Dawn Loewen

Dawn Loewen - Editor

Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Certified copy editor and proofreader with over 20 years of experience in diverse genres: non-fiction and fiction; for adults and children.

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Overview

Hi! I'm a certified copy editor— one of a select group certified by Editors Canada. I have more than 20 years of experience copy editing and proofreading books of diverse genres: over 125 books and counting. I've worked both in-house and freelance, for both traditional publishers and self-publishing authors. I have a unique (OK, odd) background that includes a master of science degree, which serves me particularly well when I work on nature guides, environmental books, or popular science. However, I'm equally comfortable when I copy edit or proofread children's books, memoirs, or poetry. I love detail work, and I love variety.

I provide high-quality services on time and on budget. Whatever your project, you’ll need someone with a gift for clarity and an exacting eye for detail. Although I'm ridiculously thorough and careful, I'm not pedantic; I know when the rules can be broken to good effect. Your voice will always be respected. I’ll work with you in a friendly, collaborative way to polish your writing and make sure you look every bit as amazing as you are.

I look forward to working with you to make your book the best it can be!

Testimonials

“I would not hesitate even an instant to recommend Dawn Loewen to anyone who needs an editor. Without her involvement, our massive, quirky, and complex natural history publication would have been rife with inconsistencies and errors, including at least one that would have been mighty embarrassing! She was quick to grasp concepts and approaches that were unfamiliar, and infinitely patient and tactful in the face of my inexperience, our team approach to managing the project, and decisions that deviated from the norm. Dawn is a true professional, extremely organized and conscientious, meticulous, good at communicating, and clear about standards and expectations. If you have to wait for her to be available, do it; the wait will have been worth it, I can assure you.” -- Donna Bruce, Special Publications Editor, Nature Saskatchewan

“Dawn Loewen was copy editor on my poetry book Wearing My People Like a Shawl. Her approach gave me a much deeper appreciation for what copy editing can be. Dawn thinks deeply about language. Her queries to me opened new insights into my own work and allowed me to think about language issues I would otherwise have been blind to. I would jump at the chance to work with her again.” -- Dorothy Field, author and visual artist

“Dawn has edited several of my books, including Trees of Ontario and the Wayside Wildflowers guides for Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. She has a great eye for detail and a good sense of what does and doesn’t work grammatically. Because of her science background, she can understand what a scientific writer is trying to say, and will suggest ways to communicate ideas in less technical, everyday language. I depended on Dawn to catch the many little glitches and oversights that sneak into books where text, drawings, and photos come together. Dawn is a wonderful organizer and editor, but she’s also fun to work with. Thanks, Dawn!” -- Linda Kershaw, botanist and author

“I’ve had the privilege of having Dawn copy edit my first two historical novels [for young readers]. With meticulous care, she ensured the details of my manuscripts were correct and consistent. Throughout the process, I was curious to learn more about the art and skill of copy editing, and Dawn was always willing to explain. I’m eager to work with her again on my next book.” -- Karen Autio, award-winning author

“Dawn edited my [aviation memoir] Coast Dogs Don't Lie, and opened my eyes with her skills. Not concerned with syntax alone, she checked my facts and found this old coastdog to be a liar on several occasions. Don’t leave home without her.” -- Jack Schofield, author of six books and founder of Aviation Magazine



Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences
Nature
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Poetry

Certifications

  • Certified Copy Editor (Editors Canada, 2009)

Work experience

Contract Editor

Self-employed
July, 2005 – Present (about 15 years)

Working for book publishers, academic journals, self-publishing authors, consultants, and others.
• editing and proofreading diverse materials (non-fiction and fiction books, journal articles, reports) in diverse subjects
• co-writing and/or editing grant applications
• liaising with authors, illustrators, designers, typesetters, publishers, and marketers

Senior Editor

Lone Pine Publishing
June, 2000 – June, 2005 (about 5 years)

Managed projects from initial concept through final proofing.
• edited, fact checked, proofread, and did some research and writing for natural history, gardening, and fiction books
• developed cover copy and editing sell sheets
• developed Canadian or American style sheets for each book or series
• coordinated with authors, reviewers, managing editor, publisher, photographers, designers, typesetters, and sales and marketing staff
• helped train new editors

Editor

Sono Nis Press
September, 1998 – May, 2000 (over 1 year)

Coordinated the editorial process for a small publisher with a diverse list including trade history, children’s books, Indigenous studies, and poetry.
• copy edited and proofread books; co-wrote and edited grant applications, publisher’s correspondence
• wrote and edited catalogue and jacket copy
• presented at sales conferences and other marketing
• maintained the website
• reviewed unsolicited manuscripts
• acquired permissions

Portfolio (68 selected works)

Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction

Britt Wray

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by The New Yorker and Science News What happens when you try to recreate a woolly mammoth—fascinating science, or conservation catastrophe? Jurassic Park meets The Sixth Extinction in Rise of the Necrofauna, a provocative look at de-extinction from acclaimed documentarist and science writer Britt Wray, PhD. In Rise of the Necrofauna, Wray takes us deep i... read more

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by The New Yorker and Science News What happens when you try to recreate a woolly mammoth—fascinating science, or conservation catastrophe? Jurassic Park meets The Sixth Extinction in Rise of the Necrofauna, a provocative look at de-extinction from acclaimed documentarist and science writer Britt Wray, PhD. In Rise of the Necrofauna, Wray takes us deep i... read more

Adventures in Memory: The Science and Secrets of Remembering and Forgetting

Hilde Østby, Ylva Østby

A novelist and a neuroscientist uncover the secrets of human memory.What makes us remember? Why do we forget? And what, exactly, is a memory?With playfulness and intelligence, Adventures in Memory answers these questions and more, offering an illuminating look at one of our most fascinating faculties. The authors—two Norwegian sisters, one a neuropsychologist and the other an acclaimed writer—... read more

