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"A devastatingly truthful work of ecology-based fiction, and a gripping story of coming-of-age of a group of post-carbon millennials. Much more than an ecological dystopia, Late-K Lunacy is a splendid evocation of the world going into – and eventually coming out of – an ecological crisis, as Holling’s ecological cycles are characterized by both collapse and recovery, like a never- ending Möbius strip".-- Fikret Berkes,
author of Sacred Ecology. 
Late-K Lunacy
Cover: Emily Apgar

by Ted Bernard
Professor Emeritus of Geography and Environmental studies,
Ohio University.
5.5" x 8.5" / 
426 pages

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Occupation Child: WWII Greece
Young Tasouli tells us stories about his cat the Resistance hero, the intricate relationships between a young Jewish  physician, German officers, Greek partisan communists and their British captives. A strange character appears in his dreams, either supportive or terrifying, and they develop a strong bond. Ultimately about hunger, language, politics and love.
occupation child
Cover: Author's collection.
Tassos Anastassiades grew up in Athens during WW II and came to Canada with his parents in 1950. He is an Emeritus Professor at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. T. Styppas is his nom de plume.

Softcover 5.5" x 8.5"
454 pages
9781985017757, 9781927032718

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Stripped to the Bone
Portraits of Syrian Women

Set between war-torn Syria and the West, Stripped to the Bone explores issues of identity, love, strife, courage and resilience in seven fictional portraits of Syrian women.
Al Atrash
Ghada Alatrash - Stripped to the Bone, cover

cover photo David Salas

Ghada Alatrash
by Ghada Alatrash
Syrian-Canadian author and translator Ghada Alatrash is a Doctoral Student at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.  She has an MA in English Literature from the University of Oklahoma. 
Softcover 5.5" x 8.25"
173 pages
Calgary TEDx
CBC Radio 
Cross Country Checkup

CBC radio interview
PBS Newshour 2016 in January and March
$22 softcover
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Grace and Wisdom
Chief Justice
Patrick G. Kerwin
1889 - 1963

Patrick Kerwin was born in 1889 in Sarnia, Ontario. He studied law at Osgoode Hall in Toronto, was called to the bar of Ontario in 1911, became King’s Counsel in 1928, and became a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1932. In 1935, he became a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and in 1954 he became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
McKenna Kerwin

“Mr. Kerwin is well equipped by training and temperament for his new office. He never gets ruffled in court, is always courteous to counsel … Those who disagree with him will declare without hesitation that Mr. Kerwin is fair-minded, absolutely without bias or prejudice.” — Globe & Mail, 1954.

Stephen McKenna is an author, musician and producer living in Ottawa, Ontario; his numerous interests include the arts, research and travel. This book is a tribute to his Kerwin's life and work,. 
Biography, social and civil history, Speeches, Sound Advice. Illustrated with archival photographs.
6" x 9" 336p
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The Other Side of Reason: A journal on PTSD
A journal in recognition of the passengers whose lives were changed forever in a tragic bus-train collision and in memory of those who died.
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by David B. Gibson

“David Gibson’s reality was altered in a moment on September 18, 2013. His eloquent and poignant requiem chronicles his efforts to re-orient himself to a world whose boundaries and reference points abruptly disappeared…he chronicles his experiences   in a way that helps us understand the hidden struggle of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.” — Dr. Larry Cebulski, clinical psychologist.

Softcover 5 3/4" x 8 1/4"
234 pages

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Community and the Human Spirit:

Oral Histories from Montreal's Point St. Charles,
Griffintown and
Goose Village


Oral Histories from Montreal

The author lived in Montreal, Quebec Canada for many years and graduated in sociology from McGill University. He now lives in Ottawa having retired after a lifelong and rewarding career in public service. Dave enjoys photography and plans to continue visiting Montreal regularly to help record the evolution of the historic and rapidly changing area at the east end of the Lachine Canal. 
Cover: Dave Flavell

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Dave Flavell
A solid contribution to social and urban studies. With an introduction, bibliography, and illustrated throughout with historical family photos and with current and archival images.

