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    A celebration of Indigenous heritage, resistance, love and literature

    September 17th, 2019

    On September 20th, Lower Field will play host to the 19th Annual McGill Pow Wow, a full day of traditional dancing and drumming. The Pow Wow is only one of many exciting events happening during Indigenous Awareness Weeks, in its 9th year, which run from September 16th to the 27th. In honour of, and in collaboration with, IAW, the Humanities and Social Sciences library has mounted a book display in the Redpath Library Building. The books on display cover a wide variety of subjects as they present a celebration of Indigenous heritage, resistance, love and literature.

    First Nations and Inuit from across Canada are represented, including books by Two-Spirit authors Lindsay Nixon, Arielle Twist and Smokii Sumac, who will be reading from their works on September 18th.

    “You Are Enough,” by Smokii Sumac

    “Nîtisânak,” by Lindsay Nixon










    Sobering reads on topics such as the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, the legacy of residential schools and ongoing resistance to colonialism are offset by exultant reads honouring Indigenous spirit, resilience and ingénue.

    Reclaiming power and place : the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

    • Secret Path, by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire. “Downie and Lemire have done something brilliant here by bringing the story of Chanie Wenjack and the residential school system to light for the reading public. Secret Path is a brilliant book, which should be held in prominence on any bookshelf. It breeds empathy and creates thought and discussion which, no doubt, will lead to action on improving an injustice to the human condition.”

    “Secret Path,” by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire

    • Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal, edited by Kiera L. Ladner and Myra Tait, is “a collection of elegant, thoughtful, and powerful reflections about Indigenous Peoples’ complicated, and often frustrating, relationship with Canada, and how-even 150 years after Confederation-the fight for recognition of their treaty and Aboriginal rights continues. Through essays, art, and literature, Surviving Canada examines the struggle for Indigenous Peoples to celebrate their cultures and exercise their right to control their own economic development, lands, water, and lives. The Indian Act, Idle No More, and the legacy of residential schools are just a few of the topics covered by a wide range of elders, scholars, artists, and activists. Contributors include Mary Eberts, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Leroy Little Bear.”

    “Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal.”

    • Me Artsy, by Drew Hayden Taylor, “an exploration and deconstruction of the Aboriginal artistic spirit as seen and practiced through various art forms that demonstrate reflections on society through an indigenous perspective, including talents not just limited to those considered strictly traditional in origin, but inclusive of more contemporary forms of cultural expression.”
    • Love Beyond Body, Space and Time, edited by Hope Nicholson, is “an anthology of science fiction and urban fantasy stories starring First Nations and Metis characters with a LGBT and two-spirit theme.”


    • Reawakening Our Ancestors’ Lines, by Angela Hovak Johnston, follows “what was at first a personal quest became a project to bring the art of traditional tattooing back to Inuit women across Nunavut, starting with Johnston’s home community of Kugluktuk. Collected in this beautiful book are moving photos and stories from more than two dozen women who participated in Johnston’s project. Together, these women have united to bring to life an ancient tradition, reawakening their ancestors’ lines and sharing this knowledge with future generations.”

    “Reawakening our ancestors’ lines : revitalizing Inuit traditional tattooing,” by Angela Hovak Johnston

    Check out a book and discover for yourself the breadth and depth of Indigenous knowledge, love, and spirit.

    McGill University is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we meet today.


    L’Université McGill est sur un emplacement qui a longtemps servi de lieu de rencontre et d’échange entre les peuples autochtones, y compris les nations Haudenosaunee et Anishinabeg. McGill honore, reconnaît et respecte ces nations à titre d’intendant traditionnel des terres et de l’eau sur lesquelles nous nous réunissions aujourd’hui.


    Learn more about the vibrant community of Kahnawà:ke:
    Learn about the Hochelaga Rock:
    Do you know how many Nations are in Quebec?×11.pdf

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    LOVE! : An exploration of love, lust & desire

    February 1st, 2019

    Though many deride Valentine’s Day as a holiday invented by greeting card companies, what better way to break up the long winter months than with a celebration of love to warm the cockles of our cold, cold hearts?

    This month’s book display covers all types of love – from best friends to one-night stands to your grandparents’ marriage and everything in between. Coming at love from all angles, there are poets and artists and philosophers and psychologists. We have Shakespeare’s sonnets and a Leonard Cohen/Henri Matisse art mash up. Love: All That Matters, is a fascinating introduction to both the psychology and philosophy of love – and what matters most about it. There is Love Analyzed; Love, a history; Love and love sickness: the science of sex, gender difference, and pair-bonding; and just plain old Love.


    Tired of Tinder? So are we! Put your thumb-swiping skills to use turning the pages of Love Online, which explores the “hypermarket of desire” that is online dating, or Labor of Love, in which Moira Weigel dives into the secret history of dating while holding up a mirror to the contemporary dating landscape, revealing why we date the way we do and explaining why it feels so much like work. If online dating’s got you down, The Hypothetical Girl, stories by Elizabeth Cohen, will make you feel less alone.

    Don’t worry, there is a fair dose of sincerity amid all this flippancy. In Love, Tony Milligan addresses this mood of pessimism about the nature of love and explores the value and significance of love in fostering an enjoyable and successful life.

    Whether you crave sweeping epics à la Anna Karenina, or more contemporary sagas such as The Time-Traveler’s Wife, we’ve got you covered. Underneath this veneer of sarcasm there does, indeed, lie a hopeless romantic, and we want to share all of our favourite love stories with you!

    LOVE! book display in Redpath



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    Faculty Publications @ McGill

    November 20th, 2018

    McGill faculty’s academic publications are internationally renowned and many of our professors are top of their field. Come check out what they have to say in the new Redpath Book Display, on now until the end of December. This selection rounds up some of the best publications McGill faculty has to offer since 2010. Highlights include works by prestigious authors such as Alain Farah, Daniel J. Levitin and Charles Taylor.

    Whether your area of interest is history, art, human rights or urban planning, there is sure to be for you. Many Women, Many Voices “celebrates the voices of women […]. Shining a light on the untold stories of the women who have shaped McGill and Montreal, it offers illustrated vignettes from the ROAAr collections – Rare Books and Special Collections, the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, the Visual Arts Collection, and the McGill University Archives.”

    Catherine Parr Traill’s The Female Emigrant’s Guide : Cooking with a Canadian Classic is the newest release from Nathalie Cooke, whose previous collection, The Johnson Family Treasury : a collection of household recipes & remedies, 1741-1848, is also included in the display. The National Post review of the Catherine Parr Traill book provides a great analysis of both the historical and culinary importance of the new edition.

    Gabriella Coleman, the “world’s foremost scholar on Anonymous,” has 46K Twitter followers!  Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism. Come check out her books on Anonymous and hacking.

    Charmaine Nelson is the first tenured Black professor of Art History in Canada. Her latest single-author work, Slavery, Geography, and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica, is “among the first Slavery Studies books – and the first in Art History – to juxtapose temperate and tropical slavery.”

    A list of the items included in the display can be found here. A number of publications can also be accessed in ebook format.

    Stop by and see if your favourite prof is on the shelf!


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