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  • November 2002: Book Takes

    Criminologist Karlene Faith first met Leslie Van Houten, the youngest member of Charles Manson's infamous "family" in 1972 at the California Institute for Women. Faith, a graduate student at the University of California at Santa Cruz, was teaching and researching at the prison. Van Houten was serving life for her participation in the 1969 Tate-LaBianca killings. They've stayed in touch ever since.
  • April 2007: Book Takes

    As the editors point out, it’s a long way from the Caribbean to Simon Fraser University. And one might ask how and why communications professor Robert Anderson and alumna Karis Hiebert (BSc’91) got involved in a project so far from home.
  • Oh to be young again – and cynical, world-weary, jaded, beyond ennui. Where your greatest worry is whether the pizza will be delivered on time. Michael Hingston’s (CLA’06, BA Hons’08) first novel, The Dilettantes, is set at SFU, specifically at The Peak.
  • April 2010: Book Takes

    At first glance this seems like a book about fishing; the subtitle is “in the wild with Ted Hughes.” But it is also a book about a remarkable friendship between British poet laureate Hughes, considered one of the best poets of his generation, and SFU criminologist and author Ehor Boyanowsky, and about the passion they shared to save threatened environments.
  • November 2003: Book Takes

    Did you know that in 1922 vaudeville comic Benny Kubelsky (Jack Benny) met his future wife Sadie Marks (Mary Livingston) on Nelson Street in Vancouver’s West End? Or that in 1959 screen legend Errol Flynn died in the apartment of the uncle of noted pianist Glenn Gould on Burnaby Street, also in the West End? Or that in 1910 young William Henry Pratt (Boris Karloff) worked in construction at the Pacific National Exhibition?
  • April 2004: Book Takes

    All the bad girls – Lilith, Eve, Pandora, Cleopatra, the Sirens, and Lolita – are featured in Jane Billinghurst’s temptingly beautiful book. Billinghurst, who directs SFU’s summer book editing workshop, chronicles beautiful women who aren’t afraid to use what they have to get what they want.
  • They dart in and out of the consciousness of the newly dead Song Leiyin: the yin soul, bright and helpful; the yang soul, stern and bitter; and the hun soul, reflective and sympathetic.
  • Cinephemera looks at our film history.
  • November 2008: Book Takes

    Award-winning Vancouver Sun journalist Daphne Bramham (MALS’99) delves into a fundamentalist, polygamous Mormon sect with communities in Bountiful, B.C., and several American states. These are communities where young girls are married to men old enough to be their grandfathers, where the main role of women is to produce children, and where education is of so little importance most children don’t finish high school.
  • May 2002: Book Takes

    Masters of Publishing student Susan Juby has a three-book contract with HarperCollins U.S. and a two-book contract with HarperCollins Canada. A yet-to-be-written book joins Miss Smithers and Alice, I Think as part of the deal.
  • November 2011: Book Takes

    Sharon Stewart and Rodrick Stewart's Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune, Castles Made of Sand, by André Gerolymatos, Caroline Adderson's The Sky is Falling and more.
  • November 2009: Book Takes

    James P. Delgado provides a fascinating look at San Francisco’s waterfront during the gold rush years. He draws on excavations of buried ships and collapsed buildings to recreate San Francisco’s unique maritime landscape and its rapid growth between approximately 1849 and 1856 from a small village of a few hundred people to a global trading hub with thousands of citizens.
  • November 2012: Book Takes

    Waterfront legend Norman Safarik remembers the early days in B.C.’s fishing industry. Reviewed by Christine Hearn.
  • When poet P.K. Page received her honorary degree from SFU in 1991, she addressed the audience through poetry instead of a speech. The poem contained a wide-ranging call to graduates to pay attention to the environment, to care about global warming, and most of all, to do something about it. She said that the “whole great beautiful caboodle” of a planet is in jeopardy.
  • November 2006: Book Takes

    Barry Shell profiles 24 of Canada’s greatest scientists in his award-winning book for kids (2005 Science in Society Youth Book Award). In clear, easy-to-understand language Shell asks big questions including, “How does the universe work?” “Where does it start?” and “How does it end?” He then introduces us to some of the people who are trying to answer those questions.
  • For those of us who love SFU, we think of the Burnaby campus as Arthur Erickson’s crowning glory. But there is so much more he gave to us...
  • November 2007: Book Takes

    This lavishly illustrated gem gives us the history of the Lower Mainland from a maritime perspective. In six concise, readable chapters alumnus James Delgado shows us the central role ports have played in the development of the region.
  • April 2008: Book Takes

    This book is a shoe lover’s dream. It’s a lavishly illustrated coffee-table book that takes us from the flat shoes and chopines (six-inch high pedestal mules) of the 1600s to the latest Manolo Blahniks – with gorgeous pictures and descriptions of everything in between.
  • April 2011: Book Takes

    "If you can remember the '60s, then you weren't there" is the famous quote. So if you want to revisit what you can't remember, or if you are too young for the '60s but want to taste the vibe, here's a book for you.
  • April 2009: Book Takes

    Kim Rossmo (MA’87, PhD’96) takes a serious but fascinating look at some of the reasons why police work doesn’t always succeed. The reasons fall into three broad categories: cognitive biases, including perception, intuition, and tunnel vision; organizational traps, including groupthink, rumour, and ego; and errors in probability, including chance and randomness in forensics and profiling.
  • November 2010: Book Takes

    344 pages University of Alberta Press Reviewed by Christine Hearn Daughter-father duo Jordan (BA'93) and David Stouck collaborate to edit the personal and professional letters of Canadian literary icon Sinclair Ross.
  • April 2006: Book Takes

    Historian and alumna Julia P. Gelardi says she researched much of Born to Rule at the SFU library while she lived in Coquitlam. But she also visited Windsor to view unpublished material and photographs from the Royal Photograph Collection in Windsor Castle, Geneva to meet with King Michael of Romania, London to meet with Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, and Buckinghamshire to meet with the daughter of Queen Sophie of Greece, as well as libraries in Europe and the United States.
  • April 2012: Book Takes

    The subtitle of Bloodline, by Stan Rogal (BA'82), is A haunted crime story, and it is indeed haunted and haunting. It's set in the Lower Mainland, and for much of the book we don't really know what is going on except that young female hitchhikers are being picked up and murdered.
  • November 2005: Book Takes

    Roy Miki is a Governor General's Award-winning poet, an editor, a writer, and a faculty member in SFU's English department. He is also a third-generation Japanese Canadian and, with his brother Art, one of the leading members in the redress movement.
  • May 2003: Book Takes

    t sounds far-fetched, like something out of a John le Carré novel, but former Globe and Mail reporter Andrew Mitrovica's Covert Entry: Spies, Lies and Crimes Inside Canada's Secret Service, is likely to be all too true. For those who remember the RCMP Security Service spying on university students, most particularly at SFU, and committing "dirty tricks" in Quebec, the book shows that very little has changed since the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) was set up as an independent spy agency.