Non-fiction

Category: Non-fiction

Summer Book Club Picks

Alone A Love Story by Michelle Parise

“Alone: A Love Story is an emotional memoir of a life exploded — the end of a marriage, referred to as The Bomb — and the chaos that follows. But it's also about what blooms in the wreckage. Beautifully written, intimate, alive and accessible, the story flows like a conversation with your most interesting, wise and exciting friend.” — Emily Urquhart, author of Beyond the Pale

Toronto's Lost Villages: A Blog

I grew up in Scarborough during the 1950s. Then, it was a place of blowing grain and grazing cattle. Farm homes and barns lined the gravel roads, while hamlets and small villages clustered at the many crossroads, mill sites, and the railway stations. But poorly planned urban sprawl was creeping across the countryside and rural Scarborough was vanishing. As indeed was much of what we call today the GTA.

Go Local for Your Summer Vacation

Posted on July 9 by Dundurn Guest in Non-fiction

7 Books to Guide Your Summer Adventures in Your Backyard and Beyond!

 

The Great Canadian Bucket List by Robin Esrock

Need to plan your summer, but want to stay off the beaten track? Join the Canadians who’ve discovered The Great Canadian Bucket List and its one-of-a-kind travel experiences. Find Canada’s most incredible experiences from every province and territory and add them to your own bucket list.

 

Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Shortlist

Dundurn Press is thrilled to announce that three of our authors, Kate Armstrong, Amanda Laird, and Joanne Vannicola, have been shortlisted for the 2020 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in the nonfiction category!

Dundurn Press is excited to congratulate historian and author Debra Komar whose 2019 book The Court of Better Fiction is shortlisted for the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book!

None of it would have happened if I hadn’t taken a risk.

I’d long wanted to write a book about the haunted hospital near my house, but I didn’t know where to start or how to balance things or… well, anything. I just felt like it had a story I wanted to tell, something about the history and the rumours about ghosts and hauntings.

Dundurn Press is thrilled to congratulate Dennis McConaghy whose 2019 book Breakdown is shortlisted for the 2020 Donner Prize!

Breakdown: The Pipeline Debate and the Threat to Canada's Future is an examination of Canada’s struggle to rationalize hydrocarbon development that culminated in the 2018 impasse over the Trans Mountain Pipeline extension. Named one of the Hill Times’ “100 Best Non-Fiction Canadian Books in 2019,” Breakdown is McConaghy’s second book after 2017’s highly praised Dysfunction: Canada after Keystone XL.

Even before coronavirus, there was an urgent need for clear communication, for translating science into plain language, for demystifying medicine and for reducing stigma around disease and disability. This type of science writing is even more critical during this global pandemic. 

In Jacob Bronowski’s 1973 book The Ascent of Man, based on the television series, he talks about the danger of an ‘aristocracy of intellect.’ He warns that keeping scientific knowledge only amongst such an aristocracy could “destroy the civilization that we know.” He writes:

My life has been blessed by five powerful Near-Death Experiences (NDEs), two that happened in my childhood, and three that occurred in my adult life, my most recent in 2003.  My first adult Near-Death Experience in a plane crash in 1979 changed the entire course of my life and my career as a medical doctor.

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