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Yukon Gold Mystery

by Yvonne Harris

Dragonhill Press

2018

Mystery | 160

CDN: $9.95

In this thrilling adventure, ten-year-old Charlie is the target of two disreputable gold miners, one who may be a murderer. Charlie flees with his friend Claire, and the youngsters find themselves lost deep in the forest facing greater threats than the dangerous gold miners. Charlie and Claire confront the Yukon wilderness during a time when the only way to get to Dawson City in the summer was on the water with the great paddlewheelers or on foot using the Telegraph Trail. At the Echo Valley wood camp where the children are staying for the summer, there are no roads and no telephones. To survive, they must rely on their wits. Their older siblings, Edward and Victoria, try to rescue them, but are also caught up in the adventure, and a mystery that is not solved until the very end.

Dust-Ship Glory

by Elaine M. Will

Renegade Arts Entertainment

2018

Canadian History, Graphic Novel | 240

CDN: $19.99

Elaine M. Will’s four-part adaptation of Andreas Schroeder’s 1986 novel Dustship Glory tells the story of Damanus ‘Tom’ Sukanen, a Finnish immigrant farmer who came to Canada during the economic Depression of the 1930s. Haunted by his past and devastated by the economic slump and drought conditions that laid waste to the Canadian prairies in the 1930s, Sukanen responded by building a full-sized ship in his farmyard, hundreds of miles from the sea. The complete graphic novel, Dust-Ship Glory, is now available. Will is the Xeric Award-winning Canadian author and cartoonist behind the critically acclaimed mental health drama graphic novel, Look Straight Ahead.

The Medium is the Monster

Canadian Adaptations of Frankenstein and the Discourse of Technology

by Mark A. McCutcheon

Athabasca University Press

2018

Communications, Culture, Non-Fiction, Technology | 234

CDN: $29.99

About the Book

Technology, a word that emerged historically first to denote the study of any art or technique, has come, in modernity, to describe advanced machines, industrial systems, and media. McCutcheon argues that it is Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein that effectively reinvented the meaning of the word for modern English. It was then Marshall McLuhan’s media theory and its adaptations in Canadian popular culture that popularized, even globalized, a Frankensteinian sense of technology.

The Medium Is the Monster shows how we cannot talk about technology—that human-made monstrosity—today without conjuring Frankenstein, thanks in large part to its Canadian adaptations by pop culture icons such as David Cronenberg, William Gibson, Margaret Atwood, and Deadmau5. In the unexpected connections illustrated by The Medium Is the Monster, McCutcheon brings a fresh approach to studying adaptations, popular culture, and technology.

About the Author

Mark A. McCutcheon is professor of literary studies at Athabasca University. His scholarly publications include articles on such subjects as Canadian popular culture, Frankenstein adaptations, and copyright policy in English Studies in CanadaDigital Studies/Le champ numériqueContinuum, and Popular Music, among other scholarly journals and books. Mark has also published poetry and short fiction in literary magazines like EVENTExistereCarousel, and subTerrain. Originally from Toronto, Mark lives in Edmonton. His scholarly blog is www.academicalism.wordpress.com and he’s on Twitter as @sonicfiction.

Anarchists in the Academy

Machines and Free Readers in Experimental Poetry

by Dani Spinosa

University of Alberta Press

2018

Academic, Literary Criticism, Non-Fiction, Poetry | 256

CDN: $19.99

Dani Spinosa takes up anarchism’s power as a cultural and artistic ideology, rather than as a political philosophy, with a persistent emphasis on the common. She demonstrates how post-anarchism offers a useful theoretical context for poetry that is not explicitly political—specifically for the contemporary experimental poem with its characteristic challenges to subjectivity, representation, authorial power, and conventional constructions of the reader-text relationship. Her case studies of sixteen texts make a bold move toward politicizing readers and imbuing literary theory with an activist praxis—a sharp hope. This is a provocative volume for those interested in contemporary poetics, experimental literatures, and the digital humanities.

Mon Journal

The Journal and Memoir of Father Leon Doucet O.M.I. 1868 to 1890

by Transcribed and translated by Bronwyn Evans

Historical Society of Alberta

2018

Biography & Memoir, Canada, Canadian History, History, Memoir | 454

CDN: $49.95

In the latter half of the nineteenth century, the Canadian Prairies experienced dramatic changes brought about by the spread of devastating disease epidemics, the decline of bison populations, the end of the fur trade economy, the establishment of Canadian sovereignty over the region, the signing of treaties, the creation of First Nations reserves, and the transformation of the landscape into an agricultural West.

