New Chapters, Sights and Sounds – Fall 2020


Encounter, A book by Brittany Luby



History professor Brittany Luby’s Encounter, a children’s storybook, was shortlisted for the first annual Sheila Barry Best Picturebook of the Year Award, worth $2,500.



The Guelph Classics Society, consisting of U of G undergraduate students enthusiastic about ancient literature, art, history and languages, launched the student-led, peer-reviewed journal Canta/ἄειδε: A Journal of Classical Studies. The first edition appeared in early 2020.

The Body Remembers


THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN Kathleen Hepburne, MFA ’12, co-wrote and co-directed the critically acclaimed and multiple award-winning film The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open with Elle-Maija Tailfeathers. The Toronto Film Critics Association gave the Indigenous story the 2019 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award, worth $100,000. Praised by critics across North America, the film was named one of the top 10 Canadian movies of 2019 and was named best Canadian film by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.

Eugene Benson


THE SYMMETRY OF THE TYGER Eugene BensonIn his memoir The Symmetry of the Tyger, professor emeritus Eugene Benson, School of English and Theatre Studies, surveys 90 years of travel, adventure and engagement in Canadian culture. The book charts the author’s own adventures while working and travelling around the globe and recollections of his time at U of G.

shape your eyes by shutting them book


SHAPE YOUR EYES BY SHUTTING THEM shape your eyes by shutting them bookMark McCutcheon, BA ’95, PhD ’06, a professor of literary studies at Athabasca University, has published his The latest books, arts and exhibitions by U of G faculty and alumni first book of poetry. Shape Your Eyes by Shutting Them was published by Athabasca University Press in 2019. Literary critic Di Brandt called the inventive collection a “romp through the surreal landscape of our times.”

Barns book


BARNS – CLASSIC STRUCTURES FROM ACROSS THE LAND Barns bookRoderick Hodgson, BA ’78, has written his 14th book. Barns – Classic Structures From Across the Land details the evolution, style and construction of the grand rural structures. Barns have been his passion for more than 40 years.

Karen Houle


THE GRAND RIVER WATERSHED: A FOLK ECOLOGY Karen HouleProf. Karen Houle, Department of Philosophy, was a Governor General Literary Awards finalist in the English poetry category for her latest poetry collection, The Grand River Watershed: A Folk Ecology. Publisher Gaspereau Press said the book presents southern Ontario’s Grand River as “a living system that is full of interconnection and meaning.”

painting by Lauren Satok
“Misery Bay Manitoulin Island” by Lauren Satok


UNSETTLED: THE ART OF REMAPPING A HISTORY OF ERASURE Lauren SatokVisual artist Lauren Satok, BFA ’02, creates landscapes that explore the effect of colonization on the environment. Her exhibition Unsettled: The Art of Remapping a History of Erasure began in early 2020 at the Debajehmujig Creation Centre in Manitowaning, Ont. Originally from Toronto, Satok now lives on Manitoulin Island. “From a white or settler viewpoint, there is a need to deal with complicity and to share knowledge that can open more doors to equality,” she says.

Simone Dalton


RBC TAYLOR PRIZE Simone DaltonSimone Dalton, MFA ’18, was selected as one of five writers for the RBC Taylor Prize for emerging writers mentorship program. She’s currently writing a memoir.