Joseph Jones

Librarian and Textician


I worked at the University of British Columbia Library 1980-2003 as a cataloguer and reference librarian in the humanities and social sciences.
In 2013 the Library ceased to host my web site, so I migrated portions of it to the Vancouver Community Network.



You can use the form at  to send me an email.


Vietnam War Resisters in Canada



Simulacrum of Refuge : a History of Canada as Destination for U.S. Iraq War Deserters
Vancouver : Quarter Sheaf, 2017. 208 p.

The Invention of Death
Toronto : Quattro Books, 2013. 133 p.
[Translation of:  L’invention de la mort / Hubert Aquin]

Les sables mouvants = Shifting sands
Vancouver : Ronsdale Press, 2009. 109 p.
[Translation and edition of Hubert Aquin novella, with appended essay]

War Resisters in Retrospect : Papers from the 2007 Our Way Home Peace Event and Reunion
Vancouver ; Las Vegas : Joseph Jones ; Lori Olafson, 2009. 112 p.
[Edited with Lori Olafson]

Happenstance and Misquotation : Canadian Immigration Policy 1966-1974, the Arrival of U.S. Vietnam War Resisters, and the Views of Pierre Trudeau
Vancouver : Quarter Sheaf, 2008. 80 p.

Reference Sources for Canadian Literary Studies
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2005. xiv, 464 p.

Contending Statistics : The Numbers for U.S. Vietnam War Resisters in Canada
Vancouver : Quarter Sheaf, 2005. 74 p.


“white phosphorus and depleted uranium,” p. 126-127 in
Crossing Lines : Poets Who Came to Canada in the Vietnam War Era
(Allan Briesmaster and Steven Michael Berzensky, eds.)
Hamilton, ON : Seraphim Editions, c2008. 256 p.

Selected Essays

“Mere and pure déjà vu: a COVID-19 reflection.”  UBC Emeritus College Newsletter 2:5 (April 2020) 14

“Electromagnetic Print emits a pulse: new Vancouver book publisher focuses on Indigenous and radical texts.”  Volcano (13 March 2017)

“Letters R.I.P.: recollections of Crad Kilodney.”  Vancouver Media Co-op (30 June 2014)

“First Nation clan blocks path of northern pipelines in British Columbia.” (26 Nov 2013)

“Art Review | Everything is going to …”  Mainlander (29 May 2011)

“The numbers have stories: perspectives on the statistics for Vietnam War resisters in Canada,” p. 73-76 in
War Resisters in Retrospect : Papers from the 2007 Our Way Home Peace Event and Reunion
Vancouver ; Las Vegas : Joseph Jones ; Lori Olafson, 2009. 112 p.

“The House of Anansi’s singular bestseller.” Canadian Notes & Queries 61 (2002) 19-22
[about Manual for Draft-Age Immigrants to Canada]

“The true meaning of Vancouver.” Vancouver Sun (31 Dec. 1994) D4

[Written with Jack Colhoun]   “Future stress: the psychology of exile.” Amex Canada 4:6 / 38 (Jan.-Mar. 1974) 42-44

Conference Presentations

“1970 Was a Singular Anguished Year for Vietnam War Resister Migration to Canada”
Commemorating Violent Conflicts and Building Sustainable Peace
School of Peace and Conflict Studies of Kent State University / Peace History Society / Peace Studies Section of International Studies Association, Kent State University, 24-26 October 2019

“Testbed for an Approach to Distant Reading: Fictions that Represent Vietnam War Resisters in Canada”
DHSI Conference and Colloquium (8 June 2019)
Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, 3-14 June 2019

“Canadian Mennonite Assistance to American Vietnam War Refugees”
Historical Perspectives on War, Peace and Religion
Peace History Society, University of Saint Joseph, 22-24 October 2015

Legal Tremors in the Lead-Up to Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympic Games
Recover – Renew – Reimagine
28th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
University of Oregon School of Law, 25-28 February 2010

“Women in the Vietnam-era Exile Movement as Reflected in the Pages of Amex-Canada Magazine”
Historical Perspectives on Engendering War, Peace and Justice
Peace History Society, Georgian Court University, 19-20 October 2007

“The Numbers Have Stories: Perspectives on the Statistics for Vietnam War Resisters in Canada,”
A New Generation of Research on Vietnam War Resisters in Canada – Parts I and II (Workshop 8)
Our Way Home Peace Event & Reunion, Brilliant Cultural Center, Castlegar, B.C., 4-8 July 2007

“Action and Assessment in the First Generation of Writing about U.S. Vietnam War Resisters in Canada,”
Peace Activism and Scholarship: Historical Perspectives of Social, Economic, and Political Change
Peace History Society, Winthrop University, 3-5 November 2005

Martianus Capella, the Author within the Text
Authorship: Theory and Practice
34th Medieval Workshop, University of British Columbia, 12-13 November 2004

Intermediation and the Digital Library   ALLC/ACH 1998


“Alice Lynd, Moral Injury & Conscientious Objection: a Brief ReviewPHS News 193 (Jan 2016) 41-42

