Saskatchewan is fertile ground for much more than crops and non-renewable resources--we are renowned for the quality and quantity of writers and writing we enjoy in our province. Take a look at some of our recent offerings at Regina Public Library.
Shannon is thrilled when her mom becomes pregnant. After years of hoping and praying, Shannon will be a big sister. They will be a normal, happy family. But when her baby brother is born, things do not go according to plan. And Shannon does something that is so out of character, not even she can explain it. Sent away to Camp Outlook, Shannon has several bizarre experiences, crushes on the student minister, and starts to re-consider how important being "normal" really is.
It’s bittersweet: Ari’s beloved grandfather has died, but he’s left Ari an amazing gift—the inheritance of his cabin and land. The property is unusual, beautiful…and very marketable. With the family’s money troubles, the only sensible option is to sell it to a luxury hotel developer. But for Ari, it’s the perfect place to live and a connection with his grandfather too precious to lose. With the adults determined to ignore everything Ari wants, how can he fight for his hopes, for his grandfather and for the land itself?
Back to Batoche is a story about three kids who travel back in time to Batoche on the eve of the Battle for Batoche, the famous battle between the Riel Resistance and the North West Field Force. This novel sees the great battle from the point of view of the three Dory children who are the main characters of this story, so while the subject matter is serious in nature, it would not fail to keep the young reader in question engaged with the children’s travels and adventures.
Katherine's parents spent everything setting up their homestead, but they're struggling. Now Katherine has to sell her horse because keeping her is just too expensive.
Emma's father left her and her mother back in England during the gold rush. Now Emma's mam has died, and she's been forced to come after her father. Even worse, he thinks he's got the solution to cheer her up. He buys her a horse!
Set against the majestic landscape of the turn-of-the-century West, this is a story of ingenuity, courage, friendship, and the love of a horse.
Having saved the first Shard of the sword Excalibur from Internet mogul Rex Major, Ariane and Wally are on the lookout for the second. Wally's worried that the power of the first Shard is already changing Ariane, giving her the strength to do good and evil. Meanwhile, Ariane's located the second Shard in France. Sure, her inherited powers from the Lady of the Lake enable her to travel magically through fresh water, but there's a huge saltwater ocean separating them from their next target. And Rex Major is already on his way there. As Major uses Wally's doubts to cause a rift between the friends, Ariane goes it alone. But if the first Shard's power is barely controllable, how will she fare when two Shards are united? And what can Wally do to get his friend back?
Fourteen year-old Summer Widden has just been named captain of the basketball team by Coach Nola. Several girls on her team are furiously jealous. But Coach says Summer's got the skills and the leadership qualities to take the team all the way to the provincial championship. Then Coach Nola dies in a plane crash, and everything changes. The new coach plays favourites, the team is falling apart, and, to get revenge on Summer, the popular girls lump her in with the team loser. Summer starts seeing Coach Nola's ghost whenever she's on the court. Is Coach trying to tell her something?
This book explores the traumatic events in the life of Blair Russell, a high school football player who struggles to do what's right in tough circumstances. Key characters are his brother, Blake, the team's quarterback; Jordan Phelps, the star receiver, a kid with a need to control others; Paul Russell, his father, an Anglican priest; and Barb Russell, his mother. Blair is the subject of taunting and hazing, including physical intimidation on the football field by Jordan. When Blair begins to stick up for others who are being tormented by the team the Russell family becomes divided and leads to a tragedy that changes their lives forever.
In 1939, Kay Jeynes goes to work for the only Japanese businessman in town, the elderly, wealthy, Oxford-educated Mr. Miyashita. Despite differences in their age, race, and class, a friendship develops between them in the peaceful vacuum of Mr. Miyashita’s office. But outside, on the city streets, relations between North America and Japan grow steadily worse. Travel becomes impossible for Mr. Miyashita, so he asks Kay to cross the Pacific Ocean to retrieve a family heirloom, even as the Imperial Navy is maneuvering into position for the attack on Pearl Harbor. On this journey, Kay commits some seemingly small sins of omission. But in the paranoid climate of the times, these little white lies put Mr. Miyashita at risk of being arrested as a spy.
In this comical novel about sexuality, relationships, and aging, self-proclaimed World's Greatest Lover, eighty-year-old Alberto Camelo frankly recounts his exhaustion at being tasked with a lover whose spontaneous ecstasy becomes too much for him to handle, his short-lived stint in the army, and how he ran a franchise of "specialty" restaurants - into the ground, that is. An aura of absurdity pervades this humorous satire of a life characterized by awkward amorous encounters, lascivious liaisons, and erotic irreverence.
In these stories, readers will not find heartwarming sentimentality, but mature literary prose with surprising twists and indeterminate endings, and women of intense substance and spirit. P. J. Worrell understands girls who dream of being wives and mothers in safe cozy homes, then find out that trying hard to secure that life does not necessarily make it happen. Her work is imbued with the feminism that early literary pioneers like Margaret Laurence and Alice Munro introduced in their fiction. Worrell writes close to the bone. Her characters may not be heroically dashing or intrepid, but they stare death in the face without flinching and this is what makes Proudflesh such an important first book.
