December 2016

White Jade Tiger

To celebrate the upcoming 25th anniversary of White Jade Tiger, Dundurn is publishing a new edition — complete with a brand new cover. The text got a makeover too.

It’s not often (actually never) that I get to tweak a manuscript years after it’s been published. I’d reread the book a few times, but one reads differently in editor mode, and I was astounded by what I discovered. It wasn’t the typos (a couple) or unnecessary space breaks or excessive adjectives (that I happily cut). It was the memories.

How did you get the idea for the Daughters of Light series?

The idea for the character of Jasmine originated from a student in my homeroom class who was being bullied so badly outside of class, she’d hide in her closet so that her mother would think she’d gone to school. This student’s mother had lupus, so the student didn’t want to worry her mum by telling anyone about the bullying.

There are actually two different questions in the title of this post. The first is: why is this book necessary? The origins of its argument about Canadian defence procurement can be traced all the way back to the late 1970s. Shortly after I was hired by McMaster University in 1976 to teach in the political science department, the Liberal government of Pierre Elliott Trudeau decided to buy a new fighter aircraft for Air Command (as the Royal Canadian Air Force was known back then). One of my new colleagues, Michael M.

Honouring Dr.O with Beth Bruder

Posted on December 13 by Kyle

Growing up in Belleville, Ontario close to Tyendinega, Mohawk country, it was not until I went to high school and met the students from Tyendinega that I was aware of this First Nation so close by. Even then I knew little of Mohawk culture or their contribution to Canada. History taught in 1960s Ontario high schools was British, American and little else. A missed opportunity.

So the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians to win the World Series. When we think about it, “Indians” is a strange nickname for a sports team. Sports teams generally use animals, symbols, or mythical figures as nicknames: the Toronto Blue Jays, the Calgary Stampeders, B.C. Lions, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Expos, etc.

Writing Unbuilt Hamilton was a homecoming for me. Quite literally. I live in Toronto now, but during a leave I took from my day job to research the book, I spent a lot of time staying with my father — in what turned out to be the final months of his life — in the house in Hamilton I had grown up in. It was appropriate. Decades earlier, that house had started me on the path to the book I was writing.