The journal of Father Leon Doucet presents a rare account of these developments as they occurred in what is now Alberta and Saskatchewan between 1868 and 1890. As a Roman Catholic missionary and member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Doucet travelled frequently between permanent missions, while also conducting la mission ambulant, or itinerant bison-hunting missions, with Indigenous Plains bands. Doucet eventually resided on First Nations reserves in southern Alberta and administered to the religious needs of burgeoning settler communities.

Doucet’s journal offers a very personal description of this period’s western Canadian history He named more than 150 individuals whose stories range from tragic to comedic. A keen observer, Doucet recorded significant ethnographic, geographic, genealogical, faunal, floral, and meteorological details. Ultimately, his journal offers the reader a tantalizing glimpse of life in pre-provincehood Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The Remarkable Maria

by Patti McIntosh & Tara Langlois

Junior Global Citizen

2018

Children's, Culture, Picture Book | 52

CDN: $22

The Remarkable Maria is the story of a young girl who lives Paramaribo, Suriname – an amazing and spirited country in South America.

The story is told through Maria’s eyes – and recalls her carefree dream of singing and dancing on her favourite television program, Babbel Box. Her story also recalls a time in her young life when there were many sad changes and she had to learn to face problems she didn’t fully understand.

Maria introduces us to the wonderful characters that surround her: her little sister Willie, who she must parent while their mother is dying, Mrs. MacKenzie, their concerned neighbour who always has an eye out for them – and Mrs. De Groot, the caregiver at the orphanage, who has a house full of children but enough love in her heart for two more. Plus their dog.

Maria is a hero of our times. This is her story.

Written by Patti McIntosh

Illustrated by Tara Langlois

Writing the Body in Motion

A Critical Anthology on Canadian Sport Literature

by Ed: Angie Abdou and Jamie Dopp

Athabasca Press

2018

Academic, Anthology, essays, Non-Fiction, Scholarly, Sports | 248

CDN: $34.99

About the Book

Sport literature is never just about sport. The genre’s potential to explore the human condition, including aspects of violence, gender, and the body, has sparked the interest of writers, readers, and scholars. Over the last decade, a proliferation of sport literature courses across the continent is evidence of the sophisticated and evolving body of work developing in this area. Writing the Body in Motion offers introductory essays on the most commonly taught Canadian sport literature texts. The contributions sketch the state of current scholarship, highlight recurring themes and patterns, and offer close readings of key works. Organized chronologically by source text, ranging from Shoeless Joe (1982) to Indian Horse (2012), the essays offer a variety of ways to read, consider, teach, and write about sport literature.

About the Editors

Angie Abdou is associate professor of creative writing at Athabasca University and a regular book reviewer for Quill and Quire. She has published one short story collection and four novels. Her first novel, The Bone Cage, was a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011, defended by NHL star Georges Laraque. The novel was included on Canadian Literature magazine’s “All-Time Top Ten List of Best Canadian Sport Literature” and topped the CBC Book Club’s list of Top 10 Sport Books.

Jamie Dopp is associate professor of Canadian literature at the University of Victoria, where he has taught a course in hockey and literature for a number of years. His poetry, fiction, reviews, and scholarly articles have appeared in many journals. He has published two collections of poetry and a novel and in 2009, he co-edited a collection of essays with Richard Harrison called Now is the Winter: Thinking about Hockey.

FRANK

by Ben Frankel

Renegade Arts Entertainment

2018

Canadian History, Graphic Novel, Mystery | 112

CDN: $25

A lost love, a murder, and a mountain that walks.
A historical mystery set in the tragedy of the Frank Slide, one of Canada’s deadliest natural disasters. Eve Lee is in a self-destructive spiral—her big plans for a new life in Frank have not at all turned out how she had planned. As Eve hits the bottom she’s forced to confront her expectations when her former lover disappears under questionable circumstances. But is there something sinister at play or is she simply being obsessive and self-centred? And will she be able to put her past behind her before she finds herself buried under it?

