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The In-Between

The In-Between

by Marcus Youssef
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age: 13 to 18
Grade: 8 to 12
tagged : drama, canadian

Lily has always felt in-between. She looks Vietnamese but thinks of herself as white – her parents adopted her from an orphanage in Vietnam. Her parents both have good jobs, but her best friend Brit is always super broke. When Karim – a guy she’s liked for a long time – shows interest in her for the first time, Brit starts to hang out with …

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Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer

Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer

A Trickster Land Claim Fable
by Kevin Loring
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age: 16 to 18
Grade: 11 to 12
tagged : canadian, aboriginal & indigenous, historical

Little Red Warrior is the last remaining member of the Little Red Warrior First Nation. One day, he discovers a development company has begun construction on his ancestral lands. In a fit of rage, Little Red attacks one of the engineers and is arrested for assault and trespassing on his own lands. In jail he meets his court-appointed lawyer, Larry, …

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nedi nezu (Good Medicine)

nedi nezu (Good Medicine)

by Tenille K. Campbell
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tagged : canadian, women authors, indigenous

Indigenous Voices Award finalist

A celebratory, slyly funny, and bluntly honest take on sex and romance in NDN Country.

nedi nezu (Good Medicine) explores the beautiful space that being a sensual Indigenous woman creates - not only as a partner, a fantasy, a heartbreak waiting to happen but also as an auntie, a role model, a voice that connects to ot …

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How to Fail as a Popstar

How to Fail as a Popstar

by Vivek Shraya, foreword by Brendan Healy
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tagged : canadian, gay & lesbian

The first play by multi-media artist Vivek Shraya, about fame and personal transformation.

Described as "cultural rocket fuel" by Vanity Fair, Vivek Shraya is a multi-media artist whose art, music, novels, and poetry and children's books explore the beauty and the power of personal and cultural transformation. How to Fail as a Popstar is Vivek's deb …

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Iron Goddess of Mercy

Iron Goddess of Mercy

by Larissa Lai
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tagged : women authors, canadian, lgbt

Iron Goddess of Mercy by Lambda Literary Award winner Larissa Lai (for the novel The Tiger Flu) is a long poem that captures the vengeful yet hopeful movement of the Furies mid-whirl and dance with them through the horror of the long now. Inspired by the tumultuous history of Hong Kong, from the Japanese and British occupations to the ongoing pro-d …

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Asking For It

Asking For It

and What I Call Her
by Ellie Moon
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tagged : canadian, sexual abuse & harassment, women authors

Two plays from rising Canadian theatre star Ellie Moon. Asking For It looks at gender roles and sexual consent in the wake of the Ghomeshi scandal, and considers the various ways in which sexual consent is understood personally, culturally, and legally. In this documentary play, Moon speaks with people of all ages and backgrounds about their assump …

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The Theatre of Regret

The Theatre of Regret

Literature, Art, and the Politics of Reconciliation in Canada
by David Gaertner
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tagged : indigenous studies, canadian

The Canadian public largely understands reconciliation as the harmonization of Indigenous–settler relations for the benefit of the nation. But is this really happening? The Theatre of Regret asks whether reconciliation politics will ultimately favour the state’s goals over those of Indigenous peoples. Interweaving literature and art throughout …

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Uplift

Uplift

Visual Culture at the Banff School of Fine Arts
by PearlAnn Reichwein & Karen Wall
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tagged : post-confederation (1867-), environmental & land art, canadian, contemporary (1945-), non-classifiable

In 1933, the Banff School opened in the stunning surroundings of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. From its beginnings offering a single drama course, it has since grown into the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, a renowned cultural destination. Uplift traces its first four decades as it generated ideals of culture and liberal democr …

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Out of the Dark

Out of the Dark

by Lillian Boraks-Nemetz
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A collection of poetry by a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto. This collection offers a cycle of poems about the poet who, as a child survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, has had to live with the memories of the Holocaust all her life. The first section describes the evils of suffering and prejudice, of war and destruction, and the loss of loved ones, even t …

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Kuroko

Kuroko

by Tetsuro Shigematsu
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tagged : canadian, japanese, urban life

A father who feels his family is better off without him … a daughter who retreats completely into the virtual world … a family torn apart by the past with little hope for a future. But each discovers the desire to save each other, and perhaps themselves. From the acclaimed Canadian playwright, comedian, and radio broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu, …

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Ours by Every Law of Right and Justice

Ours by Every Law of Right and Justice

Women and the Vote in the Prairie Provinces
by Sarah Carter
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tagged : women, post-confederation (1867-), women's studies, canadian, women in politics

Many of Canada’s most famous suffragists lived and campaigned in the Prairie provinces, which led the way in granting women the right to vote and hold office. In Ours by Every Law of Right and Justice, Sarah Carter challenges the myth that grateful male legislators simply handed women the vote when it was asked for. Settler suffragists worked lon …

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The Unexpected Louis St-Laurent

