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Die Autobiographie

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Jeder kennt die skurrile, aber stets freundliche Miss Marple und den exzentrisch-pedantischen Poirot, jeder kennt den Namen ihrer Schöpferin Agatha Christie, doch wer war der Mensch hinter der Schreibmaschine? Zu Lebzeiten öffentlichkeitsscheu, gab Agatha Christie keine Interviews und verriet nichts über ihr Privatleben. Erst posthum brach die Queen of Crime ihr Schweigen. Ein Jahr nach ihrem Tod wurde ihre Autobiographie veröffentlicht, in der sie von ihrer Kindheit, zwei Ehen und zwei Weltkriegen erzählte, von ihrem Leben als Autorin und von den archäologischen Expeditionen ihres zweiten Ehemannes Max Mallowan. Eine Autobiographie, die ebenso spannend und lebendig erzählt ist wie ihre Romane.

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»Unterhaltsam, bisweilen amüsant, dann wieder melancholisch gefärbt.«

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»Was hat sie nicht alles erlebt! Und sie erzählt davon so unterhaltsam, dass es spannender und amüsanter zu lesen ist, als mancher Miss-Marple-Fall...«

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»Ihre Autobiografie ist ein Glücksfall. Denn sie macht mit einer liebenswerten, einzigartigen Persönlichkeit bekannt, die an technischen und gesellschaftlichen Veränderungen ihrer Zeit teilhaben lässt.«

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»Christies Autoobiographie,  in der sie von Kindheit, Ehen und Kriegen erzählt, zeigt eine Frau mit Lebenslust und verdeutlicht, welche Genialität ihrem Erfolg zugrunde liegt.«

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»Das Schöne an der Lebensgeschichte der Agatha Christie ist, dass die so völlig uneitel geschrieben ist.«

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»Ihre Autobiographie, die ebenso auch eine Chronik Englands und des 20. Jahrhunderts ist, zeigt eine Frau voller Lebenslust und Charme und verrät, welche Genialität ihrem Erfolg zugrunde liegt.«

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»(...) ist nicht weniger unterhaltsam, vergnüglich und spannend als ihre in aller Welt bekannten Detektiv- und Spionagegeschichten.«

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Agatha Christie begründete den modernen britischen Kriminalroman und avancierte im Laufe ihres Lebens zur bekanntesten Krimiautorin aller Zeiten. Ihre beliebten Helden Hercule Poirot und Miss Marple sind - auch durch die Verfilmungen - einem Millionenpublikum bekannt. 1971 wurde sie in den Adelsstand erhoben. Agatha Christie starb 1976 im Alter von 85 Jahren.

 
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Aloha Wanderwell

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In 1922, a 15-year-old girl, fed up with life in a French convent school, answered an ad for a travelling secretary. Tall, blonde, and swaggering with confidence, she might have passed for twenty. She also knew what she wanted: to become the first female to drive around the world. Her name was Aloha Wanderwell.

Aloha's mission was foolhardy in the extreme. Drivable roads were scarce and cars were alien to much of the world. The Wanderwell Expedition created a specially modified Model T Ford for the journey that featured gun scabbards and a sloped back that could fold out to become a darkroom. All that remained was for Aloha to learn how to drive.

Aloha became known around the globe. She was photographed in front of the Eiffel Tower, parked on the back of the Sphinx, firing mortars in China, and smiling at a tickertape parade in Detroit. By the age of 25, she had become a pilot, a film star, an ambassador for world peace, and the centrepiece of one of the biggest unsolved murder mysteries in California history. Her story defied belief, but it was true. Every bit of it. Except for her name. The American Aloha Wanderwell was, in reality, the Canadian Idris Hall.

Drawing upon Aloha's diaries and travel logs, as well as films, photographs, newspaper accounts, and previously classified government documents, Aloha Wanderwell reveals the astonishing story of one of the greatest — and most outrageous — explorers of the 1920s.