A novelist and a neuroscientist uncover the secrets of human memory.What makes us remember? Why do we forget? And what, exactly, is a memory?With playfulness and intelligence, Adventures in Memory answers these questions and more, offering an illuminating look at one of our most fascinating faculties. The authors—two Norwegian sisters, one a neuropsychologist and the other an acclaimed writer—... read more

The Hidden Life of Trees: The Illustrated Edition

Peter Wohlleben

A visually stunning journey into the diversity and wonders of forests.In his international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben opened readers’ eyes to the amazing processes at work in forests every day. Now this new, breathtakingly illustrated edition brings those wonders to life like never before.With compelling selections from the original book and stunning, large-format pho... read more

A visually stunning journey into the diversity and wonders of forests.In his international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben opened readers’ eyes to the amazing processes at work in forests every day. Now this new, breathtakingly illustrated edition brings those wonders to life like never before.With compelling selections from the original book and stunning, large-format pho... read more

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion_Surprising Observations of a Hidden World

Peter Wohlleben

The second book in The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Peter Wohlleben. Book one, The Hidden Life of Trees, and the third book, The Secret Wisdom of Nature, are available now. "Like The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben's The Inner Life of Animals will rock your world. Surprising, humbling, and filled with delight, this book shows us that animals think, fee... read more

The second book in The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Peter Wohlleben. Book one, The Hidden Life of Trees, and the third book, The Secret Wisdom of Nature, are available now. "Like The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben's The Inner Life of Animals will rock your world. Surprising, humbling, and filled with delight, this book shows us that animals think, fee... read more

Island Timber: A Social History of the Comox Logging Company, Vancouver Island

Richard Somerset Mackie

Richard Mackie charts the history of the largest logging concern on coastal British Columbia the Comox Logging Company from the turn of the century to the devastating Sayward fire of 1938. With 450 employees, six huge steam-powered logging machines known as skidders, a dozen locomotives, hundreds of miles of track, and sole access to the great Douglas fir forests between Courtenay and Campbell... read more

Richard Mackie charts the history of the largest logging concern on coastal British Columbia the Comox Logging Company from the turn of the century to the devastating Sayward fire of 1938. With 450 employees, six huge steam-powered logging machines known as skidders, a dozen locomotives, hundreds of miles of track, and sole access to the great Douglas fir forests between Courtenay and Campbell... read more

Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Seven Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns

Sylvia Olsen

Stitches are my second language.; Ask Sylvia Olsen author, knitter and expert on the world-famous Cowichan sweaters whether there's any more to be said about knitting, and her answer is a resounding Yes! Of course, yes. Knitting stories are as varied as the things we knit and, like all good stories, they tell us about ourselves and what it means to be a human being. We will never grow tired of... read more

Stitches are my second language.; Ask Sylvia Olsen author, knitter and expert on the world-famous Cowichan sweaters whether there's any more to be said about knitting, and her answer is a resounding Yes! Of course, yes. Knitting stories are as varied as the things we knit and, like all good stories, they tell us about ourselves and what it means to be a human being. We will never grow tired of... read more

Made to Measure: A History of Land Surveying in British Columbia

Katherine Gordon

Land surveyors have played a fundamental role in the unique settlement history of British Columbia. The story of their work is awe-inspiring. Less than 150 years ago, the province—a rough and beautiful child of imperial ambition—was largely a vast wilderness, occupied by societies without written maps. Within a few years, that would change forever. Men from London and Victoria made their way a... read more

Land surveyors have played a fundamental role in the unique settlement history of British Columbia. The story of their work is awe-inspiring. Less than 150 years ago, the province—a rough and beautiful child of imperial ambition—was largely a vast wilderness, occupied by societies without written maps. Within a few years, that would change forever. Men from London and Victoria made their way a... read more

Best Places to Bird in Ontario

Kenneth Burrell, Michael Burrell

An insider’s guide to the best birding in Ontario, featuring thirty highly recommended sites.It’s no secret: Ontario’s rich natural landscape and diverse wildlife provides some of the most exceptional birdwatching Canada has to offer, attracting thousands of bird-lovers each year.In this user-friendly guidebook, local experts Mike and Ken Burrell show us why. Outlining thirty of their personal... read more

An insider’s guide to the best birding in Ontario, featuring thirty highly recommended sites.It’s no secret: Ontario’s rich natural landscape and diverse wildlife provides some of the most exceptional birdwatching Canada has to offer, attracting thousands of bird-lovers each year.In this user-friendly guidebook, local experts Mike and Ken Burrell show us why. Outlining thirty of their personal... read more

Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon

Karen Autio

In a hidden canyon in British Columbia?s Southern Interior, a ponderosa pine tree sprouts. Seasons pass as the tree grows, witness to generations of human history in the Okanagan Valley, from First Nations quests to fur brigades, horse wrangling, secret wartime commando training, to the firestorm of 2003. Richly illuminated by maps, illustrations, and historical images and informed by a timeli... read more

In a hidden canyon in British Columbia?s Southern Interior, a ponderosa pine tree sprouts. Seasons pass as the tree grows, witness to generations of human history in the Okanagan Valley, from First Nations quests to fur brigades, horse wrangling, secret wartime commando training, to the firestorm of 2003. Richly illuminated by maps, illustrations, and historical images and informed by a timeli... read more

Trees of Ontario (Lone Pine Guide)

Linda J. Kershaw

A complete guide to the many deciduous and coniferous trees and shrubs found in Ontario, Canada's most populous and diverse province. Includes Bibliography, Glossary, Index, and range maps. Illustrated with color photographs and illustrations throughout.

A complete guide to the many deciduous and coniferous trees and shrubs found in Ontario, Canada's most populous and diverse province. Includes Bibliography, Glossary, Index, and range maps. Illustrated with color photographs and illustrations throughout.

