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Fog

Winner: The Miramichi Reader’s 2019 “Very Best Fiction Award” A small plane was blown up in an act of sabotage several years ago over Eastern Quebec, Canada. All the passengers and crew were killed. The incident was quickly analyzed and termed a mechanical failure. The case was declared cold, in a rush. What intrigue and… Read more »

The Daughters’ Story

Nadine is banished to a home for unwed mothers in 1950. She’s 15. Her baby daughter, whose father is shrouded in secrecy, is put up for adoption without her permission. Vowing to reunite one day with her daughter, she cuts all ties with her dysfunctional Irish and French-Canadian Catholic family whose past is cluttered with… Read more »

Through the Mill

“Women do not go on strike and do not get drunk.” — John A. Rose, cigar manufacturer, explaining to a Royal Commision why textile manufacturers should hire women, 1888. Girls and women were essential to industrialization in Canada, particularly in the cotton textile industry, which was concentrated in Quebec. In 1891, for example, more than… Read more »

A Distinct Alien Race

“The French number more than a million in the United States…. They are kept a distinct alien race, subject to the Pope in matters of religion and of politics. Soon…they will govern you, Americans.” — British-American Citizen (Boston), 1889 Americans don’t think of Canada as a source of potential terrorists—speaking a foreign tongue, serving a… Read more »

The Einstein File

Forewords by Ajamu Baraka and David Suzuki Einstein arrived in the United States in 1933, the year the Nazis rose to power in Germany. From that moment until he died in 1955, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI—with other agencies—feverishly collected “derogatory information” to undermine the renowned scientist’s influence and destroy his reputation. With material accessed under… Read more »

Patriots, Traitors and Empires

“In the night of our ignorance, North Korea confirms all stereotypes.”—Bruce Cumings Patriots, Traitors and Empires is an account of modern Korean history, written from the point of view of those who fought to free Korea from the domination of foreign empires. It traces the history of Korea’s struggle for freedom from opposition to Japanese… Read more »

Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanasi Maqaittik

“Carolyn Marie Souaid has a brave honest voice and a love for northern Canada and its people that is genuinely moving to read about.” —Tomson Highway A young woman enters a whole new world of attraction in a community struggling with generations of loss of land and culture. Yasmeen’s tradition-bound mother wants her to stay… Read more »

Montreal, City of Secrets

“Barry Sheehy lays out the case for the involvement of the Confederates in a concise and convincing manner showing once and for all that Booth could not have carried out his plot without their direct help. It is about time.” – Edward Steers Montreal hosted the Confederacy’s largest foreign secret service base during the Civil… Read more »

Washington’s Long War on Syria

“Stephen Gowans’ Washington’s Long War on Syria is probably the most important book on the war in Syria that members of the general public should be reading right now.” —Maximilian C. Forte, author of Slouching Towards Sirte. When President Barack Obama demanded formally in the summer of 2011 that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down,… Read more »