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Par Louise Tremblay-D'Essiambre. 2011
Antoine termine ses toiles pour sa troisième exposition. Sa carrière de peintre est bien amorcée, mais il remet en question…son talent et ses oeuvres récentes. Le jeune homme se questionne aussi sur ce malaise qu'il ressent chaque fois qu'il croise Mademoiselle Anne, la gentille voisine musicienne. Pour se sauver de ses tourments intérieurs, Antoine décide de s'envoler pour l'Europe. Laura profite de l'occasion pour convaincre sa mère de la laisser entreprendre le voyage avec son frère, tandis que Francine se retrouve devant de graves décisions à prendre concernant son avenir. Entre-temps, d'autres soucis tracassent les membres de la famille Lacaille. Évangéline s'inquiète pour la petite Michelle qu'elle a trouvée moins épanouie à sa dernière visite. Bernadette est bouleversée d'avoir revu Adrien. Quant à Marcel, il se préoccupe encore et toujours de son épicerie. S'il fallait que les grandes chaînes viennent chambarder sa vie et ses projets! -- 4e de couv.
Par Rober Racine. 2002
Par Micheline Duff. 2010
À l'hiver 1889, Marguerite revient à Montréal avec l'espoir que les catholiques francophones de cette ville en pleine effervescence l'accueillent…favorablement avec son fils et son mari, devenu pasteur protestant. Sa soeur Anne la voit partir à regret, mais elle préfére demeurer à Lowell auprès de ses enfants et de son époux, journaliste militant pour la survivance du français aux États-Unis. Quant à Camille, leur cadette, elle connaît plutôt l'instabilité et les mésaventures avant que l'horizon ne s'éclaircisse pour elle aussi. Au fil des années, le bonheur s'installera enfin dans l'existence des trois soeurs Laurin, jusqu'au jour où l'une d'elles découvrira une insoutenable vérité. Pour quelle raison ce secret à faire frémir constituera-t-il une menace pour elle et sa famille, en plus de risquer de troubler la sérénité de ses soeurs ? -- 4e de couv.
Par Micheline Duff. 2010
Une fois à l'âge des amours, après avoir renoncé aux grandes illusions de leur père, Marguerite, Anne et Camille tentent…de se bâtir une place au soleil. Rencontreront-elles des princes charmants pour leur donner la main sur le chemin de l'émancipation? Pour quelle raison le destin, au fil de ses méandres mystérieux, obligera-t-il l'une d'elles à revenir au Québec? Quant à Joseph, réussira-t-il à s'amender enfin? -- 4e de couv.
Par Micheline Duff. 2009
"2 septembre 1880. Joseph Laurin se recueille une dernière fois devant la dépouille de sa femme exposée dans le salon…de leur maison. Quelques heures plus tard, après avoir mis le feu à la demeure, il disparaît dans la nuit, avec ses trois fillettes endormies dans la charrette, pour ne plus jamais revenir au Saguenay. C'est par ce fait réel que s'amorce le premier tome de la saga historique Au bout de l'exil, où la vérité et la fiction d'entremêlent habilement pour raconter l'exode d'une famille vers la Nouvelle-Angleterre. A la recherche d'une vie meilleure, comme tant d'autres Canadiens français, Marguerite, Anne, Camille et leur étrange père vivront aux États-Unis des aventures palpitantes. Mais trouveront-ils le bonheur dans ce monde aussi fascinant que cruel, caractérisé par la montée de l'industrialisation et du capitalisme? Et le destin leur permettra-t-il de réaliser leur grand désir de survie et d'affranchissement?" -- 4e de couv.
Par Pierre Lamant. 2001
Conçus comme un voyage en soi, les livres de la collection font découvrir un pays en entrant peu à peu…dans : la vie quotidienne, à travers ce que l'on perçoit dès l'arrivée dans le pays ; l'histoire, racontée à travers les grands monuments; les villes, décrites à travers des circuits, des trajets : itinéraires culturels, parcours culinaires, parcs et jardins, marchés... ; les paysages et les sites naturels, présentés de façon à mettre en valeur leurs aspects remarquables : mer, montagnes, îles, déserts ou volcans... ; les loisirs, les fêtes et la culture contemporaine, aident le lecteur à partager la vie des habitants. - 4e de couv.
