Non-fiction

Category: Non-fiction

As I’ve done interviews over the past month, one of the most frequently asked questions is: what prompted you to write this book? For me, music is the elixir of life. Without it, I don’t know what I would do. My iPod with more than 83,000 songs is my constant companion. It’s there when I am high and when I’m low. Nothing beats up a sombre mood better than music. By the same token, there’s no greater feeling than cranking up the stereo and singing along to one of my favourite songs.

It’s an exciting time to be having a baby. Even if you, yourself, are not the one having the baby. I discovered this over the last year as I wrote my newest book, Green Mama-to-Be: Creating a Happy, Healthy, and Toxin-Free Pregnancy. Some of the research is so new that the studies are literally just now being published. They are changing the very idea of what we thought to be true about the nature of human life. They are also fundamentally hopeful concepts: perhaps our health — or lack thereof — is not as set in stone as we once believed.

 

From September 14 to September 17, I traveled around Nova Scotia, talking about my new book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting. The book examines how 20 sets of royal parents from medieval times to modern times raises their children, from fending off Viking attacks to fending off paparazzi.

Dundurn Behind the Covers

Posted on September 22 by Kyle in Non-fiction, Teens

Three of the most recent covers to come out of the Dundurn design department are Sadia, The 4 Year Olympian, and The Teen's Guide to Debating and Public Speaking. These books all feature illustrated covers but are aimed at vastly different audiences. Here are the upcoming books and what our designers had to say.

Born in a manse in Molesworth, Ontario, in 1884, John Paris Bickell would overcome family tragedy to become one of Canada’s true renaissance men of the first half of the twentieth century. JPB or ‘Smiling Jack’, as he was known to many – was fatherless at seven, owned his own brokerage firm at twenty-three and was a millionaire before he turned thirty. As one of the most important industrialists in Canadian history, J.P. Bickell cut an enormous swath across a nation that he helped to shape.

Before the mid-twentieth century, if you’d asked someone to describe a quintessentially Canadian story, they might’ve used the words “historical” and “wilderness”. That’s because many of the popular Canadian books from this period — such as Wacousta (1832) or The Man From Glengarry (1901) — followed characters contending with natural forces and historical contexts. These kinds of books created a mythology around a so-called Canadian identity: a mythology rooted in the natural landscape and a particular version of the country’s history.

Many of the demands we make of forest managers, if practiced, will ensure that the future forest will not be what we want or need.

For seven decades I have been a part of the eastern Canadian boreal forest. I grew up exploring and examining the forest of central Newfoundland Island. Despite living in a logging community and spending some summer vacations with my Dad in logging camps I disapproved of the way the forest was being harvested by the pulp and paper company that managed the land.

It’s funny how one or two statements uttered in a casual conversation can lead to the genesis of an entire book project. I suppose that’s both the curse and joy of those who continually court the writing muse. Everything is fruit for a story or writing project. In fact, I find that there are days where I might often toss out as many as a half dozen ideas.

“Where do you get your ideas?” is a question I am often asked.

I’ve always found it challenging to answer that, because, for me, the answer is simple.

Everywhere.

It was 1975. The Vietnam War had ended and the United States had been defeated. That part of the story most people know.

Less well-known is that in 1975, all along the Canadian U.S. border, U.F.O.s were everywhere. There were large number of sightings in Ontario, Manitoba, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

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