Stephen Gill Presents His Books to Local Library
Stephen Gill presented some of his books to Cornwall Public Library on September 11, 2015.
The presentation of the books included three books by himself, a selection of critical studies on
his books by professors of English Literature, and translations of some of his books in Romanian
language. The books he authored before 2009 were presented on March 4 of that year to the
same local public library. CEO Dawn Kiddle said on that day that the library had to do
something to honour Stephen Gill.
September 11, 2015 was a gorgeous day also because the sun was at the pinnacle of its beauty
when citizens are anxious to bathe in its warmth. The audience was from the different segments
of society—from different professions. But there was one factor that was common—there was
one factor that bonded them and that factor was their love for libraries— that factor was their
love for ideas which rule the world. Stephen Gill added that without ideas– without books—
without libraries, even the beauty—even the grace of the sun was meaningless.
Stephen Gill thanked Cornwall Public Library for providing the cultural needs of the historical
city of Cornwall and its surrounding areas. He said, “I undedrstand, a library is a place where
citizens find all sorts of ideas. I understand that these are the ideas of thinkers- these are the ideas
of philosophers– that have been ruling the world in one way or the other. It is not easy to find
these ideas and their unimaginable power without their custodians like Dawn Kiddle and Sonja
Irving. He thanked them for making it possible for him to present copies of some of his books to
these custodians of culture that afternoon.
The evening was kicked off with Canadian National Anthem by Sarita VanDyke, a professional
singer, and audience participation with a brief talk by Dr. Monika Spolia, a prominent poet and
chief editor of Bharat Times, published from Montreal.
Librarian and head of the Adult section, Sonja Irving, thanked the author, hoping that readers
will find it easy to obtain books of Stephen Gill locally and out of the town readers through
library loan system.
Receptive audience participated by talking about the books of the author, particularly his modern
epics, The Flame and Amputee, and asking questions about peace. The presentation was closed
with nourishing and delicious refreshment provided with the courteously of Shawarma
Restaurant of Cornwall.
Multiple award-winning Stephen Gill who has authored more than twenty books, including
novels, literary criticism, and collections of poems, is the subject of doctoral dissertations, and
research papers. Ten full critical studies have been released by established publishers and more
are to be released on his works. (Websites:
A LIST OF THE BOOKS PRESENTED
Books by Stephen Gill:
1. The Coexistence (Novel): Set in Canada and India, The Coexistence provides a blueprint to
live and let live, showing ideological clashes between the believers in the survival of the
fittest and cooperation. This novel is based on the conviction that no organism is an island in
itself and multiculturalism is going to grow, solidifying the global village. (ONE COPY)
2. Amputee, an epical poem about a sexually abused child, springs from the poet’s deep
conviction that peace needs to be discussed from the perspective of education and a formal
education ought to be initiated from the day a couple decides to raise a family. Amputee
illustrates the culture of peace. (TWO COPIES)
3. FOR A PEACEFUL FUTURE: Peace has been the driving force in the waters of the
literary explorations of Stephen Gill. FOR A PEACEFUL FUTURE is a collection of long
and brief quotations from his prefaces, interviews, articles and other works, where he
explicates the multiple aspects of peace. (TWO COPIES)
CRITICAL STUDIES ON THE WORKS OF STEPHEN GILL
1. A Selection of Stephen Gill’s Interviews. Edited by Prof. Dr. Anuradha Sharma, a widely
published poet and critical papers.
2. An Interpretation of the Mind and Art of Stephen Gil. Edited by Professor Dr. Anuradha
Sharma. (A mythological probe into the works of Stephen Gill), a widely published poet
and critical papers.
3. Essays on the Poetry of Stephen Gill (anthology of critical papers and articles). Editor:
Professor Dr. Shaleen Kumar Singh, has authored a collection of poems and has
published research papers.
4. Stephen Gill’s Poetry: a Panorama of World Peace. Editor, Professor Dr. KV Dominic, a
p;oedt, critic, editor and short story writer. He is chief editor of Indian Journal of Post
Colonial Literature and he is on the advisory and editorial boards of several leading
journals of India.
5. The Poetic Corpus of Stephen Gill : An Evaluation by Professor Dr. Sudhir K. Arora. His
area of interest is Indian Writing in English, Commonwealth Literature an
Postcolonialism. His scholarly papers, book reviews and poems have been published in
reputed journals and anthologies and has authored critical studies.
6. The Flame Unmasked (Stephen Gill’s epic critically examined). His area of interest is
Indian Writing in English, Commonwealth Literature and Postcolonialism. His scholarly
papers, book reviews and poems have been published in reputed journals and anthologies
and has authored critical studies.
BOOKS TRANSLATED AND PUBLISHED IN ROMANIA
1. Flacara (translation of the Flame into Romanian language). Translator: Professor Dr.
Olimpia Iacob, Publisher: Editura Fundatiei Culturale Poezia, 2012, ISBN: 978-973-
2. Altarul (translation of Shrine (poems of social concerns) into Romanian language).
Translator: Professor Dr. Olimpia Iacob, Publisher: Editura Fundatiei Culturale
Poezia, 2012, ISBN: 978-973-1731-07-0
3. Coexistenta (translation of Stephen Gill’s novel The Coexistence into Romanian
language). Translator: Professor Dr. Olimpia Iacob. Publisher:
Editura Timpul, 2013. ISBN: 978-973-612-503-4
A Study of English Grammar Through a Novel (This book of 165 pages teaches English
grammar using examples from Stephen Gill’s novel The Coexistence). The author of this
book of English grammar is an associate professor with the Department of Modern
Languages at Vasile Goldis West University of Arad, Romania, and has a doctorate on
the theory of translation.
BOOKS PRESENTED TO CORNWALL PUBLIC LIBRARY IN 2013