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  • A Painful Duty

    A Painful Duty

    Nothing reveals the dark underbelly of humanity more profoundly than the practice of criminal law. A Painful Duty: 40 Years at the Criminal Bar celebrates author C.D. Evans’ journey that, in his ow...

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  • Darn Good Dandies!

    Darn Good Dandies!

    In 1842, in the midst of a current for tartans and all things Scottish, two brothers published Vestiarium Scoticum, a replica of an ancient catalogue of ancestral clan tartans that they claimed to ...

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  • Reading Alice Munro, 1973-2013

    Reading Alice Munro, 1973-2013

    In Reading Alice Munro, 1973-2013, the world's leading Munro scholar offers a critical overview of Alice Munro and her writing spanning forty years. Beginning with a newly written overarching intro...

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  • Grant Notley

    Grant Notley

    This book is a biography of my dad’s political life. However, it is also a primer for would-be politicians. Its most salient message? Political victory worth having rarely comes easy. – Rachel Notl...

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  • Leaving Iran

    Leaving Iran

    In 1976, at the age of twenty-three, Farideh Goldin left Iran in search of her imagined America. She sought an escape from the suffocation she felt under the cultural rules of her country and the f...

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  • Whose Man in Havana?

    Whose Man in Havana?

    In Whose Man in Havana? the author offers an unconventional, often dark, but more often hilarious view of diplomacy in settings as varied as Haiti, London, the Dominican Republic, the Balkans, Pale...

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  • Whose Man in Havana?

    Whose Man in Havana?

    In Whose Man in Havana? the author offers an unconventional, often dark, but more often hilarious view of diplomacy in settings as varied as Haiti, London, the Dominican Republic, the Balkans, Pale...

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  • Wolf Spirit

    Wolf Spirit

    When diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour, Gudrun Pflüger was told she had eighteen months left to live. Taking the wolf—a true “endurance athlete”—as her model, she immerses herself in the wi...

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  • Weaving a Malawi Sunrise

    Weaving a Malawi Sunrise

    “When you educate a girl, you educate a nation.” —Malawian saying The women of Malawi, like many other women in developing countries, struggle to find their way out of poverty and build a better l...

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  • Through an Unknown Country

    Through an Unknown Country

    Based on previously unpublished reports and journals thought to be lost, Through an Unknown Country provides the reader with a harrowing and riveting account of a 19th century expedition through th...

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  • June Mickle

    June Mickle

    June’s strength of character was forged by living in the wilderness west of Turner Valley as a young girl with her mother and her stepfather, Tip Johnson, a renowned cowboy and horse trainer. She l...

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  • The Real Thing

    The Real Thing

    The Real Thing is the first official biography of Ian McTaggart Cowan (1910–2010), the “father of Canadian ecology.” Authorized by his family and with the research support and participation of the ...

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  • Alpine Warriors

    Alpine Warriors

    From internationally renowned mountain historian Bernadette McDonald comes a highly readable, intense and exciting look at the explosion of Slovenian alpinism in the context of that country’s turbu...

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  • Deep Powder and Steep Rock

    Deep Powder and Steep Rock

    Hans Gmoser (1932–2006) was the most influential mountaineer in Canada of the last fifty years. Through innovation, hard work, perseverance and an appetite for adventure, Gmoser evolved from pennil...

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  • Prairie Bohemian

    Prairie Bohemian

    Gay never recorded an album, never won a Juno. His music existed in the moment, appreciated by the few who were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. For the rest of us, those la...

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  • A Canadian Girl in South Africa

    A Canadian Girl in South Africa

    As the South African War reached its grueling end in 1902, colonial interests at the highest levels of the British Empire hand-picked teachers from across the Commonwealth to teach the thousands of...

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  • A Purpose Ridden

    A Purpose Ridden

    In the summer of 1996, a father and his 13-year-old son embarked on a 3400 km bicycle tour across Canada. Affectionately known as “Manhood Training,” this unique bonding experience became the inspi...

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  • A Youth Wasted Climbing

    A Youth Wasted Climbing

    David Chaundy-Smart took it as a compliment when his high school vice-principal told him he was wasting his youth by climbing. Here, he tells the story of how he and his brother, Reg, spent the las...

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  • The Ladies, the Gwich'in, and the Rat

    The Ladies, the Gwich'in, and the Rat

    In 1926, two British women came from Cornwall to Edmonton and travelled through northern Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon by rail, sternwheeler, and canoe. For the women, it was a ...

