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Fall 2005

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A FEW RECENT AWARDS… Margaret McWilliams Award for Best Popular History A Store Like No Other: Eaton’s of Winnipeg by Russ Gourluck Georges Bugnet Award for Best Alberta Novel The 52nd Poem by Thomas Trofimuk Mary Scorer Award for Best Manitoba Book The Lake edited by Jake MacDonald Finalist for in Canada First Novel Award The Expedition by Clayton Bailey Blue Becomes You by Bettina Von Kampen Finalist for Arthur Ellis Best First Mystery Novel Work of Idle Hands by Jonathon Platz

New MysteryFiction

luck a bill Shmata mystery by Dave Carpenter wo wealthy men are discovered brutally murdered on the same day in Vancouver. The motive for the double murder appears to be revenge. One of the victims manages to write a single word identifying his killer before he dies, and this word is therapist.


Special investigator Bill Shmata is given the task of interrogating suspect Earl Claney, a retired cabinet-maker stricken with cancer, in a care home in Saskatoon. He has the perfect alibi for the revenge murders. Shmata must attempt to uncover the extent of Earl Claney’s complicity in the Vancouver murders before Claney either dies or disappears. Shmata’s investigations take him to an old hotel where, in 1960, Claney’s unlucky brother worked. The young man had been cheated in a poker game. He stole back his money and a great deal more, and paid for it with his life. The murderer was imprisoned, but as Shmata discovers, the men who put him up to the crime have never been brought to justice.

Could Earl Claney have arranged their murders? The truth seems to depend on who Shmata talks to and how much turf they have to defend. The mystery is as impenetrable as the Canadian class system itself. To solve this crime, Shmata is going to need some luck, a commodity in scarce supply in the lives of the Claneys and the lower echelons of Canadian society. Luck is a murder mystery, a numismatist’s dream, a rich man’s nightmare, a treasure hunt, a love story, a meditation on luck, and a thriller all in one.

ISBN# 1-894283-62-7 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Trade paper with French flaps 240 pp • $19.95 BISAC subject category: Fiction/Literary/Mystery Release date: September 2005 Marketing Plans: Advertising in Globe and Mail, Canadian Bookseller, ULS, Best in the West, and Prairie Books Now. Local and national reviews. On-line book club guides. Great Plains accepts proposals for co-op, such as advertising, displays, and special events. Specialist Appeal: • Mystery and thriller lovers • Poker fans

About the Author: DAVE CARPENTER was conceived in Saskatoon, and born in Edmonton. He was educated in Edmonton, Oregon, and Winnipeg. He began writing in Texas in 1976 during a heat wave when there was nothing else to do. It stuck. He sleeps nightly, fishes daily and paddles his boat with a ukulele. Luck is his second novel, and sixth book.


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New Young Adult Fiction

The Gem Lakes by Rob Keough ake Lucknow is just like any other fourteen-year-old boy, except for one thing – he is sick with cancer and is not expected to live through the summer. While spending time at the family cabin, Jake has a chance encounter with the area’s most notorious resident and learns the secret to an old family mystery.


Jake can’t resist one last adventure at the lake. But he soon realizes that his quest is much more terrifying and dangerous than he had thought…and time is running out.

ISBN# 1-894283-58-9 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Trade paper 176 pp • $16.95 BISAC subject category: Young Adult/Teen Fiction Release date: September 2005 Marketing Plans: Advertising in The Globe and Mail, Canadian Bookseller, ULS, Best in the West, and Prairie Books Now. Local and national reviews. On-line book club guides. Great Plains accepts proposals for co-op, such as advertising, displays, and special events.


Specialist Appeal: • Readers with a keen interest in Canada’s wilderness, and those who love adventure • Anybody who has ever visited or owned a cabin or a summer home • Young people dealing with serious illness – their own, or someone close to them

About the Author: Born and raised in Winnipeg, ROB KEOUGH has been spending summers at Bird Lake in Nopiming Provincial Park for twenty-seven years. In his spare time he has been saved from a bear from a loyal Golden Retriever, has stared down a bull moose, was chased by a crazy weasel, and was attacked by a rather large snapping turtle (all toes still accounted for).