Par Richard Van Camp. 2019
The characters of Moccasin Square Gardens inhabit Denendeh, the land of the people north of the sixtieth parallel. These stories…are filled with in-laws, outlaws and common-laws. Get ready for illegal wrestling moves (“The Camel Clutch”), pinky promises, a doctored casino, extraterrestrials or “Sky People,” love, lust and prayers for peace. While this is Van Camp’s most hilarious short story collection, it’s also haunted by the lurking presence of the Wheetago, human-devouring monsters of legend that have returned due to global warming and the greed of humanity. The stories in Moccasin Square Gardens show that medicine power always comes with a price. To counteract this darkness, Van Camp weaves a funny and loving portrayal of the Tli?cho? Dene and other communities of the North, drawing from oral history techniques to perfectly capture the character and texture of everyday small-town life. “Moccasin Square Gardens” is the nickname of a dance hall in the town of Fort Smith that serves as a meeting place for a small but diverse community. In the same way, the collection functions as a meeting place for an assortment of characters, from shamans and time-travelling goddess warriors to pop-culture-obsessed pencil pushers, to con artists, archivists and men who just need to grow up, all seeking some form of connection.
Par Douglas Walbourne-Gough. 2019
Shortlisted, Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry and Raymond Souster AwardLonglisted, First Nation Communities READ AwardFrom the author: I cannot let…the story of Crow Gulch — the story of my family and, subsequently, my own story — go untold. This book is my attempt to resurrect dialogue and story, to honour who and where I come from, to remind Corner Brook of the glaring omission in its social history.In his debut poetry collection, Douglas Walbourne-Gough reflects on the legacy of a community that sat on the shore of the Bay of Islands, less than two kilometres west of downtown Corner Brook.Crow Gulch began as a temporary shack town to house migrant workers in the 1920s during the construction of the pulp and paper mill. After the mill was complete, some of the residents, many of Indigenous ancestry, settled there permanently — including the poet's great-grandmother Amelia Campbell and her daughter, Ella — and those the locals called the "jackytars," a derogatory epithet used to describe someone of mixed French and Mi'kmaq descent. Many remained there until the late 1970s, when the settlement was forcibly abandoned and largely forgotten.Walbourne-Gough lyrically sifts through archival memory and family accounts, resurrecting story and conversation, to patch together a history of a people and place. Here he finds his own identity within the legacy of Crow Gulch and reminds those who have forgotten of a glaring omission in history.
Par Karen McBride. 2019
Nanabush. A name that has a certain weight on the tongue—a taste. Like lit sage in a windowless room or…aluminum foil on a metal filling.Trickster. Storyteller. Shape-shifter. An ancient troublemaker with the power to do great things, only he doesn’t want to put in the work.Since coming home to Spirit Bear Point First Nation, Hazel Ellis has been dreaming of an old crow. He tells her he’s here to help her, save her. From what, exactly? Sure, her dad’s been dead for almost two years and she hasn’t quite reconciled that grief, but is that worth the time of an Algonquin demigod?Soon Hazel learns that there’s more at play than just her own sadness and doubt. The quarry that’s been lying unsullied for over a century on her father’s property is stirring the old magic that crosses the boundaries between this world and the next. With the aid of Nanabush, Hazel must unravel a web of deceit that, if left untouched, could destroy her family and her home on both sides of the Medicine Wheel.
Par Emily St. John Mandel. 2020
LONGLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE#1 national bestsellerNew York Times bestsellerFrom the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel…of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass-and-cedar palace on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. New York financier Jonathan Alkaitis owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, a hooded figure scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later, Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship.Weaving together the lives of these characters, The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the wilderness of remote British Columbia, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.
Par Carol Rose GoldenEagle. 2019
There are too many stories about Indigenous women who go missing or are murdered, and it doesn’t seem as though…official sources such as government, police or the courts respond in a way that works toward finding justice or even solutions. At least that is the way Wren StrongEagle sees it. Wren is devastated when her twin sister, Raven, mysteriously disappears after the two spend an evening visiting at a local pub. When Wren files a missing persons report with the local police, she is dismissed and becomes convinced the case will not be properly investigated. As she follows media reports, Wren realizes that the same heartbreak she’s feeling is the same for too many families, indeed for whole Nations. Something within Wren snaps and she decides to take justice into her own hands. She soon disappears into a darkness, struggling to come to terms with the type of justice she delivers. Throughout her choices, and every step along the way, Wren feels as though she is being guided. But, by what?
Par Craig Jennex, Nisha Eswaran. 2020
The ArQuives, the largest independent LGBTQ2+ archive in the world, is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and celebrating the stories and histories of LGBTQ2+ people in Canada. Since 1973, volunteers have…amassed a vast collection of important artifacts that speak to personal experiences and  significant historical moments for Canadian queer communities. Out North: An Archive of Queer Activism and Kinship in Canada is a fascinating exploration and examination of one nation's queer history and activism, and Canada's definitive visual guide to LGBTQ2+ movements, struggles, and achievements.