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"Aloha Wanderwell must surely be the most remarkable woman adventurer to remain virtually unknown to history. This marvellous book sets the record straight, even as it powerfully evokes a distant era of travel when the survivors of the Great War set out to go anywhere but home."

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Christian Fink-Jensen's writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star, Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Quarterly, Rampike, Vancouver Sun, and Ottawa Citizen.

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Randolph Eustace-Walden has worked as a writer, editor, researcher, television producer, and director. He has twice been nominated for Emmy and Gemini awards and has won several Leo awards.

 
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Christina erlebte eine zerrissene Kindheit: Sieben Jahre lebte sie mit ihrer Mutter in den Waldhöhlen vor São Paulo - bitter arm, inmitten der Natur, aber getragen von der Liebe ihrer lebensklugen Mutter. Doch dann kamen die Landbesitzer und vertrieben sie, ein harter Überlebenskampf auf den Straßen der großen Stadt begann. Christina musste Unfassbares mitansehen, war nie sicher, erlitt Hunger und Not. Als ihre Mutter plötzlich verschwand, wurden Christina und ihr kleiner Bruder, noch ein Kleinkind, zur Adoption freigegeben: Eine neue Familie, eine neue Sprache, ein neues Leben in Europa begann...

Das sagt die schwedische Lektorin über dieses Buch:

Wie viele von uns könnten wohl mit acht Jahren das Leben auf der Straße überstehen? Was wäre, wenn diese Straßen voller bewaffneter Erwachsener wären, die die Absicht hatten, Sie zusammenzutreiben, um Sie zu töten? Das war das wirkliche Leben für Christina Rickardsson in und um São Paolo, Brasilien, bis eine Adoptionsagentur den fragwürdigen Schritt unternahm, Christina (acht Jahre alt) und ihren Bruder (weniger als zwei Jahre alt) von ihrer Mutter zu trennen und sie an eine Familie in Schweden, eine halbe Welt entfernt, zu geben. Wenn Geschichten wie die von Cheryl Strayed, Der große Trip, Ihre Emotionen geweckt haben, werden Sie auf Christinas Geschichte wahrscheinlich genauso reagieren wie ich, mit Einfühlungsvermögen und Staunen über die Stärke ihres Geistes.

Die Geschichte, wie sie sich an ihre Adoptivfamilie, die Rickardssons, und an die völlig fremde Sprache und Kultur gewöhnt und anfängt sie zu lieben, ist fesselnd. Ein außergewöhnlicher Aspekt von Christinas Geschichte ist, dass sie nicht mit ihrer persönlichen Suche endet. Sie hat ihre Energie in ihre Stiftung gelenkt, eine gemeinnützige Organisation, die Armut und soziale Ungerechtigkeit an der Wurzel packen will, um andere Kinder vor ähnlichen Entbehrungen zu bewahren.

Von dem Moment an, als Christinas Geschichte in mein Leben trat, war sie meine ständige Begleiterin, unerschütterlich. Ihr Mut, ihr Mitgefühl und ihre Fähigkeit zu vergeben sind absolut inspirierend. Ihre Schuldgefühle und ihr Groll darüber, dass sie ihrer Mutter und ihrem Heimatland genommen wurde, kämpfen mit der Dankbarkeit für die Vorteile und die Sicherheit, die ihr ihr neues Land und ihre Familie gewährten. Christina hätte ihr Trauma leicht in Feindseligkeit gegenüber ihrer neuen Familie, gegenüber der Welt oder gegenüber sich selbst verwandeln können. Stattdessen nahm sie das qualvolle Ausgraben ihrer Adoptionsakten in Angriff und machte sich in ihren Dreißigern auf die mutige und schmerzhafte Reise zurück in ihr Heimatland, in der Hoffnung, mit ihrer Mutter wieder vereint zu werden.