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New Non-Fiction / Memoir

Truth is Naked, All Others Pay Cash An Autobiographical Exaggeration by Byron Rempel n elephant trainer in Italy, a writer-in-residence for an archaeological dig in Belize, and a theatre reviewer in Key West, Byron Rempel gets around. In his new book Truth is Naked, All Others Pay Cash, he reaches beyond established literary genres into somewhat uncharted territory. Whereas many novels are thinly disguised autobiography – including a recent bestseller in which he was a key character – Rempel believes it is much more interesting when we fictionalize our own lives, especially when it comes to sex. As proof he offers a post-modernist memoir, even though he isn’t sure what post-modernism means, never mind his own life.


Whether searching for the origins of pacifist Mennonites among murderers and polygamists, shovelling elephant droppings, or confronting the slow evaporation of his father’s brain, Rempel addresses the questions that haunt all of us: Where are we going, why, and what will it cost us, not including airport tax? The result is a collection of stories that are quite hilarious, often poignant and occasionally believable.

About the Author: BYRON REMPEL is a novelist, editor, journalist and writer of all trades. His first novel, True Detective, was published in 1997. He has worked in circuses in Paris and Italy, been writer-in-residence for a Maya archaeological dig in Belize, tended bar in London, picked grapes in Beaujolais and picked stones in Manitoba. His journalism has appeared in The National Post, Saturday Night Magazine, and Discovery Travel Online, among others. He currently resides in a pink church in the Laurentians with his girlfriend and his Great Dane, Daisy Mae.

ISBN# 1-894283-61-9 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Trade Paper with French flaps 176 pp • $19.95 BISAC subject category: Memoir Release date: October 2005 Marketing Plans: Advertising in Globe and Mail, Canadian Bookseller, ULS, MRB, Best in the West, and Prairie Books Now. Local and national reviews. On-line book club guides. Great Plains accepts proposals for co-op, such as advertising, displays, and special events. Specialist Appeal: • Can-lit buffs • Mennonites • Post modernists


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New Non-Fiction / Biography

Ain’t Got No Cigarettes Memories of Music Legend Roger Miller by Lyle E Style oger Miller was an uncategorizable talent who was best known for his hit songs “King of the Road” and “Dang Me”. Although he had the record for the most Grammys ever won until the 1980s, he never quite found the lasting success he longed for. Miller was not only a singer/songwriter, he was a comedian, an actor, a clock builder, and he even wrote the score for the Broadway Tony winning musical Big River.


To those that knew him, Roger Miller was a genius, whether referring to his unbelievable wit, or to his impressive songwriting. However, with the genius came a dark side. In the 1960s and 1970s he was notorious for walking off stage halfway through a show, getting into fights and going days without sleep. He struggled with depression and had a serious addiction to drugs which cost him two marriages. Miller died at the age of 56 in 1992.

Ain’t Got No Cigarettes is Roger Miller’s extraordinary life as told in taped interviews by those that knew him best: more than sixty wellknown musicians and entertainers including Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. A man who influenced some of the entertainment industry’s biggest stars, he was respected and loved by his peers. “When I become a die-hard fan of any artist, I try to get my hands on every song that artist ever recorded… The more I heard about him, the more I wanted to know. It seemed that Roger Miller was the music industry’s bestkept secret.” —Lyle E Style

About the Author: LYLE E STYLE is an author, actor, and alternative country singersongwriter who spent over four years documenting the legend of his hero Roger Miller.


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ISBN# 1-894283-60-0 6"x 9" • Trade paper 300 pp • $24.95 CDN • $19.95 US Number of Photos: 50 b/w BISAC subject category: Music/Biography Release date: September 2005 Marketing Plans: Advertising in American trade magazines, Country Music, Canadian Bookseller, ULS, Best in the West, and Prairie Books Now. Local and national reviews. On-line book club guides. Great Plains accepts proposals for co-op, such as advertising, displays, and special events. Specialist Appeal: • Fans of Roger Miller in North America and overseas • Songwriters and songwriter associations • Anyone with an interest in the entertainment industry “behind the scenes” • Anyone who listened to his music or watched his television series

New Non-Fiction / Sports

Blue & Gold 75 Years of Blue Bomber Glory Edited by Bob Irving rom the early days of Fritzie Hanson to the glory days of Bud Grant to the exciting operation of today, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have been one of Canada’s most loved football teams. Well-known sports broadcaster Bob Irving has assembled a who’s who of Winnipeg journalists to tell the story of this legendary team.


Illustrated with dozens of colour photographs, and featuring sidebars on heroes past and present, this hardcover book will be a lasting memento for fans celebrating the Blue Bombers’ 75 years of hard-hitting glory.