The Unexpected Louis St-Laurent

Politics and Policies for a Modern Canada
edited by Patrice Dutil
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Much of Canada’s modern identity emerged from the innovative social policies and ambitious foreign policy of Louis St-Laurent’s Liberal government. His extraordinarily creative administration made decisions that still resonate today: on health care, pensions, and housing; on infrastructure and intergovernmental issues; and, further afield, in d …

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Canadian Foreign Policy

Canadian Foreign Policy

Reflections on a Field in Transition
edited by Brian Bow & Andrea Lane
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tagged : canadian, history & theory, higher

Canadian Foreign Policy, as an academic discipline, is in crisis. Despite its value, CFP is often considered a “stale and pale” subfield of political science with an unfashionably state-centred focus. Canadian Foreign Policy asks why. Practising scholars investigate how they were taught to think about Canada and how they teach the subject thems …

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The E. J. Hughes Book of Boats

The E. J. Hughes Book of Boats

by Robert Amos
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tagged : canadian, monographs, pictorial

Winner of the 2021 BC and Yukon Book Prizes' Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award

Boat lovers of all ages and people who enjoy the scenery of BC’s coast will delight in this charming gift book, a worthy addition to books about BC’s art history.

In the course of his career, one of BC’s most beloved painters, E. J. Hughes (1913–2007), depicted …

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The Whole Singing Ocean

The Whole Singing Ocean

by Jessica Moore
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tagged : canadian, nature, women authors

Part long poem, part investigation, this true story begins with a whale encounter and then dives into the affair of the École en bateau, a French countercultural school aboard a boat. The École was based on the ideals of ’68, but also twisted ideas about child psychology, Foucault’s philosophy and an abolition of the separation between adults …

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The East Side of It All

The East Side of It All

by Joseph Dandurand
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tagged : native american, canadian, nature

The East Side of It All, written from the perspective of a drug user and single-room occupant in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, explores the ongoing process of healing through reconnection with family, the natural world and traditional Indigenous (Kwantlen) storytelling. Dandurand’s voice is lyrical yet intimate, obscured yet sitting with you a …

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eat salt | gaze at the ocean

eat salt | gaze at the ocean

by Junie Désil
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tagged : canadian, caribbean & latin american, women authors

eat salt | gaze at the ocean explores the themes of Black sovereignty, Haitian sovereignty, and Black lives, using the Haitian (original) zombie as a metaphor for the condition and treatment of Black bodies. Interspersed with information about zombies, Haiti, and policies is the author’s personal narrative of growing up Black and Haitian of immig …

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At the Pleasure of the Crown

At the Pleasure of the Crown

The Politics of Bureaucratic Appointments
by Christopher A. Cooper
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tagged : public affairs & administration, canadian

Unlike most public servants, top administrators – those who manage thousands of personnel and oversee millions of dollars in public spending – are appointed by the head of government. At the Pleasure of the Crown is a detailed exploration of this central but overlooked aspect of governing. Christopher A. Cooper analyzes the appointment of deput …

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Whipped

Whipped

Party Discipline in Canada
by Alex Marland
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tagged : canadian, elections, political parties

Canadians often see politicians as little more than trained seals who vote on command and repeat robotic talking points. Politicians are torn by dilemmas of loyalty to party versus loyalty to voters. Whipped examines the hidden ways that political parties exert control over elected members of legislatures. Drawing on extensive interviews with polit …

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Big Promises, Small Government

Big Promises, Small Government

Doing Less with Less in the BC Liberal New Era
by George M. Abbott, foreword by Vaughn Palmer
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When Gordon Campbell’s Liberal government won a massive majority in British Columbia in 2001, the premier immediately fulfilled his pledge to cut personal income taxes. Big Promises, Small Government reveals the consequences of dramatic tax policy changes on social programs. Campbell expected lower taxes to spur investment and growth. Instead, cu …

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Here

Here

New Poems
by Colin Browne
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tagged : canadian, places, 20th century

With Here, award-winning poet Colin Browne offers a book of luminous encounters, contradictions, collisions, and meditations on art, nature, justice, historical memory, and territorial occupation. Browne’s texts mine the harrowing destinies and densities of place – in this case, of the North American Northwest Coast. The work’s seven movement …

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Music at the Heart of Thinking

Music at the Heart of Thinking

Improvisations 1–170
by Fred Wah
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tagged : canadian, chinese

The music of thinking. The thinking of music. Music at the Heart of Thinking is a poetry that works through language as the true practice of thought and improvisation as the tool that listens to and notates thinking. From jazz, the unpredictable ad lib driving itself from itself. From a drunken Shaolin monk, the poem as imbalanced tai chi. From Kea …

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Desire Path

Desire Path

by Taryn Hubbard
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A debut poetry collection that grows from the impulse to explore home in the suburb – in the intersections, overlaps, and gaps between urban and rural. These are walking poems and driving poems. In growing suburbs across the country, there is a push to urbanize, to rethink this sprawling space; urban renewal is foreshadowed all over contemporary …

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The Hammer of Witches

The Hammer of Witches

by Kelly Rose Pflug-Back
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tagged : women authors, death, canadian