Elizabeth DeNoma

 
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From Vancouver-based writer Chelene Knight, Dear Current Occupant is a creative non-fiction memoir about home and belonging set in the 80s and 90s of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Using a variety of forms, Knight reflects on her childhood through a series of letters addressed to all of the current occupants now living in the twenty different houses she moved in and out of with her mother and brother. From blurry non-chronological memories of trying to fit in with her own family as the only mixed East Indian/Black child, to crystal clear recollections of parental drug use, Knight draws a vivid portrait of memory that still longs for a place and a home.

Peering through windows and doors into intimate, remembered spaces now occupied by strangers, Knight writes to them in order to deconstruct her own past. From the rubble of memory she then builds a real place in order to bring herself back home.

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Praise for Dear Current Occupant:

"Knight is a poet at heart, somewhat disinclined to follow the dusty rules of prose writing, and we are all richer for it. This memoir is built from shards of pure resilience, expertly pieced together into a compelling—and at times devastating—chronicle of youth, family, and sense of place. From Clark Drive to Commercial and Broadway, Dear Current Occupant is a love song to East Vancouver—it is a map of scars, and as everyone knows, scars make for good storytelling." —Carleigh Baker, author of Bad Endings, finalist for the 2018 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

"Dear Current Occupant is an astonishing book: haunting, intimate, and deeply rendered. A lyrical memoir set against the backdrop of Vancouver's gritty East Side, it triumphantly melds together prose, poetry, letters and imagery, to illuminate the pain of un-belonging, the search for a home, and the power of words to heal and transform us. It is a book that boldly takes risks, unafraid and brimming with raw energy, tenderness, and heartbreaking beauty. Chelene Knight emerges as a fierce new voice in Canadian literature, deserving of our full attention." —Ayelet Tsabari, author of The Best Place on Earth

"I want to thank Chelene Knight for not forcing her memoir into a point "a to b" narrative. Too often complex and stigmatized stories are dumbed-down, but Knight elevates! She uplifts both her her experiences and the poetic prose and hybrid forms used to share these experiences. Dear Current Occupant will surely become a nuanced creative touchstone that shows us how our stories of survival can and should be told." —Amber Dawn, author of Sub Rosa and How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler's Memoir

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Chelene Knight was born in Vancouver, and is currently the Managing Editor of Room Magazine. A graduate of The Writers' Studio at SFU, Chelene has been published in various Canadian and American literary magazines. Her debut book, Braided Skin, was published in 2015. Dear Current Occupant is her second book. Chelene is also working on a historical novel set in the 1930s and 40s in Vancouver's Hogan's Alley.

 
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Almost a Great Escape

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Winner of the W.O. Mitchell Award, the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction, and the Alberta Readers' Choice Award

Following his mothers death in 2004, Tyler Trafford discovers an album of old letters and creased photographs that reveal a mother he never knew, a man hes never heard of, and a love affair doomed by class and circumstance. The letters are from Jens Müller, a Norwegian pilot who trained in Canada during the early days of World War II, one of only three prisoners who would make it home after The Great Escape.

In Almost a Great Escape, Trafford takes us on a journey of emotional discovery and dramatic disclosure as he reconstructs his mothers life, from her youth as a wealthy Montreal debutante to her final days as a broken but unbent casualty of a loveless marriage. His search for answers takes him across Canada and then across the ocean to Norway, hoping to learn more about the mystery of this secret relationship.

Written with a fluidity fueled by heart-wrenching honesty, Traffords unconventional memoir confirms that while you can survive your past, you can never escape from it. Almost a Great Escape includes photographs as well as excerpts and reproductions of telegrams and letters Jens sent from England and Stalag Luft III.

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"Tyler Trafford exposes an elaborately intertwined story of family, romance, war, and love's aftermath. His multi-genre approach is both lyrical and admirably adapted to the challenge of the story he both unearths and illuminates."

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"As his own reflections intermingle with Alice's letters, the book becomes a moving story of love between a mother who dreamed of being a writer and a son who became one."

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"Tyler Trafford uses his creative ingenuity to bring the story of his late mother's secret love to life. Told with great flair and extraordinary skill, this captivating tale is an engrossing voyage of discovery and revelation."