ISBN# 1-894283-59-7 9" x 11" • Hardcover 176 pp • 120 colour photographs $39.95 BISAC subject category: Sport/History Release Date: August 2005 Marketing Plans: Advertising in the Winnipeg Free Press, CJOB, Global TV, Best in the West, and Prairie Books Now. Local and national reviews. Great Plains accepts proposals for co-op, such as advertising, displays, and special events. Specialist Appeal: • CFL fans across Canada • Blue Bomber fans and alumni • Sports historians

About the Author: BOB IRVING was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and began his radio career at CJSL in Estevan, SK. in 1969. He moved to CKX in Brandon in 1970 and was hired by CJOB Winnipeg in 1973. He has been at CJOB ever since. Irving is the Sports Director of CJOB/Power97 radio and has been the play by play voice of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers since 1974.


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Recent Fiction

Watch you don’t fall by Bettina von Kampen very city has one. A crumbling dilapidated hotel on Main Street that somehow escapes the wrecking ball each year. Watch You Don’t Fall is the story of several characters not typically featured in Canadian fiction: Carmen, a waitress at the ancient Wiltshire Hotel; Walter, the hotel’s only resident; Perry, a young hood on the make; and Theresa, the frustrated wife of a Portuguese immigrant. When the hotel is slated for demolition, Theresa is drawn into a business scheme that threatens both her marriage and her dreams for the future.


Watch You Don’t Fall is a heartwrenching tale about finding love and family in the most unexpected places. ISBN# 1-894283-51-1 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Trade paper with French flaps Print run: 1500 BISAC subject category: Fiction/Literary

About the Author: BETTINA VON KAMPEN is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her first novel, Blue Becomes You, was short-listed for the 2003 in Canada First Novel Award.

ISBN# 1-894283-51-1 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Trade paper with French flaps 240 pp • $19.95 Print run: 1500 BISAC subject category: Fiction/Literary Release date: October 2004

When she’s gone by Steve Lundin hen She’s Gone, chronicles the adventures of two brothers who leave Winnipeg in the 1990s to pursue hockey careers in England. Disturbed by the loss of the Winnipeg Jets and the greed of professional hockey in general, they hope to rediscover the joy of the game with a semi-pro club in the UK. During their self-imposed exile, they learn about love and family and eventually are able to return to the city with a new perspective on life.


About the Author: STEVE LUNDIN is the author of the Malazan Book of the Fallen fantasy series written under the pseudonym Steven Erikson. He was born in Toronto, grew up in Winnipeg, then moved to England where he signed a ten-book contract for the Malazan series. He now lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Notes ISBN# 1-894283-53-8 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Trade paper with French flaps 240 pp • $19.95 BISAC subject category: Fiction/Literary

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Recent Fiction

The Expedition by Clayton Bailey 858. Joanna Reid disguises herself as a man to pursue a career as a photographer. When a survey party passes through town, she is recruited to help plot the course of a transcontinental railway. Through the lens of her camera, Joanna chronicles the unknown peoples and untamed wilderness of the Canadian West until her party meets with disaster, the expedition is lost and she must decide whether to return to civilisation as man or woman.


About the Author: Originally from Manitoba, CLAYTON BAILEY has travelled the world as a photographer and filmographer. He currently teaches 16mm film production at Université de Montréal. “It's a heartrending, breathtaking, thought-provoking novel of adventure and ideas...” —Globe and Mail “What a pleasure it is to encounter a novel that has everything going for it. The language is in Technicolor, the characters leap from the page, the story is layered, suspenseful, heartbreaking, and totally engaging.” —W.P. Kinsella, Books in Canada

ISBN# 1-894283-40-6 5 1⁄2" x 8 1⁄2" Trade Paper • 248 pp $19.95 BISAC subject category: Fiction/Literary FINALIST for the 2003 in Canada First Novel Award

International Date Line by Dawn Howat n the midst of tobacco withdrawal and alcohol-fuelled lust, Anna Woods agrees to meet a young American in Budapest. Naturally, he doesn’t show up. Stranded in Hungary with her obsessive memories and an unholy dependence on nicotine, Anna tries to redefine herself in the context of a foreign place, and stumbles onto something more significant than romance, something she didn’t even realize she was looking for.


Irresistibly compulsive, Dawn Howat’s debut novel is a funny, frantic tour through the impossibilities of love, travel and identity.

About the Author: DAWN HOWAT grew up in Flin Flon, Manitoba. After the glamour of working in the local mine wore off, she left to study Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University. Dawn now makes her home in Toronto where she freelances in film production and is working on her second novel.

