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Standing up for Yourself: Soft Skills at Work

by Linda Kita-Bradley, Susan Rogers (photographs)

Grass Roots Press

2018

Non-Fiction, Photography, Work | 48

CDN: 12.95

Research shows that soft skills are often better predictors of success in the workplace than technical skills. Standing up for Yourself is one title in the six-book series Soft Skills at Work. Standing up For Yourself explores standing up for rights through two contrasting photostories featuring Nan, who works as a cleaner at a motel.…

Women in Criminal Justice: True Cases By & About Canadian Women & the Law

by Ed. William Trudell and Lorene Shyba

Durvile Publications

2018

Canada, Criminal Justice, Non-Fiction | 288

CDN: 29.95

Women in Criminal Justice: True Cases by and About Canadian Woman and the Law is the fourth book in Durvile’s True Cases series. The book is unique in that stories are authored by eminent Canadian women judges and lawyers and deal with terrorism, drugs, sexual assault, and mental disorders, as well as motherhood, child protection, LGBTQ+,…

Benched: Passion for Law Reform

by Nancy Morrison

Durvile Publications

2018

Law, Non-Fiction, Social Justice | 336

CDN: 35

Fifty years in a law profession she loves, twenty-four spent as a judge, Nancy Morrison is a storyteller and trail-blazer. Entertaining, at times warm and witty, this memoir also reminds us of dark times, of the ever-relevant social and political issues of the day, and the need for law reform. Here is a life that…

The Tree by the Woodpile: And Other Dene Spirit of Nature Tales

by Raymond Yakeleya

UpRoute Books and Media

2019

Dene, Indigenous | 100

CDN: 16.95

The Tree by the Woodpile is a story about a  First Nations boy who is told an enchanting tale by his grandmother about how an old tree by the woodpile provides food and shelter for the birds and animals of the North. The story is suffused with Newehtsı̨nę, the Creator and Spirit of Nature, who brings a…

The Big Secret Book: An Intense Guide for Creating Performance Theatre

by Denise Clarke with Foreword by John Murrell

UpRoute Books and Media

2018

Non-Fiction, Performance, Theatre | 208

CDN: 29.95

The Big Secret Book is a book that fascinates, motivates, and initiates creative abilities in performance creation. Written by Denise Clarke, director of One Yellow Rabbit Summer Lab Intensive, each chapter highlights aspects of the master class, guiding reader/participants through techniques that enhance performance creation skills. Through stories and sidebar case studies, The Big Secret Book is a…

Red Star Utopia: Inside North Korea

by Austin Andrews, with Foreword by Simon Cockerell

UpRoute Books and Media

2018

Photography | 96

CDN: 49.95

In Red Star Utopia: Inside North Korea, Austin Andrews uncovers visual clues about the country’s hardline isolationist experiment and how it affects the rhythms and routines of its people. Photos in the book include remote parts of the country, seldom if ever visited by foreigners.…

Traditions, Traps and Trends: Transfer of Knowledge in Arctic Regions

by Jarich Oosten and Barbara Helen Miller (Editors)

University of Alberta Press

2018

Indigenous, Non-Fiction, Scholarly | 352

CDN: 39.95

The transfer of knowledge is a key issue in the North as Indigenous Peoples meet the ongoing need to adapt to cultural and environmental change. In eight essays, experts survey critical issues surrounding the knowledge practices of the Inuit of northern Canada and Greenland and the Northern Sámi of Scandinavia, and the difficulties of transferring…

In the News: The Practice of Media Relations in Canada, 3rd Edition

by William Wray Carney, Colin Babiuk & Mark Hunter LaVigne

University of Alberta Press

2019

Media, Non-Fiction, Scholarly | 320

CDN: 39.99

Now in its third edition, In the News is the standard Canadian textbook on media relations, used across the country. The authors provide an introduction to media relations, grounded in both communications theory and hands-on, day-to-day experience. Whether you need to promote your issues to the nation or reach small, targeted groups, this book is…

Entryways to Criminal Justice: Accusation and Criminalization in Canada

by George Pavlich & Matthew P. Unger (editors)

University of Alberta Press

2019

Criminology, Non-Fiction, Scholarly | 240

CDN: 34.99

How do societies decide whom to criminalize? What does it mean to accuse someone of being an offender? Entryways to Criminal Justice analyzes the thresholds that distinguish law-abiding individuals from those who may be criminalized. Contributors to the volume adopt social, historical, cultural, and political perspectives to explore the accusatory process that place persons in…

The Creation of iGiselle: Classical Ballet Meets Contemporary Video Games

by Nora Foster Stovel (editor)

University of Alberta Press

2019

Drama, Non-Fiction, Theatre, Womens Studies | 232

CDN: 34.99

The unusual marriage of Romantic ballet and artificial intelligence is an intriguing idea that led a team of interdisciplinary researchers to design iGiselle, a video game prototype. Scholars in the fields of literature, physical education, music, design, and computer science collaborated to revise the tragic narrative of the nineteenth-century ballet Giselle, allowing players to empower…