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"Trafford is a mesmerizing writer with a style all his own.... The story of a secret love affair, it is a wonderfully twisted story of a Westmount upper class family, romance in war, and the scars that come from not taking a chance on love."

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"This is not a sentimental love story. It belongs in another, higher category. It's one that people of both sexes and any age past puberty will appreciate. And incidentally, it's a fine piece of writing and composing."

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"Letters in love and war reveal the most about the human condition. Tyler Trafford takes us inside a wartime romance, situates it at the heart of the most celebrated escape of the Second World War, and delivers a moving account of his own search to understand a parent and his own condition."

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"There are a handful of characters in a reader's life that are real, their wakes resonating like ghosts. Such is Alice Tyler, conjured by her son, writer Tyler Trafford, in his epistolary biography, Almost a Great Escape. She is so evoked you will taste her in a glass of vodka.... Trafford's writing swims with the heady heat of a slow, balmy, never-ending childhood summer. He builds towers with his words, stacking adjectives to describe the slow-motion escape of a lovesick war hero and building to a satisfying, thought-provoking conclusion."

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Tyler Trafford worked for many years as a reporter and editor first with the Calgary Herald, then in Australia with the Australian and later with the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. When he returned to Canada, he began writing biographies, histories, and works of fiction, including The Story of Blue Eye, which was shortlisted for the 2005 Grant McEwan Author's Award. He now divides his time between Calgary and his studio on the Oldman River near Pincher Creek, Alberta.

 
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Athabasca University Press | Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters


Xwelíqwiya is the life story of Rena Point Bolton, a Stó:lō matriarch, artist, and craftswoman. Proceeding by way of conversational vignettes, the beginning chapters recount Point Bolton's early years on the banks of the Fraser River during the Depression. While at the time the Stó:lō, or Xwélmexw, as they call themselves today, kept secret their ways of life to avoid persecution by the Canadian government, Point Bolton’s mother and grandmother schooled her in the skills needed for living from what the land provides, as well as in the craftwork and songs of her people, passing on a duty to keep these practices alive. Point Bolton was taken to a residential school for the next several years and would go on to marry and raise ten children, but her childhood training ultimately set the stage for her roles as a teacher and activist. Recognizing the urgent need to forge a sense of cultural continuity among the younger members of her community, Point Bolton visited many communities and worked with federal, provincial, and First Nations politicians to help break the intercultural silence by reviving knowledge of and interest in Aboriginal art. She did so with the deft and heartfelt use of both her voice and her hands.

Over the course of many years, Daly collaborated with Point Bolton to pen her story. At once a memoir, an oral history, and an “insider” ethnography directed and presented by the subject herself, the result attests both to Daly’s relationship with the family and to Point Bolton’s desire to inspire others to use traditional knowledge and experience to build their own distinctive, successful, and creative lives.

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Rena Point Bolton is a Xwélmexw artist and weaver who lives in northern British Columbia.

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Richard Daly is a social anthropologist, translator, editor, and Aboriginal rights consultant. Originally from a fishing and forestry community on the Pacific Coast, Daly now resides in Norway near Oslo.

 
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Her Paraphernalia, the new book of creative non-fiction from noted Canadian poet Margaret Christakos, presents an intimate and original collection of midlife writings that seeks to make readers think in a very personalized way about family geneology, private sexuality and life changes, including those experiences that exist at the intersections of contemporary digital culture.

Through a sequence of ten études (consisting of entre-genre pieces, including prose and lyric poetry, experimental writing that integrates elements of social media posts, and other forms), Christakos's virtuosity with language and wordplay tantalizes, as she explores women's and girls' relationship to self-portraiture in the age of social media, and considers aspects of how we negotiate our public and private identities as women, mothers and daughters. Christakos takes as her starting point the reproductive touchstones of ages 15 and 50, and in this light, reflects upon the closeness and distances between herself, her own daughter, and her Greek and English immigrant grandmothers.