“If she keeps this up, Dawn Howat is going to be a star. Her debut novel is fabulously entertaining.” — NOW Magazine

ISBN# 1-894283-38-4 5 1⁄2" x 8 1⁄2" 224pp • $19.95 Trade Paper with French flaps BISAC subject category: Fiction/Literary

“Pick it up and I guarantee you won't be able to put it down. And that is the hallmark of a good book, isn't it?” —Toronto Star

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Recent Fiction The Joining of Dingo Radish by Rob Harasymchuk n accomplished thief and a skilled con man, Dingo Radish is a good man who does bad things. The eldest of three children born to an alcoholic father and an emotionally unstable mother, Dingo and his family are social outcasts in the town of Bennington Falls, Saskatchewan. After the deaths of his parents, Dingo becomes responsible for his mentally handicapped brother and promiscuous sister.

sells it to his crooked boss. But the herbicide manufacturer is out to kill more than weeds, and Dingo stumbles into a web of greed and genetic engineering that leads to the kidnapping of his mentally challenged brother.

But going straight turns out to be harder than he’d hoped. In a desperate attempt to provide for his family, Dingo pulls one last heist: he steals a semi-trailer loaded with a genetically modified herbicide and

ISBN# 1-894283-55-4 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” Trade Paper with French flaps 240pp • $19.95 BISAC subject category: Fiction/Literary/Thriller


Set in heart of rural Saskatchewan, The Joining of Dingo Radish is the story of one man willing to do whatever it takes to provide for those he loves.

About the Author: ROB HARASYMCHUK is a buggy skinner (scraper operator) and has spent most of his adult years working on construction camps across Canada’s North including, NWT, Northern BC and Alberta, and Saskatchewan. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife and daughter. The Joining of Dingo Radish is his first book.

Breath of the Dragon by Diane Juttner Perreault e pointed to the wave of red hot flames swirling around the pots. Some pieces were still creamy coloured, but others were glowing like lanterns. “See the breath of the dragon, licking those pots with its capricious tongue? See the ones ready to come out, spheres of fire? One must be gentle, as if picking the most delicate flower.”


Pottery is one of the few things Krisjana shares with her father. But even that connection is tenuous as Kris, on the verge of turning 16, struggles through the trials of adolescence: drugs, alcohol and a sexually aggressive boyfriend. As her father’s heart disease worsens and she must face his impending death, Kris is forced to confront her fears of loss; loss of her childhood, innocence and relationships that seem ever changing. Through the

healing art of pottery and with the help of an unlikely friend, her stepbrother Myles, Krisjana learns the real value of friendship and family. She also learns that some relationships are better left to be washed away by the waves on the beach.

About the Author: DIANE JUTTNER PERREAULT is a Winnipeg writer. Her short fiction has been published in Grain Magazine and her short story “Bella’s Story” was short-listed for the 1992 Journey Prize. Breath of the Dragon is her first young adult novel.

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ISBN # 1-894283-54-6 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” Trade Paper 190pp • $16.95 BISAC subject category: Young Adult/Teen Fiction

Recent Fiction

The 52nd Poem a novel by Thomas Trofimuk fter an illicit affair, a man decides to send a poem a week to his former lover, even as he begins a new relationship. As the man's love affair progresses, the poems to his old lover continue until finally he must send the last poem. But will he? Who will win the battle for his heart, the woman of the past or the woman of the present?


Using second person narrative to address both himself and the reader with the same sense of intimacy,

Trofimuk combines lyrical descriptions, open, emotional prose, and memorable characters. The 52nd Poem is a loving and sometimes brutal look at the pain of letting go.

About the Author: THOMAS TROFIMUK is an Edmonton writer and editor. His poems and short fiction have been published in NeWest Review, Wascana Review, White Wall Review, Stroll of Poets Anthology, blue buffalo and the CBC Radio Alberta Anthology.

“The best book I've read all year. It is as beautiful a novel as the landscape he describes so elegantly.” — Kim Brunhuber, CTV Ottawa “Where some write with a fluid (or florid) lilt, and sentiments to match, Trofimuk offers a spare grace of expression and a narrative playfulness...” — Globe and Mail

ISBN# 1-894283-31-7 5" x 8" • 192pp $19.95 • Trade paper BISAC subject category: Fiction/Literary Winner of the 2003 Alberta Book Awards Georges Bugnet Novel of the Year, the City of Edmonton Book Prize and the Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year Award.

