Archer Library Author Recognition Program celebrates published works from U of R community

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: December 10, 2020 12:00 p.m.

Bevann Fox BA’12, MAdmin’18, is a U of R alumna and author of Genocidal Love: A Life After Residential School, one of the published works honoured by the Dr. John Archer Library’s Author Recognition Program.
Bevann Fox BA’12, MAdmin’18, is a U of R alumna and author of Genocidal Love: A Life After Residential School, one of the published works honoured by the Dr. John Archer Library’s Author Recognition Program. Photo: Lealynd Messer


2019-20 University
of Regina Celebration
of Authorship Booklet
Photo: Dr. John Archer

Each year, dozens of members of the University of Regina community of students, alumni, faculty, and staff, publish works that garner national praise, are cited in important research, and push their own creative boundaries. Through the Dr. John Archer Library Author Recognition Program, these authors are given a platform to showcase their work.

Now in its sixth year, the program celebrates U of R authors who have published books, edited proceedings, sound recordings, musical scores and film or video recordings in any format over the previous 12 months. A total of 22 authors were celebrated in 2020.

2019-2020 Dr. John Archer Library Author Recognition Program Community Authors:

  • Taiwo Afolabi, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre
  • Donica Belisle, Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Daniel M. Beveridge, Professor Emeritus
  • Mark Brigham, Professor, Department of Biology
  • Jim Dugglebyu, U of R Student
  • Bevann Fox, U of R Alumna
  • Celeste Grimard, U of R Aluma
  • Jean R. Hillabold (Jean Roberta), Instructor, Department of English
  • Shuchen Hu, U of R Student
  • Sheena Koops, U of R Student
  • Patrick Lewis, Professor, Faculty of Education
  • Daniel Lockhart, Acquisitions Editor, University of Regina Press
  • Charity Marsh, Professor, Media, Art, and Performance (Creative Technologies)
  • Alex Oehler, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • Yvonne Petry, Associate Professor of History and Assistant Dean, Luther College
  • Marie Powell, U of R Alumna
  • Helen Pridmore, Associate Professor, Department of Music
  • Barbara Reul, Professor, Department of Music
  • Lloyd Hawkeye Robertson, Lead Psychologist, Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety
  • Rick Ruddell, Professor, Department of Justice Studies
  • Christie Schultz, Director, Centre for Continuing Education
  • Blair Stonechild, Professor, First Nations University of Canada

Genocidal Love: A Life
After Residential School
by Bevann Fox
Photo: U of R Press

One of the authors being celebrated is Bevann Fox BA’12, MAdmin’18, a U of R alumna who this past September, published her second book, Genocidal Love: A Life After Residential School.

Published through the University of Regina Press, the semi-autobiographical book recounts Fox’s time in the Residential School system and her path towards healing as an adult. Fox’s inspiration for the book was to create a work that explained to her children and grandchildren the experiences that she endured.  

“I wanted them to learn about Canadian history and what I had endured and how I managed to break through the impacts of genocide caused from the Residential School,” says Fox. “If there are any intergenerational effects of the Residential School, then perhaps they could understand and break away from the cycles too.”

Drawing on her experience from working with a team of editors to prepare the book for its Fall release, Fox noted the tremendous amount of effort required by authors to get their ideas to the print stage.

“It was an incredible journey and a lot of work, commitment, and timelines,” says Fox. “As a writer, having to revisit the pain and the trauma, even when you think it all done and in the past, can still be triggering.”

Since publishing Genocidal Love, Fox has been overwhelmed by the response from readers with many universities and high schools from across the country using the book as a tool on the path towards reconciliation, book clubs who have featured her work, and the positive reviews on platforms like Good Reads. Despite her initial anxiety about publishing such a personal work, Fox is happy to have readers learn about the history of the Residential Schools.  

“Readers have mixed emotions going on the journey as they read the book and the response has been amazing and exactly what I hoped for,” says Fox. “I feel so happy that my book is reaching so many people from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds.”

In a normal year, authors recognized through the program would gather for a celebration event. Through all of the challenges of the past year, Brett Waytuck, University Librarian, was happy to recognize the accomplishments of the authors in a virtual manner.

“One of the things that we have learned in this unprecedented time is that even when we are apart, the written word creates community,” says Waytuck. “I want to recognize and congratulate all of our 2020 authors, and thank them for their contributions to building our local, provincial, national, and international communities.”

All of 2020 recipient’s works, as well as publications from previous years, are available for viewing on the Dr. John Archer Library Author Recognition Program landing page.