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October

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Welcome to Autumn! Books about fall, falling, autumn, October, and the October Crisis, collected here for the very first time.
October

October

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged : literary

Published to rave reviews, with weeks on the bestseller lists and a place as a Globe and Mail Book of the Year, October is an extraordinary meditation on mortality and memory, from Governor General’s Award–winning author Richard B. Wright.
    Visiting his gravely ill daughter, James Hillyer encounters by chance Gabriel Fontaine, whom he met as a boy while on holiday in Gaspé. At the time, the boys had competed for the love of a French-Canadian girl from the village. Now, over six decades …

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October 1970

October 1970

A Novel
by Louis Hamelin
translated by Wayne Grady
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Selected as an Amazon.ca Best Book.

October 1970. Two kidnappings. One dead. A crisis unlike anything the country had ever seen — here is the story behind history . . .

Thirty years after the October Crisis, Sam Nihilo, a freelance writer whose career is in a slump, is drawn to the conspiracy theories that have proliferated in the wake of the events. While investigating the death of one of the FLQ hostages, Nihilo sees his life consumed by an inquiry t …

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October

October

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

On October 10, 1970, at 6:30 pm, Quebec's Minister of Labour, Pierre Laporte, was kidnapped outside of his Saint-Lambert home by the Chenier Cell of a terrorist group known as the FLQ. One week later, he was found dead in the trunk of a car.

Shortlisted for the QWF A.M. Klein Poetry Award, October is a collection of poetry set in the quiet Montreal suburb of Saint Lambert, where the clash between the "two solitudes" came to a head in 1970 with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Pierre Laport …

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Je Me Souviens

You say necessary, but unjustifiable. I call it murder, plain as day.

It's like walking down the street together, but being in two different afternoons.

Long ago, at the Santa Parade, you clung piggy-backed to your father gazing smack into the world he saw- broken streets thinly veiled as Christmas. Kids from the orphanage pawing Ogilvy's window, elves in warm plaids winking and waving at them from a conveyor belt.

A nobody on the corner, begging for a dime gloves bitten off at the thumbs.

Though we haven't crossed paths yet—won't for 20 years— I'm in that holiday store with my mother shopping for patent leather shoes. A string is looped around my finger. Floating at the end of it a lazy red balloon.

Outside in the scant light, your dad grips your ankles tightly. Warns you to pay attention, never to let go.

The huge snowflakes in his hair brighter than the stars.

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Autumn Rounds

Autumn Rounds

edition:Paperback
tagged : medical

A quiet man, living in an apartment in Quebec City, hears a marching band through his window. He looks out, sees the band and suddenly decides to join the crowd forming around them. So begins Autumn Rounds, a novel about love that unfolds late in life.

The band turns out to be touring musicians, singers, and acrobats from France; among their number is a strangely familiar woman to whom the man feels very attracted.

This is a bitter-sweet novel. Because it is his last tour, the man is acutely awa …

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Kitten's Autumn

Kitten's Autumn

illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
edition:Hardcover
also available: Hardcover eBook

It's a vibrant autumn day in Kitten's second adventure, as the ever-curious Kitten explores the woods near her farm and meets the creatures who live there. She finds a chipmunk chewing on a seed, a caterpillar munching on a leaf, a frog catching flies and many more creatures snacking on this and that to ready themselves for winter.

While the simple rhyming couplets make this a perfect read-aloud, young readers will enjoy picking out seasonal details in the mixed-media art and searching for and f …

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My October

My October

edition:Paperback
also available: Audiobook (CD)
tagged : literary

Shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and  Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

Luc Lévesque is a celebrated Quebec novelist and the anointed Voice of a Generation. In his hometown of Montreal, he is revered as much for his novels about the working-class neighbourhood of Saint-Henri as for his separatist views. But this is 2001. The dreams of a new nation are dying, and Luc himself is increasingly dissatisfied with his life.

 

Hannah is Luc’s wife. Sh …

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Fall

Fall

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged : literary

A place of pressure and contradictions, St. Ebury is an exclusive boarding school for the children of Canada's elite, where boys must act as men while navigating their adolescence, a mixed school with only a handful of girls. Fall is the most beautiful. Noel, a clever, ghostly loner, is certain that one day Fall will come to know him deeply. But like everyone else, she is drawn to Julius, the confident and magnetic son of the American ambassador to Canada. At the beginning of their final year, t …

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The Fall

The Fall

An Illustrated History of Motion Picture Theaters in Manitoba
edition:Paperback
tagged :

Before Luke came into his life, all Ben cared about was skateboarding, and whether his father would ever remember that he was alive. Then there was Luke, and it felt like he was being carried along on some sort of wave. But then Luke died, and everyone at school thinks it's his fault. Maybe it is. The Fall charts the lives of three boys as they deal with the death of their friend and brother. One turns to alcohol to escape his guilt. Another looks to a gang to replace what he's lost. Ben needs t …

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