For today’s cover poll we bring your four books on the topic of dance. You can find out more about these title below, but first, pick your favourite cover!
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Passion to Dance (by James Neufeld): Passion to Dance is the story of the National Ballet of Canada — the people who dreamt the company into existence, the determination needed to keep it afloat, the bumps on the road to its success, and above all, its passion for dance as a living, evolving art form.
From catch-as-catch-can beginnings — borrowed quarters, tiny stages, enormous
dreams the National Ballet has emerged as one of North Americas foremost dance troupes. The company at sixty is a company of its time, engaged in creating challenging new work, yet committed to maintaining the classics of the past, favourites like Swan Lake, The Nutcracker,and The Sleeping Beauty.
One hundred and fifty photographs from the companys archives illustrate this definitive history, filled with eyewitness accounts, backstage glimpses, and fascinating detail. This is a record of one of Canadas boldest cultural experiments, a book to enjoy now and keep forever.
Bone Dance (by Joan Boswell and Sue Pike): Music may soothe the savage breast, but in this fifth collection of witty and wicked crime fiction from the Ladies’ Killing Circle, music provides the background for tales of murder and mayhem. Eighteen stories by Canadian women crime writers along with poems from Joy Hewitt Mann take their inspiration from titles as varied as the upbeat “Wake Up Little Suzie” through the romantic “Summertime” and musicals such as “There’s No Business Like Show Business”. It’s a collection you won’t want to put down until you’ve read every one and hummed all the tunes. You’ll never listen to your favourite songs again without wondering what nefarious deeds they may have inspired.
I Forgot to Tell You (By Charis Marsh): The students of Vancouver International Ballet Academy are preparing to perform the ballet Coppelia. A ballet about dolls, love, and trickery, Coppelia doesn’t have a moral, and neither do the rehearsals. If Taylor, Julian, Alexandra, and Kaitlyn don’t rise to meet the challenges this ballet is putting them through, they might not make it on stage. The dancers might be fully alive, but they have more than enough real-life drama to keep them busy. The casting of the principal role of Swanhilda keeps getting changed, but is it really about who’s the best dancer right now, or is something else changing the casting decisions?
Summer school acceptances and rejections are in, but who’s telling the truth about where they’re going? And who’s coming back to VIBA after the summer?
Last Dance (by David Russell): Winston Patrick was a successful lawyer who defended the downtrodden of Vancouver’s criminal world. Dissatisfied with his career, he traded in the courtroom for the high school classroom. Winston is barely surviving his first year at a Vancouver high school when his students present a human rights issue. A student wants to bring his same-sex partner to the high school prom, but the school won’t let him. Winston reluctantly leads his proteges on their first legal quest: suing the school. He never thought that fighting for a student’s rights could have deadly consequences, but as the issue gains publicity, Winston discovers that their opponents will stop at nothing to make their point not even murder. David Russell’sfirst Winston Patrick novel, Deadly Lessons, was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for best first crime novel.