7.5" X 9.25" 372p
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Community and the Human Spirit


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Molloy had to leave home. He felt compelled to get a tattoo he feared may curse him forever. 
Were The People For a Better World really who they said they were? Could he survive on his own? Have a normal life?
o'grady /Matsukawa
Cover: Kumi Matsukawa
“I saw the bench that had been almost like a home, or at least a refuge, to me for several hours last night. I had the urge to sit there and get my thoughts together. I tried to do so, but the moment I sat down I was immediately compelled to do something else even more strongly. It was as if while I slept my subconscious had come up with a plan to improve the odds of my survival and decided to act upon the plan before letting me in on it...” Luke O’Grady was born and raised in Ontario. He is a pharmacist, and enjoys reading, writing and cycling.

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Dorothea Gutzeit
Be True and Serve
    A fascinating view of the “other side” in World War II, on the domestic front. Born in Berlin, Dorothea spent her formative years in Nazi Germany and in her war-torn city. She then forged a new life in Canada.
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Cover photo: 
Dorothea age 21,
Berlin, 1943

by Dorothea Gutzeit.
1921 -2005

“An amazing family story of courage and immigration."
— Siegfried Hansch (German-Canadian Business Association)

“An authentic and absorbing account of one woman's courage, tracing her life from early 20th century Germany to a new and challenging life in Canada, drawing on diaries, certificates and various documents, along with memories shared."
H. Zobl (Professor Emeritus, Carleton University)
Softcover 6.14" x 9.21"
236 pages

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Deutsch-Kanadische Gesellschaft e.V. (in German)

Gay Soulmate Wanted

For two people to get along and love each other over a long period of time, there must be a healthy connection on the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life. 
gay soulmate wanted

Fearing that at the age of 39 (or 78 in gay years), his 
chances of finding a soulmate are decreasing every day, Richard is confronted by a good-looking man ten years his junior, who claims to be his partner without ever having met him. When finally the two are introduced, sparks fly.
Charles Seems
by Charles Seems,
  teacher, trainer, writer, HR consultant and interior decorator. Born in the atlantic town of Dalhousie, New Brunswick, Canada, he now lives in Ottawa with his spouse Robert.
5.83" x 8.27"
210 pages

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Cover painting:
Claude Chapdelaine

Running Beyond Empty
Fun and entertaining, this young adult novel explores the many challenges faced by Dinah who is forced to move in order to provide for herself and her daughter Selah. Their emotions are stretched by new people and events. Both learn to stand up to obnoxious folks and find that hard work and play help them stay focused on their goals. The empowerment of caring relationships carries them through heartbreak as hey discover that running starts with believing in yourself.
Running Romance

Ultimately their resiliency opens up new hopes and dreams — shared with Bill and Norm, the two special men in their lives. Enriched by many colorful characters, the story of these two feisty women will capture your imagination.
Ben Kruser
by Ben Kruser 

Ben is a university staff member and has been a wildlife biologist, long-time outdoor enthusiast and an endurance runner, completing many 12- and 24-hour runs.
Softcover 5.5" x 8.25"
388 pages 

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Alexandre Vachon
the scholars’ cleric
and the
clerics’ scholar
1885 – 1953
“…a rich chronicle of one of the greatest leaders of this diocese.” —M-A Gervais, Archbishop Emeritus of Ottawa
“…the opportunity to get to know a great figure of the Canadian Episcopate.”
—Luigi Ventura, former Apostolic Nuncio to Canada


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The Canadian Catholic Historical Association

Alexandre Vachon, biography

Alexandre completed his studies for Priesthood with distinction. He became a science teacher and pursued studies at Harvard and MIT and became Director of the Advanced School of Chemistry and then Dean of the Faculty of Science, and finally as Rector at Laval University. The Church recognized his talents and, in 1939, turned to him to lead the Ottawa diocese. He is entrusted with new responsibilities which extend to the Catholic Church at large.

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André N.Vachon

André N. Vachon, a distant relation, was born in the same  small rural community as Alexandre, Chute Panet, Québec. He learned of the important contribution this cleric made to society, and with much enthusiasm embarked on the biography.

Softcover 6" x 9"
410 pages
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Canada * History * Catholic * Archbishop

Alexandre Vachon 1885 - 1953


"...”Tom Finn’s stories demonstrate consistently controlled use of language, and the author’s sense of dialogue is keen. It is tuned to the way people speak, and the way his characters speak and think. At times comic, it harmonizes well with Finn’s often wry, omniscient third-person narration. Finn writes well, and these stories are good ... some real gems."

Darrell Squires, Library Resources Board, Newfoundland
The Western Star, 16/10/10.

