A Number of Things: Stories Of Canada Told Through Fifty Objects by Jane UrquhartA Number of Things: Stories Of Canada Told Through Fifty Objects by Jane Urquhart

A Number of Things: Stories Of Canada Told Through Fifty Objects

byJane UrquhartIllustratorScott McKowen

Hardcover | October 11, 2016

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From one of our nation’s most beloved and iconic authors comes a lyrical 150th birthday gift to Canada. Jane Urquhart chooses 50 Canadian objects and weaves a rich and surprising narrative that speaks to our collective experience as a nation.

Each object is beautifully illustrated by the noted artist Scott McKowen, with Jane Urquhart conjuring and distilling meaning and magic from these unexpected facets of our history.

The fifty artifacts range from a Nobel Peace Prize medal, a literary cherry tree, a royal cowcatcher, a Beothuk legging, a famous skull and an iconic artist’s shoe, as well as an Innu tea doll, a Sikh RCMP turban, a Cree basket, a Massey-Harris tractor and a hanging rope, among an array of unexpected and intriguing objects.

Bringing the curiosity of the novelist and the eloquence of the poet to her task, Jane Urquhart composes a symphonic memory bank with objects that resonate with symbolic significance. In this compelling portrait of a completely original country called Canada, a master novelist has given all of us a national birthday bouquet like no other.

Jane Urquhart, Poet and novelist Jane Urquhart was born in a small northern Ontario mining community called Little Long Lac. She has been Writer-in-Residence at the University of Ottawa and Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 1997, she held the Presidential Writer-in-Residence Fellowship at the University of Toronto. Urquhart has p...
Title:A Number of Things: Stories Of Canada Told Through Fifty ObjectsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.93 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.93 inPublished:October 11, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443432067

ISBN - 13:9781443432061


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it Another great book by this fantastic Canadian writer
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Homerun Take note all history teachers, this is how history should be taught!! Through objects Urquhart teaches us about our Canadian past. If all history was taught this way, every student would be excited and inspired to learn. It was interesting to learn little tidbits about people or things that I knew about but learned new details that I didn't know about before. Urquhart knocks this one out of the park. What a great way to celebrate 170!
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Beautiful graphics and very entertaining
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very amusing what a unique way to look at things.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Urquhart has come up with a very interesting concept.
Date published: 2016-12-25

Editorial Reviews

"Richly textured prose, and an intricate, many-layered structure."