Wildflowers of the Eastern Sierra: and Adjoining Mojave Desert and Great Basin

Laird Blackwell

A guide to the native and naturalized wildflower species and showy shrubs of the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada, including parts of the Mojave Desert and Great Basin. The species are organized by elevation zone, flower color and petal number. Each of the 376 species accounts features a color header bar, close-up and habitat photographs, a full plant description, name origins, habitat, viewi... read more

A guide to the native and naturalized wildflower species and showy shrubs of the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada, including parts of the Mojave Desert and Great Basin. The species are organized by elevation zone, flower color and petal number. Each of the 376 species accounts features a color header bar, close-up and habitat photographs, a full plant description, name origins, habitat, viewi... read more

No Time to Say Goodbye

Sylvia Olsen, Rita Morris, Ann Sam

No Time to Say Goodbye: Children’s Stories of Kuper Island Residential School. For most North Americans, the practice of sending First Nations children to aboriginal boarding schools is a chapter in history that seems best forgotten. But the generations of children who were rounded up and sent to those faraway schools won't ever forget the day-to-day reality of that "chapter." Often taken with... read more

No Time to Say Goodbye: Children’s Stories of Kuper Island Residential School. For most North Americans, the practice of sending First Nations children to aboriginal boarding schools is a chapter in history that seems best forgotten. But the generations of children who were rounded up and sent to those faraway schools won't ever forget the day-to-day reality of that "chapter." Often taken with... read more

Just Ask Us: A Conversation with First Nations Teenage Moms

Sylvia Olsen

Just Ask UsA Conversation with First Nations Teenage MomsTeen moms are nothing new. For as long as anyone can remember, families, communities, and governments have been grappling with the poverty and lack of life opportunities faced by these parents and their children.For First Nations in particular, the issue has become critical. Aboriginal girls are four and a half times more likely to be te... read more

Just Ask UsA Conversation with First Nations Teenage MomsTeen moms are nothing new. For as long as anyone can remember, families, communities, and governments have been grappling with the poverty and lack of life opportunities faced by these parents and their children.For First Nations in particular, the issue has become critical. Aboriginal girls are four and a half times more likely to be te... read more

Tilly: a Story of Hope and Resilience

Monique Gray Smith

Tilly has always known she’s part Lakota on her dad’s side. She’s grown up with the traditional teachings of her grandma, relishing the life lessons of her beloved mentor. But it isn’t until an angry man shouts something on the street that Tilly realizes her mom is Aboriginal, too—a Cree woman taken from her own parents as a baby.Tilly feels her mother’s pain deeply. She’s always had trouble f... read more

Tilly has always known she’s part Lakota on her dad’s side. She’s grown up with the traditional teachings of her grandma, relishing the life lessons of her beloved mentor. But it isn’t until an angry man shouts something on the street that Tilly realizes her mom is Aboriginal, too—a Cree woman taken from her own parents as a baby.Tilly feels her mother’s pain deeply. She’s always had trouble f... read more

Yetsa's Sweater

Sylvia Olsen

"What are you knitting into this sweater, Grandma?" Yetsa asks. Grandma smiles. "Flowers. Fish and waves. Woolly clouds, and blackberries." From the author of No Time To Say Goodbye, The Girl with a Baby and White Girl comes a tender and joyful picture book, perfect for sharing. In Yetsa's Sweater, Sylvia Olsen takes a workaday chore and illuminates it with meaning, while Joan Larson takes Ols... read more

"What are you knitting into this sweater, Grandma?" Yetsa asks. Grandma smiles. "Flowers. Fish and waves. Woolly clouds, and blackberries." From the author of No Time To Say Goodbye, The Girl with a Baby and White Girl comes a tender and joyful picture book, perfect for sharing. In Yetsa's Sweater, Sylvia Olsen takes a workaday chore and illuminates it with meaning, while Joan Larson takes Ols... read more

Happy Down Below: Everything You Want to Know About the Penis and Other Bits

Dr. Oliver Gralla

"Treat yourself and your man-root to a thorough and often uproarious read-through. Your health prospects will be pointing at the ceiling in no time."—Peter Moore, former editor of Men's HealthMen are notoriously reluctant to see a doctor. Only three in five men report going for an annual physical, and over 40 percent only ever visit the clinic when their symptoms become unbearable. Many know l... read more

"Treat yourself and your man-root to a thorough and often uproarious read-through. Your health prospects will be pointing at the ceiling in no time."—Peter Moore, former editor of Men's HealthMen are notoriously reluctant to see a doctor. Only three in five men report going for an annual physical, and over 40 percent only ever visit the clinic when their symptoms become unbearable. Many know l... read more

The Little Book of Cannabis: How Marijuana Can Improve Your Life

Amanda Siebert

A pragmatic and informative look at better living through cannabis. Cannabis. Weed. Bud. Whatever you choose to call it, it’s been a health aid, comfort, and life-enhancer for humankind for more than three thousand years. But while cannabis is used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, more than a century of prohibition has resulted in confusion about its status: Is it healthy? I... read more

A pragmatic and informative look at better living through cannabis. Cannabis. Weed. Bud. Whatever you choose to call it, it’s been a health aid, comfort, and life-enhancer for humankind for more than three thousand years. But while cannabis is used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, more than a century of prohibition has resulted in confusion about its status: Is it healthy? I... read more

Annuals for Illinois

William Aldrich, Don Williamson

This book features over 300 annuals suitable to the Illinois climate. A must have addition to any garden library, it includes over 350 brilliant full-color photographs. You'll also find plenty of practical advice on choosing the best varieties of annuals for your garden, tips for improved growth and strategies for taking on pests and other problems.

This book features over 300 annuals suitable to the Illinois climate. A must have addition to any garden library, it includes over 350 brilliant full-color photographs. You'll also find plenty of practical advice on choosing the best varieties of annuals for your garden, tips for improved growth and strategies for taking on pests and other problems.

