoints in the last ninety years of Congo's troubled history, when embodied performance was used to stake political claims, foster dissent, and enforce power. In the 1920s Simon Kimbangu started a Christian prophetic movement based on spirit-induced trembling, which swept through the lower Congo, subverting Belgian colonial authority. Following independence, dictator Mobutu Sese Seko required citizens to dance and sing nationalist songs daily as a means of maintaining political control. More recently, embodied performance has again stoked reform, as nationalist groups such as Bundu dia Kongo advocate for a return to pre-colonial religious practices. In exploring these embodied expressions of Congolese agency, Covington-Ward provides a framework for understanding how embodied practices transmit social values, identities, and cultural history throughout Africa and the diaspora.

Industrial architecture in Britain: 1750-1939 /Edgar Jones. [Print]
Traces the development of the architectural designs and styles of the factories, mills, warehouses, and other industrial buildings of Great Britain.
The law in the information and risk society /Gunnar Duttge and Sang Won Lee (Hg.).
The banking crisis, the safety net for the euro zone and the nuclear incident in Fukushima are only the latest forms of those specific modern common dangers which the law is facing - in many cases due to its domestically limited validity - not or, not sufficiently, prepared. Volume 10 in the series Göttinger Juristische Schriften
Tracking their experiences as secondary migrants who grapple with the struggles of xenophobia, neoliberalism, and grief, Besteman asks what humanitarianism feels like to those who are its objects and what happens when refugees move in next door. As Lewiston's refugees and locals negotiate co-residence and find that assimilation goes both ways, their story demonstrates the efforts of diverse people to find ways to live together and create community.

An innovative analysis of how surveillance technologies impact governance in the global society. More than just tools to monitor ordinary people, surveillance technologies are imagined by government officials as a way to reform the national state by focusing on the material things—cellular phones, automobiles, human bodies—that can enable crime. In describing the challenges that the Mexican government has encountered in implementing this novel approach to social control, Keith Guzik presents surveillance technologies as a sign of state weakness rather than strength and as an opportunity for civic engagement rather than retreat.--

U.S. imperial incursions into the Philippines enabled the growth of unprecedented social and sexual intimacies between native Philippine and U.S. subjects. The real and imagined intimacies—whether expressed through friendship, love, or eroticism—threatened U.S. gender and sexuality norms. Mendoza analyzes laws, military records, the writing of Philippine students in the United States, and popular representations of Philippine colonial subjects to show how their lives, bodies, and desires became the very battleground for the consolidation of repressive legal, economic, and political institutions and practices of the U.S. colonial state.

Provides a cultural history of the last 150 years of corruption in Nigeria as a case study for considering how corruption plays an important role in the processes of political change in all states. He suggests that corruption is best understood in Nigeria, as well as in all other nations, as a culturally contingent set of political discourses and historically embedded practices. The best solution to combatting Nigerian government corruption, Pierce contends, is not through attempts to prevent officials from diverting public revenue to self-interested ends, but to ask how public ends can be served by accommodating Nigeria's history of patronage as a fundamental political principle.
At this pivotal moment of Cuban-U.S. relations, Perry's analysis illuminates the evolving dynamics of race, agency, and neoliberal transformation amid a Cuba in historic flux.

Precarious creativity: global media, local labor /edited by Michael Curtin and Kevin Sanson.
This pathbreaking anthology peeks behind the hype and supposed glamor of screen media industries to reveal the intensifying pressures and challenges workers face. The authors take on crucial issues and provide insightful case studies of workplace dynamics regarding creativity, collaboration, exploitation, and cultural difference. They investigate working conditions and organizing efforts on all six continents, offering comprehensive analysis of contemporary screen media labor in places such as Lagos, Prague, Hollywood, and Hyderabad, across a range of job categories

For the first time in legal literature this book analyses private law initiatives relating to the food chain, often referred to as private (voluntary) standards or schemes. Private standards are used to remedy flaws in legislation in order to reach higher levels of consumer protection than the ones chosen by the EU legislature and to manage risks and liability beyond the traditional limits of food businesses. This book also addresses how private standards play a role in defining specific markets of growing importance. This book is of interest to all who concern themselves with food law legislation and litigation and the evolving role of private standards on changing the landscape of food chains and innovation.

The regulation of sexuality is fundamentally tied to the creation and enduring existence of the state. Between 2001 and 2013 activists attempted to rewrite section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which outlaws homosexual behavior. Having interviewed activists and NGO workers throughout five metropolitan centers, investigated crime statistics at the National Crime Records Bureau, visited various state institutions, and met with the police, Puri found that section 377 is but one element of the large and complex systems of laws, practices, policies, and discourses that regulate Indian sexuality.
Unlocking markets to smallholders: lessons from South Africa /edited by Herman D. van Schalkwyk [and others].
Assesses the institutional, technical and market constraints as well as opportunities for smallholders, notably, emerging farmers in disadvantaged areas such as the former homelands of South Africa. This book develops a policy framework and potential institutional responses to unlock the relevant markets for smallholders.

New Titles Tuesday: Online nOw

New eBooks, brought to you by the letter O.  Click on the title for more information. (TWU Login may be requred

Current Affairs


Environmental issues

Health Sciences

Literature, Music & Communications


Political studies

March 18, 2016

Easter Weekend at Alloway Library

Alloway Library will be closed

  • Good Friday, March 25, 
  • Easter Sunday, March 27 and 
  • Easter Monday, March 28
The library is open Holy Saturday, March 26 from 10AM - 6PM

Most online services will be available throughout the weekend, but AskAway online chat help will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday.

March 16, 2016

Alloway Librarian releases Renaissance-inspired tale

Alloway Librarian and TWU Archivist, Sylvia Stopforth has partnered with illustrator Mel Anastasiou to write Dragon Rock: A Renaissance-Inspired Story Coloring Book now available through Amazon.

Described as a "wonderful fable colouring book" Dragon Rock reads like an Aesop’s Fable with a twist.

The story invites the reader on a journey with a curious man who becomes a little too full of himself as he travels through a magical forest, setting right things that have gone wrong. His companion is a long-suffering mouse who understands that knowing what’s right is important, but knowing what is possible is essential.

The detailed pen and ink drawings – inspired by Renaissance compositions - perfectly capture and illuminate the narrative, while leaving plenty of room for the reader’s own imagination - and colour selection!

Sylvia has worked for more than twenty years as a librarian in both public and academic libraries. Her fiction and non-fiction work has appeared in Room, The New Quarterly, and in Shy (University of Alberta Press, 2013). She edits a column for BC History Journal.

Mel Anastasiou is a writer, artist, and editor who worked for nineteen years as a teacher-librarian. She has taught creative writing and authored short fiction and novels in multiple genres. She illustrates, edits, and co-publishes Pulp Literature.

March 15, 2016

New Titles Tuesday: Fresh fifteen

Nineteen new titles in print and eBook format were added to Alloway Library’s collection last week. Here are descriptions for fifteen of them. 

To view eBooks, click on the title, TWU login  may be required. Place a hold in the catalogue to =get "Available Soon" print items as soon as tomorrow.

Provides a deft empirical analysis to show the political diversity and complicated identity politics of this relatively new population. She examines the public identity of French Muslims and evaluates images in popular media to show how stereotyped notions of racial and religious differences pervade French public discourse.

The correspondence of Wolfgang Capito 1532-1536. [eBook] /edited and translated by Erika Rummel ; with the assistance of Milton Kooistra.
Wolfgang Capito (1478–1541), a leading Christian Hebraist and Catholic churchman who converted to Protestantism, was a pivotal figure in the history of the Reformation. After serving as a professor of theology in Basel and adviser to the archbishop of Mainz, he moved to Strasbourg, which became, largely due to his efforts, one of the most important centres of the Reformation movement after Wittenberg. Kooistra’s annotation provides historical context by identifying classical, patristic, and biblical quotations as well as persons and places.

Whilst the methods used in the church treat Revelation as scripture and keep the text intact, these approaches often lack the tools for sound interpretation. Tõniste observes the need for a more holistic and thoughtful methodology to study Revelation.

"During the Victorian era, new laws allowed more witnesses to testify in court cases. At the same time, an emerging cultural emphasis on truth-telling drove the development of new ways of inhibiting perjury. Strikingly original and drawing on a broad array of archival research, Wendie Schneider shines new light on cross-examination, the most enduring product of this time and the “greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth.