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“Well-crafted ... character-driven. An impressive book of short stories about people going about their lives, experiencing change, facing hardships. Finn writes skillfully and his style is particularly suited to the short story."

- Keith Collier, reviewer
Newfoundland Quarterly, Spring 2011
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" a deluxe spa treatment for your soul". 2012

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The author of Malpeque Bay: A State Of Mind, and Princes was bred and buttered in the old town of Corner Brook West, Newfoundland, Canada. After working in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and California, he took up residence in Ottawa. A retired federal public servant, he has always taken a keen interest in the affairs of his island homeland, especially the transformation of the former British colony following the American 'invasion' of the 1940s, and the union with Canada in 1949.

Now "Short's Long Day" is being presented on stage as part of Corner Brook's 60th:

The Western Star
June 2, 2016

Sketches from the social fabric, with subtle references to the American presence in Newfoundland during WWII: drama, relationships, desire and delusion.

Old Corner Brook and beyond in the '40s and '50s. Like a ship in the mist, there emerges from these ardent, tragicomic lives, a recognition of ourselves.

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Footpaths and 
Fishing Boats
Growing up in
Nipper’s Harbour

Cover painting:
Back Harbour Sunset 
by Ted Stuckless

Google Maps to locate the village

nippers harbor

nipper's harbour cover back harbour sunset

Short memoirs
“... the budding consciousness of a young girl in a small Newfoundland fishing community during the final years of its prosperous isolation.
— Dr. Harold Paddock, Retired Professor of Linguistics, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
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Audrey Starkes

Audrey Starkes MSW is a retired psychiatric social worker. She was fortunate to have grown up in Nipper’s Harbour on the northeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada while it was still an isolated outport. Audrey has published stories in the Ottawa Story Spinners’ Black Lake Chronicles.

Softcover 5" x 8"
146 pages

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Footpaths and Fishing Boats

Viva / V!va

Tools for Well-being

Self-realization tools that individuals, social workers, care-givers and psychologists can use in times of need and transition. 40 "cards" in three sections.
Cover image: Chauvet caves, France. (Jean Clottes)

nature photographs
of animals
Vikram Vyawahare
& Conny Mages

Softcover 4" x 7"
130 pages
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Our Own Devices:
Stories of the Machine Age

Mid-century speculative retro fiction. The Second World War. Nuclear Power. Space Exploration. These powerful forces forever changed the course of history. In these nine new stories and three essays Messier explores our intimate and often fickle relationship with science and technology in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and how it came to define our past, present and future. 

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Gilles Messier
Gilles Messier
b. 1989 Winnipeg, Manitoba, studies aerospace engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa. As well as writing, he designs and develops mechanical devices and innovations, and enjoys painting inter-war-period travel posters, and studying history and philosophy.
Science + Fiction based on 20th-century history, with 27 archival photographs.

5``x 8` x 0.6"`paperback
244 pages
ISBN  978-1-927032-06-0
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The Road to Dalhousie
Memories from the North Shore

“Although I felt relieved that things were now in the open, it took both my mother and I a bit of time before we were comfortable being around each other … she may not have understood that it wasn’t a choice I was making but rather an acceptance of what I couldn’t change.”

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Charles Seems, author

Charles Seems was born in Dalhousie, New Brunswick, Canada. In addition to writing, he has travelled the world. His skills include teaching, human resources manage­ment and interior decoration. He lives in Ottawa with his spouse Robert.

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Travelogue, family and social relationships. GLB
5``x 8` x 0.5"`paperback
156 pages
ISBN 978-1-927032-09-1
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Into The Waves
Poems and Other Writings 

"Is life just about struggle and work? Isn’t there only one Earth that connects us all regardless of our nationality, religion or culture? These poems came about through a search for meaning. When I look at the waves on the ocean, I view them as being separate. But it seems to me that the waves are...

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(continued) part of the whole ocean and there is no separation. Being part of the ocean provides me with a source of strength, confidence and happiness. Although we are all connected, we are also each unique. I offer these writings and drawings to you as my viewpoint."
- bdb 2011

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Beverly Diana Blanchard is a First Nations Ojibway from Northern Ontario.  She holds a degree in Economics from Laurentian University. 


"A window onto our search for meaning..."

Spirituality, empowerment and well-being emerge from her views on the impact of society on individual choice.

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