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Darwin's Moving

by Taylor Lambert

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list price: $11.99
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published: Sep 2017
ISBN:9781988732046
publisher: NeWest Press
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Darwin’s Moving introduces readers to the colourful characters who populate the furniture moving trade, a male-dominated world of labour with relatively high pay and no need for education of any sort. Movers have a unique window into the private spaces of the city as they perform their difficult and delicate job inside all manner of homes, from government-subsidized housing developments to multi-million dollar McMansions.

Taylor Lambert intriguingly explores class and work in a city that would rather focus on the wealth and prosperity brought to it by the oil and gas industry. Darwin’s Moving shows us the Other Calgary, a world populated by transient men and women struggling to survive in a boomtown’s shadow.

Darwin’s Moving takes us behind the scenes of a business that is almost completely undocumented in Canadian literature.

Praise for Darwin's Moving
"...the collision of rich and poor is made starkly evident."
~ Quill & Quire
"...an illuminating trip to a realm of which we’re only dimly aware. Bonus: You’ll learn how to pack a van good and tight."
~ Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star
"Darwin's Moving is about Calgary but it's a larger story, too, about the ways Darwin's Moving is not unique, about class and the often-transient men tasked with moving our homes."
~ Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail
"Lambert has shed light on a corner of the Canadian working world few even think about. The ghost of Orwell approves."
~ Morley Walker, Winnipeg Free Press
"You’ll never look at a moving truck the same way again."
~ Steven Sandor, Avenue Edmonton

About the Author
Taylor Lambert was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and eventually settled in Calgary, Alberta. He is a journalist who has published three previous books, including Leaving Moose Jaw and the Calgary bestseller Rising: Stories of the 2013 Alberta Flood. To pay for tuition and later to offset his freelance writing, Taylor worked moving furniture, which led to the idea to write a book centred on the moving industry. Taylor currently resides in Calgary.
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Awards
  • Short-listed, Trade Non-Fiction Award at the Alberta Book Publishing Awards
  • Short-listed, Cover Design Award at the Alberta Book Publishing Awards
  • Winner, The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize

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