Searching for Petronius Totem

by Peter Unwin

Broadview Press

2018

Fiction, literary fiction | 250

CDN: $21.95

Following a dramatic break-up with his long-suffering wife, Jack Vesoovian retreats to a Hamilton rooming house, where he impulsively decides to take to the road to track down his life-long colleague, Petronius Totem.

Petronius Totem has disappeared following the unlikely success of his memoir, Ten Thousand Busted Chunks, praised for its searing honesty. But when it is discovered to be a pack of lies, Petronius Totem becomes universally despised.

Meanwhile, Jack faces another grim truth: the world is being taken over by a sinister multi-national Fibre-Optic Catering business that has created a chicken-like food matter than can actually fly. Can he and Petronius Totem escape into a virtual future that is free of Chick Lit and flying fibre-optic chickens? Or will Jack return home to his wife Elaine whom it seems, with good reason, will shoot him on sight?

Searching for Petronius Totem is a love story for the age: a wild, imaginative, and utterly original novel.

Keetsahnak

Our Murdered and Missing Indigenous Sisters

by Ed: Kim Anderson, Maria Campbell and Christi Belcourt

University of Alberta Press

2018

Aboriginal Issues, Culture, Current Issues, Indigenous, Non-Fiction, Scholarly | 400

CDN: $29.95

In Keetsahnak / Our Murdered and Missing Indigenous Sisters, the tension between personal, political, and public action is brought home starkly as the contributors look at the roots of violence and how it diminishes life for all. Together, they create a model for anti-violence work from an Indigenous perspective. They acknowledge the destruction wrought by colonial violence, and also look at controversial topics such as lateral violence, challenges in working with “tradition,” and problematic notions involved in “helping.” Through stories of resilience, resistance, and activism, the editors give voice to powerful personal testimony and allow for the creation of knowledge.

Water Rites

Reimagining Water in the West

by Ed: Jim Ellis

University of Calgary Press

2018

Anthology, Canada, Current Issues, essays, Non-Fiction, Scholarly | 168

CDN: $29.99

About the Book 

What are the challenges surrounding water in Western Canada?

What are our rights to water? Does water itself have rights?

Water Rites: Reimagining Water in the West documents the many ways that water flows through our lives, connecting the humans, animals, and plants that all depend on this precious and endangered resource.

Essays from scholars, activists, environmentalists, and human rights advocates illuminate the diverse issues surrounding water in Alberta, including the right to access clean drinking water, the competing demands of the resource development industry and Indigenous communities, and the dwindling supply of fresh water in the face of human-caused climate change. Statements from community organizations detail the challenges facing watersheds, and the actions being taken to mitigate these problems. With a special focus on Environmental and Indigenous issues, Water Rites explores how deeply water is tied to human life.

These essays are complemented by full-colour portfolios of work by contemporary painters, photographers, and installation artists who explore our relation to water.  Reproductions of historical paintings, engravings and film stills demonstrate how water has shaped our country’s cultural imaginary from its beginnings, proving that water is a vital resource for our lives and our imaginations.

With Contributions By

Jim Ellis, Michelle Daigle, Warren Cariou, Helen Knott, Nancy Tousley, Jodi Hilty, Aerin Jacob, Hillary Young, Kelly Zenkenwich, Flora Giesbrecht, Leslie Sweder, David K. Laidlaw, Ciara McKeown, Josée Méthot, Amy Spark, Charles Tepperman, and the Alberta ecoTrust.

About the Author

Jim Ellis is a professor of English at the University of Calgary and Director of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities.

Homes

A Refugee Story

by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung

Freehand Books

2018

Biography & Memoir, Culture, Current Issues, Non-Fiction | 220

CDN: 19.95

One boy’s true story, both heartbreaking and hopeful, of living through the Syrian civil war and immigrating to Canada.

In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria — just before the Syrian civil war broke out.Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes tells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy — soccer, cousins, video games, friends. Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone — and found safety in Canada — with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria. As told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria.
Find Homes in the Read Alberta eBooks collection at your local library!

Sharkasaurus

by Spencer Estabrooks & Jehtro Morales

Renegade Arts Entertainment

2018

Graphic Novel, Science Fiction |

CDN: $19.99

About the Book

Faith and facts collide on a Creationist themed golf course when the daughter of a widowed creationist falls for the adopted son of a gay palaeontologist. Unbeknownst to the lovers a prehistoric dino-shark has emerged from hibernation leaving a trail of death and destruction. Will the creationist and palaeontologist settle their ideological differences or will Sharkasaurus devour them all?

