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Christmas 2012: The BEST Canadian Non-Fiction

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Ah, Christmas. The perfect time to create a serious wish list of books that one can longingly hope to unwrap under the tree. The following list ignores budgets and all elements of practicality. It's indulgent, ludicrous and features some of the coolest Canadian non-fiction books published in 2012.
The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas

The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas

The Natural History of the New World, Histoire Naturelle des Indes Occidentales
edition:Hardcover
tagged : canadian

Part art, part science, part anthropology, this ambitious project presents an early Canadian perspective on natural history that is as much artistic and fantastical as it is encyclopedic. Edited and introduced by François-Marc Gagnon, The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas showcases an intriguing attempt to document the life of the new world - flora, fauna, and aboriginal. The book brings together for the first time the illustrated Codex Canadensis and The Natural History of the …

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Creation and Transformation

Creation and Transformation

Defining Moments in Inuit Art
edition:Hardcover

The treasures of the world's largest public collection of Inuit art are revealed in this seminal history of art from the Arctic.

The collection of Inuit art held by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, one of Canada's most important public galleries, is extraordinary by any standard: its geographic range, diverse media and size have brought international renown to the collection of some 11,000 artworks. The wag celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2012-13 and this book, as well as a major exhibition from Jan …

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A Concise History of Canadian Painting

A Concise History of Canadian Painting

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback Paperback
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For more than 30 years, Dennis Reid's A Concise History of Canadian Painting has been the definitive volume on the art of a nation. This narrative history begins in the late seventeenth century with the European-influenced masters of New France. From there, Reid traces the development ofdistinctive movements, techniques, and subjects that would come to define Canadian art in the twentieth century, and its continuous evolution in form and style in the years beyond.Reid's masterful critical eye, e …

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Traffic

Traffic

Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980
edition:Hardcover

The first book to look extensively at conceptualism in Canada, published to accompany a touring exhibition.

 

The most transformative art movement of the late 20th century, conceptual art became a global phenomenon long before it was popularized by a new generation of artists and institutions in the early 21st century.

 

Its various manifestations in Canada, however, have remained a limited concern -- a whispered art history circulated among artists and writers primarily in alternative publications …

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Civilizing the Wilderness

Civilizing the Wilderness

Culture and Nature in Pre-Confederation Canada and Rupert’s Land
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

In this collection of essays, A.A. den Otter explores the meaning of the concepts "civilizing" and "wilderness" within an 1850s Euro-British North American context. At the time, den Otter argues, these concepts meant something quite different than they do today. Through careful readings and researches of a variety of lesser known individuals and events, den Otter teases out the striking dichotomy between "civilizing" and "wilderness," leading readers to a new understanding of the relationship be …

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Imagining Canada

Imagining Canada

A Century of Photographs Preserved By The New York Times
edition:Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
tagged : north america

Sophisticated and well-curated, this photographic tour through Canada's history documents the nation's evolution over more than a century, as seen through the lens of photographers from The New York Times. The book compiles more than 100 iconic, momentous and inspiring images of Canada and includes ten commentary pieces from a range of important thinkers, historians and writers, including National Chief Shawn Atleo, MP Justin Trudeau, historians Charlotte Gray, Peter C. Newman and Tim Cook, and …

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Canada and the Second World War

Canada and the Second World War

Essays in Honour of Terry Copp
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Terry Copp’s tireless teaching, research, and writing has challenged generations of Canadian veterans, teachers, and students to discover an informed memory of their country’s role in the Second World War. This collection, drawn from the work of Terry’s colleagues and former students, considers Canada and the Second World War from a wealth of perspectives.

Social, cultural, and military historians address topics under five headings: The Home Front, The War of the Scientists, The Mediterr …

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The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery

The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery

The PEI Years, 1889-1900
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback Hardcover
tagged : canadian

The first edition of The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery was published in the 1980s, with fifty percent of the material removed to save space, as well as to reflect a quaint, marketable vision of small-town Canada. The editors were instructed to excise anything that was not upbeat or did not "move the story along." The resulting account of Montgomery's youthful life in Prince Edward Island depicts a fun-loving, simple country girl. The unabridged journal, however, reveals something quite di …

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