Reflecting October Reads

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

We have expanded our collection to include timely, relevant, and informative reads that will offer you further insight and understanding about past and present-day issues. There is nothing more curious than the situation we all find ourselves in and adjusting to daily as we go about our lives. Investigative Journalist and author, Ethan Lou, concludes that this pandemic will have a profound lasting change upon society the world over. In his recently published book, Field Notes from a Pandemic: A Journey through a World Suspended, Ethan takes us on his world journey of investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic and details how it is affecting societies. He investigates and documents his travels from Canada, to China, through Europe, ending in Germany. He predicts the interconnectedness of humankind will result in worldwide healthcare, societal, economic, and political change. Ethan’s book will get you to think beyond our own borders, consider our own future in a changing global environment.


In the age of activism, Sheila Watt-Coultier, 2017 book, The Right to Be Cold, provides an intimate look at how one humble individual, through perseverance and commitment can make a difference in her community and country. As an Inuit woman, in spite of her background and circumstances, is now a world recognized advocate for the environment, Inuit culture, and sustainable living. She discusses the challenge for finding balance between safeguarding her people’s way of life with economic self-sufficiency in harmony with nature. A national bestseller, Sheila’s passionate writing will keep you engaged throughout this book.


Ryan Patrick, CBC News, identifies Sarah-Jane Mathieus, North of the Color Line: Migration and Black Resistance in Canada, 1870 – 1955, as one of the “8 best reads for Black History Month”. Sarah’s background is extensive; as Associate Professor of History, University of Minnesota, current Faculty Fellow at the Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard, she earned her Yale PhD in History and African American Studies, 2001, from Ottawa. Having studied on both side of the Canadian and US border, she examines, “the underreported history of life in Canada for the estimated 5,000 Blacks, both African Americans and West Indians, who immigrated to Canada after the end of Reconstruction in the United States. She looks at the economic, social, political, labour and immigration affects through the lens of the experiences of Black railway workers and their union”. Published by the University of North Carolina, we are pleased we could obtain several copies in our shop for resale purposes.


Remembrance Day is upon us and there is no better way to refresh and update your knowledge about Canadian’s’ contributions to the Second World War than with Bestselling Canadian author, Tim Cook’s, recent book, The Fight for History: 75 years of Forgetting, Remembering, and Remaking Canada’s Second World War. Tim’s recent book re-examines Canada’s contributions to global conflict and how we have chosen, over time, to change our perspectives and alter our interpretations regarding our efforts during WW2. Tim tackles the arguments that identify former WW2 successes later interpreted as failures, from a 21st century perspective. He highlights the significant contributions Canadians and their country made during and after the second within a global context. A terrific refresh for those well versed on Canada’s war efforts, or an insightful read for those less familiar with our contributions.


Should you be interested in titles about Canada today or in the past, stop by our shop to peruse our collection, we are open Thursdays through Sundays. Hope to see you in the shop soon!

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