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M Is Dead

M Is Dead

a collaborative novel
edited by Brian Kaufman
edition:Paperback
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"M" is Dead is a collaborative novella written by five writers (Brian Kaufman, Annette Lapointe, Mary Ann Saunders, Michael V. Smith, and Madeline Sonik) about a FTM (female to male) transsexual performance artist known only as "M". Through five voices we learn the story of M, beginning with posthumous reminiscences from five friends who knew M in …

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Just One More Drive

Just One More Drive

the true story of a stuttering homosexual and his race car
by Robert James O?Brien
edition:Paperback
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This honest, uplifting and painfully funny memoir is about love, soapboxes and why you should never lie on national TV. It's the story of how the Beast, a BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution, almost killed Robert but ended up saving his life.
From his father, Robert developed a passion for all things automotive as he grew up in Dublin, a painfully shy, lo …

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I Could Have Pretended to Be Better Than You

I Could Have Pretended to Be Better Than You

New and Selected Poems
by Jay MillAr, introduction by Tim Conley
edition:Paperback
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Spanning more than 25 years, I Could Have Pretended to Be Better Than You gathers work from three distinct eras of Jay Millar's development as a poet: the wonder years of the 1990s culled from a variety of self-published micropress publications, most of which are hiding in special collections; poems from his trade books issued between 2000 and 2015 …

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Free to a Good Home

Free to a Good Home

With Room for Improvement
by Jules Torti
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The German word ZUGUNRUHE translates as the ''stirring before moving.'' It's used to describe birds and herds of animals, like wildebeests, before the great migration. Though Jules Torti is neither German nor a wildebeest, she understands this marrow-deep anxiousness all too well; she is just someone looking for a home.

FREE TO A GOOD HOME is evide …

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Métis Politics and Governance in Canada

Métis Politics and Governance in Canada

by Kelly Saunders & Janique Dubois
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tagged : indigenous studies, canadian, indigenous peoples

At a time when the Métis are becoming increasingly visible in Canadian politics, this unique book offers a practical guide for understanding who they are and the challenges they face on the path to self-government. It shows how the Métis are giving life to Louis Riel’s vision of a self-governing Métis Nation through the ongoing application of …

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Henry & Self

Henry & Self

An English Gentlewoman at the Edge of Empire
by Kathryn Bridge
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Drawing on the robust collection of drawings, paintings, journals and letters of Sarah Lindley Crease, this book presents an extraordinary portrait of an English gentlewoman whose long life and marriage encompassed privilege and hardship, scandal and accolade, in the old world and the new colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia.

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breth

breth

th treez uv lunaria: selektid rare n nu pomes n drawings, 1957–2019
by bill bissett
edition:Paperback
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breth presents both new and selected poems from legendary Canadian sound, visual, and performance poet bill bissett. bissett’s innovations have shaped poetry, music, painting, and publishing and have stimulated, provoked, influenced, shocked, and delighted audiences for half a century. This new collection, bissett writes,

 

 

“shows sew manee thre …

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Damaged at Daybreak

by Trevor Clark
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Although Evan Marshall has done time, he is more of a freelance hack and fly-by-night adventurer than a criminal. His life takes yet another detour when he becomes involved with an over-the-top personality named Lawson--not only a playwright, actor, novelist, would-be priest and teacher, but a self-destructive alcoholic, drug addict and part-time m …

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Eight Times Up

Eight Times Up

by John Corr
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : self-esteem & self-reliance, martial arts, prejudice & racism

Ever since his mom left, Riley has been a mess. He feels nervous all the time. His heart pounds, his neck is tight, and he can't seem to turn off his brain. His dad signs him up for aikido, hoping it will help.
In the dojo, Riley meets boys who are much rougher than he is and a girl who is tougher than all the rest of them put together. For Wafaa, …

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Be Wise! Be Healthy!

Be Wise! Be Healthy!

