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Insomnia, mad rivers and bright ideas

Learning to adapt to the chaos of the business world is the basis for Shift: Secrets of Positive Change for Organizations and Their Leaders (Creative Bound, $18.95). Janice M. Calnan, L BA 74, demonstrates how leaders can deal with growth, change and quality issues through her own experience with senior executives.


Israel is the focal point of three of the world’s main religions. Mackay L. Smith, BA 76, brings a Christian perspective to the Holy Land in A Christian In Israel (Aaron Communications, $19.95), while presenting an overview of its history and politics.


The celebration of life, nature and love is only part of where Jan Conn, BSc 77, takes us with her poetry. Her latest collection, Beauties on Mad River (Véhicule Press, $15), is a mix of new and previously published work from her three earlier books. Conn’s background — she teaches biology at the University of Vermont — may seem like an unlikely source for poetry, but George Elliot Clarke of the Montreal Gazette says Conn “maps not so much the world as the soul.”


Elliott Katz, BA 77, illuminates some of the most beautiful spots in our country in The Complete Guide to Walking In Canada (Firefly Books, $16.95). For those just wanting to take a long walk or for serious day-hikers or backpackers, this is a great companion for exploring our land.


What did it feel like to be a Serbian national in Canada in the 1990s? That’s the situation for Daniel Ivanovic, protagonist of Insomnia (Vantage Press, $17), the debut novel by Milan Miletic, BA 97. Miletic also weaves a love story and Quebec nationalism issues into this complex narrative.


Combining short fiction, illustration and poetry — with some unconventional styles — You and Your Bright Ideas: New Montreal Writing (Véhicule Press, $16.95), edited by Andy Brown, MA 95, and rob mclennan, highlights some of the city’s brightest young writers. Among the contributors are Brown and Dana Bath, BEd 94, MA 00; Lance Blomgren, MA 00; Lydia Eugene, MA 96; Ian Ferrier, BA 81; Corey Frost, BA 94; Jonathan Goldstein, BA 92, MA 99; Liane Keightley, MA 99; Catherine Kidd, BA 94, MA 98; Billy Mavreas, GrDip 93; David McGimpsey, BA 88, MA 90; Meg Sircom, BA 93, MA 00; and Anne Stone, BA 94.


Ribsauce: a CD/anthology of words by women (Véhicule Press, $18.95) includes poetry and short fiction but transcends the written word by adding spoken poetry and music on a CD companion, edited by Alex Boutros and Kaaren Sundström, both Concordia graduate students. The contributors include Dana Bath, BEd 94, MA 00; Liane Keightley, MA 99; Francesca LoDico, BA 96; Tanya Evanson, BA 97; Adeena Karasick, PhD 97; Catherine Kidd, BA 94, MA 98; and Victoria Stanton, BFA 95.

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