Written as a love song to her mother and daughter, Her Paraphernalia is at once a personal and yet wholly personable entrée into major themes that so many people of all ages and stages can relate to—self-identity, the beauty of the selfie, social media, partnership, miscarriage, menstruation, sexual lust, solo travel, depression, menopause, the death of a parent, the writing life, divorce, and women's transgenerational vitality, among others.

Interesting, unusually honest and open-minded, this collection will find a welcome audience among intelligent, self-actualizing women interested in contemporary culture and feminist questions; mothers of young women; women in midlife who may be experiencing mother-loss, menopause, empty nest, and divorce and those who self-direct their sexuality; readers interested in the overlap of artists who are mothers, and vice versa; and poets and readers interested in Christakos's oeuvre in general.

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Praise for Margaret Christakos:

"Easily one of our most daring, consistently inventive and deeply engaged contemporary Canadian poets." —rob mclennan

"In Christakos's work the public and private are emphatically not separate. Multitudes provides readers with a poetics well tuned to rearticulate an insistently present tense." —Jason Weins, Quill and Quire

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Joni Murphy is a writer and artist living in New York City. Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, she has shown and published work in the US, Canada, the UK, Switzerland, Serbia, and Greece. Her creative output takes the form of poetry, criticism, curatorial projects, audio, and performance. She has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was an artist in residence with Sound Development City's 2016 expedition to Belgrade and Athens. Double Teenage is her debut novel.

 
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Deep Salt Water is an intimate memoir about abortion, expressed through a layering of language and imagery of the ocean. The story gravitates around the reconnection and ongoing entanglements of a couple who'd had an abortion twenty years earlier. Interdisciplinary in nature and entre-genre in style, Deep Salt Water is organized as thirty-seven separate pieces, divided into three sections (or 'trimesters') that detail the couple's love affair and unwanted pregnancy; the abortion itself; their separation and tenuous reconnection; and the sorrowful, urgent attempt to come to terms with the abortion and its consequences.

Included in its pages are two innovative elements—a series of collages by visual artist Catherine Mellinger and a section entitled the 'Afterbirth,' which discusses environmental issues that informed Apostolides' writing and moves the book from a place of intense intimacy to an outward focus that engages with the broader world and our shared responsibility and hope.

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Praise for Marianne Apostolides:

"Apostolides' prose delights and takes pleasure in the slipperiness of language itself." —Canadian Literature

"Apostolides is a kind of fan dancer among thematic imponderables." —The Globe and Mail

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A recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Marianne Apostolides is the author of six books, including three critically-acclaimed titles published by BookThug: Swim, Voluptuous Pleasure (listed among the Top 100 Books of 2012 by Toronto's The Globe and Mail), and Sophrosyne. Marianne lives in Toronto with her two children.

 
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Un historien dans la cité

Les Presses de l'Université d'Ottawa | Amérique française


À la fois témoin et acteur des grandes transformations socio-identitaires qui ont marqué l’Ontario français depuis la fin des années 1960, Gaétan Gervais est aussi connu à titre de créateur du drapeau franco-ontarien en 1975.

Les divers lieux d’enracinement de sa pensée sont étudiés depuis le Sudbury français des années 1940 et 1950, en passant par le contexte de mutations culturelles, politiques et historiographiques des décennies d’après-guerre. L’étude s’étend au contenu des écrits de l’historien ainsi qu’à ses interventions dans les sphères publique et gouvernementale de l’Ontario et de la francophonie canadienne, notamment au regard de l’éducation postsecondaire.

L’analyse fait ressortir les paramètres structurants de sa pensée et montre comment celle-ci opère dans l’espace propre au milieu minoritaire francoontarien. Elle fait apparaître l’historien comme l’une des principales figures énonciatrices d’une représentation identitaire axée sur une continuité référentielle avec la mémoire du Canada français historique.

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Un des penseurs les plus influents de l’Ontario

français a fait l’objet d’une «biographie intellectuelle» intitulée Un

historien dans la cité : Gaétan Gervais et l’Ontario français. Cet essai de François-Olivier Dorais demeure un jalon

majeur de l’historiographie de l’Ontario français, voire du Canada français. 

