This Is Not a Hoax shows how the work of some contemporary artists and writers intentionally disrupts the curatorial and authorial practices of the country’s most respected cultural institutions: art galleries, museums, and book publishers. This first-ever study of contemporary Canadian hoaxes in visual art and literature asks why we trust authority in artistic works and how that trust is manifest.
Created with the ‘student-tested, faculty-approved’ review process, Write 2: Paragraphs and Essays is the second book in a two-book series devoted to helping students improve their writing skills. The authors believe that writing is a process and a cornerstone of the text is teaching students about the traits of good writing and why they are important to the writing process at all stages. Canadian edition edited by Greg Holditch.
Race to Pisa! is about the smallest king in history, Nasty King Nedward. It’s about his jealousy over Jolly Roger, the rather large royal tailor. It’s about a nasty plan to get rid of this tailor and a balloon race involving clueless Scallywags, blistering blunderbuss balls, flimsy parachutes, and Belarius, the very notorious balloon master. It’s about nasty revenge plans gone awry and the real reason why the world—famous Tower of Pisa leans (a little to the left). Join the Scallywags once again as they revise history and remind us that you don’t need to be very beautiful or extremely intelligent to make your mark in the world. You just need courage and the ability to make a parachute out of your trousers.
In Garage Criticism Peter Babiak gently eviscerates and deflates some of the cultural hot topics of our time. He deconstructs our fascination with Internet culture and its libertarian ideology, devolves the hallucinations of economics and marketing to rhetorical mystifications, and asserts and reasserts the supremacy of linguistic thinking in everyday cultural affairs no less than politics and philosophy.
Everyone knows the world is divided into Biggies (who get whatever they want) and Smallies (who get whatever’s left). Not content with his lot in life as a Smallie, Melvin the Mouse leaves Mouseville and sets out to conquer the world’s Biggest Biggie in the world’s greatest circus. Oblivious the limitations of his size and armed with an outlandish sense of confidence, Melvin pushes past gorillas, lions and rhinos in his quest for the Biggest Biggie, causing maximum mayhem and chaos, but emerging victoriously as the world’s first “Biggie mouse.”
The Scallywag Solution is the first of many adventures to come from the Scallywag gang. The Scallywag adventures take young readers on trips through time, illustrating an exciting high-flying adventure story that also lets the reader explore and learn about the mysteries of history. Where did the original Jolly Roger flag come from? Why does the Tower of Pisa lean? How did the Sphinx lose its nose? Who was the real Mona Lisa? The wild and thrilling escapades of the Scallywags will help readers find the answers.
A burned out playwright accompanies his best friend, a terminally ill director, to the Okanagan for a final summer of wine tasting only to end up on the set of a doomed Shakespeare production at a winery. A poignant and hilarious trip behind the scenes as the Okanagan fires begin their steady march toward the tents of Bard in the Vineyard. Shortlisted for the 2015 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, An Inside Vancouver Top Ten book of 2014, The Vancouver Sun Readers Group Top Ten book of 2014.
Set against the backdrop of Cold War Toronto, The Lightning Field follows the lives of Peter and Lucy Jacobs from their post-war courtship through marriage and child-rearing in the suburbs. Though spanning four decades, the book pivots on the events of a single day: October 4, 1957. On this day, the Russians launch Sputnik into orbit, the Avro Arrow--the most advanced jet plane of its time, whose wings Peter Jacobs has engineered--rolls out onto the tarmac to great ceremony, and, in a nearby field, Lucy Jacobs is struck by lightning on her way to the event. In the aftermath of that day, Peter struggles with his wife's hospitalization and recovery, the care of their children, and, eventually, the loss of his job when the Arrow project is suddenly terminated. Their children—Kier, Andy and Rose—grow up in the sheltered cul-de-sacs of their Toronto suburb, troubled by the disappointments of their parents' world, yet drawn to the infinite possibilities inspired by Laika the space dog and the mysteries of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. If so much of what their parents hoped for in life seemed ultimately out of reach, how will this next generation of dreamers find their way? The Lightning Field is about loss and unexpected offerings, personal dismantling and reassembly.
A Canadian man in his late 30s visits Belarus to find a long lost cousin in order to hand over an inheritance, only to meet a young beautiful woman who has romance in mind as well as Canadian citizenship. A comic gem that shows blood is always thicker than water.
On a stifling August day, six-year-old Clare Fraser and seven-year-old Rudy Vantwest make eye contact from opposite sides of their street. For an instant they are connected, then each turns away Clare to the shelter of the garden sprinkler, Rudy to the excitement of his brother’s impending birth. Twenty-five years later, Clare and Rudy, strangers living continents apart, fixtures of each others memories and imaginations, are connected again. Overturning the guarded, insular lives they both lead, two events one an accident, the other an act of terror transform them both and bind the Vantwest and Fraser families irrevocably. Adam’s Peak weaves back and forth between a Montreal suburb and a Colombo private school, between a Ceylon tea estate at the end of the Second World War and a small Scottish town in the early 1960s, its characters struggling desperately to come to terms with themselves and with their powerful connections to the people and places they have tried to escape. Runner-up for the 2008 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.