Non-fiction

Category: Non-fiction

Toronto's association with Valentine's Day stretches back nearly two hundred and fifty years, to a time before the city was even founded. In fact, it goes back to the very first Valentine ever sent in North America.

The founder of the city, John Graves Simcoe, was a dashing young officer back then, fighting on the British side of the American Revolution. He was stationed outside New York City, billeted with an American family on Long Island. It was there that he fell in love with the family's daughter: Sally Sarah Townsend.

I first stumbled across rumours of a woman accompanying Wolseley’s expedition to Red River in an appendix to George Stanley’s 1989, Toil and Trouble. There, Stanley points to Chief engineer Simon Dawson’s observation that was made in his official report on the Expedition: “I may draw attention to the fact that…a gentleman who had his wife with him, passed over all the rapids, portages and whirlpools of the Winnipeg without its occurring to their occupants that they were doing anything extraordinary.”

Dundurn Press is thrilled to congratulate author Kate Armstrong whose 2019 book The Stone Frigate is the winner of the 2020 Ontario Historical Society Alison Prentice Award!


The Stone Frigate:The Royal Military College's First Female Cadet Speaks Out is the harrowing account of an ordinary, young woman admitted as the first female Cadet at the Royal Military College of Canada, as she struggled for survival in the ultimate boys’ club. The Stone Frigate was also a finalist for the 2020 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in Nonfiction. 

I’m a tired parent right now. I’m fatigued from trying to figure out what inside activity to do with the kids each weekend. I’m worn out from booking a COVID test every time one of us gets a cold. And I’m burnt out from trying to figure out how to be okay and raise kids that are okay while the world feels so scary and out of control. What makes this even harder is that us parents are trying to navigate this within what I call the culture of impossible parenting.

The culture of impossible parenting works hard to convince parents of six core (and annoying) messages.

 

Dundurn Gift Guide

Posted on November 16 by MarketingIntern in Fiction, Kids, Mystery, News, Non-fiction, Recent Releases, Teens

As the holiday season approaches, you may be wondering what to get the readers in your life. Dundurn Press has you covered with our Dundurn Gift Guide! We’ve asked our staff to select some of their favourite reads and have broken them down so you can find a book for every reader, and maybe even a few to add to your list, as well!

From November 16 to December 7, use the promo code DUNDURNGIFTGUIDE to receive 30% off your order from dundurn.com.

 

Musician Hayley Gene Penner grew up sharing the stage with her father, renowned children's entertainer Fred Penner. Now she has just released her debut solo album and published her memoir, both titled People You Follow. In her deliciously entertaining memoir, Hayley traces her career as a songwriter moving from Winnipeg to L.A., along the way digging into her past relationships to unearth stories that delicately straddle ethical and unethical behaviour, self-protection, and self-destruction.

When I’m writing this, it is a flawless day on Pender Island, one of 200 breathtaking Gulf Islands nestled in the Pacific off British Columbia’s coast. I’m hiking through an enormous old-growth forest where time has stood still with majestic pine trees that have stood undisturbed for centuries. I’m awed by this impossible silence with a sense that uttering a solitary word would be a terrible trespass.

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