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« une plume alerte et élégante (…) une réflexion féconde (…) un ouvrage appelé à devenir une référence sur l’histoire intellectuelle de l’Ontario français, et de l’un des derniers grands penseurs du Canada français. »

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Alors que le lecteur pourrait s’attendre à l’un de ces ouvrages très académiques avec la lourdeur qui les caractérise, l’auteur, de par son style, clair et précis, et son intention première de partager sa lecture du cheminement d’un historien, parvient à stimuler et à soutenir notre intérêt pour cet historien marquant de l’Ontario français. (...) Le lecteur trouvera certainement beaucoup de satisfaction dans la lecture des nombreux extraits provenant de publications ou d’interventions de Gervais. (...) Pour conclure, cet ouvrage de Dorais devrait être un outil de compréhension de l’Ontario français pour toute personne qui vibre avec cette collectivité.

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Cette étude de François-Olivier Dorais, doctorant en histoire à l’Université de Montréal, ne présente pas l’homme, l’historien sudburois, mais plutôt sa pensée et comment elle a évolué au fil d’une carrière d’un demi-siècle pour influencer d’autres chercheurs et intellectuels ainsi que l’identité franco-ontarienne. (...) La pensée de Gaétan Gervais demeure d’actualité. La revendication de l’université de langue française continue et vit une autre étape critique. Le conseil de planification pour cette université, dirigé par Dyane Adam, doit déposer prochainement son rapport à ce sujet.

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L’étude historiographique que propose

M. Dorais dans Un historien

dans la cité, une adaptation de sa

thèse de maitrise, se veut aussi une

analyse de l’engagement

de l’intellectuel en milieu

minoritaire. «L’expérience

de la minorisation

et de la fragilité des communautés

minoritaires

pose chez les intellectuels

plus qu’ailleurs la

nécessité de justifier leur

existence dans l’espace et

dans le temps.

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Portrait d’un défenseur de l’identité franco-ontarienne 

Il n’y a pas que le Québec francophone qui est aux prises avec la question identitaire, la communauté franco-ontarienne de

même. Et qui cherche à prendre sa place dans la mouvance de la mondialisation. Il y aurait bien des avenues pour parler des

enjeux auxquels est confronté le fait français en Ontario. L’historien François-Olivier Dorais a privilégié la vie et

l’oeuvre de Gaétan Gervais une figure marquante du combat pour la défense de la francophonie dans la province voisine. Il

n’est pas connu comme il se doit au Québec. Un historien dans la cité rend justice à cet homme de droiture animé d’une ferveur

sans pareille pour que le fait français demeure bien vivant chez lui.

 

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François-Olivier Dorais est doctorant au Département d’histoire de l’Université de Montréal.

 
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Mother of the Regiment and Other Remarkable Women of Newfoundland and Labrador

Flanker Press


An advocate for veterans, a photographer, a writer, a suffragist, an opera singer. Five remarkable women who pushed boundaries and made a difference at the turn of the twentieth century. But history then was about men, and no one wrote about these women. Their stories faded from memory and then disappeared for decades. Here now are those stories.

May Furlong — Advocate for Veterans

Elsie Holloway — Photographer

Lydia Campbell — Writer

Armine Gosling — Suffragist

Georgina Stirling — Opera Singer

Five biographies detailing the ambition, intelligence, compassion, and grit they all shared. The obstacles they overcame, the tragedies they endured, the incredible success they achieved. Discover how May Furlong, Elsie Holloway, Lydia Campbell, Armine Gosling, and Georgina Stirling pressed against the social norms of a century ago and helped change life and attitudes in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Susan Chalker Browne is a writer living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her other works include The Story of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist and the young adult novel The Secret Life of a Funny Girl. Susan has won writing awards from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards, the Cuffer Prize, and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia Atlantic Writing Competition. She is married to Dennis Browne, and they have four grown children.

 
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