Along the 46th is an anthology of short stories from 13 new and established authors from Northern Ontario.
Four generations of women. Four generations of stories. Years of secrets. Rule of Seconds interlaces the extraordinary lives of four genera-tions of one family in the Northern Ontario city of Sault Ste. Marie. The cyclical nature of themes and tragedy entwines the women and their histories. At age twenty-six, the narrator-protagonist Sheila recalls her past and that of her family in hopes of unearthing the cause of her painful epilepsy. Piecing together the depth of her troubled family history, Sheila discovers far more than she can cope with. Spanning from the 1920s to present day, the narrative depicts the unconventional life of Sheila's great grandmother who owned a three-storey boarding house and ran an illegal speakeasy in the basement. Rule of Seconds is a story about four generations of hard women, defying the conventions of their era, time and again.
The Dependent is a true story written by a military wife married to a paratrooper who served in the Canadian Armed Forces for fourteen years before his army career came to a crashing halt--a freak accident near Armed Forces Base Trenton left him paraplegic and their future in shards. Danielle, a fiercely independent university student, meets Steve, an ambitious infantry private. Much of the first years of their marriage are spent apart, as Steve's infantry unit is sent overseas for duty in Croatia, Bosnia, and Afghanistan. With each tour of duty, the emotional distance between them intensifies. After four tours, Steve finally comes home to stay, but little changes: their marriage remains a difficult ménage-à-trois made up of a man, a woman, and the military. In this deeply candid depiction of their marriage before and after a life-altering trauma, each chapter unveils an intimate portrait of marriage--one in which Danielle and Steve must navigate shifting roles and learn to co-exist in a space where the collateral damage of military service is absolute. The Dependent is a brave and modern love story revealing immeasurable loss and grief and the journey to lasting hope and forgiveness.
Danielle Daniel is a Metis author and illustrator based in Sudbury, Ont. Her short stories have been published in Room and Event Magazine. She is the author of Sometimes I Feel Like A Fox (Groundwood Books), winner of the 2016 Marylin Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC), finalist for the First Nation Communities Read Award, the 2017 Blue Spruce Award and one of New York Public Library's Most Notable Titles of the Year for Reading and Sharing (2015). Her second children's book, Once In a Blue Moon will be released by Groundwood in fall 2017. She is working on two other novels, one for adults and one for children. She is working on her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.
Did you ever wonder where life would lead you if you truly followed your passion?
Joe LaFlamme not only wondered about it, he lived his passion to the limit. When, in 1920, he settled in Gogama, in remote Northern Ontario, he discovered a passion for the wild animals of the boreal forest. Taming wolves soon turned him into a legend, his fame spreading throughout Canada and the United States. Yet he himself remained untamed and unstoppable.Imagine a strapping Canadian trapper raising timber wolves to draw the sleigh; mushing his wolf team in the heart of big cities such as Montreal, Toronto, Boston, and even on Broadway in New York; travelling by plane with unleashed wolves; bringing his moose to ABC radio for an interview, to posh banquet rooms for a salad, and even to the local pub for a beer.Not only did Wolf Man Joe LaFlamme's passion lead him to tempt fate by rubbing shoulders with wild beasts, he also defied the law by bootlegging moonshine to make ends meet and spice up his life.LaFlamme's biographer, Suzanne F. Charron, has done extensive research to bring his story back to life and establish the Wolf Man in the canon of Canadian legends.
Whazzat? explores how poetry invites us to look at things differently, with a sense of surprise, a whazzat. It looks at paradoxes we meet in life, and ways of resolving them through shifts of perspective. Poems cluster in four sections around paradoxes in different parts of our lives. Can we square the sheer unpredictability of events - especially with climate change - with our recurring need for certainty? Can we revitalize downtown cores without losing a sense of our past? In our personal lives, can we see unavoidable paradoxes as "gifts" that heighten our sense of wonder, rather than threatening to divide us in two? Is there a "now" we can live in, or do we inevitably live in our pasts and imagined futures? A number of poems have been previously published in literary magazines and anthologies across Canada, the U.K. and the U.S.A. This collection draws them together.
