When She Was Queen

By M.G. Vassanji

“My father misplaced my mom one night in a last around of playing on the poker table,” writes the narrator of “When She used to be Queen,” the name tale of a brand new assortment by way of bestselling novelist and two-time winner of the Giller Prize, M.G. Vassanji. That fateful night in Kenya turns into “the obsessive and darkish centre” of the younger man’s lifestyles and leads him, years later in Toronto, to unearth a fair darker kinfolk secret.

In “The lady With The Bicycle,” a guy witnesses a lady from his place of birth of Dar es Salaam spit at a corpse because it lies in country at a Toronto mosque. As he struggles to fathom her unusual behaviour, he reveals himself prey to thoughts and pictures from the past–and to perilous yearnings that may jeopardize his cozy, middle-aged life.

Still reeling from the impression of his wife’s betrayal, a guy makes a decision to forestall in on an outdated collage pal in “Elvis, Raja.” yet he quickly realizes that it’s now not regularly clever to go to the previous as he unearths himself trapped in a such a lot curious family, the place Elvis Presley has changed the normal Hindu gods.

The different tales within the assortment additionally characteristic remarkable lives transplanted. a tender guy returns to his roots in India, hoping to discover his uncle and, might be, a bride. as an alternative, he turns into a reluctant guru to the citizens of his ancestral village. A mukhi needs to choose from granting the ultimate sacrilegious want of a death guy and abiding by means of spiritual customized in a neighborhood that considers him a consultant of God. a lady is torn among the voice of her lifeless husband–a chilly and grim-natured atheist–and her new, type and loving husband whose religion however areas constraints on her as a lady. On Halloween evening, a scientist lays naked his frightening plan to hunt vengeance at the guy who thwarted his profession.

Set variously in Kenya, Canada, India, Pakistan, and the yank Midwest, those poignant and evocative tales painting migrants negotiating the in-between worlds of east and west, prior and current, secular and spiritual. Richly distinct and whole of shiny characters, the tales are worlds unto themselves, simply as a dusty African highway filled with bustling outlets is an international, and so is the small matrix of lives enclosed by means of an intimate Toronto neighbourhood. it's the smells and sentiments and small gestures that represent lifestyles, and of those Vassanji is a master.

Vassanji’s 7th booklet and his moment number of brief tales, When She used to be Queen was shortlisted for the 2006 Toronto publication Award. The jury acknowledged: "Vassanji's Naipaulian language is sort of a sharp brief knife that cuts in the course of the superficial and will get to the guts and soul of the narrative.”

From the Hardcover edition.

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Louis Riel: Firebrand (Quest Biography)

By Sharon Stewart

Louis Riel dedicated his lifestyles to the Metis reason. A fiery activist, he struggled opposed to injustice as he observed it. He used to be a pioneer within the box of Aboriginal rights and land claims yet was once branded an outlaw in his personal time. In 1885, he used to be done for treason. In 1992, the home of Commons declared Riel a founding father of Manitoba. November sixteen is now specific Louis Riel Day in Canada.

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Stupid to the Last Drop: How Alberta Is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (And Doesn't Seem to Care)

By William Marsden

A bestselling investigative journalist takes a travel of the Alberta oil and gasoline undefined, revealing how Canada’s richest province is squandering our probability for a sustainable future.

In its determined look for oil and gasoline riches, Alberta is destroying itself. because the global teeters at the fringe of catastrophic weather swap, Alberta plunges forward with out of control improvement of its fossil fuels, levelling its northern Boreal woodland to get on the oil sands, and carpet-bombing its southern part with tens of hundreds of thousands of fuel wells. In so doing, it's operating out of water, destroying its diversity land, wiping out its forests and flora and fauna and spewing large quantities of greenhouse gases into the ambience, including to worldwide warming at a expense that's unrivalled in Canada or virtually wherever else on this planet. It’s digging, drilling and blasting its method to oblivion, turning into the final word image of Canada’s – and the world’s – pathological will to self-destruct.

Nowhere has the area obvious such large environmental destruction as is being wreaked on Alberta. At one element the province even went as far as to think about a scientist’s suggestion of nuking its underbelly to get on the tar sands. Stupid to the final Drop appears to be like on the more and more violent geopolitical forces which are accumulating because the world’s fuel and oil dwindle and the Age of Oil starts off its inevitable slide in the direction of oblivion. As Canadians dissipate their power reserves, promoting them off to american citizens at bargain-basement costs, no suggestion is given to conservation or the long term wishes of the nation.

In this strong polemic, William Marsden trips around the center of a province seized via the harmful forces of greed, energy and the strength company, and envisions a really bleak future.