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  • Hobohemia and the Crucifixion Machine

    Hobohemia and the Crucifixion Machine

    In the early years of the Great Depression, thousands of unemployed homeless transients settled into Vancouver’s “hobo jungle.” The jungle operated as a distinct community, in which goods were exch...

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  • Buried

    Buried

    On January 20, 2003, at 10:45 a.m., a massive avalanche released from Tumbledown Mountain in the Selkirk Range of British Columbia. Tonnes of snow carried 13 members of two guided backcountry skiin...

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  • Conrad Kain

    Conrad Kain

    Conrad Kain is a titan amongst climbers in Canada and is well-known in mountaineering circles all over the world. His letters to Amelie Malek-a life-long friend-offer a candid view into the deepest...

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  • Detachment

    Detachment

    In 2005, Maurice Mierau and his wife, Betsy, travelled to Ukraine to adopt two small boys, age three and five. After weeks of delays while navigating a tangled bureaucracy, they returned to Canada ...

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  • Dreaming of Elsewhere

    Dreaming of Elsewhere

    Home, for me, was not a birthright, but an invention.. It seems to me when we speak of home we are speaking of several things, often at once, muddled together into an uneasy stew. We say home and m...

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  • One Hour in Paris

    One Hour in Paris

    In this powerful memoir, philosopher Karyn L. Freedman travels back to a Paris night in 1990 when she was twenty-two and, in one violent hour, her life was changed forever by a brutal rape. At once...

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  • One Hundred Stories for One Hundred Years

    One Hundred Stories for One Hundred Years

    For 100 years, Wood's Homes has offered a lifeline to children and their families who have nowhere else to turn. A multiservice, non-profit children’s mental health organization based in Calgary, W...

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  • Marion Nicoll

    Marion Nicoll

    Marion Nicoll (1909-1985) is a widely acknowledged and important founder of Alberta art and certainly one of a dedicated few that brought abstraction into practice in the province. Her life and car...

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  • The Remarkable Chester Ronning

    The Remarkable Chester Ronning

    Scholar and diplomat Brian L. Evans gives us the first English-language biography of Chester A. Ronning (1894-1984): diplomat, politician, educator, and one of Canada's major public figures. This f...

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  • Rock, Paper, Fire

    Rock, Paper, Fire

    Nationally and internationally acclaimed author Fred Stenson draws on a career of writing and mentoring to offer an engaging take on the craft in fiction. Thing Feigned or Imagined includes short f...

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  • My Name is Lola

    My Name is Lola

    My Name Is Lola, contains the collected memories of Lola Rozsa - of her life and service to her family, her church, and her community as she and her husband, Ted, made their way from the tiny towns...

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  • Xwelíqwiya

    Xwelíqwiya

    Xwelíqwiya is the life story of Rena Point Bolton, a Stó:lō matriarch, artist, and craftswoman. Proceeding by way of conversational vignettes, the beginning chapters recount Point Bolton's early ye...

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  • A Metaphoric Mind

    A Metaphoric Mind

    Dr. Joseph Couture (1930–2007), known affectionately as "Dr. Joe," stood at the centre of some of the greatest political, social, and intellectual struggles of Aboriginal peoples in contemporary Ca...

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  • Shipwreck at Cape Flora

    Shipwreck at Cape Flora

    Mentioned in BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24281727 Benjamin Leigh Smith discovered and named dozens of islands in the Arctic but published no account of his pioneering explorations...

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  • Man Proposes, God Disposes

    Man Proposes, God Disposes

    In 1910, young Pierre Maturié bid farewell to his comfortable bourgeois existence in rural France and travelled to northern Alberta in search of independence, adventure, and newfound prosperity. So...

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  • Prodigal Daughter

    Prodigal Daughter

    A deep-seated questioning of her inherited religion resurfaces when Myrna Kostash chances upon the icon of St. Demetrius of Thessalonica. A historical, cultural and spiritual odyssey that begins in...

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  • The Reindeer Botanist

    The Reindeer Botanist

    The Reindeer Botanist: Alf Erling Porsild, 1901-1977 is the first biography of one of Canada's most remarkable botanists. Alf Erling Porsild (1901-1977) grew up on the Arctic Station in West Greenl...

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  • We Gambled Everything

    We Gambled Everything

    "We gambled everything-our careers, our fortunes, the future of our nation-and every day brought new discoveries. It was like living on a frontier."-Arne Nielsen The memoir of Canadian petroleum in...

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