Perennials for Michigan

Nancy Szerlag, Alison Beck

Perennial gardening can be easy, fun and rewarding, especially when you have this beautifully illustrated guide at your fingertips. With detailed accounts of 84 different perennials, along with information on 681 recommended varieties and cultivars perfect for Michigan gardens, this book takes the guesswork out of perennial gardening. The authors' common sense and garden wisdom will help you t... read more

Perennial gardening can be easy, fun and rewarding, especially when you have this beautifully illustrated guide at your fingertips. With detailed accounts of 84 different perennials, along with information on 681 recommended varieties and cultivars perfect for Michigan gardens, this book takes the guesswork out of perennial gardening. The authors' common sense and garden wisdom will help you t... read more

Tree and Shrub Gardening for Washington and Oregon

Alison Beck, Marianne Binetti, Binetti

With this beautiful book at your fingertips, you can select, plant and care for the trees and shrubs that suit the conditions present in your garden, whether it is dry or moist, coastal or interior:* Detailed listings for 96 different species of trees and shrubs, along with information on 551 recommended varieties and cultivars best suited for Washington and Oregon gardens* Size, shape and gro... read more

With this beautiful book at your fingertips, you can select, plant and care for the trees and shrubs that suit the conditions present in your garden, whether it is dry or moist, coastal or interior:* Detailed listings for 96 different species of trees and shrubs, along with information on 551 recommended varieties and cultivars best suited for Washington and Oregon gardens* Size, shape and gro... read more

Bad Boys of Fashion: Style Rebels and Renegades Through the Ages

Jennifer Croll

Sashay away, ladies: it’s the boys’ turn for the fashion spotlight. From Louis XIV to Kanye West, Jennifer Croll takes us on a tour of daring and different men throughout history who have all used fashion to get what they want. Just as she did in her award-winning Bad Girls of Fashion, Croll shows us the power of clothes and the links between fashion and politics, art, social movements, and mo... read more

Sashay away, ladies: it’s the boys’ turn for the fashion spotlight. From Louis XIV to Kanye West, Jennifer Croll takes us on a tour of daring and different men throughout history who have all used fashion to get what they want. Just as she did in her award-winning Bad Girls of Fashion, Croll shows us the power of clothes and the links between fashion and politics, art, social movements, and mo... read more

Double Take: Karen Brain's Olympic Journey

Nikki Tate

Canadian equestrian Karen Brain is determined to compete in the Olympics. Soon jumping over obstacles becomes her specialty—literally and figuratively. Then, one day, she falls. Her spine is shattered, and her doctors tell her she might never walk again, much less ride a horse. But obstacles are this rider's specialty. Follow her challenging but ultimately triumphant course from hospital bed t... read more

Canadian equestrian Karen Brain is determined to compete in the Olympics. Soon jumping over obstacles becomes her specialty—literally and figuratively. Then, one day, she falls. Her spine is shattered, and her doctors tell her she might never walk again, much less ride a horse. But obstacles are this rider's specialty. Follow her challenging but ultimately triumphant course from hospital bed t... read more

Chasing the Moon

Penny Chamberlain

During the U.S. Prohibition of the 1920s, an illegal, one-way trade arose—in alcohol. Canadian brews flowed south, and American dollars flowed north, creating fortunes that can still be seen in Canadian society today. Central to this trade were the rum-runners, their loaded boats speeding through dark waters, dodging pirates and the U.S. Coast Guard to bring their illegal cargo to thirsty Amer... read more

During the U.S. Prohibition of the 1920s, an illegal, one-way trade arose—in alcohol. Canadian brews flowed south, and American dollars flowed north, creating fortunes that can still be seen in Canadian society today. Central to this trade were the rum-runners, their loaded boats speeding through dark waters, dodging pirates and the U.S. Coast Guard to bring their illegal cargo to thirsty Amer... read more

Counting on Hope

Sylvia Olsen

Hope and her family travel from England to their new home on an island off the coast of British Columbia in the 1860s. Hope thinks that she has arrived in paradise. She is right … until whiskey traders arrive.Letia and her family are Lamalcha people who winter on Kuper Island and move to Wallace Island in the summer. The problem is that Letia's summer camp is on the island that the Crown has d... read more

Hope and her family travel from England to their new home on an island off the coast of British Columbia in the 1860s. Hope thinks that she has arrived in paradise. She is right … until whiskey traders arrive.Letia and her family are Lamalcha people who winter on Kuper Island and move to Wallace Island in the summer. The problem is that Letia's summer camp is on the island that the Crown has d... read more

High Fences

Julie White

Kirsty laughed. "Faye will never part with Robin."A sly smile spread over Nicole's thin face. "We'll see."Robin is a pony in a million. He'll do anything Faye asks him to do, and Faye loves him with all her heart.Then the farm truck breaks down and there's no money to pay for repairs. Faye's grandmother Lucy starts talking about selling the farm. So Faye does the unthinkable. She agrees to sel... read more

Kirsty laughed. "Faye will never part with Robin."A sly smile spread over Nicole's thin face. "We'll see."Robin is a pony in a million. He'll do anything Faye asks him to do, and Faye loves him with all her heart.Then the farm truck breaks down and there's no money to pay for repairs. Faye's grandmother Lucy starts talking about selling the farm. So Faye does the unthinkable. She agrees to sel... read more

Kah-Lan the Adventurous Sea Otter

Karen Autio

Young sea otter Kah-Lan is hungry. He is sure there are big crabs near the point, but his mother won't let him out of her sight. One day he sees his chance. Soon he and his friend Yamka are swimming around the point—right into danger! Will they ever make it back home? The heroic travels of two dynamic and realistic sea otter characters are a wonderful introduction to sea otters and the human a... read more

Young sea otter Kah-Lan is hungry. He is sure there are big crabs near the point, but his mother won't let him out of her sight. One day he sees his chance. Soon he and his friend Yamka are swimming around the point—right into danger! Will they ever make it back home? The heroic travels of two dynamic and realistic sea otter characters are a wonderful introduction to sea otters and the human a... read more