In the spring of 1970, seventeen women set out from Vancouver in a big yellow convertible, a Volkswagen bus, and…a pickup truck. They called it the Abortion Caravan. Three thousand miles later, they “occupied” the prime minister’s front lawn in Ottawa, led a rally of 500 women on Parliament Hill, chained themselves to their chairs in the visitors’ galleries, and shut down the House of Commons, the first and only time this had ever happened. The seventeen were a motley crew. They argued, they were loud, and they wouldn't take no for an answer. They pulled off a national campaign in an era when there was no social media, and with a budget that didn't stretch to long-distance phone calls. It changed their lives. And at a time when thousands of women in Canada were dying from back street abortions, it pulled women together across the country.
Par Gwen Benaway. 2020
day/break, Governor General's Literary Award Winner Gwen Benaway's fourth collection of work, explores the everyday poetics of the trans feminine…body. Through intimate experiences and conceptualizations of trans life, day/break asks what it means to be a trans woman, both within the text and out in the physical world. Shifting between theory and poetry, Benaway questions how gender, sexuality, and love intersect with the violence and transmisogyny of the nation state and established literary institutions. In beautiful lyric verse, day/break reveals the often-unseen other worlds of trans life, where body, self, and sex are transformed, becoming more than fixed binary locations.Praise for day/break:"Gwen Benaway is quickly becoming a master poet. Four books in and blowing all of our minds, but I really think she's just getting warmed up. I wanted to write something brilliant to recommend day/break, but I can think of nothing better than Gwen's own words: 'we will not say love / knowing enough / of grief / to speak / truer words.'" —Katherena Vermette, award-winning author of The Break"What vision, what musicality! This astounding and brilliant examination of love and its discontents reminds me of Anne Carson's theory that love turns us into anthropologists of our own lives. From Benaway's day/break (her best book yet), we might learn how to democratize love's liberatory possibilities. How lucky are we to be reading in the time of Gwen Benaway!" —Billy-Ray Belcourt, award-winning author of NDN Coping Mechanisms
Par Julie S. Lalonde. 2020
For over a decade, Julie Lalonde, an award-winning advocate for women’s rights, kept a secret. She crisscrossed the country, denouncing…violence against women and giving hundreds of media interviews along the way. Her work made national headlines for challenging universities and taking on Canada’s top military brass. Appearing fearless on the surface, Julie met every interview and event with the same fear in her gut: was he there?Fleeing intimate partner violence at age 20, Julie was stalked by her ex-partner for over ten years, rarely mentioning it to friends, let alone addressing it publicly. The contrast between her public career as a brave champion for women with her own private life of violence and fear meant a shaky and exhausting balancing act.Resilience sounds like a positive thing, so why do we often use it against women? Tenacity and bravery might help us survive unimaginable horrors, but where are the spaces for anger and vulnerability?Resilience is Futile is a story of survival, courage and ultimately, hope. But it’s also a challenge to the ways we understand trauma and resilience. It’s the story of one survivor who won’t give up and refuses to shut up.</p
Par Emma Hansen. 2020
“Still is one of those rare books that catches you up and does not let you go. With grace, courage,…and honesty, Emma Hansen adds an important voice to this tragic and too-often silenced subject. I loved this book.” —Beth Powning, author of Shadow Child: An Apprenticeship in Love and Loss A moving, candid account of one woman’s experience with stillbirth.Emma Hansen is 39 weeks and 6 days pregnant when she feels her baby go quiet inside of her. At the hospital, her worst fears are confirmed: doctors explain that her baby has died, and she will need to deliver him, still.Hansen gives birth to her son, Reid, amidst an avalanche of grief. Nine days later, she publishes a candid essay on her website sharing photos from the delivery room. Much to her surprise, her essay goes viral, sparking positive reactions around the world. Still shares what comes next: a struggle with grief and confusion alongside a desire to better understand stillbirth, which is experienced by more than two million women annually, but rarely talked about in public.At once honest, brave, and uplifting, Still is about one woman’s search for her own definition of motherhood, even as she faces one of life’s greatest challenges: learning to live after loss.
Par Emma Donoghue. 2020
Dublin, 1918: three days in a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu. A small world of work,…risk, death and unlooked-for love, by the bestselling author of The Wonder and ROOM. In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders—Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work. In The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue once again finds the light in the darkness in this new classic of hope and survival against all odds. Bestseller.
