Robin RobertsonThe first novel by poet Robin Robertson is short-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

Creative writing grad’s debut novel short-listed for Man Booker Prize

UWindsor creative writing alumnus Robin Robertson (MA 1979) has had his debut novel short-listed for one of the world’s leading literary awards.

The Long Take, a cinematic story of a postwar loner in urban America, told partly in poetry, is one of six works in consideration for the Man Booker Prize. The winner, to be announced October 16, receives an award of £50,000.

Robertson’s novel follows a good man brutalized by war, haunted by violence and apparently doomed to return to it. Walker is a D-Day veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder; he can’t return home to rural Nova Scotia, and as he moves from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco readers witness a crucial period of fracture in American history.

The judges described it as a film noir on the page: “A book about a man and a city in shock, it’s an extraordinary evocation of the debris and the ongoing destruction of war even in times of peace.”

Robertson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has published five collections of poetry. His honours include the Petrarca-Preis, the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and all three Forward Prizes — for best poetry collection, best first collection, and best single poem.

Keitha Riley, Destiny Soney, Michelle Nahdee, Stephanie Pangowish, Candy PalmaterKeitha Riley, Destiny Soney, Michelle Nahdee, and Stephanie Pangowish surround Campus Mental Health Day keynote speaker Candy Palmater, holding a medicine wheel of sweetgrass and tobacco — a gift from the Native Student Alliance.

Student Mental Health Strategy calls for $1.15 million investment

A capacity crowd of students was on hand Wednesday for UWindsor’s first annual Campus Mental Health Day to hear details of the school’s new Student Mental Health Strategy — the culmination of three years of campus consultation by a committee co-chaired by UWindsor interim president Douglas Kneale and associate vice-president student experience Ryan Flannagan.

In support of the strategy, the University will invest an additional $1.15 million over the next five years into projects to examine and improve mental health supports on campus. This funding includes two new full-time positions and resources for a new wellness fund.

“Our purpose in this strategy is to ‘foster a thriving University community that actively promotes mental well-being and supports students to flourish in both their personal and academic lives,’” said Dr. Kneale.

“Today we commit to that purpose. I extend my warmest thanks to Ryan Flannagan and the entire team of colleagues who have brought this strategy to life.”

The aim of the strategy is to place greater emphasis on promoting student mental health through a range of proactive and preventative wellness activities, and implementing actions to prevent mental illness in students who are at risk. The University will also improve upon its existing commitment to counselling services and other direct interventions for students struggling with wellness challenges.

Find the full list of almost 40 recommendations in the strategy document, posted to the Wellness at UWindsor website.

Wednesday’s event — held in Alumni Auditorium — included remarks by student, faculty, and support committee members, as well as a keynote address by Candy Palmater, executive producer of three films on Mi’kmaw culture and an activist, actor, writer, comedian, and television and radio personality.

The photography exhibition “Women of Windsor” features faces familiar to campus.The photography exhibition “Women of Windsor” features faces familiar to campus.

Photographer offers portraits of Windsor women

A number of UWindsor alumnae are among the 21 local leaders whose portraits are hanging now in the Art Gallery of Windsor.

Women of Windsor is the work of photographer Mike Kovaliv, who called its subjects assets to the community. He regards the exhibition as an opportunity to celebrate their successes, impact, and ability to inspire others.

Among the featured faces are Lancer women’s basketball coach Chantal Vallée, honorary doctor of laws Carol Derbyshire, and UWindsor grads Michelle Prince (BHK 1994), Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh (BHK 1985, B.Ed 1993), Nour Hachem (BA 2010), Leigh Ann Hello (BComm 2004), Jennifer Jones (BA 1991), Yvonne Pilon (BComm 2007), Micheline Rawlins (LLB 1978), Martha Reavley (BComm 1981, MBA 1982), and Sheila Wisdom (BA 2001, LLD h.c. 2004).

The exhibition opened in September and will be displayed through October 14 at the gallery, located at 401 Riverside Drive West.

book coversThe Leddy Online Book Club invites votes for its October reading.

Library’s online book club weighing October selection

An online book club run through the Leddy Library is seeking new members — and inviting votes for its October read.

The group maintains a Facebook forum for discussion about a selected book each month. Under consideration for this month are:

To vote for your favourite book and join in on the club’s discussion, visit