Apostrophes VIII: Nothing Is But You and I

by E.D. Blodgett

University of Alberta Press

2019

Poetry | 80

CDN: 19.99

The late sun falls slowly into the afternoon of your eyes, and there it pauses as one might pause to take a breath —from “Lost” Nothing Is But You and I, the breathtaking final volume in the Apostrophes series, reveals poet E.D. Blodgett at his most accomplished. Lyrical grace meets exquisite technique as Blodgett fathoms…

Most of What Follows is True: Places Imagined and Real

by Michael Crummey

University of Alberta Press

2019

Non-Fiction | 72

CDN: 11.99

“In all creative writing, the question of what is true and what is real are two very different considerations. Figuring out how to dance between them is a murky business.” In Most of What Follows Is True, Michael Crummey examines the complex relationship between fact and fiction, between the “real world” and the stories we…

Weird Cars: Super Explorers

by Philip Hendriks

Blue Bike Books

2019

Childrens, Educational |

CDN: 6.99

Super Explorers want to show you some of the weirdest cars in the world, from a car shaped like a shoe to a dragon car, and an amphibious car to one powered by steam: Some tiny cars have three wheels and are meant for just one person. Some cars have weird doors, like gull-wing doors…

Weird Creatures of the World: KidsWorld

by Tamara Einstein, Einstein Sisters

Blue Bike Books

2019

Childrens, Educational |

CDN: 6.99

From slime mold to sea slugs and leafy sea dragons, the Einstein Sisters bring you some of the weirdest creatures in the world, on land and in the sea: Tardigrades, or water bears, are micro-animals that live at the tops of volcanoes and at the bottom of the sea. Thorny devils can drink water from…

Castles & Knights: Super Explorers

by Tamara Hartson

Blue Bike Books

2019

Childrens, Educational | 64

CDN: 6.99

Super Explorers takes you back in time to the medieval days when people lived in castles and knights roamed slaying dragons and rescuing beautiful maidens: Castles were fortifications made of stone built in the Middle Ages to control land and protect nobles from their enemies. Many castles were surrounded by large water-filled moats. Most castles…

Galápagos: A Natural History

by Michael H. Jackson

University of Calgary Press

1994

Environmental Conservation & Protection, Non-Fiction | 336

CDN: 34.95

More than fifty thousand copies of the first edition of Galápagos have been sold. An attractive and comprehensive guidebook, this work has been completely revised and updated by the author. The reader will find an easy-to-use text which details the natural history of the plants and animals found in the Galápagos Islands. Management and conservation of the Galápagos…

Blackfoot Ways of Knowing: The Worldview of the Siksikaitsitapi

by Betty Bastien, Jurgen W. Kremer (editor), with assistance from Duane Mistaken Chief

University of Calgary Press

2004

Indigenous, Non-Fiction | 255

CDN: 34.95

Blackfoot Ways of Knowing is a journey into the heart and soul of Blackfoot culture. In sharing her personal story of “coming home” to reclaim her identity within that culture, Betty Bastien offers us a gateway into traditional Blackfoot ways of understanding and experiencing the world. As a scholar and researcher, Bastien is also able to…

Orange Chinook: Politics in the New Alberta

by ed. Duane Bratt, Keith Brownsey, Richard Sutherland, and David Taras

University of Calgary Press

2019

Non-Fiction, Political Science | 464

CDN: 29.99

In 2015, the New Democratic Party won an unprecedented victory in Alberta. Unseating the Progressive Conservatives — who had won every provincial election since 1971 —  they formed an NDP government for the first time in the history of the province. Orange Chinook is the first scholarly analysis of this election. It examines the legacy of…

Scattering Chaff: Canadian Air Power and Censorship during the Kosovo War

by Bob Bergen

University of Calgary Press

2019

Canadian Military History, Kosovo War, Non-Fiction | 448

CDN: 34.99

Most Canadians know little, if anything at all, about the role of the Canadian Air Force in the 1999 Kosovo Air War. Yet lives were at put at stake as mission dedication and military skill were pushed to the limit. Some of Canada’s most prominent journalists attempted to report on the war, but came away…

Rocking P Ranch and the Second Cattle Frontier in Western Canada

by Clay Chattaway and Warren Elofson

University of Calgary Press

2019

Alberta, Canadian History, Non-Fiction | 320

CDN: 42.99

The Rocking P Ranch was one of the most ambitious family ranches in Southern Alberta. Founded in 1900 by Roderick Riddle Macleay, the Rocking P flourished during the Second Cattle Frontier as open-range Texas System ranches failed. Beginning in 1923, Maxine and Dorothy Macleay edited, reported, and published The Rocking P Gazette, a monthly newspaper grounded in…