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Vera Lowinger Drew is the last of a pearling dynasty. When she is left motherless,her only refuge is in Japan with her grandfather’s young mistress, amongthe legendary ama women divers. With their age-old strength to guide her, Veracomes into her…
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|August 12, 2003

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“In a life so well-documented, these next few months form a rare gap. It is as if the dark cloud and fog Audubon sails into transcends mere weather, and becomes a state of mind. As if Labrador itself (or its weather) swallows the story.” His need to…
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|March 1, 2016

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A landmark novel of the Canadian West from one of Canada’s most accomplished writers, author of The Ghost Brush and Fables of Brunswick Avenue Gateway, Alberta, 1911. The coming of the railroad to the Canadian Rockies has brought a parade of newcomers to…
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|July 26, 2011

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Oei is the daughter of the great Japanese printmaker Hokusai. Long consigned to a minor role as gloomy sidekick, she is barely a footnote in the historical record. Here, Oei recounts her life with one of the great eccentrics of the 19th century. Dodging the…

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"Half for you and half for me / Between us two shall goodwill be." Here is a nursery rhyme book to entertain both adult and child as they read together. The classic rhymes are side by side with annotations about their backstories: Who was Wee Willie…
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|April 11, 2000

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At eighty-five, Cory Ditchburn has finally agreed to a retrospective of her art. For years she had refused, afraid that any summing up of her life's work would mean she'd never work again. But now vanity has won out - vanity and the need to see it all one more…
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|April 11, 2000

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When Jennifer Beecham decides to call it quits with her philandering husband, she heads south to her grandparents' house, to discover her family's past. Through their memories, Jennifer is able to piece together the story of her ancestors. Beginning with a tale…
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|May 1, 2001

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Katherine Govier was immersed in writing a magazine article for Toronto Life about violent girl gangs when she realized she wanted to use the material in a novel. Having two teenaged children at home allowed her to eavesdrop as she researched the characters for…

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In this eclectic and intriguing collection of short stories, Govier blurs the boundaries between seemingly disparate worlds and highlights the human desire to rationalize life experiences. Two cottagers mistake the brilliance of a search party's flares for an…
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|March 16, 2004

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The strongest stories of place are often those that tell of a personal pilgrimage: journeys made under compulsion to wonder at nature, to a place of potent memory, a grave or home of a hero, to the site of a disaster or miracle. In this compelling collection of…
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|October 28, 2015

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A lost voice of old Japan reclaims her rightful place inhistory in this breathtaking work of imagination and scholarship from award-winning and internationally acclaimedauthor Katherine Govier. In the evocative taleof 19th century Tokyo, The…
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|August 15, 2005

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"Everyone lives on Brunswick Avenue sooner orlater." So begins Fables of Brunswick Avenue ,Katherine Govier’s first collection of short stories, which found her anaudience that has expanded with each subsequent book. The 16 stories in this collection…