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A dark adventure story based in 17th-century North America
In the biography Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson, author Mark Bourrie portrays Radisson as a tough survivalist, a brilliant linguist and a ruthless con man with an eye for the main chance. Bourrie uses the adventurer’s story to shed light on northern North America in the 1600s, leading the reader into an Otherworld as distant from contemporary Canada as any universe in science fiction.
Remembering Canada’s black train porters
An immigrant who came to Toronto from Barbados in the early days of Canada’s official foray into multiculturalism, Cecil Foster had the courage to examine the realities of race in this country long before it was commonplace to do so. His most recent work focuses on one of the many black Canadian stories that are suspiciously absent from most history books. It’s all there in the title – They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada.