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Vintage Canada
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 225

Vintage Canada

Canadian wineries have now proven in international competition that they can consistently rival the best wineries in the world. And Canadians are supporting them, buying more Canadian wine than ever before. Responding to the explosive growth in the number and range of Canadian wineries, Tony Aspler now updates his highly popular Vintage Canada, adding more than 40 new Canadian wineries and even more insights into this ever-burgeoning wine industry. Praised by critics, peers and readers alike, Aspler shares his vast knowledge of Canadian viticulture in this his most comprehensive volume on the subject to date. With profiles Canadian wineries from one end of the country to the other, and tasti...

The Vintage Book of Canadian Memoirs
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 582

The Vintage Book of Canadian Memoirs

Editor George Fetherling, himself the author of an acclaimed memoir, Travels by Night: A Memoir of the Sixties, has selected twenty-four literary memoirs by well-known Canadian writers for this unique and timely anthology. Michael Ondaatje's Running in the Family, Margaret Atwood's Remembering Marian Engel, Timothy Findley's From Stage to Page, and Mordercai Richler's A Sense of the Ridiculous are just a few of the fascinating selections. George Fetherling's lively and thoughtful introduction sheds light on the characteristics that make the memoir genre so unique, a genre for which Canadians seem to have a particular passion. The anthology is divided into four thematically grouped sections, each with its own preface written by the editor — At Home and Abroad; Getting Started; Uprootedness and Family; and Tragedies, Choices and Losses. There is also a comprehensive bibliography.

Canada in the Great Power Game
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 448

Canada in the Great Power Game

In Canada in the Great Power Game, Gwynne Dyer moves back and forth between the seminal event, the First World War, and all the later conflicts that Canada chose to fight in. He draws parallels between these conflicts, with the same idealism among the young soldiers, and the same deeply conflicted emotions among the survivors, surfacing time and again in every war right down to Afghanistan. And in each case, the same arguments pro and con arise--mostly from people who are a long, safe way from the killing grounds--for every one of those "wars of choice."

Blackening Canada
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Blackening Canada

Focusing on the work of black, diasporic writers in Canada, particularly Dionne Brand, Austin Clarke, and Tessa McWatt, Blackening Canada investigates the manner in which literature can transform conceptions of nation and diaspora. Through a consideration of literary representation, public discourse, and the language of political protest, Paul Barrett argues that Canadian multiculturalism uniquely enables black diasporic writers to transform national literature and identity. These writers seize upon the ambiguities and tensions within Canadian discourses of nation to rewrite the nation from a black, diasporic perspective, converting exclusion from the national discourse into the impetus for their creative endeavours. Within this context, Barrett suggests, debates over who counts as Canadian, the limits of tolerance, and the breaking points of Canadian multiculturalism serve not as signs of multiculturalism’s failure but as proof of both its vitality and of the unique challenges that black writing in Canada poses to multicultural politics and the nation itself.

The Colony Of Unrequited Dreams
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 576

The Colony Of Unrequited Dreams

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, a Canadian bestseller, is a novel about Newfoundland that centres on the story of Joe Smallwood, the true-life controversial political figure who ushered the island through confederation with Canada and became its first premier. Narrated from Smallwood's perspective, it voices a deep longing on the part of the Newfoundlander to do something significant, “commensurate with the greatness of the land itself.” Smallwood’s chronicle of his development from poor schoolboy to Father of the Confederation is a story full of epic journeys and thwarted loves, travelling from the ice floes of the seal hunt to New York City, in a style reminiscent at times of John I...

Coke Machine Glow
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 94

Coke Machine Glow

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2001
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  • Publisher: Vintage

Gordon Downie, lead singer and lyricist for the popular Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip, will release his first solo record, Coke Machine Glow in Spring 2001. Simultaneously, Vintage Canada is delighted to publish Downie's first book of poetry, under the same title. It will also contain the lyrics to the sixteen songs on the record. Coke Machine Glow is a rich, haunting collection that reveals both the public and private selves of one of Canada's most enigmatic musicians. In poetry that is urban, gritty and political, as well as romantic, nostalgic and whimsical, Downie allows us a glimpse inside his world. With his acute and observing eye, he gives us snapshots of his life, both on t...

The Thieves of Bay Street
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 313

The Thieves of Bay Street

Beneath the veneer of stability that saw Canada's banking sector through the financial crash of 2008, investigative reporter Bruce Livesey has uncovered a rampant failure of epidemic proportions. Though no large financial institution has recently gone bust in this country, white-collar criminals, scam artists, Ponzi schemers and organized crime, from the Hells Angels to the Russian mafia, know that Canada is the place in the Western world to rip off investors. And the fraudsters do so with little fear of being caught and punished. Thieves of Bay Street investigates Canada's biggest financial scandals of recent years. Readers will learn what banks do with investors' money and what happens when they lose it. They will meet the bogus investment gurus, the brokers who lose money with both reckless abandon and impunity, the bankers who squander money in toxic investments, the lawyers who protect them and the regulators who do nothing to keep them from doing it again. And most importantly, they'll meet the victims who are demanding that our vaunted banking sector finally come clean on its dirtiest secret.

The Armageddon Factor
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 445

The Armageddon Factor

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2011
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  • Publisher: Vintage

In her new book, award-winning journalist Marci McDonald draws back the curtain on the mysterious world of the right-wing Christian nationalist movement in Canada and its many ties to the Conservative government of Stephen Harper. To most Canadians, the politics of the United States -- where fundamentalist Christians wield tremendous power and culture wars split the country -- seem too foreign to ever happen here. But The Armageddon Factor shows that the Canadian Christian right -- infuriated by the legalization of same-sex marriage and the increasing secularization of society -- has been steadily and stealthily building organizations, alliances and contacts that have put them close to the l...

From Ink Lake
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 714

From Ink Lake

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1995
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  • Publisher: Vintage

This highly acclaimed anthology is an unexpected and discerning mix of traditional short stories and untraditional tales, as selected by one of Canada's most beloved writers, Michael Ondaatje. He has chosen 49 stories by a wide array of writers including Alistair MacLeod, Margaret Laurence, Carol Shields, Dionne Brand, Mavis Gallant, Stephen Leacock, Glenn Gould, Alice Munro, Rohinton Mistry, David Adams Richards and many more. Full of diversity and surprise, these writings reveal the geographical, emotional and literary range of the country. Above all, Michael Ondaatje's personal selection offers good reading and great entertainment.

My Years as Prime Minister
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 435

My Years as Prime Minister

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008
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  • Publisher: Vintage

My Years as Prime Minister is Jean Chrétien’s own story, told with insight and humour, of his ten years at 24 Sussex Drive as Canada’s twentieth prime minister. By the time he left office, Jean Chrétien had been in politics for forty years – and his experience is evident on every page of his important, engaging memoir. Chrétien loves to tell a good tale – and he does so here in the same honest, plain-spoken style of Straight from the Heart, his earlier bestselling account of his years as a Cabinet minister. He gives us a self-portrait of a working prime minister – the passionate Canadian renowned for finishing every speech with Vive le Canada! Chrétien knows how government work...