Spanning centuries, The Hammer of Witches reaches from present-day urban dystopias and the unlikely enchantments that they harbour, to medieval Norway, where the first Christian king waged war on the country's gender-nonconforming wizards. Macabre imagery, speculative themes, and everyday mysticism blur the distinction between the real and the unre …

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The Burden of Gravity

The Burden of Gravity

by Shannon McConnell
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In her debut poetry collection, Shannon McConnell explores the fraught history of New Westminster's Woodlands School, a former "lunatic asylum" opened in 1878 which later became a custodial training school for children with disabilities before its closure in 1996. Partially set in the 1960s and 70s, The Burden of Gravity uses personas to imagine re …

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Nested Federalism and Inuit Governance in the Canadian Arctic

Nested Federalism and Inuit Governance in the Canadian Arctic

by Gary N. Wilson; Christopher Alcantara & Thierry Rodon
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tagged : canadian, colonialism & post-colonialism, indigenous studies

The Canadian federal system was never designed to recognize Indigenous governance, and it has resisted change. But Indigenous communities have successfully negotiated the creation of self-governing regions. Most of these are situated within existing units of the Canadian federation, creating forms of nested federalism. This governance model is tran …

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Render

Render

by Sachiko Murakami
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Governor General's Literary Award finalist

Searing, intimate poems that render a history of trauma, addiction, and recovery through dreams and waking experience.

Render (v.tr.): to submit, as for consideration; to give or make available; to give what is due or owed; to give in return, or retribution; to surrender; to yield. To represent; to perform a …

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Burning Sugar

Burning Sugar

by Cicely Belle Blain
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The latest from Vivek Shraya's VS. Books: a poetic exploration of Black identity, history, and lived experience influenced by the constant search for liberation.

In this incendiary debut collection, activist and poet Cicely Belle Blain intimately revisits familiar spaces in geography, in the arts, and in personal history to expose the legacy of colo …

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Queering Representation

Queering Representation

LGBTQ People and Electoral Politics in Canada
edited by Manon Tremblay
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Political representation requires participation: voting, joining political parties, running as candidates, acting as politicians. Yet the election of openly LGBTQ people is a relatively recent phenomenon in the West. Queering Representation explores long-ignored issues relating to LGBTQ voters and politicians in Canada. What are the LGBTQ electorat …

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Iron Peggy

Iron Peggy

by Marie Clements
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Peg is struggling for survival at her boarding school. Three über-cool “it” girls take aim at Peg and make her life utterly miserable. When her beloved Grandmother dies she just wants to disappear. Then an unexpected gift arrives; inside it, Peg finds three cast-iron Canadian soldiers. In despair, she throws them against the floor. How can the …

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The Tenth Justice

The Tenth Justice

Judicial Appointments, Marc Nadon, and the Supreme Court Act Reference
by Carissima Mathen & Michael Plaxton
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The process by which Supreme Court judges are appointed is traditionally a quiet affair, but this certainly wasn’t the case when Prime Minister Stephen Harper selected Justice Marc Nadon – a federal court judge – for appointment to Canada’s highest court. Here, for the first time, is the complete story of “the Nadon Reference” – one o …

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Bootstraps Need Boots

Bootstraps Need Boots

One Tory’s Lonely Fight to End Poverty in Canada
by Hugh Segal
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For more than four decades, Hugh Segal has been one of the leading voices of progressive conservatism in Canada. A self-described Red Tory warrior who disdains “bootstrap” approaches to poverty, he has always promoted policies, especially a basic annual income, to help the most economically vulnerable. Why would a life-long Tory support somethi …

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Sick Witch

Sick Witch

by Crystal Hurdle
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"I'm going to get you, my pretty!" The enigmatic Sick Witch lures the narrator on a metaphoric/literal vision quest through the hallucinatory terrain of undiagnosed and undiagnosable medical disorders in poems that playfully explore connections between physical and mental illness. Compelling "fever dreams" tackle disorders, from allergy to somnambu …

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Hungry Slingshots

Hungry Slingshots

by Louis Cabri
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Since his first book, The Mood Embosser, was published in 2001, Louis Cabri has established himself as a one of the most distinctive, and entertaining, poets in Canada. Steeped in the transformative poetics of the post-New American Poetry world of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, Cabri has followed that impulse into a fresh terrain that is simultaneously familiar …

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Contact!Unload

Contact!Unload

Military Veterans, Trauma, and Research-Based Theatre
edited by George Belliveau & Graham W. Lea
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This book is a call to action to address the transition many soldiers face when returning to civilian life. It presents an arts-based therapeutic approach to dealing with trauma, exploring the development, performance, and reception of Contact!Unload, a play based on the lives of military veterans overcoming stress injuries encountered during milit …

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Inside the Campaign

Inside the Campaign

Managing Elections in Canada
edited by Alex Marland & Thierry Giasson
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Inside the Campaign is a behind-the-scenes look at the people involved in an election campaign and the work they do. Each chapter reveals the duties and obstacles faced during the heat of a campaign. Practitioners and political scientists collaborate to present real-world insights that demystify over a dozen occupations, including campaign chairs, …

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