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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…

The Spine Chillers

by Ben Clark

Renegade Arts Entertainment

2019

Graphic Novel, Literary | 112

CDN: 14.99

‘Relentlessly funny and in places, heart breakingly poignant.’  FPI Blog The Spine Chillers is an episodic comic strip about the time the world’s greatest writers shared a small boarding house, living together to create some of the most loved thrillers and horror stories of all time. Marvel at HP Lovecraft’s inspiration for Cthulhu, gasp as Ambrose Bierce struggles under the…

Exhibit

by Paul Zits

University of Calgary Press

2019

Poetry | 120

CDN: 18.99

Margaret is unlike other women: her hands bark, she speaks Hawaiian Punch, and she can often be seen prodding at stars with sticks. And sometimes she is the happiest woman in the world: a pillow with a pillowcase. Her brother, Alex, feels pleasant enough, except that his parts are made of wood, and that a…

Pugg’s Portmanteau

by D.M. Bryan

University of Calgary Press

2019

Fiction, Literary | 392

CDN: 24.99

When Pugg, dog to eighteenth-century printmaker William Hogarth, finds a leather portmanteau abandoned beneath his master’s deathbed, the bereaved canine embarks on an inquiry to make sense of the disordered contents. Notes from a criminal investigation, letters between sisters, a pair of novels, and the personal reflection of one Sarah Scott lead Pugg on a…

Lillian & Kokomis: The Spirit of Dance

by Lynda Partridge, illustrated by Dave Nicholson

UpRoute Books and Media

2019

Fiction, Indigenous, Juvenile | 96

CDN: 17.95

Lillian & Kokomis is the second book in the UpRoute Indigenous Spirit of Nature Series. Written by Sixties Scoop survivor, Lynda Partridge, the back cover blurb says all … “Lillian finds herself at yet another foster home. White kids make fun of her at school. Indigenous kids do too. Lillian’s angry mind wants to punch…

Bursts of Fire: Addicted to Heaven

by Susan Forest

Laksa Media Groups Ltd.

2019

Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult | 392

CDN: 23.95

To survive. To fight. To restore balance. Assassin. Battle tactician. Magic Wielder. Driven by different ambitions, Meg, Janat, and Rennika are destined to become all these things and more. To reclaim their birth right, they must challenge a dogma-driven chancellor’s influence on the prince raised to inherit his father’s war: a prince struggling to unravel…

Environmental Activism on the Ground: Small Green and Indigenous Organizing

by ed. Jonathan Clapperton and Liza Piper

University of Calgary Press

2019

Academic, Educational, Environment, Indigenous, Scholarly | 376

CDN: 39.99

Environmental Activism on the Ground draws upon a wide range of interdisciplinary scholarship to examine small scale, local environmental activism, paying particular attention to Indigenous experiences. It illuminates the questions that are central to the ongoing evolution of the environmental movement while reappraising the history and character of late twentieth and early twenty-first environmentalism in Canada,…

Environment in the Courtroom

by ed. Allan E. Ingelson

University of Calgary Press

2019

Academic, Educational, Environment, Law, Scholarly | 824

CDN: 64.99

Canadian environmental law is a dynamic and exciting area that is playing an increasingly important role in furthering sustainable development policy. Environmental law has distinctive relevant principles, operating procedures, implications, and importance in comparison with other areas of law, and these distinctions must be appreciated both within the legal community and by all those who…

The Path to Wild Food: Edible Plants & Recipes for Canada

by Sandra Walker

Lone Pine Publishing

2019

Non-Fiction | 192

CDN: 24.95

Taking a refreshing and practical approach, The Path to Wild Food is an ethical field guide and recipe book that promotes respect for the natural world and for the cultures that effectively use it. Written by an accomplished ethnobotanist and educator, this book will rekindle an interest in natural foods, including taking best advantage of “nature’s…

Polish War Veterans in Alberta: The Last Four Stories

by Aldona Jaworska

The University of Alberta Press

2019

Canadian History, Educational, European History, Non-Fiction | 328

CDN: 29.99

In the aftermath of World War II, more than 4,500 Polish veterans, displaced by war and the Soviet-oriented Polish government, were resettled in Canada as farm workers; 750 of these men were accepted by the province of Alberta. Polish War Veterans in Alberta examines how these former soldiers came to experience their new country and…

Sam Steele: A Biography

by Rod Macleod

The University of Alberta Press

2018

Biography, Canadian History, Educational, Non-Fiction | 432

CDN: 39.99

Sam Steele, “the man who tamed the Gold Rush,” had a high-profile public career, yet his private life has been closely protected. Sam Steele: A Biography follows Steele’s rise from farm boy in backwoods Ontario to the much-lauded Major General Sir Samuel Benfield Steele. Drawing on the vast Steele archive at the University of Alberta,…

John Rae, Arctic Explorer: The Unfinished Autobiography

by John Rae, edited by William Barr

The University of Alberta Press

2019

Autobiography, History, Learning, Non-Fiction | 688

CDN: 60

John Rae is best known today as the first European to reveal the fate of the Franklin Expedition, yet the range of Rae’s accomplishments is much greater. Over five expeditions, Rae mapped some 1,550 miles (2,494 kilometres) of Arctic coastline; he is undoubtedly one of the Arctic’s greatest explorers, yet today his significance is all…

The Stories Were Not Told: Canada's First World War Internment Camps

by Sandra Semchuk

The University of Alberta Press

2018

Canadian History, Educational, Learning, Non-Fiction | 312

CDN: 34.99

From 1914 to 1920, thousands of men who had immigrated to Canada from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire were unjustly imprisoned as “enemy aliens,” some with their families. Most were Ukrainians; almost all were civilians. The Stories Were Not Told presents this largely unrecognized event through photography, cultural theory, and personal testimony,…

My Heroes Have Always Been Indians: A Century of Great Indigenous Albertans

by Cora J. Voyageur

Brush Education

2018

Alberta, Canadian History, Educational, Indigenous, Non-Fiction | 226

CDN: 24.95

In a series of inspirational profiles, Cora Voyageur celebrates 100 remarkable Indigenous Albertans whose achievements have enriched their communities, the province, and the world. As a child, Cora rarely saw Indigenous individuals represented in her history textbooks or in pop culture. Willie Nelson sang “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys,” but Cora wondered, where were…