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.


Carolina Backcountry Family Studies

Vietnam War Resisters in Canada



Patterns in the Culture of the John Johnson & Margaret Howell Family of Aiken County South Carolina
Vancouver : Quarter Sheaf, 2021. 92 p.

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

“Tarttologizing”  [a librarian investigates the reception and achievement of Donna Tartt]
Newsletter - University of British Columbia. Emeritus College (fall 2023) 18

“An ancestor prospector rambles in Aiken County”
News and journal (Aiken-Barnwell Genealogical Society of South Carolina) 37:3 (third quarter 2021) 53

“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

Podcast Participant

Ren Bangert
The Story of American Vietnam War Resisters in Canada
[featuring Bob Waller, Joseph Jones, and Donald Maxwell]
Darts & Letters 193 (27 Feb 2023)


“ Paul Benedikt Glatz, Vietnam’s Prodigal Heroes: American Deserters,
International Protest, European Exile, and Amnesty

Peace & Change 47:3 (July 2022) 282-284

“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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