Morality and Citizenship in Canadian Public Health Campaigns
by Catherine Carstairs; Bethany Philpott & Sara Wilmshurst
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tagged : history, post-confederation (1867-)

Lose weight. Quit smoking. Exercise. For over a century, public health campaigns have encouraged Canadians to adopt healthy habits in order to prolong lives, cost the state less, and produce more efficient workers. Be Wise! Be Healthy! explores the history of public health from the 1920s to the 1970s and its emphasis on health as a responsibility o …

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The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard

by Sean Rodman
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age: 12 to 100
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 100
tagged : self-esteem & self-reliance, film, football

Ryan Hale, aka Replay, is the most successful running “back in his high school's history. With university scouts making him offers he can't refuse, his future seems set. The problem is, Ryan would much rather go to film school. But his dad doesn't want to hear it. His teammates sure don't. He can't afford the application fees anyway. But then a s …

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Nova in New York

Nova in New York

by Katherine Richards
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
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tagged : dance, self-esteem & self-reliance, death & dying

Seventeen-year-old Nova Abbott grew up dancing barefoot in the backyard with her aunt Ivy, whose dreams of becoming a professional ballerina were cut short by cystic fibrosis. Nova is invited to attend a prestigious ballet school's summer intensive program. She is a bit overwhelmed by New York City: the bustle of people, the talent of the other dan …

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Shutout

Shutout

by Jeff Ross
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
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tagged : hockey, self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying

Alex Paterson is the number-one goalie on his high-school “hockey team. And he's thrilled that his team has made the playoffs. But when graffiti that apparently can be traced back to Alex is found on the walls of the school, and a photo of Alex at a party with a beer in his hand starts making the rounds, he is suspended from the team, and his rep …

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Cub

Cub

by Paul Coccia
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age: 12 to 100
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 100
tagged : eating disorders & body image, cooking & food, lgbt

In the gay community, a young, husky man is known as a "cub" Seventeen-year-old Theo fits the definition perfectly, but he is very self-conscious about his body. So when his best friend signs him up for a cooking competition at Heat, the city's newest trendy restaurant, Theo is nervous. He's confident in his baking ability, and dreams of opening h …

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Jammer Star

Jammer Star

by Kate Hargreaves
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : self-esteem & self-reliance

Sixteen-year-old Robin Ellis (aka Robin CookieJars) wants to be the best jammer on her roller-derby team and maybe one day play for the Creek City Roller Derby All-Stars like her idol, Annie Mossity. But star junior player April Reid (aka April Powers) always seems to be one lap ahead. Until recently, that is. Robin has noticed that April has been …

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Condo Conquest

Condo Conquest

Urban Governance, Law, and Condoization in New York City and Toronto
by Randy K. Lippert
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tagged : city planning & urban development, urban, urban & land use planning

When condominiums first emerged in North American cities in the 1960s, they were a new kind of housing governed by boards of resident owners volunteering in a community. Condo Conquest shows how the condo and its inner governance have since become something else entirely, taken over – or conquered – by an assemblage of commercial interests spec …

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Truth and Conviction

Truth and Conviction

Donald Marshall Jr. and the Mi’kmaw Quest for Justice
by L. Jane McMillan
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The name “Donald Marshall Jr.” is synonymous with “wrongful conviction” and the fight for Indigenous rights in Canada. In Truth and Conviction, Jane McMillan – Marshall’s former partner, an acclaimed anthropologist, and an original defendant in the Supreme Court’s Marshall decision – tells the story of how Marshall’s life-long bat …

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Last Flight to Stuttgart

Last Flight to Stuttgart

Searching for the Bomber Boys of Lancaster EQ-P
by Lisa Jean Russ
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A woman’s journey to uncover the fate of seven RCAF crewmen who perished in the Second World War.