New York's Men's Journal Magazine hired a studio photographer from Brooklyn, a post-master/writer from Thermond West Virginia and two Canadian river guides to paddle one of the country's most dangerous whitewater rivers - the Seal in northern Manitoba, for the purpose of publishing the quintessential Canadian adventure story. Add to this unlikely melange of characters, the possibility of capsizing in freezing water, the threat of polar bears, a midnight sail down Hudson Bay and Manitoba's worst boreal wild fire, this chronicle will carry the reader to the extreme edge of exploration.
Hap Wilson is an award winning-artist, author, photographer, guide, environmentalist, cartographer and eco trail builder living in Rosseau, Ont. His writing has appeared in Canadian Geographic, Explore and Canoe & Kayak. He has published a dozen nature and geography related books. His book Voyages-Canada's Heritage Rivers won the Natural Resources Council of America Award for best environmental book and the Bill Mason Award for lifetime achievement in River Conservation. Wilson, along with his wife Andrea, operate the Cabin Falls EcoLodge in Temagami, Ont. He lives in Rosseau, Ont.
As the first Russian bombs drop on Oulu, Finland in early 1940 during the Winter War, Aarne Kovala is a young boy with a great love of the sea. While the war rages, Aarne takes fate into his own hands and joins the Finnish merchant marines. He spends his days delivering war materials between Finland, Poland, and Germany. But when Finland's ties with Germany are severed after the signing of the Moscow Armistice in 1944, Aarne and his fellow sailors are arrested by the Nazis and sent by cattle car to the infamous Stutthof concentration camp deep in the Polish forest. Surviving Stutthof is a tale of survival, hope, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.
"Read this. It will make you a better person."
- Marina Nemat, author, Prisoner of Tehran & After Tehran
"Liisa Kovala has achieved something extraordinary in telling her father's remarkable story: she has turned living history into living art. Survivng Stutthof reads like a novel, but there is never any question that it is delivering a universal truth."
-- Wayne Grady, author of ,i>Emancipation Day.
Will Crosswell's decision to pursue acting shattered his father's dream of him being a useful adult. When we first meet the young Will he is a wolf in wolf's clothing. But in the ensuing years, from relationships to the theatre, his life has become one shipwreck after another. Dumped by his fiancée and desperate to pay the rent, he finds himself taking a job on the bottom rung of the Great Chain of Being - a telemarketer. The satire becomes serious when Will hits rock bottom. After a life-altering AA encounter with an unconventional minister, Will enrolls in divinity school and has to survive his most challenging escapade yet - a forty day fast in a Newfoundland outport in the middle of the frozen winter. As he struggles to keep from freezing and starving to death, he is confronted by a series of strange events, not the least of which is an encounter with Billy Blight, a bigger-than-life Newfoundlander headed for perdition. Funny, surprising, outrageous, and moving, A Matter of Will is the tale of a middle-age maybe minister and his journey to find a mighty purpose.
Rod Carley is the Artistic Director of Canadore College's Acting for Stage and Screen Program in North Bay and a part-time English professor at Nipissing University. He is also an award- winning director, playwright and actor, having directed and produced over 100 theatrical productions to date including fifteen adaptations of Shakespeare. He was the 2009 winner of TVO's Big Ideas/Best Lecturer competition. A Matter of Will is his first novel. He lives in North Bay, Ont.
In this fable-like tale, author Rod Carley proves that he has a deft touch with story and character. A Matter Of Will takes the reader on a journey that is pure Canadian and thoroughly enjoyable."Norm Foster, Canada's most produced playwright
"Rod Carley's terrific ear for dialogue brings the worlds of theatre and telemarketing to life in a breazy picaresque about the spiritual redemption of a dissolute rake."
-Allan Stratton, author, The Dogs
"The phantasmagoric scenes of Will Croswel's forty Dark Nights of the Soul in Witless Bay, Newfoundland are grotesque comedy such as has been rarely seen in Canadian writing and how refreshing it is!"
- John Metcalf, author, The Museum at the End of the World
A collection of creative non-fiction stories about the colonization and immigration in northern Ontario.
Laura Stradiotto is a journalist, web content developer and media relations specialist based in Sudbury. Laura has a B.A. (Hons.) in Rhetoric/Italian Studies from Laurentian University (2001) and a post-diploma in journalism from Cambrian College (2002). In May 2017 she completed an M.F.A. in Creative Non Fiction at the University of King's College in Halifax, NS.
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