Here are the new releases for 2017:
When a shotgun blast ripped into an unsuspecting Robert Watson in 1827, it not only horrified the bustling city of Montreal but also launched a mystery that endures to this day: who killed Watson, and why?
Blending fact and fiction, A Stain Upon the Land is a tale of intrigue, passion and violence that ranges from the Highlands of Scotland to the backwoods of Glengarry County, from the War of 1812 to a cholera epidemic that scourged Montreal in 1832.
The novel follows the fortunes of a young woman and the two men who love her – and not all of them can survive.
Long-time Montreal Gazette columnist John Kalbfleisch is the author of two previous books about the city. For years he has been fascinated by the brutal killing of Watson, for which no one was ever punished. Now, after nearly two centuries, the old adage bids fair to remain true: murder will out.
Ever wonder what it was like to live in Montreal in days gone by? Let’s say a century or so ago, or, to be more precise, the year 1909. One hundred and seven years past is just a sufficient length of time for us to conclude that no one alive in this town then is still around today. In a word, there is no one left to ask how life was during the twelve-month period in question. How then do we get information about the nature of the daily slog in this city in 1909?
These stories capture particular moments in the daily life of Indian people. Sabourin slips aside to let them become the heroes of their own story. It is a masterful technique. Each ‘slice of life’ is unique but opens a door to understanding the maelstrom that is India.
For years, many eagerly anticipated and read Joan Barberis’ thoughtful and witty columns in the Saint John, NB, Telegraph Journal. Wendy Dathan, using Joan’s personal travel journal, letters and columns, reveals a diminutive (5ft.) Navy Wren at a Loran naval base during WWII, traveller (alone but never lonely) in the Orient, CBC Radio Producer in Toronto and Montreal, newspaper reporter, passionate defender of women’s rights and the dignity of the underdog. She was a brave, resourceful woman who put warmth, zest and humour into everything she did. Stories of panhandling on the streets of Toronto, being fired by her Editor for using swear words in one of her columns, battling muskrats when she retired to Grand Manan, and keeping her sharp tongue even as she aged, were balanced by her generosity, appreciation of others and love of community. Joan cherished her adopted Island in the Bay of Fundy and is sorely missed.
Stroll through Pointe-Claire Village, Quebec, with author Taun Roberson as he recounts tales of his early Lakeshore years, focusing on many of the residents who defined the community through the 40’s and 50’s. This typical Lakeshore village grew with the addition of summer homes after WWI and new young families after WWII. Anecdotes of shop owners, families, World War II air-raid drills, local war heroes, the RAF Ferry Command, a Venezuelan revolutionary, and the sailors of Pointe-Claire Yacht Club come together to tell a big story about a small town.
Taun and his brother, Ian, became yachtsmen like their father, Ross Robertson. Years of cruising and racing at the PCYC instilled a passion in many sailors that would last a lifetime. After fifty years, Taun’s memories are as clear as the sparkling waters of Lac St-Louis on a breezy race day. O, those Lakeshore years …