Life Cycle of a Lie

Sylvia Olsen

When Jona moves from the big city of Vancouver to the tiny town of Carterton, fifteen-year-old Victoria Buckingham can’t believe her luck. What are the chances of the new guy being interested in joining Save Our Streams, the local environmental group she is so proud of. But it turns out Vik isn’t the only one who is captivated by the newcomer. Her boyfriend, Linc, is soon spending as much time... read more

When Jona moves from the big city of Vancouver to the tiny town of Carterton, fifteen-year-old Victoria Buckingham can’t believe her luck. What are the chances of the new guy being interested in joining Save Our Streams, the local environmental group she is so proud of. But it turns out Vik isn’t the only one who is captivated by the newcomer. Her boyfriend, Linc, is soon spending as much time... read more

Prove It, Josh

Jenny Watson

Josh put his finger on the word and tried to sound it out.“D-d-d-d …”By the time he got to the bottom of the page, a headachehad started to pound behind his left ear. He snappedthe book shut and shoved it across the table.“I hate reading.”Eleven-year-old Josh’s summer is getting off to a bad start. It’s the first week of vacation, but instead of being out on the water in his nifty sailing ding... read more

Josh put his finger on the word and tried to sound it out.“D-d-d-d …”By the time he got to the bottom of the page, a headachehad started to pound behind his left ear. He snappedthe book shut and shoved it across the table.“I hate reading.”Eleven-year-old Josh’s summer is getting off to a bad start. It’s the first week of vacation, but instead of being out on the water in his nifty sailing ding... read more

Riding Through Fire

Julie White

As they stared, the smoke clouds began to glow, ruby and vermilion tongues of flame flickering in their bellies. In the short time they'd been down in the gully, fire had staked claim on the mountain.Faye Marsh is out show-jumping for Lawrence Devries, and twelve-year-old Kirsty's still working for Lucy at the ranch. She doesn't mind, really - she and her pony Lancelot would be nowhere without... read more

As they stared, the smoke clouds began to glow, ruby and vermilion tongues of flame flickering in their bellies. In the short time they'd been down in the gully, fire had staked claim on the mountain.Faye Marsh is out show-jumping for Lawrence Devries, and twelve-year-old Kirsty's still working for Lucy at the ranch. She doesn't mind, really - she and her pony Lancelot would be nowhere without... read more

Saara's Passage

Karen Autio

I picked up my pencil and stared at the blank white space. Setting a few goals should be easy. But I couldn't think of any. All that swirled through my mind was the question I'd been plagued with since I survived the Empress: "What is the purpose of my life?"Saara is trying hard to put her horrible experience aboard the doomed Empress of Ireland behind her. She goes to school, roller skates wi... read more

I picked up my pencil and stared at the blank white space. Setting a few goals should be easy. But I couldn't think of any. All that swirled through my mind was the question I'd been plagued with since I survived the Empress: "What is the purpose of my life?"Saara is trying hard to put her horrible experience aboard the doomed Empress of Ireland behind her. She goes to school, roller skates wi... read more

Sabotage

Karen Autio

Ever since 13-year-old Saara returned from caring for her family’s relatives, she’s been so grown-up and focused on her goal of becoming a teacher. Nine-year-old John jokes and plays pranks, but instead of laughs, all he gets is nagging. What really drives him crazy, though, is what his older sister won’t take seriously: the possibility that enemy spies and saboteurs might be at work in 1915 i... read more

Ever since 13-year-old Saara returned from caring for her family’s relatives, she’s been so grown-up and focused on her goal of becoming a teacher. Nine-year-old John jokes and plays pranks, but instead of laughs, all he gets is nagging. What really drives him crazy, though, is what his older sister won’t take seriously: the possibility that enemy spies and saboteurs might be at work in 1915 i... read more

Second Watch

Karen Autio

Saara wants so much to go to Finland with her family, to see the grandparents she has never met and the places her mother speaks about with such longing. One misfortune after another nibbles at the savings. Still, bit by bit, the coins keep falling into the coffee-tin bank. Saara's hopes rise higher and higher. But why does her beloved Papa scold and storm and talk of looking forward, not back... read more

Saara wants so much to go to Finland with her family, to see the grandparents she has never met and the places her mother speaks about with such longing. One misfortune after another nibbles at the savings. Still, bit by bit, the coins keep falling into the coffee-tin bank. Saara's hopes rise higher and higher. But why does her beloved Papa scold and storm and talk of looking forward, not back... read more

Shack Island Summer

Penny Chamberlain

It’s the summer of 1969, the summer of moon-landings and flower children.Twelve-year-old Pepper and her oddball brother Everett are spending it on Shack Island with Grandma. It’s a shock to discover that “shack” is the literal truth. Grandma’s place is tiny, and the island—or islands, for there are three of them—only big enough for a scattering of cabins. That summer Pepper discovers she has a... read more

It’s the summer of 1969, the summer of moon-landings and flower children.Twelve-year-old Pepper and her oddball brother Everett are spending it on Shack Island with Grandma. It’s a shock to discover that “shack” is the literal truth. Grandma’s place is tiny, and the island—or islands, for there are three of them—only big enough for a scattering of cabins. That summer Pepper discovers she has a... read more

No Cafés in Narnia (Tarragon Island Series)

Nikki Tate

It's not easy to have a private life on a small island. Thirteen-year-old Heather Blake can't stand the fact people on Tarragon Island know about her family's traumas practically before she does. The local youth writing group is supposed to help her meet people and improve her writing skills. Instead, Heather finds herself revealing way too much about both her writing life and her private thou... read more

It's not easy to have a private life on a small island. Thirteen-year-old Heather Blake can't stand the fact people on Tarragon Island know about her family's traumas practically before she does. The local youth writing group is supposed to help her meet people and improve her writing skills. Instead, Heather finds herself revealing way too much about both her writing life and her private thou... read more

