by Barbara Black
Professor Peter Rist has just published a major reference work, Guide
to the Cinema(s) of Canada. It is part of a series, Reference Guides
to the Worlds Cinema, published by Greenwood Press, of Westport,
The publication was celebrated at a party in the Mel Hoppenheim School
of Cinema studio on Guy St. on Nov. 30. It was attended by most of his
20 collaborators on the project, who are to be congratulated for this
significant contribution to Canadian film scholarship. Collaborators who
attended were Donato Totaro, Dave Douglas, Louis Goyette, Paul and Helen
Salmon, Ian Elliot, Judes Dickey, Alain Dubeau and Isabelle Morissette.
Some of these guests traveled from Ontario to congratulate Rist and his
longtime companion Shelley Coleman, who were married earlier in the day.
Congratulations to Daniel Dagenais, a new tenure-track professor
in the Sociology and Anthropology Department, who won one of four book
prizes given by the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada.
Dagenaiss book is La fin de la famille moderne: Signification
des transformations contemporaines de la famille (Les Presses de lUniversité
Laval). He won the Prix Jean-Charles-Falardeau, given for the best work
in French in the social sciences. The prizes were announced at a reception
at the National Library of Canada in Ottawa on Nov. 24.
David Homel, who has taught in the translation program of Études
françaises in 1983 and intermittently in creative writing, is as
well known to French-speaking as to English-speaking Quebec readers. With
Fred R. Reed, Homel won the Governor-Generals Award for Translation
this year, for The Fairy Ring, a rendering into English of Le cercle
de Clara, by Martine Desjardins.
Norman Ravvin holds the chair in Canadian Jewish studies at Concordia.
Hes prolific his books include Café des Westens
(a novel), Sex, Skyscrapers, and Standard Yiddish (short stories),
A House of Words: Jewish Writing, Identity, and Memory (essays),
Hidden Canada: An Intimate Travelogue (essays) and a forthcoming
novel, Lola By Night. He also edited a short story anthology called
Great Stories of the Sea. His latest book is Not Quite Mainstream:
Jewish Canadian Short Stories, which was just published by Red Deer
Jeffrey Moore can stop teaching in the translation program for a while.
After winning the $10,000 Best First Novel Commonwealth Prize last year,
he signed a two-book deal with the leading London literary publishing
house Weidenfeld and Nicolson that could be worth even more. He made his
breakthrough to the big time with his novel Prisoner in a Red-Rose
Matthew Santateresa works in Human Resources and Employee Relations,
but hes also a published poet. His latest collection, published
by the Mansfield Press (Toronto) is called A Beggars Loom.
Matt took the graduate creative writing program at Concordia. His past
two years have been especially productive; he will bring another collection
out with Mansfield next spring.