“Chaotic Fancies,” Canadian Literature 193 (summer 2007) 163-164

Alberto Manguel.   The Library at Night.   Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, 2006

Canadian Book Review Annual 2006

Devin Krukoff.   Compensation.   Saskatoon : Thistledown Press, 2006   (3067 : 187-188)

Keith Maillard.   Looking Good. Difficulty at the Beginning, Book 4.   [Edmonton] : Brindle & Glass, c2006   (3077 : 191-192)

Peter Showler.   Refugee Sandwich : Stories of Exile and Asylum.   Montreal : McGill-Queen’s University Press, c2006   (4066 : 310)

Canadian Book Review Annual 2005

Keith Maillard.   Running. Difficulty at the Beginning, Book 1.   [Edmonton] : Brindle & Glass, c2005   (3071 : 181)

Stuart Ross.   Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer.   Vancouver : Anvil Press, 2005   (2099 : 74-75)

Janice Tait.   The Devil’s Snare : a Memoir of Saigon.   Toronto : McGilligan Books, 2005   (2109 : 79-80)

John Vaillant.   The Golden Spruce : a True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed.   Toronto : Knopf Canada, 2005   (5031 : 412-413)

Rex Wyler.   Greenpeace : How a Group of Ecologists, Journalists and Visionaries Changed the World.   Vancouver : Raincoast Books, 2004   (5023 : 408-409)

Canadian Book Review Annual 2004

Robert Hunter.   The Greenpeace to Amchitka : an Environmental Odyssey.   Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004   (5018 : 440)

Han Zao Li.   The Water Lily Pond : a Village Girl’s Journey in Maoist China.   Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2004   (Life Writing Series)   (3065 : 185)

Mary Soderstrom.   After Surfing Ocean Beach : a Novel.   Toronto : Simon & Pierre, c2004   (3096 : 197)

Willie Thomas.   Cristoforo : Strange Tales of a Singular Traveller.   St. John’s, Nfld. : Breakwater Books, c2004   (3102 : 200)

Thomas Wharton.   The Logogryph : a Bibliography of Imaginary Books.   Kentville, N.S. : Gaspereau Press , 2004   (3151 : 219-220)

“Of Wars and the Border,” Canadian Literature 179 (winter 2003) 142-144

John Hagan.   Northern Passage : American Vietnam War Resisters in Canada.   Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 2001

Frank Kusch.   All American Boys : Draft Dodgers in Canada from the Vietnam War.   Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2001

Francis M. Carroll.   A Good and Wise Measure : The Search for the Canadian-American Boundary, 1783-1842.   Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2001

“Two Wars, Two Histories,” Canadian Literature 179 (winter 2003) 167-169

Eric L. Muller.   Free to Die for Their Country : The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II.   Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2001

Reporting Vietnam : American Journalism 1959-1975.   New York : Library of America, c2000

Early Modern Literary Studies 9:1 (May 2003) 13.1-9

Ruth Samson Luborsky and Elizabeth Morley Ingram.   A Guide to English Illustrated Books 1536-1603.   Tempe, AZ : Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1998

Canadian Book Review Annual 2003

Michel Basilières.   Black Bird.   Toronto : Knopf Canada, 2003   (3008 : 152-153)

Brian Burch.   Resources for Radicals.   5th ed.   Toronto : Toronto Action for Social Change, 2003   (1003 : 10-11)

Brian Busby.   Character Parts.   Toronto : Knopf Canada, 2003   (3258 : 253-254)

Ernie B. Ingles and N. Merrill Distad, eds.   Peel’s Bibliography of the Canadian Prairies to 1953.   3rd. ed.   Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2003   (1002 : 10)

Gordon Sheppard.   HA! : a Self-Murder Mystery.   Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003   (2085 : 71-72)

Canadian Book Review Annual 2002

Donna Bennett, Russell Brown, eds.   A New Anthology of Canadian Literature in English.   Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press Canada, 2002   (3265 : 238)

Judith Merril and Emily Pohl-Weary.   Better to Have Loved : the Life of Judith Merril.   Toronto : Between the Lines, 2002   (2071 : 55)

W.H. New, ed.   Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada.   Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press Canada, 2002   (1005 :  11)

Ray Robertson.   Moody Food.   Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2002   (3098 : 180)

Esta Spalding and Linda Spalding.   Mere.   Toronto : HarperFlamingo Canada, c2001   (3114 : 186)

“A Work of Devotion,” Canadian Literature 169 (summer 2001) 182-184

Carl Spadoni.   A Bibliography of Stephen Leacock.   Toronto : ECW Press, c1998

Canadian Book Review Annual 2001

Richard Teleky.   Pack Up the Moon.   Toronto : T. Allen, c2001   (3109 : 184-185)

Jack Todd.   The Taste of Metal : A Deserter’s Story.   Toronto : HarperFlamingo Canada, c2001   (2117 : 77)

William Toye, ed.   The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature.   Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press, 2001   (3304 : 258-259)

Chorus 1999

James J. O’Donnell.   Avatars of the Word : From Papyrus to Cyberspace.   Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998


Digital Concrete Poetry Experiment



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