• From the accomplished memoirist and former Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario comes a first novel of incredible heart and spirit for every Canadian.
    The novel follows one girl, Martha, from the Cat Lake First Nation in Northern Ontario who is "stolen" from her family at the age of six and flown far away to residential school. She doesn't speak English but is punished for speaking her native language; most terrifying and bewildering, she is also "fed" to the school's attendant priest with an attraction to little girls.
    Ten long years later, Martha finds her way home again, barely able to speak her native tongue. The memories of abuse at the residential school are so strong that she tries to drown her feelings in drink, and when she gives birth to her beloved son, Spider, he is taken away by Children's Aid to Toronto. In time, she has a baby girl, Raven, whom she decides to leave in the care of her mother while she braves the bewildering strangeness of the big city to find her son and bring him home.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • A warm, at times hilarious, yet dark childhood memoir from a bestselling author.
    This memoir recalls the boyhood years of Ontario's future lieutenant-governor, living in a dilapidated old house complete with outdoor toilet and coal oil-lamp lighting. Behind the outrageous stories, larger-than life-characters, and descriptions of the mores of a small village in the heart of Ontario's cottage country are flashes of insight from the perspective of a child that recall the great classic Who has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell.
    But why "a different Muskoka?" Because the boy was a half-breed kid. Visits to his mother's reserve showed him that he was caught between two worlds. His mother's fight with depression flowed from that dilemma. His father -- the book's main character -- was a lovable, white, working class, happy-go-lucky guy who never had any money but who made the best home brew in the village -- and his specialty was raisin wine.
    Like that raisin wine, this unusual book goes down easily and has a kick to it.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • For four years, James Bartleman mixed with all the biggest names - Clinton, Blair, Yeltsin, Mitterrand, Castro, Kohl, Chirac, and on and on, as Chrétien's Henry Kissinger figure.
    He was involved in deadly serious crisis management, accompanying Chrétien to all the world's hot spots - dodging bullets in Sarajevo, and trying to avoid war in the Spanish trawler incident. Not to mention dealing with Premier Li of China on an official visit encountering protestors in Montreal and shouting, "I am departing immediately. Never have I and my country been so humiliated."
    Which leader at the G7 Summit in Halifax passed out drunk in the hotel elevator? What did Jean Chrétien do to set White House aides threatening, "the next time there's a referendum, we will support the separatists"? And why did Fidel Castro grab our author, shaking him and snarling, "I hope you are satisfied, Bartleman"? It's all in this lively book.
    Every major world crisis of these years is represented here, and every region of the world. You'll be amazed at how widely Chrétien and Bartleman travelled and how much top-level action they experienced. Canadian foreign policy has never seemed so exciting. Or so funny (as when the angry Japanese prime minister's Ottawa visit was marred by a health problem officially described as "soft poo"). A candid, witty, eye-opening book about foreign affairs at the top.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Muskoka, the University of Western Ontario, Ottawa, New York, Colombia, Bangladesh, Nicaragua, Peru, Cuba, Israel, Belgium, South Africa, Australia –the place-names tell the story of an amazing career. Then there are the people involved –Trudeau, Clark, and Chrétien, Kissinger, Castro, Rabin, Walesa, Havel, Mandela and dozens of others. Not to mention the moments of high drama: when young Jim Bartleman becomes Ottawa’s security expert on terrorism during the FLQ crisis in 1970; or when he leads the movement to bring countries like Poland and Ukraine into NATO and the West.
    But this is also a light-hearted look at what our diplomats actually do and is full of funny stories: so watch young Jim attend a drunken party with Trudeau; compete with Mother Teresa for Bangladesh babies; or sweep his Belgian bride off her feet to the altar. Bartleman also writes candidly about falling prey to depression, and about his concern, as a native Canadian, to see aboriginal peoples well treated. In summary, a richly varied career, as the only Canadian diplomat to serve on all six continents, well told by a remarkable character.
    ***
    On Six Continents is a Douglas Gibson Book.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • « Une histoire que nous devons tous entendre. » - The Globe and Mail
    « Une lecture édifiante. » - National Post
    « Porte un regard franc sur l'autodestruction qui a souvent été le lot des survivants des pensionnats indiens et de leurs enfants. (...) Prenant. » - Quill & Quire

    À L'ÂGE DE SIX ANS, Martha est enlevée à sa famille de la Première Nation de Cat Lake, dans le Nord de l'Ontario, pour être emmenée par avion dans un pensionnat indien. Là, elle sera punie pour avoir parlé sa langue maternelle et sera victime d'un prêtre attiré par les petites filles.

    Dix ans après, Martha retourne chez elle remplie de colère. Cette colère est surtout dirigée contre sa mère. Bientôt, Martha devient elle-même mère, mais comme elle a peu d'expérience de la façon dont on est censé élever les enfants, elle trébuche pour arriver à fonder une famille aimante, même si elle parvient à trouver une certaine paix d'esprit.

    Aussi longtemps que les rivières couleront est rempli de personnages attachants. On y parle de douleur et de guérison et, en fin de compte, du désir de vivre.

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