The theme of Sharkasaurus is evolution. All central characters go through a transformation or metamorphosis. When faced with the might and awesome power of Sharkasaurus, stubborn characters are forced to work together, adapt and become the best versions of themselves before they are killed in a terrifyingly hideous way.

About the Authors

Spencer Estabrooks (Writer) – is an Alberta writer and film director. With a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies at the University of Alberta and a diploma in film production at the Victoria Motion Picture School Estabrooks focuses on telling Alberta genre stories. From cowboy zombies (Deadwalkers) to Rocky Mountain monsters (The Hunt) his film projects have won numerous awards including Rue Morgues Magazines Best Short of 2013 and Gencon’s best Feature Film 2016 (Legend of the Lich Lord)

Jethro Morales (Pencils & Inks) – After spending three years working exclusively for Dynamite on a variety of titles including Green Hornet, Dejah of Mars, and Army of Darkness / Vampirella, Jett has recently been focusing his talents on a few larger creator-owned graphic novel projects, the most ambitious of which is SHARKASAURUS. Every bit as big as the name implies.

Adriano Augusto (Colours) – Adriano specializes in digital colours, and he has a tremendous talent for breathing life into original line work. Adriano can colour directly from pencils or from inks, and his vibrant colour palette adds great depth to the original art that he works with. Adriano’s previous work includes Red Sonja, Green Hornet, Masks, and Voltron for Dynamite, and he is currently working on The Normals (Aftershock Comics).

The Figgs

by Ali Bryan

Broadview Press

2018

Fiction, Humour | 300

CDN: $21.95

Meet the Figgs. June, the family’s matriarch, looks forward to a quiet retirement — if only she can get her three adult children to finally, finally, move out of the house. But her dreams are shattered when her son Derek unexpectedly becomes a single father. Now there’s a newborn baby at home, and Derek’s older siblings are showing no sign of going anywhere either. In the midst of the chaos, June’s husband, Randy, has a shocking revelation.

With family life flying fast and furious around her, June finds herself thinking about her parents — adoptive and biological. Where did she come from? Will her new grandson be traumatized without his mother? And why in the world are all the kids still at home, anyway?

The Figgs combines the quirkiness of Miriam Toews, the startling humour and fierce energy of Heather O’Neill, the heart of Little Miss Sunshine and the unruly family dynamics of Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You into one hilarious, immensely fun novel.

An Online Doctorate for Researching Professionals

Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

by Swapna Kumar & Kara Dawson

Athabasca University Press

2018

Academic, Education, Non-Fiction, Textbook | 214

CDN: $39.95

About the Book

The interest and demand for online terminal degrees across disciplines by professionals wishing to conduct research and fulfill doctoral degree requirements at a distance is only increasing. But what these programs look like, how they are implemented, and how they might be evaluated are the questions that challenge administrators and pedagogues alike. This book presents a model for a doctoral program that bridges theory, research, and practice and is offered completely or largely online. In their described program model, Kumar and Dawson enable researching professionals to build an online community of inquiry, engage in critical discourse within and across disciplines, learn from and with experts and peers, and generate new knowledge.

Their program design is grounded in the theoretical and research foundations of online, adult, and doctoral education, curriculum design and community-building, implementation, and evaluation. The authors, who draw on their experience of implementing a similar program at the University of Florida, not only share data collected from students and faculty members but also reflect on lessons learned working on the program in diverse educational contexts. An important guide for program leaders who wish to develop, implement, and sustain an online professional doctorate, An Online Doctorate for Researching Professionals will also be a valuable resource for higher education professionals seeking to include e-learning components in existing on-campus doctoral programs.

About the Authors

Swapna Kumar is clinical associate professor at the School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida. She directs the online doctorate in educational technology that forms the basis of this book. www.swapnakumar.com

Kara Dawson is professor of educational technology in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida and holds the Irvin and Rose Fien Professorship in the College of Education. She researches how technology can meet the needs of everyone. www.karadawson.com

The Home For Wayward Parrots

by Darusha Wehm

NeWest Press

2018

Fiction | 284

CDN: 19.95

Accustomed to being an only child, adoptee Brian “Gumbo” Guillemot’s teenage hobby was searching for his birth parents. After years without a lead, when he finally finds his birth mother, Kim, he’s unprepared for the boisterous instant family that comes with her.