For most of her life, Lisa Russ knew little about her second cousin, Robert “Bud” George Alfred Burt. All she had were two grainy photos, a poem Bud had written shortly before his death, and the knowledge that he was a tail gunner in a Lancaster b …

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Difficult People

Difficult People

by Catriona Wright
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tagged : short stories (single author), literary, humorous

Manipulators, liars, egomaniacs, bullies, interrupters, condescenders, ice queens, backstabbers, hypocrites, withholders, belligerents, self-deceivers, whiners, know-it-alls, nitpickers: these are some of the characters you’ll encounter in the collection of stories, Difficult People.
As these characters fumble through their quests for freediving …

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Beyond Forgetting

Beyond Forgetting

Celebrating 100 Years of Al Purdy
edited by Howard White & Emma Skagen, foreword by Steven Heighton
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“... without a doubt the greatest poet English Canada has ever produced.”

—Dennis Lee

“A hundred years from now, one of the few Canadian poets whose work will still be read will be Al Purdy.”

Maclean’s

Al Purdy (1918–2000), known as Canada’s unofficial poet laureate, wrote poetry that anyone could read. Having come from working-class …

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The Myster Play

The Myster Play

by Josh MacDonald
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The Mystery Play is a detective story, a ghost story, and a memory play: a theatrical blending of Wit and The Woman In Black. Though fully self-contained, The Mystery Play is also the Second in a trilogy about crime-solving Sister Vivian Salter, a flinty, fifty-ish Catholic nun forced into the role of amateur sleuth. Each story in her trilogy was p …

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Mudflat Dreaming

Mudflat Dreaming

Waterfront Battles and the Squatters Who Fought Them in 1970s Vancouver
by Jean Walton
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tagged : social history, social classes, media studies

 

Mudflat Dreaming tells the story of two communities on Vancouver's waterfront fringes in the 1970s.

 

 

 

On the North Shore, a counter–cultural village of float houses and shacks on stilts sprouted on the estuarial Maplewood Mudflats. A few miles to the south, on the southern banks of the Fraser River above New Westminster, the long–established …

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My Life as a Diamond

My Life as a Diamond

by Jenny Manzer
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
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tagged : lgbt, friendship, baseball & softball

Ten-year-old Caspar "Caz" Cadman loves baseball and has a great arm. He loves the sounds, the smells, the stats. When his family moves from Toronto to a suburb of Seattle, the first thing he does is try out for the local summer team, the Redburn Ravens. Even though Caz is thrilled when he makes the team, he worries because he has a big secret.
No …

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Almost Islands

Almost Islands

Phyllis Webb and the Pursuit of the Unwritten
by Stephen Collis
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Almost Islands is a powerfully introspective memoir of the author’s friendship with legendary Canadian poet Phyllis Webb – now in her nineties and long enveloped in silence – and his regular trips to see her. It is an extended meditation on literary ambition and failure, poetry and politics, choice and chance, location, colonization, and clim …

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The Mask

The Mask

by Eric Howling
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : self-esteem & self-reliance, hockey, bullying

Fourteen-year-old Logan Grant is the star center for the Westside Wolves bantam hockey team. He has all the skills and all the looks, but he has alienated many of his teammates with his me-first attitude. One night Logan's life is forever changed when a fire sweeps through his house. He survives, but his face and body are badly burned. Too embarras …

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Running Behind

Running Behind

by Sylvia Taekema
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Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : track & field, self-esteem & self-reliance, special needs

Even though he was once his biggest rival, Jake Jarvis is thrilled when Spencer Solomon agrees to join the Diamonds cross-country team to compete in the Barry's Bay provincial championships. Everyone is pumped, everyone is focused, and Jake has to admit, he really likes their chances. At the last moment, Spencer informs the team that he can't go. J …

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Raw Talent

Raw Talent

by Jocelyn Shipley
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : music, self-esteem & self-reliance, parents

Fourteen-year-old Paisley loves to sing. She dreams of being a pop star just like her idol, Denzi, who also grew up in the small town of Stonehill. The problem is, Paisley suffers from severe stage fright. She can only sing in private. When word gets out that a famous Stratford actor who has worked with Denzi is staying at a local B&B, Paisley deci …

