University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: June 2017
Features: 5 B&W photographs, notes, bibliography, index
Keywords: Memory Studies / Art & Literature / Terrorism / Racism
Subject(s): LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Politics, Literary Criticism, Canadian History, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations, ART / Art & Politics, Social discrimination & equal treatment, Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, Memory Studies / Art & Literature / Terrorism / Racism, Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, The arts: general issues
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
Chandrima Chakraborty is University Scholar and Associate Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies. Amber Dean is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies. Both are from McMaster University in Hamilton. Angela Failler is Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory, and Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg.

"[Remembering Air India] is an important book. It explores, through a number of essays, poems and excerpts from the public record, a question that should haunt us all still: why has this terrible disaster been relegated to the very margins of public memory?... The focus of this book is not just on a failure of surveillance, policing, intelligence or the court system. Its theme is a wider, and painful, reality: the failure to embrace the Air India bombing and its aftermath as our own....” [Full review at]

Bob Rae, Literary Review of Canada

"When 329 people, mostly Canadians, perished at sea in the 1985 Air India bombing, there was ... no mass public mourning. The only memorial was in County Cork, Ireland, near the spot where Flight 182 took whole families to their death. Few Canadians recall the year this mass murder occurred. The victims were modest people of ordinary means and little public profile. Would it have been different if 329 bankers died, or 329 tennis players? Of course. Would it have been different if 329 white Christians died? Remembering Air India answers this last, jarring question.... Remembering Air India is a poignant postmortem on memory and culture." [Full article at]

Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter

"Another standout for its typography, which is pleasing at a glance and impressive on closer inspection. The complex content is demanding, and the solutions are elegant, displaying sensitivity to the subject and cohesiveness while connecting the many structural elements of the page."

Jury Comments, The Alcuin Society, 36th Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, 2017 - Prose Non-Fiction (Second Prize)

AUP Book, Jacket & Journal Show, Book – Scholarly Typographic, United States
Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada (Second, Prose Nonfiction), Canada

ISBNs: 9781772122596 978-1-77212-259-6 Title: remembering air india ISBNs: 9781772123111 978-1-77212-311-1 Title: remembering air india