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Dear Marian, Dear Hugh

The Maclennan-Engel Correspondence

Edited by Christl Verduyn

A student at McGill in the mid-1950s, Marian Engel wrote her M.A. thesis under the direction of Hugh MacLennan. Their work together became the basis of a correspondence, the MacLennan half of which survives and is detailed here. Both personal and professional in nature, MacLennan's letters to Engel provide fascinating insights into his life's pursuit of writing and offer another glimpse of the author of Two Solitudes.

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Death Sentences

Suzanne Myre

Death may seem a grim and morbid subject matter, but in the capable hands of Suzanne Myre, nothing about death is beyond humour (and death isn’t always what it seems).

Numbering 13 in total, the stories are populated with eccentric characters, follow unexpected plotlines, and, though thematically united, are completely unique and distinct from one another. From a murderous croissant to a woman seeking salvation in a most unconventional way and a couple of precocious children whose fates are intertwined with a Rottweiler’s, the tales in Death Sentences never fail to intrigue, surprise, and entertain. Myre’s style ranges from the concrete to the abstract; her tone runs the gamut from touching, sincere, and uplifting to sarcastic, cynical, and bittersweet. What is unwavering, however, is that the writing is witty, mischievous, sharp, and vivacious—always invigorating, never dull or predictable.

We come to realize that death comes in all forms (physical, spiritual, metaphorical), people cope in the most curious ways, and in the end, there’s no reason we can’t have a sense of humour about it all.

This is the first translation of Mises à mort. Though Myre has been a prolific and acclaimed writer in Quebec for a decade, this is the first time her work has been translated into English.

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Deep Cultural Diversity

A Governance Challenge

Gilles Paquet

Political commentator and public policy analyst Gilles Paquet examines the benefits and drawbacks of Canada's multiculturalism policy. He rejects the current policy which perpetuates difference and articulates a model for Canadian transculturalism, a more fluid understanding of multiculturalism based on the philosophy of cosmopolitanism which would strengthen moral contracts and encourage the social engagement of all Canadians.

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Defending a Contested Ideal

Merit and the Public Service Commission, 1908–2008

Luc Juillet and Ken Rasmussen

In 1908, after decades of struggling with a public administration undermined by systemic patronage, the Canadian parliament decided that public servants would be selected on the basis of merit, through a system administered by an independent agency: the Public Service Commission of Canada. This history, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Commission, recounts its unique contribution to the development of an independent public service, which has become a pillar of Canadian parliamentary democracy.

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Des Écoles en mouvement

Inclusion d'élèves en situation de handicap ou éprouvant des difficultés à l'école

Sous la direction de Nathalie Bélanger et Hermann Duchesne

Faire de la diversité une force constructive qui contribue à la compréhension mutuelle entre individus et entre groupes constitue actuellement un discours central des sociétés occidentales. En éducation, ce discours est repérable dans la pratique inclusive. Ce mouvement en faveur de l’inclusion de tous les élèves, quels que soient leurs attributs individuels ou caractéristiques personnelles, épouse cependant différents contours, génère différentes significations selon les contextes où il prend racine et évolue. Cet ouvrage examine la mise en oeuvre de ces discours en pratique. Les auteurs présentent, à partir d’une approche qualitative et d’outils d’enquête communs, des « écoles en mouvement », des écoles qui se veulent inclusives au Canada, en France, en Grande-Bretagne et en Italie, présentant une diversité de situations et d’exemples tirés de ces contextes divers. Cet ouvrage diffère des manuels qui présentent généralement ce que l’on doit faire et opte pour une investigation empirique qui permet de regarder ce que veut concrètement dire l’inclusion en milieu scolaire.

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The Diary of Abraham Ulrikab

Text and Context

Hartmut Lutz Editor and Head Translator, Alootook Ipellie Foreword and Cover Art, Hans-Ludwig Blohm Photos

In August 1880, businessman Adrian Jakobsen convinced eight Inuit men, women, and children from Hebron and Nakvak, Labrador to accompany him to Europe to be "exhibited" in zoos and Völkerschauen (ethnographic shows). Abraham, Maria, Noggasak, Paingo, Sara, Terrianiak, Tobias, and Ulrike agreed, partly for the money and partly out of curiosity to see the wonders of Europe, which they had heard about from Moravian missionaries.

The Inuit arrived in the fall of 1880 and were much talked and written about in the local press. Meanwhile, the Moravian missionaries, who had begged them not to embark on the journey, were busily writing letters and trying to stay in contact with Abraham and his family. By January 1881 all eight Inuit had died of smallpox.