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Quid Pro Quo

Quid Pro Quo

by Vicki Grant
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age: 9 to 14
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : law & crime, mysteries & detective stories, humorous stories

Quid Pro Quo is a high-stakes, fast-moving legal thriller about real people, and funny ones at that. Cyril MacIntyre's mother is an ex-street kid who dragged her son to all her law-school classes, then proceeded to get kidnapped. That aside, Cyril's life isn’t too different from that of other thirteen-year-olds. He has all the usual adolescent i …

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The Creator’s Game

The Creator’s Game

Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood
by Allan Downey
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Lacrosse has been a central element of Indigenous cultures for centuries, but once non-Indigenous players entered the sport, it became a site of appropriation – then reclamation – of Indigenous identities. The Creator’s Game focuses on the history of lacrosse in Indigenous communities from the 1860s to the 1990s, exploring Indigenous-non-Indi …

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A Purpose Ridden - Updated Edition

A Purpose Ridden - Updated Edition

A Peakbagger's Guide
by Ryan Correy
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tagged : cycling, extreme sports, sports

An honest memoir that deconstructs an evolving father–son relationship, uncovers the struggles in becoming one of Canada’s most respected adventure cyclists and the dramatic impact of a recent cancer diagnosis.

In the summer of 1996, a father and his 13-year-old son embarked on a 3400 kilometre bicycle tour across Canada. Affectionately known as …

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Checking In

Checking In

by Adeena Karasick
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Checking In comprises a long poem and a series of other post-conceptual pieces – concrete poems, homolinguistic translations, Yiddish aphorisms – that offer exuberant commentary on the timelessness of digital information and our ravenous appetite for data and connection.
The title poem, composed as a series of faux social-media updates, is a p …

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After the Hatching Oven

After the Hatching Oven

by David Alexander
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After the Hatching Oven explores chickens: their evolution as a domesticated species; their place in history, pop culture and industrial agriculture; their exploitation and their liberation. Alexander takes us deep into the world of this common species, examining every conceivable angle: chicken politics, antics, pretenses and pleasures. These poem …

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Better Sex Through Mindfulness

Better Sex Through Mindfulness

How Women Can Cultivate Desire
by Lori A. Brotto, PhD, foreword by Emily Nagoski
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A groundbreaking look at improving desire, arousal, and sexual satisfaction through mindfulness.

 

Studies show that approximately half of all women experience some kind of sexual difficulty at one point in their lives, with lack of interest in sex being by far the most common?and the most distressing. And when sex suffers, so do all other areas of l …

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Fit at Mid-Life

Fit at Mid-Life

A Feminist Fitness Journey
by Samantha Brennan & Tracy Isaacs
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A uniquely feminist approach to how women can break free from what society thinks and get active in their forties, fifties, and beyond.

What if you could be fitter now than you were in your twenties? And what if you could achieve it while feeling more comfortable and confident in your body than ever before?

In this empowering, accessible book, blog …

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Higher the Monkey Climbs, The

Higher the Monkey Climbs, The

by Bruce Geddes
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Twenty-five years after his father Gord died in a car accident, Richard gets a call from his cousin Tony, who is working on a theory that Gord's death was orchestrated by Al Forzante, Gord's former boss and a powerful union leader. With his own career and marriage sputtering, Richard is reluctant to believe Tony, inclined instead to cling to the on …

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Black Star

Black Star

by Maureen Medved
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Winner, the CAA Fred Kerner Book Award. Del Hanks is on the verge of academic tenure, but at forty she's also perched on the precipice of either the beginning or the end of the rest of her life.

Black Star is a dark comedy, both bitingly funny and transgressive, an unflinching and unsentimental exploration of the female experience, academia, and the …

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Jonny Appleseed

Jonny Appleseed

by Joshua Whitehead
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tagged : gay, native american & aboriginal, lgbt, literary

WINNER, Lambda Literary Award; Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction

Finalist, Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction; Amazon Canada First Novel Award; Indigenous Voices Award; Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award; Firecracker Award for Fiction

Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

A tour-de-force debut novel …

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