Essays on the patriarchal narratives [eBook & Print] /edited by A.R. Millard & D.J. Wiseman.
There is renewed interest in the history and traditions of the patriarchal period. Recent publications have sought, among other things, to show that the biblical patriarchs were a literary, even fictional, creation of the first millennium BC, produced to provide the nation of Israel with 'founding fathers'. Much of this new writing is helpful in distinguishing what are traditional or speculative interpretations from the basic text of Genesis. In the light of the importance of this subject for the proper understanding of the historical reliability and the theological teaching of the Bible (which cannot be separated), the Council of Tyndale House set up an Old Testament project group to look afresh at aspects of the problems raised.

Twelve essays cover a wide range of scientific disciplines, from physics and chemistry to medicine and anthropology, and a variety of literary texts, such as Erasmus Darwin’s poem The Botanic Garden, George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda, and Goethe’s Elective Affinities. The collection will appeal to scholars of literature and of the history of science, and to those interested in the connections between the two.

Lichty recounts the history of the oldest Mennonite church in North America. From within the congregation, he tracks its story through periods of slow growth and spiritual stagnation and renewal and vitality, through affiliation with other Mennonite bodies and through conflict and separation from them.

Making the white man's West: whiteness and the creation of the American West[eBook] /by Jason E. Pierce.
In the early nineteenth century, critics like Zebulon Pike and Washington Irving viewed the West as a “dumping ground” for free blacks and Native Americans, a place where they could be segregated from the white communities east of the Mississippi River. However, as immigrant populations and industrialization took hold in the East, white Americans began to view the West as a “refuge for real whites.” The West had the most diverse population in the nation with substantial numbers of American Indians, Hispanics, and Asians, but Anglo-Americans could control these mostly disenfranchised peoples and enjoy the privileges of power while celebrating their presence as providing a unique regional character.

Mind, body, motion, matter: eighteenth-century British and French literary perspectives  [eBook] /edited by Mary Helen McMurran and Alison Conway.
Focusing on embodied experience and the materialization of thought in poetry, novels, art, and religion, this collection offer new and intriguing readings of canonical authors.

New Testament interpretation: essays on principles and methods. [eBook & print] /edited by I. Howard Marshall.
The problem of interpreting a passage from the Bible is one to which we would all like to find the key, some simple and easy formula that will enable us to approach any text of Scripture and quickly establish its meaning. Alas, there is no such simple answer, but it is possible to indicate some general principles and types of approach which will enable us to wrestle with the text and come to an understanding of it.

On civic republicanism: ancient lessons for global politics  [eBook]/edited by Neven Leddy and Geoffrey C. Kellow. 
Explores the enduring relevance of the ancient concepts of republicanism and civic virtue to modern questions about political engagement and identity. Examining both ancient and early modern conceptions of civic republicanism, the contributors respond to the work of thinkers ranging from Plato and Aristotle to Machiavelli, Montesquieu, and Wollstonecraft.

Political strategies in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica   [eBook] /edited by Sarah Kurnick and Joanne Baron.
"New data from a variety of well-known scholars in Mesoamerican archaeology reveal the creation, perpetuation, and contestation of politically authoritative relationships between rulers and subjects and between nobles and commoners.

Moyse engages with Karl Barth's philosophical and theological thinking in order to investigate the moral discussions surrounding biomedical ethics. According to Moyse, Barth's moral theology not only grounds humans as ontologically relational but also fuels responsibility to, with, and for one's neighbors.

Undesigned coincidences in the writings of the Old and New Testament  [eBook]:  an argument of their veracity /John J. Blunt.
The argument from undesigned coincidences is one of the forgotten arguments for Christianity. When one examines the Scriptures, one finds a number of historical, factual claims which either overlap and confirm others made independently or fill in gaps that authors familiar with current events at the time of the writings would have assumed their readers knew about. These coincidences are therefore undesigned–they are unintentional–but they show that the authors who wrote the books which contain them were telling historical truths. (Wartick)

A historical and theological reassessment of the oldest Christian building ever discovered -- the third-century house-church at Dura-Europos. Contrary to commonly held assumptions about Christian initiation, Peppard contends that rituals here did not primarily embody notions of death and resurrection. Rather, he portrays the motifs of the church’s wall paintings as those of empowerment, healing, marriage, and incarnation, while boldly re-identifying the figure of a woman formerly believed to be a repentant sinner as the Virgin Mary. This richly illustrated volume is a breakthrough work that enhances our understanding of early Christianity at the nexus of Bible, art, and ritual.