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On Common Ground: The Ongoing Story of the Commons in Niagara-on-the-Lake

By Richard D. Merritt

This tract of land in Niagara-on-the-Lake has witnessed an grand cavalcade of Canadian historical past.

For 250 years a wide tract of oak savannah on the mouth of the Niagara River specified as an army Reserve has witnessed a wealthy army and political historical past: the location of the 1st parliament of higher Canada; a battleground in the course of the struggle of 1812; and annual summer time armed forces camps and the learning camp for tens of hundreds of thousands of fellows and ladies through the First and moment global Wars. in the middle of the Reserve stood the symbolic Indian Council apartment the place hundreds of thousands of local allies got their annual offers and took part in treaty negotiations.

From its inception, this territory was once looked via the neighborhood citizenry as universal lands, their "Commons." even supposing parts of the fringe were severed for numerous reasons, together with the Shaw competition Theatre, at the present time this historical position comprises 3 nationwide ancient websites, enjoying fields, strolling trails, and remnants of first-growth woodland in Paradise Grove.

On universal Ground chronicles the intense lives and occasions that experience made this position very detailed indeed.

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The Whisper of Legends: An Inspector Green Mystery

By Barbara Fradkin

An empty canoe washes up at the shore of the Nahanni River ― has the river claimed 4 extra lives?

When his teenage daughter is going lacking on a summer time desert canoe journey to the Nahanni River, Inspector Michael eco-friendly is compelled into surprising territory. not able to mobilize the neighborhood RCMP, he enlists assistance from his long-time buddy, employees Sergeant Brian Sullivan, to accompany him to the Northwest Territories to seem for themselves.

eco-friendly is terrified. The park has 30,000 sq. kilometres of desolate tract and six hundred grizzlies. Even worse, eco-friendly quickly discovers his daughter lied to him. The journey was once geared up no longer via a credible journey corporation yet by means of her new boyfriend, Scott, a graduate geology pupil. whilst clues approximately Scott’s earlier start to flow in, eco-friendly, Sullivan, and courses head into the wasteland. After the physique of 1 of the crowd turns up on the backside of a cliff, they start to achieve simply what's at stake.

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How Rob Ford Happened: A History of the Toronto Mayor from the Pages of the National Post

Drawing on a wealth of articles written by means of through nationwide publish reporters together with Christie Blatchford, Jonathan Kay, Andrew Coyne, Chris Selley and extra, How Rob Ford Happened examines the precipitous upward push and calamitous fall of 1 of the main debatable public figures in Canadian political background. From his early days as a crusading suburban urban councillor to his reign as Mayor of Toronto and his eventual crowning because the city’s clown prince, the National Post provides a historical past of Rob Ford with all of the symptoms, pink flags, enthusiasms, controversies and scandals that experience resulted in our present mayoral mess.

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This Thing of Darkness: An Inspector Green Mystery

By Barbara Fradkin

Within the 7th e-book within the acclaimed Inspector eco-friendly sequence, an previous guy is located overwhelmed to dying on a highway nook in Ottawa's Byward marketplace. at the start, the killing seems to be a mugging long gone unsuitable. besides the fact that, the secret deepens whilst the sufferer is pointed out as Dr. Samuel Rosenthal, a retired psychiatrist with a contentious lifestyle and therapy. eco-friendly discovers that the health professional lately replaced his will to disinherit his estranged son and to profit a number of former sufferers whom he believed he had failed. yet who's the younger secret girl noticeable traveling Rosenthal's domestic each Saturday evening? And extra importantly, what does she learn about the medical professionals dying? eco-friendly races to trace down the younger customer, yet he's unprepared for the ultimate solution, which leaves him grappling with the last word that means of justice.

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Gold Digger: A Klondike Mystery

By Vicki Delany

It's the spring of 1898, and Dawson is the main fascinating city in North the US. Fiona MacGillivray has crawled over the Chilkoot go made up our minds to make her fortune because the proprietor of the Savoy dance corridor. yet first there is the difficulty of the lifeless physique on centre stage.

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I Am an Islander

By Patrick Ledwell

No guy is a Prince Edward Island. That’s a great factor, as the tiny province is eroding a metre in keeping with year.  In his new number of side-splitting essays, i'm An Islander, Patrick Ledwell explores the hilarity of lifestyles considered from the country’s crumbling japanese facet. Raised in a major relatives, the Island comic appears to be like again at his rural roots. i'm an Islander is a humorous and heartfelt stockpile of standup, sketches, and rants, banked as much as protect your strong humour opposed to every little thing that would erode it.

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Lonely Planet British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, John Lee

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