Under the Wire

Julie White

“They’re our horses and I should be on them!” Born at the racetrack, Reid Widmark is only 16 and already on his way to becoming a professional jockey. He’s picking up races and has a special way with the best horse in his mother’s barn. One big win on Carmina, and his future is assured.Then his mother takes a fall, and everything changes. Suddenly, people he thought were his friends are taking... read more

“They’re our horses and I should be on them!” Born at the racetrack, Reid Widmark is only 16 and already on his way to becoming a professional jockey. He’s picking up races and has a special way with the best horse in his mother’s barn. One big win on Carmina, and his future is assured.Then his mother takes a fall, and everything changes. Suddenly, people he thought were his friends are taking... read more

Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon

Lyn Hancock

For almost thirty years, award-winning author and adventurer Lyn Hancock kept a special story close to her heart. At last, she is ready to tell it: the remarkable tale of an animal whose saucy personality enlivened Lyn's days and brought joy and wonder to the lives of countless people. At three weeks, Tabasco is a tiny, helpless ball of fluff. Already, the little raccoon's life is unusual: tuc... read more

For almost thirty years, award-winning author and adventurer Lyn Hancock kept a special story close to her heart. At last, she is ready to tell it: the remarkable tale of an animal whose saucy personality enlivened Lyn's days and brought joy and wonder to the lives of countless people. At three weeks, Tabasco is a tiny, helpless ball of fluff. Already, the little raccoon's life is unusual: tuc... read more

Cricket in a Fist

Naomi K. Lewis

One night, Agatha Winter's phone rings. Jasmine, her 13-year-old sister, has run away from home and needs to be picked up at the bus terminal. It's the anniversary of their mother's accident and subsequent split from the family. Jasmine is determined to exact revenge. Their mother, now a flashy self-help guru under a new moniker, preaches "willing amnesia": liberation by deliberately forgettin... read more

One night, Agatha Winter's phone rings. Jasmine, her 13-year-old sister, has run away from home and needs to be picked up at the bus terminal. It's the anniversary of their mother's accident and subsequent split from the family. Jasmine is determined to exact revenge. Their mother, now a flashy self-help guru under a new moniker, preaches "willing amnesia": liberation by deliberately forgettin... read more

Perfecting

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

With blood on his hands, Curtis Woolf flees his home in New Mexico for Canada, where he starts a religious commune, the Family. There he heals others and preaches pacifism while enduring the torment of this own damaged soul. Then his lover, Martha, finds his gun and goes south to discover the truth, whatever that might be. Curtis sets out to bring her back, lest the Family fall apart. In the h... read more

With blood on his hands, Curtis Woolf flees his home in New Mexico for Canada, where he starts a religious commune, the Family. There he heals others and preaches pacifism while enduring the torment of this own damaged soul. Then his lover, Martha, finds his gun and goes south to discover the truth, whatever that might be. Curtis sets out to bring her back, lest the Family fall apart. In the h... read more

Reading by Lightning

Joan Thomas

Winner, Commonwealth Writers Prize, Canada and the Caribbean, Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and On the Same Page, Manitoba ReadsShortlisted, Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book, Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and McNally Robinson Book of the YearLonglisted, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Lily Piper and her family live in an ephemeral world, due to collapse any moment when the Lor... read more

Winner, Commonwealth Writers Prize, Canada and the Caribbean, Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and On the Same Page, Manitoba ReadsShortlisted, Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book, Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and McNally Robinson Book of the YearLonglisted, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Lily Piper and her family live in an ephemeral world, due to collapse any moment when the Lor... read more

The Watermelon Social

Elaine Mccluskey

Elaine McCluskey’s debut collection contains ten comical and aggressively human slices of suburban life. From grocery aisles to strip-mall parking lots to school hallways and waiting rooms, these stories pulse with the bizarre and sometimes annoying trappings of in-between places and the people we encounter there. In the title story a mother of two observes as the team of supermoms at her chil... read more

Elaine McCluskey’s debut collection contains ten comical and aggressively human slices of suburban life. From grocery aisles to strip-mall parking lots to school hallways and waiting rooms, these stories pulse with the bizarre and sometimes annoying trappings of in-between places and the people we encounter there. In the title story a mother of two observes as the team of supermoms at her chil... read more

Duet for Wings and Earth

Barbara Colebrook Peace

Barbara's Colebrook Peace's re-imagining of the Christ story takes the reader on a journey that is at once familiar and marvellously mythical. Drawn from the Biblical record, these beautifully-wrought poems written from multiple points of view God's, Christ's, Mary's, Joseph's, an innkeeper's, the manger's, and even a donkey's illuminate the landscape of first century Jerusalem. By turns playf... read more

Barbara's Colebrook Peace's re-imagining of the Christ story takes the reader on a journey that is at once familiar and marvellously mythical. Drawn from the Biblical record, these beautifully-wrought poems written from multiple points of view God's, Christ's, Mary's, Joseph's, an innkeeper's, the manger's, and even a donkey's illuminate the landscape of first century Jerusalem. By turns playf... read more

For and Against

Sharon McCartney

Shortlisted, Next Generation Indie Book AwardHeart-corroding sex with a tin woodman. A foundering marriage like a cat on the brink of death that still manages to purr. Sharon McCartney's visceral exploration of relationships — how they begin and end, the tenuous threads that hold people together, and the events that can tear them apart — is unstinting, eyes-wide-open aware. Beginnings, endings... read more

Shortlisted, Next Generation Indie Book AwardHeart-corroding sex with a tin woodman. A foundering marriage like a cat on the brink of death that still manages to purr. Sharon McCartney's visceral exploration of relationships — how they begin and end, the tenuous threads that hold people together, and the events that can tear them apart — is unstinting, eyes-wide-open aware. Beginnings, endings... read more

