“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions”
─ James Michener
Chaudière Falls: A Novel of Dramatized History, by David Mulholland
On March 7, 1800, Philemon Wright, a farmer from Woburn, Massachusetts, arrives on the north shore of the Ottawa River in Hull Township. On September 1, 1860, on the south side of the river, Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Albert Edward, lays the cornerstone for Canada’s Parliament Buildings on Barrack Hill in Ottawa.
While the novel dramatizes the real events that unfold between those two dates—Wright’s determination to establish a community of farmers, the political scheming that results in Ottawa becoming Canada’s capital—it’s also the story of immigrants struggling for survival in a new world. Among them, Jedediah Jansen, who is ten years old when his family arrives with Wright’s party. Jed marries, enters the volatile timber business, is overwhelmed by both, and his life spirals out of control.
The settlers’ attempts to establish a peaceful community are further exacerbated when the government in York (Toronto) refuses to confer legal status on Bytown (Ottawa). And because its inhabitants resent Colonel By’s civil authority, the lawless settlement is rampant with self-serving politics, religious bigotry, and barbaric violence.
Escape to Paradise, by Günter Speckmann
Günter Speckmann grew up in a small town in central Germany. He was eleven when his town was liberated by US troops of the 2nd Armored Division, known as Hell on Wheels. The strong impression they made lasted through the subsequent Soviet
occupation and the creation of the East German communist state. The cage was locked and he and his family were inside it.
At the age of 21, Günter found a way to break out of that cage and courageously started a new life in the free world.
In West Germany he again encountered members of Hell on Wheels. They suggested he consider life in America. For Günter, grasping available opportunities brought him to Canada.
Life in Canada was yet another kind of adventure — finding the good life — finding paradise.
The Incrementalist, by Ian McKercher
This fusion of fact and fiction brings authenticity to a little known facet of Canadian history.
In September,1939, a modest country with limited resources or military tradition signs up for world war.
Frances McFadden finds herself propelled into the top echelon at the Bank of Canada as it faces the crushing weight of financing the conflict.
Marginalized as a female, Frances struggles to support a desperate cause with the help of a curious raft of characters. Her love life is compromised by covert duties that the Official Secrets Act prevents her from sharing.
On June 20, 1940, as France falls, a warship arrives in Halifax harbour with three hundred million in French gold that the
Bank of Canada has promised to safeguard. But…
The Last of the Wild Rivers: The Past, Present, and Future of the Rivière du Moine, by Wally Schaber
For four hundred years, the journals of all the great explorers of Canada have mentioned the Deux Joachims portage and the wild Rivière du Moine as they made their way west to discover riches, routes, or souls to save. The Du Moine is the last of the ten major Quebec tributaries of the Ottawa River to resist the development threats of hydro, mining, and modern colonization. Recent conservation efforts to preserve this last of the wild rivers as an aquatic reserve have met with mixed reviews by all those who would be affected, including the Algonquins of Wolf Lake–whose ancestors, the Du Moine River band, originally occupied the watershed.
Mindfully crafted and insightful, this practical guide outlines spiritual exercises that are intended to help you realize a more peaceful and spacious mind as you experience a transformative connection with your spiritual self.
Sadhana: 21 Days to Inner-Spaciousness is a must-read for anyone looking to live a life with intention and meaning. As you engage in the sacred practices found in this book, you create a stronger bond with your Divine, and in the process you trigger movement of the energy around you that governs the quality of your life and forms the nature of your human experiences.
It is an Aladdin’s cave full of gems that provide the essential tools for achieving inner peace, joy, and fulfillment. But be careful…it could change your life!
Away Game, by Bob Levin
An exploration of the often-fraught relationship between fathers and sons is at the heart of Bob Levin’s baseball-themed novel “Away Game”.
It’s the story of Hank Bauman who, through the magic of an old baseball board game, is transported from the present to 1955, to Game 7 of the Yankees-Dodgers World Series where his father rooted on his beloved Dodgers – before his accidental death later that day, when Hank was two years old. Or so the story goes. The reality turns out to be very different, and Hank sets off through the 1960s to track down his runaway father, who’s threatened for real this time.
Set largely in Middle America in the mid-1960s – as racial tensions and the Vietnam War are starting to unsettle the country – “Away Game” is about blacks and whites, past and present, love and longing, about the curious bonds of family despite decades of separation – about baseball as common ground.
Promised Land, by Peter Kunstadt
A Life’s Journey to Success in Canada
Peter Kunstadt took his chance in 1968 when Soviet Bloc forces occupied his homeland, Czechoslovakia ─ he and his fiancée Susan were on holiday in Romania, and made a dash for the West with little more than their beach clothes. This is the story that led to that great escape ─ surviving the Holocaust and Communist rule ─ to the great success that followed in Canada ─ their promised land.