Par Sonya Lalli. 2020
A delightfully modern look at what happens for a young woman when tradition, dating, and independence collide, from acclaimed author…Sonya Lalli. Adulting shouldn't be this hard. Especially in your thirties. Having been pressured by her tight-knit community to get married at a young age to her first serious boyfriend, Anu Desai is now on her own again and feels like she is starting from the beginning. But Anu doesn't have time to start over. Telling her parents that she was separating from her husband was the hardest thing she's ever done—and she's still dealing with the fallout. She has her young daughter to support and when she invests all of her savings into running her own yoga studio, the feelings of irresponsibility send Anu reeling. She'll be forced to look inside herself to learn what she truly wants.
Par Sheena Kamal. 2020
A People Magazine Best New Book Pick Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by CrimeReads, LitHub, and Book…Riot! “If you’re looking for a dark, moody, complex thriller with a complex woman protagonist this is your series. I love love love these books."--Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Hunger From Strand Critics Award winner Sheena Kamal, comes the third novel featuring the brilliant, fearless, deeply flawed Nora Watts whose vendetta against a triad enforcer escalates when he places a target on her daughter's back.Find your enemy. Before he finds you.Nora Watts has a talent for seeing what lies beneath strangers’ surfaces, and for knowing what they’re working hard to keep hidden. Somehow, it’s the people closest to her she has trouble truly connecting with. In the case of Bonnie, the teenage daughter Nora gave up for adoption, she has to keep trying. For Bonnie has a target on her back—and it’s all because of Nora. Two years ago, Bonnie was kidnapped by the wealthy Zhang family. Though Nora rescued her, she made a powerful enemy in Dao, a mysterious triad enforcer and former head of the Zhangs’ private security. Now Dao is out for revenge, and she needs to track him down in order to keep herself—and Bonnie—safe. On Dao’s trail, Nora forms an unlikely partnership with Bernard Lam, an eccentric playboy billionaire with his own mysterious grudge to bear, and reunites with Jon Brazuca, ex-cop turned private investigator and Nora’s occasional ally. From Canada to southeast Asia they pursue Dao, uncovering a shadowy criminal cabal. But soon, the trail will lead full circle to Vancouver, the only home Nora’s ever known, and right to the heart of her brutal past.
Par Johanna Skibsrud. 2019
Rather than making "something" out of "nothing," what follows is an endeavour to express the potential of language and thought…to encounter what is infinitely beyond both yet to be imagined.In The Nothing That Is, Johanna Skibsrud gathers essays about the very concept of "nothing." Addressing a broad range of topics—including false atrocity tales, so-called fake news, high-wire acts, and telepathy, as well as responses to works by John Ashbery, Virginia Woolf, Anne Carson, and more—these essays seek to decentre our relationship to both the "givenness" of history and to a predictive or probable model of the future.The Nothing That Is explores ways in which poetic language can activate the possibilities replete within our every moment. Skibsrud reveals that within every encounter between a speaking "I" and what exceeds subjectivity, there is a listening "Other," be it community or the objective world.Praise for The Nothing That Is:"Skibsrud adds brilliantly to what we can know of poetry. By entering into the words of Woolf, Oppen, Stephens, Rukeyser, Carson and others, and thinking in our presence, she gives us the experience of touch and beauty and the poem. A friend to Burke's sublime and to Pato?s at the limit, this book urges us to receive poetry's "nothing" for here an abundance lives. Put The Nothing That Is into the hands of whoever is puzzled by or afraid of poetry, into the hands of whoever teaches it!" —Erín Moure"Why do I find Skibsrud's consideration of Nothing essentially hopeful? Because her approach to the possibilities of thinking Nothing arise out of, and include, the despair of Celan's babble—which is to say the incomprehensible, a place where all known structures, including language, have fallen away. Skibsrud invites us to participate in the very human process of re-seeing and remaking the world; she challenges us to venture with her into the unknown, where experience and language empty themselves, then create themselves anew." —Sam Ace, author of Our Weather Our Sea"At some point in my relationship with The Nothing That Is I began to forget that I was reading a collection of essays on art, language, and being, and began, instead, to believe that I was reading a guidebook on how to approach and appreciate outer space. Because, in her recuperative and intimate readings of the often despairing, always life-affirming schisms between what is expressed and what remains inexpressible, Johanna Skibsrud has written a manifesto of liminal, reverberative space, as essential to our understanding of poetry and art, as to that of black holes and the Milky Way." —Brandon Shimoda, author of The Grave on the Wall