I Will Ask for Birds

Kelly Parsons

What is perhaps most remarkable in this, Kelly Parsons first collection, is the authenticity of voice, a voice that exudes a largeness of spirit and depth of feeling. Each word, line, and stanza of I Will Ask for Birds seems to reverberate outward in waves of radiant light. Whether writing about an old jacket, her dog, or a lama s visit to the art gallery, Parsons exquisite sensibility infuses... read more

What is perhaps most remarkable in this, Kelly Parsons first collection, is the authenticity of voice, a voice that exudes a largeness of spirit and depth of feeling. Each word, line, and stanza of I Will Ask for Birds seems to reverberate outward in waves of radiant light. Whether writing about an old jacket, her dog, or a lama s visit to the art gallery, Parsons exquisite sensibility infuses... read more

Kyrie

Barbara Colebrook Peace

Rare book

Rare book

Otolith

Emily Nilsen

Winner, 2018 League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert Memorial AwardLonglisted, 2018 League of Canadian Poets Pat Lowther Memorial AwardOtolith — the ear stone — is a series of bones that help us to orient ourselves in space. In Otolith, Emily Nilsen attempts a similar feat in poetry: to turn the reader's attention to their relationship to the world, revealing an intertidal state between the ro... read more

Winner, 2018 League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert Memorial AwardLonglisted, 2018 League of Canadian Poets Pat Lowther Memorial AwardOtolith — the ear stone — is a series of bones that help us to orient ourselves in space. In Otolith, Emily Nilsen attempts a similar feat in poetry: to turn the reader's attention to their relationship to the world, revealing an intertidal state between the ro... read more

Stray

Allison LaSorda

Allison LaSorda's Stray shows the formation of a considerable poetic talent. These poems are sun-bleached, at once gritty, raw, and playful. LaSorda can conjure childhood memories of beaches and ice cream, ponder the elemental force of the ocean, and plumb the depth of loss in a coal mine disaster. Bringing to mind the poetry of Robert Hass and Louise Glück, LaSorda presents the messiness of d... read more

Allison LaSorda's Stray shows the formation of a considerable poetic talent. These poems are sun-bleached, at once gritty, raw, and playful. LaSorda can conjure childhood memories of beaches and ice cream, ponder the elemental force of the ocean, and plumb the depth of loss in a coal mine disaster. Bringing to mind the poetry of Robert Hass and Louise Glück, LaSorda presents the messiness of d... read more

Twoism

Ali Blythe

Shortlisted, Dorothy Livesay Poetry PrizePart roving eye, part devotion, you wander hotel corridors, entering rooms not quite yours, trying on clothes, blankets, skins. Arguing with the body's limits and its trickery, you are always in disguise. Sometimes you're Leda; sometimes the swan. The rooms are haunted with gendered injuries of the past... but messengers arrive to guide you. In this stu... read more

Shortlisted, Dorothy Livesay Poetry PrizePart roving eye, part devotion, you wander hotel corridors, entering rooms not quite yours, trying on clothes, blankets, skins. Arguing with the body's limits and its trickery, you are always in disguise. Sometimes you're Leda; sometimes the swan. The rooms are haunted with gendered injuries of the past... but messengers arrive to guide you. In this stu... read more

Wearing My People Like a Shawl

Dorothy Field

Reading Dorothy Field s second collection of poems is like entering a rich, digressive, passionate, multi-layered novel, at the heart of which is the individual in search of self. Field s physical journey takes her to Israel, the American Deep South, India, New York, and western Canada. At the same time, these poems penetrate the past, the complex and indecipherable lives of her parents, grand... read more

Reading Dorothy Field s second collection of poems is like entering a rich, digressive, passionate, multi-layered novel, at the heart of which is the individual in search of self. Field s physical journey takes her to Israel, the American Deep South, India, New York, and western Canada. At the same time, these poems penetrate the past, the complex and indecipherable lives of her parents, grand... read more

Magelica's Voyage: Children's Books: Once upon a time, a fairy tale touched the world... (Magelica's Voyage Trilogy Book 1)

Louise Courey Nadeau

A girl with a dragon best friend, in a magic bathtub with a special necklace helps the kingdom that lives on the back of a giant sea turtle by believing in herself.Who ever heard of a girl hatched from a sapphire blue egg? Magelica doesn't know who she is or where she came from, but when she's transported to the Isle of Dreams in a flying bathtub, she launches into an adventure of discovery. C... read more

A girl with a dragon best friend, in a magic bathtub with a special necklace helps the kingdom that lives on the back of a giant sea turtle by believing in herself.Who ever heard of a girl hatched from a sapphire blue egg? Magelica doesn't know who she is or where she came from, but when she's transported to the Isle of Dreams in a flying bathtub, she launches into an adventure of discovery. C... read more

Sebastian Sasquatch

Sylvia Olsen

Sebastian Sasquatch loves his home in Puddle Valley. It has everything a young sasquatch needs: trees to swing from, a creek to fish in, meadows for running and jumping. Well, almost everything. In all of Puddle Valley, there isn't another sasquatch child for Sebastian to play with. There is the Puddle Valley Campground and Adventure Park, though. It's full of children. They come with their fa... read more

Sebastian Sasquatch loves his home in Puddle Valley. It has everything a young sasquatch needs: trees to swing from, a creek to fish in, meadows for running and jumping. Well, almost everything. In all of Puddle Valley, there isn't another sasquatch child for Sebastian to play with. There is the Puddle Valley Campground and Adventure Park, though. It's full of children. They come with their fa... read more

The Garden That You Are

Katherine Gordon

If gardening is a cycle of growth, enrichment, decay, and rebirth, so is the nature of humanity: in our societies, our cultures, and our relationships. For the gardeners among us, it's more than an analogy. Our gardens and our lives are inextricably intertwined. Who we are; where we were born; our heritage; our family and friends; the events in our lives all play a role in the daily experience... read more