Joanne's husband Zack is the leading progressive candidate in a neck-and-neck race, with the existing mayor, for Regina's top job. The tough campaigning is well underway when a disturbing threat disrupts the celebration for the opening of the Racette-Hunter Centre -- a project Zack has been spearheading, intended to benefit the impoverished community of North Central Regina. Joanne soon realizes that sinister interests are working behind the scenes of the election, and another savage act makes clear that someone will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo.
The Shreve campaign perseveres, but when Zack's opponents share some shocking information about the past, the revelation sends Joanne reeling. As tensions around the election build, Joanne tries to hold herself together, keep her family intact, and get to the bottom of why a series of violent incidents, seemingly related to the mayoral race, all lead back to a mysterious property in North Central, 12 Rose Street.
Sergiusz Belar, one of the most powerful men in the world, faces Alzheimer's Disease. Soon he must appoint a successor. Who can he trust? With the fate of the International Intelligence Agency hanging in the balance, former Canadian Disaster Recovery agent Adam Saint is lured to the very edge of the world. Floating on the deep waters of Polynesia is an island unknown to the modern world. Until a trio of women, survivors of a long ago shipwreck, are discovered on the uncharted spit of steamy, dark jungle.But who are the women of Skawa Island? Are they victims? Or are they hiding something, complicit in their own isolation? Emerging from the wreckage of his career and personal life, Adam Saint leads a mission to find the women of Skawa Island. Supported by his sister Alexandra and computer genius nephew Anatole, Saint battles to win back his life, his family, and uncover a truth so horrible it might never have been meant to escape.
A testament to the miraculous beings that share our planet and the places that they live, The Wild in You is a deeply-felt creative collaboration between one of our time’s best nature photographers and a very talented and creative poet. Inspired by the majestic and savage beauty of Ian McAllister’s photographs, Lorna Crozier translates the wild emotion of these images into the language of the human heart: poetry. Featuring over 30 beautiful full-size photographs of wolves, bears, sea lions, jellyfish, and other wild creatures paired with 30 original poems, The Wild in You challenges the reader to a deeper understanding of the connection between humans, animals, and our shared earth.
The sweeping changes that make a 'full world' work-involving dual processes of destruction and reconstruction-will transform global culture, agriculture, and ultimately the human race. Eleven is a call to consciousness. Only an 'ethical revolution' will allow us to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. Paul Hanley proposes a transformational model that will help individuals, institutions, and communities make an eleven-billion world work for everyone-and the planet.
Here is a courageous and intimate chronicle of life in a residential school. Now a retired fisherman and trapper, Joseph A. (Augie) Merasty was one of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children who were taken from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run schools, where they were subjected to a policy of "aggressive assimiliation." As Merasty recounts, these schools did more than attempt to mold children in the ways of white society. They were taught to be ashamed of their native heritage and, as he experienced, often suffered physical and sexual abuse.Even as he looks back on this painful part of his childhood, Merasty's generous and authentic voice shines through.
Prairie naturalist Trevor Herriot decides “the road is how.” Recovering from a misstep that could have been his last, he decides to go for a three-day walk to sort through questions that rushed in upon the enforced stillness as he waited for his body to heal. The author sets off down an ordinary prairie road and then detours along railbeds, over hills and into fields--sitting next to sloughs, waiting for a sparrow to sing to the dusk. Each step takes him further into a territory where imagination and experience carry us beyond the psychological imprint of our transgressions to the soul’s reconnection with a broken land. Attended by a pair of hawks , the author begins the walk into the second half of life by facing his own part in the spiritual failures of men, and examining how that culpability plays out in family, community and landscape. It offers believers and skeptics alike an illuminating look at how brief passages in our lives can help us find grace in the way we walk upon this good earth.
The Deaf House is Joanne Weber's life story. It highlights the work and passions of a woman who grew up deaf and became an advocate for the deaf. It is a story of pain, loss and defeat balanced with joy, gain, and victory. It is the true story of a deaf woman as much as it is the fable of a heroic quest where a woman overcomes the most profound obstacles to find herself.
Saskatchewan is the epitome of the 'prairie' provinces, even though half of the province is covered by boreal forest. The Canadian penchant for dividing this vast country into easily-understood 'regions' has reduced the Saskatchewan identity to its southern prairie denominator and has distorted cultural and historical interpretations to favor the prairie south. Forest Prairie Edge is a deep-time investigation of the edge land, or ecotone, between the open prairies and boreal forest region of Saskatchewan. Ecotones are transitions from one landscape to another, where social, economic, and cultural practices of different landscapes are blended. Using place history and edge theory, Massie considers the role and importance of the edge ecotone in building a diverse social and economic past that contradicts traditional "prairie" narratives around settlement, economic development, and culture. She offers a refreshing new perspective that overturns long-held assumptions of the prairies and the Canadian west.
"The body would have been nearly impossible to identify. There was so little of it left, for one thing."Thus begins the sordid tale of the "Scissors Grinder," one of 40 heart-pounding true crime stories that will have you looking over your shoulder. Or keeping your bedside light on at night.With this and other blood-curdling accounts veteran crime writer Barb Pacholik offers up another installment in her best-selling series of true crime books set in Saskatchewan. This time she pursues cadaver dogs, unearths charred remains, explores the horrifying "killing room," and delves into cold cases - those unsolved crimes, some whose perpetrators still lurk out there.Reconstructed from court transcripts, these all-too-true stories expose the greed, desperation, and inhumanity living just down the street and around the corner.
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