February 2016

Stonechild and Rouleau are back for round 3, tell us about Tumbled Graves.

The book opens with the disappearance of a woman and her three year old daughter, an investigation that begins in Kingston, Ontario, but expands to Gananoque, Ottawa and a biker bar in Montreal. In addition, major developments take place in the lives of the main cops: Officer Kala Stonechild becomes guardian for her cousin’s teenage daughter while Staff Sergeant Jacques Rouleau must face the impending death of his ex-wife.

 

I am often asked by beginner gardeners, “What do I need to know to succeed in the garden?” 

It is an excellent question as the “rules” boil down to a few simple but fundamentally critical points that cannot be overlooked if you want to achieve the garden of your dreams, whether it is a food garden or an ornamental garden. 

 

Here are my top 5 tips for gardening success:

  • Improve your soil.

Black history is something that surrounded me every day as a youth. I grew up in North Buxton, a mostly black town in southwestern Ontario that was a popular destination for slaves escaping from the southern U.S. via the Underground Railroad. The original one-room schoolhouse from the Elgin Settlement still stands near the center of town. I can recall one year, during Black History Month, my class at the mostly white school I attended in nearby Merlin had arranged to visit North Buxton on a field trip.

Dundurn is pleased to announce that Local Customs by Audrey Thomas has been nominated for the Ontario Library Association (OLA)’s 2016 Evergreen Award, part of the Forest of Reading program. The Evergreen Award features adult titles, and the list is chosen by a committee of experienced library staff.

When I first had the idea to write Hawk, I knew I would have to go to the Oil Sands and see it with my own eyes. I'd done a lot of online research and had already decided that my protagonist would come from the remote First Nations Community of Fort Chipewyan, down-steam of the oil sands industry where according to Mr. Google there was a lot of sickness, including cancer, thought by some to be related to toxins from the industry.

Ukkusiksalik is the traditional name of a region in the northwestern corner of Hudson Bay. No one lives there today, but for the Inuit it has a special significance because it was a land of plenty for their ancestors, a bountiful hunting ground where one could always find food. In difficult times and in times of hunger, people came from the north and the south and from inland to the west to find sustenance in Ukkusiksalik. As a result, it is a landscape of stories.

Syrian Arab Republic Flag

In the late summer of 2015, a single image served to crystallize emotions and outrage around the world. The image was that of a Syrian toddler’s corpse that had been discovered washed up on a Turkish beach. When this heart-breaking photo appeared on the front pages of the world’s newspapers the hordes of asylum-seekers then pressing for entry into the European Union suddenly had a human face.