If gardening is a cycle of growth, enrichment, decay, and rebirth, so is the nature of humanity: in our societies, our cultures, and our relationships. For the gardeners among us, it's more than an analogy. Our gardens and our lives are inextricably intertwined. Who we are; where we were born; our heritage; our family and friends; the events in our lives all play a role in the daily experience... read more

Mountain Timber; The Comox Logging Company in the Vancouver Island Mountains

Richard Somerset Mackie

Mountain Timber: The Comox Logging Company in the Vancouver Island Mountains. Mountain Timber is the long-awaited sequel to Mackie s best-selling Island Timber: A Social History of the Comox Logging Company, Vancouver Island, which has gone through four printings and sold nearly 7,000 copies. Whereas Island Timber was set on the low-lying coastal flats along to the Strait of Georgia, Mountain ... read more

Mountain Timber: The Comox Logging Company in the Vancouver Island Mountains. Mountain Timber is the long-awaited sequel to Mackie s best-selling Island Timber: A Social History of the Comox Logging Company, Vancouver Island, which has gone through four printings and sold nearly 7,000 copies. Whereas Island Timber was set on the low-lying coastal flats along to the Strait of Georgia, Mountain ... read more

Gilean Douglas: Writing Nature, Finding Home

Andrea Lebowitz

ilean Douglas is a Canadian cultural icon: nature writer, journalist, farmer, feminist, politician, adventurer, poet. Born in 1900 into a wealthy family and orphaned at 16, she rejected the expectations of the class and society into which she was born and made her own way in the world as an independent woman. Gilean Douglas's writings span more than 80 years, from her childhood in the early 19... read more

ilean Douglas is a Canadian cultural icon: nature writer, journalist, farmer, feminist, politician, adventurer, poet. Born in 1900 into a wealthy family and orphaned at 16, she rejected the expectations of the class and society into which she was born and made her own way in the world as an independent woman. Gilean Douglas's writings span more than 80 years, from her childhood in the early 19... read more

Kootenai Brown (Legends)

Tony Hollihan

John George Kootenai Brown could boast countless adventures: serving in the British Army in India, hunting buffalo on the plains of Manitoba, riding Pony Express for the U.S. Army and fighting as a staunch conservationist in the region that eventually became Waterton Lakes National Park. Follow along in this exciting account of his incredible exploits.

John George Kootenai Brown could boast countless adventures: serving in the British Army in India, hunting buffalo on the plains of Manitoba, riding Pony Express for the U.S. Army and fighting as a staunch conservationist in the region that eventually became Waterton Lakes National Park. Follow along in this exciting account of his incredible exploits.

Memory of elsewhere

Rona Murray

Book by Rona Murray

Book by Rona Murray

Fireside Ghost Stories

A. S. Mott

Sit around the fire and share the scary and sometimes heartwarming stories of this collection. Whether read alone or shared with others, these dramatized tales are sure to send a chill up your spine...an argumentative pair of ghosts must learn to coexist when the circumstances of their deaths force them to spend eternity togethera boy spending an idyllic time with his loving grandmother has a ... read more

Sit around the fire and share the scary and sometimes heartwarming stories of this collection. Whether read alone or shared with others, these dramatized tales are sure to send a chill up your spine...an argumentative pair of ghosts must learn to coexist when the circumstances of their deaths force them to spend eternity togethera boy spending an idyllic time with his loving grandmother has a ... read more

Haunted Hearts: True Ghostly Love Stories (Ghost Stories)

Barbara Smith

Best-selling author Barbara Smith presents more than 60 ghost stories based on eyewitness accounts and local lore; each story with romantic love at the heart of it.

Best-selling author Barbara Smith presents more than 60 ghost stories based on eyewitness accounts and local lore; each story with romantic love at the heart of it.

The Klondike Gold Rush Steamers: A History of Yukon River Steam Navigation

Robert D. Turner

The great Klondike Gold Rush began in 1896 and within two years, thousands of prospectors, speculators and people from countless walks of life descended on the Klondike from far and wide, seeking their fortunes. Sternwheeled steamboats were essential modes of transportation for many of those who made the onerous journey in search of riches and adventure. Some miners came by steamer all the way... read more

The great Klondike Gold Rush began in 1896 and within two years, thousands of prospectors, speculators and people from countless walks of life descended on the Klondike from far and wide, seeking their fortunes. Sternwheeled steamboats were essential modes of transportation for many of those who made the onerous journey in search of riches and adventure. Some miners came by steamer all the way... read more

Outlaws and Lawmen of the West Vol 2

Dan Asfar

In the Old West, the law was fragile, the men were armed, tempers were short, and socializing took place over shots of rotgut whiskey on a card table in a saloon. This volume of true stories features the thrilling exploits of fearsome outlaws and ferocious lawmen including Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Ben Thompson, Wild Bill Hickok and Charlie Siringo. With 18 b/w photographs and 5 maps.

In the Old West, the law was fragile, the men were armed, tempers were short, and socializing took place over shots of rotgut whiskey on a card table in a saloon. This volume of true stories features the thrilling exploits of fearsome outlaws and ferocious lawmen including Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Ben Thompson, Wild Bill Hickok and Charlie Siringo. With 18 b/w photographs and 5 maps.

Animal Tracks of Quebec

Ian Sheldon, Tamara Eder

Animal Tracks of Quebec will help you identify tracks of all shapes and sizes, from the Deer Mouse to the White-tailed Deer. This book is perfect for children, teachers, parents, backwoods explorers and naturalists: * Excellent illustrations of the animals * Detailed drawings of fore and hind prints * Stride patterns * Easy track identification * Animal behavior.

Animal Tracks of Quebec will help you identify tracks of all shapes and sizes, from the Deer Mouse to the White-tailed Deer. This book is perfect for children, teachers, parents, backwoods explorers and naturalists: * Excellent illustrations of the animals * Detailed drawings of fore and hind prints * Stride patterns * Easy track identification * Animal behavior.

The Three Spartans

McCann, James

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