No one, besides Kim, knows anything about Gumbo’s birth father. With Kim refusing to answer any questions, Gumbo must choose whether to continue the search, even if it means alienating his few friends and both his families. And the more he learns, the more he wonders whether some things are better left unknown.

Captivating and playful, The Home For Wayward Parrots explores friendship, romance, modern families and geek pop culture with wit, compassion and extremely foul-mouthed birds.

REVIEWS

“A love song to late bloomers, eclectic families and all the assorted weirdos, hang-ups and half-understood stories that make up a life. And a poignant reminder that even in all our messy, neurotic, parrot-brained glory, we are also capable of beauty, grace and love.”

~ Greg Bechtel, author of Boundary Problems

No Straight Lines

Local Leadership and the Path from Government to Governance in Small Cities

by Ed: Terry Kading

2018

Canada, Culture, Non-Fiction, Political Science, Politics | 312

CDN: $39.99

About the Book

Small cities face intricate challenges. No Straight Lines provides the basis for a refined model of community-engaged leadership and research designed to realize equality of quality of life.

With particular attention to the small city of Kamloops, BC, this book explores the impact of extended, short-term, and unique leadership collaborations and local responses to homelessness, sustainability and food security, aging populations, and the recovery of local history. It offers exciting insights into the role of the university in the small city, from generating local learning opportunities to the integration of undergraduates and faculty in achieving positive change.

Based on active engagement, No Straight Lines reveals the obstacles present in addressing local needs, and the transformations that can be achieved through effective collaboration. It offers rich accounts and valuable insights into flexible practices that respond to the needs of community organizations while recognizing the challenges associated with resource constraints and limitations in capacity. This unique collection provides new insights into the barriers and benefits of leadership and learning in the small city.

With Contributions By

Ginny Rastoy, Lisa Cooke, Robin Reid, Kendra Besanger, Dawn Farough, Tina Block, and Terry Kading

About the Author

Terry Kading is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Philosophy, History and Politics at Thompson Rivers University. He is editor of Small Cities, Big Issues: Reconceiving Community in a Neoliberal Era.

Mary Barton

by Mary Barton

Stonehouse Press

2018

Classics, Drama, literature | 458

CDN: $19.95

About the Book

Before Elizabeth Gaskell’s famous North and South and Cranford, there was Mary Barton. Set in Manchester, England in the mid-nineteenth century, Mary Barton was revolutionary in the way it tackled the relationship between poor mill workers and the wealthier manufacturers. This first book by Elizabeth Gaskell delves into the desperate lives of the working poor in Northern England, much in the way Dickens shone light on London’s lowest classes. In Gaskell’s eyes, prostitutes are selfless, murderers are penitent, and the poor are heroes.

About the Author

Elizabeth Gaskell was born in London in 1810. She was a writer of detailed letters from a young age, and moved in literary circles. Born into a Unitarian family, she married a Unitarian minister in 1832, and the Unitarian values can be seen throughout her novels. Like most Victorians, her life had its griefs. She lost two children, and wrote Mary Barton in an effort to cope with the death of her only son, William. After the publication of Mary Barton, Elizabeth Gaskell went on to write numerous other novels, novellas, short stories, and non-fiction including North and South, Cranford, and the Life of Charlotte Brontë.

The Dark Divide

by D.K. Stone

Stonehouse Publishing

2018

Fiction | 339

CDN: 19.95

Waterton is a town with dark secrets, and after a summer of murder and mayhem, American ex-pat, Rich Evans, knows exactly how far people will go to hide them. Jobless after the fiery destruction of the hotel he once managed, Rich is charged with arson. Only one person, local mechanic Louise “Lou” Newman, believes in his innocence. But even Lou’s love and support can’t dispel the darkness that’s spreading through the community. Dead animals appear on porches, strangers threaten the safety of the locals, and a fingerprint from the fire is linked to a decades-old murder.

The lonely border town has a new danger: a murderer willing to do anything to protect a web of secrets that links them to the arson.