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It Wasn't Enough

It Wasn't Enough

edition:Paperback
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What if one day, all of the women suddenly disappeared, leaving the men to take their places, fill their roles, do what they did. What would happen? How would the men react?

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What if one day, all of the women suddenly disappeared, leaving the men to take their places, fill their roles, do what they did.  What would happen?  How would the men react?

"Unlike far too many novels, this one will make you think, make you uncomfortable, and then make you reread it …. "  C. Osborne, moonspeaker.ca 

"… a powerful and introspective dystopia ….  It is a book I truly recommend for a book club as the discussions could be endless …. "  Mesca Elin, Psychochromatic Redemption 

"Tittle's book hits you hard …. "  D. Sohi, Goodreads

"I read the book from cover to cover in one afternoon, pulled inexorably along by the readable style and careful pacing.  I then spent a long time staring at a wall, recovering from the free-fall, hurtling journey, coming to the conclusion that this book must be read."  Shefali Sequeira, 4w

Two White Queens and the One-Eyed Jack

Two White Queens and the One-Eyed Jack

edition:eBook
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From the shores of Lake Ontario to the hustle of Berlin, from the art of oculary to punk opera, this is a story of dark secrets, suppressed desires, forgiveness, and love.

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“How the characters in this story are interconnected is a marvel of storytelling.” — JOHN IRVING
Fate, circumstance, and the symbolism of sight collide in this modern gothic novel.

On a hot June day in 1965, two six-year-old boys, Gareth and Jack, compete to see who can climb higher up a tree. When Jack falls and loses his eye on a thorn bush, the accident sets off a series of events that will bind the boys together for the rest of their lives.

When the best friends meet albino twins Clara and Blanca, a shared fate unfolds. With Gareth and Jack’s help, the twins are able to reclaim their lives and leave their nightmarish past behind them.

From the shores of Lake Ontario to the hustle of Berlin, from the art of oculary to punk opera, this is a story of dark secrets, suppressed desires, forgiveness, and love.

Memoir

Memoir: Conversation and Craft

Conversations and Craft
edition:Paperback
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Memoir: Conversations and Craft is intended for any reader or writer who is fascinated by the renegade memoir form—personal life stories that demand to be read, refuse to be forgotten. Whether you wish to compile memories from childhood to share with grandchildren, or whether you burn with the makings of a literary memoir, this reflection on writing can galvanize you.

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Memoir opens doors we could never ordinarily walk through—into the lives of Olympians, queens, victims of war and other tragedies, teenage rock stars, former streetwalkers or geishas—along with the doors to the lives of extraordinary/ordinary people. The best memoirs are maps of the heart and mind, and Marjorie Simmins invites you to explore the map of your own life. Here are the probing questions and dynamic writing ideas, coupled with inspirational interviews with best-selling memoirists, to light your own imagination afire. How do you access the details of your earliest memories, make them immediate and dramatic? How do you drive the story forward? How do you make a stranger care about your life?

Memoir: Conversations and Craft is intended for any reader or writer who is fascinated by the renegade memoir form—personal life stories that demand to be read, refuse to be forgotten. Whether you wish to compile memories from childhood to share with grandchildren, or whether you burn with the makings of a literary memoir, this reflection on writing can galvanize you.

Donna Morrissey, Linden MacIntyre, Plum Johnson, Lawrence Hill, Edmund Metatawabin, Diane Schoemperlen, and Claire Mowat—some of Canada's top fiction and non-fiction writers—speak with candour, humour, and compassion about their journeys to memoir. Often touching, always helpful and frank, the interviews cover a broad spectrum of the writing experience. The time to write a memoir is always now—and the benefits are transformative.

Treasures of Winnipeg’s Historic Exchange

Treasures of Winnipeg's Historic Exchange

by (photographer) George J. Mitchell
edition:Hardcover
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A breathtaking full-colour photography book celebrating the architectural splendour and cultural heritage of Winnipeg’s famed Exchange District, a National Historic Site and one of the city’s most vibrant artistic, commercial, and tourist hubs.

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A breathtaking full-colour photography book celebrating the architectural splendour and cultural heritage of Winnipeg’s famed Exchange District, a National Historic Site and one of the city’s most vibrant artistic, commercial, and tourist hubs.

The Exchange District is the architectural jewel of Winnipeg’s downtown core, a thirty-block area featuring 150 remarkably preserved heritage buildings dating back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These iconic buildings are among the best examples in North America of several turn-of-the-century architectural styles, including Romanesque, Italianate, Beaux-Arts, and Chicago School. From its origins in the 1880s as a commercial and industrial gateway to the Canadian West to its current revitalization, the Exchange exemplifies the spirit of a modern city embracing its past while creating a bright and dynamic future.

Treasures of Winnipeg’s Historical Exchange is a sumptuous visual feast for residents and visitors. With stunning photography highlighting the impressive scale and intricate detail of the Exchange’s imposing banks, sprawling warehouses, and commercial towers, this book will amaze and delight anyone interested in Winnipeg’s history and architecture. In addition, the book captures the renewed energy, creativity, hospitality, and entrepreneurial spirit that have invigorated the Exchange in recent years, making it one of Canada’s most vibrant up-and-coming neighbourhoods.

Small Courage

Small Courage

A Queer Memoir of Finding Love and Conceiving Family
edition:Paperback
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Small Courage: A Queer Memoir of Finding Love and Conceiving Family is a thoughtful and heart-warming examination of love, queerness and what it means to be a family.

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Rarely do we know what life will hold. When starting the adoption process, Jane Byers and her wife could not have predicted the illuminating and challenging experience of living for two weeks with the Evangelical Christian foster parents of their soon-to-be adopted twins. Parenthood becomes even more daunting when homophobia threatens their beginnings as a family, seeping in from places both unexpected and familiar. But Jane and Amy are up for the challenge. In this moving and poetic memoir, Byers draws readers into her own tumultuous beginnings: her coming out years, finding love, and the start of her parenting journey. Love imprints itself where loneliness lived, but sometimes love, alone, is not enough to overcome trauma. Little did Byers know that her experiences when coming out was merely training for becoming an adoptive parent of racialized twins. Small Courage: A Queer Memoir of Finding Love and Conceiving Family is a thoughtful and heart-warming examination of love, queerness and what it means to be a family.


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