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Little Book of Facts About a Really Big Country

by (author) John Robert Colombo

Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
May 2007
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2007
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What greeting did Alexander Graham Bell hope would catch on with telephone callers?

What is a “Shawinigan handshake”?

How old is the average Canadian?

Why are the Toronto Maple Leafs not the Maple Leaves?

Find the answers to these questions and more in The Little Book of Facts About a Really Big Country. Canada’s Master Gatherer is back doing what he does so well: pulling together obscure Canadiana in an entertaining collection to lure the trivia buff and to take the reader on a tour from serious to quirky, across the entire history, geography, and culture of Canada. These may not be the facts you learned in school, but armed with this odd assortment of knowledge you should be ready to challenge anyone on the merits of our home and native land.

This book may be small, but the country is big. How big? Read this book!

About the author

John Robert Colombo, who edited and annotated Worlds in Small, is known as the Master Gatherer for his many compilations of the lore and literature of Canada. Colombo has complied, translated, and written over eighty books. He co-translated into English five books of Bulgarian literature, not to mention books of verse originally written in Hungarian, Romanian, Polish, etc. In the field of native studies he has compiled Windigo, Poems of the Inuit, Songs of the Indians, and Songs of the Great Land. Among his large-scale literary anthologies are The Poets of Canada and Colombo’s Book of Canada. He edited Other Canada, the country’s first anthology of science fiction and fantasy, and beginning with Mysterious Canada, he has written or complied six books of Paranormal Canadiana. These books, plus media appearances, have earned him the title "Canada’s Mr. Mystery."

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