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

byJane UrquhartIllustratorScott McKowen

October 10, 2017|
A Number Of Things: Stories Of Canada Told Through Fifty Objects by Jane Urquhart
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From one of our nation’s most beloved and iconic authors comes a lyrical 150th birthday gift to Canada

Award-winning author Jane Urquhart explores fifty Canadian objects that tell us who we are in a way never before done. The Globe and Mail praises Urquhart in writing about these objects “with an ethereal, emotional tangibility that is both nostalgic and energetic.” The artefacts include 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 other unexpected and intriguing objects. 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.

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 Objects
Product dimensions:248 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.62 in
Shipping dimensions:248 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.62 in
Published:October 10, 2017
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781443432078

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