This story is told through several different perspectives, from Abraham's diary, the earliest known Inuit autobiography, and the missionaries’ letters and reports, to a scholarly article, newspaper pieces, and even advertising. Many illustrations, including portraits done of the Inuit visitors, scans of some of the original documents in German, and recent photos of the abandoned Moravian mission in Hebron, round out Abraham’s intriguing and unfortunate story.

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Dictionnaire des écrits de l'Ontario français


Sous la direction de Gaétan Gervais et Jean-Pierre Pichette

Le Dictionnaire des écrits de l’Ontario français (1613-1993) est l’aboutissement d’une entreprise lancée en 1982 par un collectif de chercheurs de Sudbury. Publiée en l’année du 400e anniversaire de la présence francophone en Ontario, il recense tous les ouvrages autonomes parus en français, depuis le Quatriesme voyage du Sr. de Champlain [...] en la Nouvelle France, fait en l’année 1613, jusqu’aux écrits beaucoup plus nombreux de l’année 1993.

Le Dictionnaire des écrits de l’Ontario français (1613-1993), c’est ainsi la somme de tous les écrits connus de la langue française dont l’auteur est né en Ontario ou y a vecu et publié ou ayant l’Ontario comme sujet.

Le Dictionnaire des écrits de l’Ontario français (1613-1993), c’est aussi la première lecture intégrale de quatre siècles d’écriture en français dans tous les domaines des sciences humaines soit 2 537 écrits imprimés de 1613 à 1993 par 1000 auteurs et présentés en un dictionnaire alphabétique et encyclopédique.

Le Dictionnaire des écrits de l’Ontario français (1613-1993), c’est encore le fruit de la rédaction collégiale de 166 collaborateurs, un outil de référence unique pour les Franco-Ontariens et un guide indispensable pour les chercheurs de la francophonie.

Le Dictionnaire des écrits de l’Ontario français (1613-1993), c’est enfin un répertoire des auteurs et leurs écrits, une première bibliographie des écrits franco-ontariens, un index des milliers de personnages et de lieux cités dans les écrits et un tremplin transdisciplinaire pour de nouvelles recherches.

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Dominant Impressions

Essays on the Canadian Short Story

Edited by Gerald Lynch and Angela Arnold Robbeson

Canadian critics and scholars, along with a growing number from around the world, have long recognized the achievements of Canadian short story writers. However, these critics have tended to view the Canadian short story as a historically recent phenomenon. This reappraisal corrects this mistaken view by exploring the literary and cultural antecedents of the Canadian short story.

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The Doom Loop in the Financial Sector

And Other Black Holes of Risk

William Leiss

In the past two years, the world has experienced how unsound economic practices can disrupt global economic and social order. Today’s volatile global financial situation highlights the importance of managing risk and the consequences of poor decision making. The Doom Loop in the Financial Sector reveals an underlying paradox of risk management: the better we become at assessing risks, the more we feel comfortable taking them. Using the current financial crisis as a case study, renowned risk expert William Leiss engages with the new concept of “black hole risk” — risk so great that estimating the potential downsides is impossible. His risk-centred analysis of the lead-up to the crisis reveals the practices that brought it about and how it became common practice to use limited risk assessments as a justification to gamble huge sums of money on unsound economic policies. In order to limit future catastrophes, Leiss recommends international cooperation to manage black hole risks. He believes that, failing this, humanity could be susceptible to a dangerous nexus of global disasters that would threaten human civilization as we know it.

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Intersections between Canadian Literature and Film

David R. Jarraway

Over the past forty years, Canadian literature has found its way to the silver screen with increasing regularity. Beginning with the adaptation of Margaret Laurence’s A Jest of God to the Hollywood film Rachel, Rachel in 1966, Canadian writing would appear to have found a doubly successful life for itself at the movies: from the critically acclaimed Kamouraska and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz in the 1970s through to the award-winning Love and Human Remains and The English Patient in the 1990s. With the more recent notoriety surrounding the Oscar-nominated Away from Her, and the screen appearances of The Stone Angel and Fugitive Pieces, this seems like an appropriate time for a collection of essays to reflect on the intersection between literary publication in Canada, and its various screen transformations. This volume discusses and debates several double-edged issues: the extent to which the literary artefact extends its artfulness to the film artefact, the degree to which literary communities stand to gain (or lose) in contact with film communities, and perhaps most of all, the measure by which a viable relation between fiction and film can be said to exist in Canada, and where that double-life precisely manifests itself, if at all.

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