Work of Idle Hands by Jonathon Platz anadian Amnesty International worker Peter Quinfell sees too much suffering and finally breaks under the strain. He becomes judge, jury and executioner for all those he believes have subverted the social contract between governor and governed. His actions lead to an international manhunt. But the unsuspecting key to the case is a burned-out RCMP officer with a troubled past. Unexpectedly, a missing file turns Harry Bruckner's world upside down and sets him on a quest to find the mysterious assassin.


About the Author: JONATHON PLATZ is a former Ottawa civil servant now living in Winnipeg. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the material featured in this novel, he has chosen to write under a nom de plume. “The author has done an admirable job in keeping the suspense levels high throughout the book. His characters are colourful and the plot moves quickly. He has woven into the account a backdrop of political upheaval combined with intelligence activities, exotic locations and a surprise ending. Members of the [RCMP] Force who served in the Security Service should find this fictional account very interesting.” — RCMP Quarterly

ISBN# 1-894283-32-5 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 256pp • $19.95 Trade paper with French flaps BISAC subject category: Fiction/Thriller NOMINATED for the 2003 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel, and the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book.


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Recent Non-Fiction / Crime

Crimes of the Century Manitoba’s Most Notorious True Crimes by Bill Redekop n the 20th century, Manitoba had more than its fair share of headline-grabbing criminals. From Hilda Blake – the only woman ever executed in western Canada, to Earle (the Gorilla) Nelson – one of Canada's first serial killers, to Ken Leishman – the Flying Bandit, Manitoba's police and courts were kept busy for the past 100 years.


Now, veteran Winnipeg Free Press reporter Bill Redekop has collected the most notorious of these true crimes in a lavishly illustrated history. Ranging from gruesome murders to million-dollar frauds, Redekop pulls these stories together

in a search for the underlying social and psychological motivations behind these infamous crimes. If you think Manitoba's history is limited to fur traders and grain barons, railways and hockey teams, you need to read Crimes of the Century. ISBN# 1-894283-34-1 10" x 9" Trade paper 160 pp • $29.95 BISAC subject category: Non-Fiction,True Crime WINNER – Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher NOMINATED – Manuela Dias Best Designed Book of the Year

Crime Stories More of Manitoba’s Most Famous True Crimes by Bill Redekop ill Redekop is back with his sequel to Crimes of the Century, with more untold stories about Manitoba’s notorious crimes and criminals. From Stanley Zedd, the cigar-chomping czar of illegal gambling in Winnipeg in the 1930s to Winnipeg's Bureaucrat Bandit Klaus Burlakow, arrested mere months ago, Redekop delivers the best in Manitoba true crime.


ISBN# 1-894283-50-3 10"x 9" • Trade paper 160 pp • $29.95 Number of Photos: 100 b/w BISAC subject category: True Crime


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"It's a helluva read. Like the 'passing show' all journalists cover, crime (and subsequent investigations and court decisions) are a true mark of societal change. From a historical and entertainment point of view, this one is a winner." —Winnipeg Free Press

About the Author: BILL REDEKOP is an award-winning journalist with the Winnipeg Free Press. He has contributed to The Lake: A History of Manitobans’ Cottage Country and A Red Sea Rising: The Flood of the Century.

Recent Non-Fiction / Crime

The yuletide bandit A Seven-Year Search for a Serial Criminal by Mike McIntyre ichael Syrnyk began his criminal life as a clumsy hold-up man wearing a woman's wig, fleeing a bank scared and empty-handed. Seven years later, he had morphed into Winnipeg's notorious Yuletide Bandit, a cold and calculating rebel not afraid to wage war with armoured truck guards during numerous public shootouts.


The Yuletide Bandit takes you deep inside the head of an unlikely and unforgettable serial criminal.

About the Author: Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, MIKE MCINTYRE is the justice reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press and is the host of the weekly CJOB radio talk show "Crime and Punishment." His first book Nowhere to Run: The Killing of Constable Dennis Strongquill was a Canadian bestseller in 2003.


ISBN# 1-894283-47-3 4 1/4" x 7" Small format paperback, Not Strippable 240 pp • $11.95 Number of Photos: 20 b&w BISAC subject category: True Crime

nowhere to run The Killing of Constable Dennis Stronquill by Mike McIntyre owhere to Run chronicles the chilling 2001 crime spree of Robert and Danny Sand and Laurie Bell that culminated in the ambush and murder of Constable Dennis Strongquill on a deserted highway just outside of Russell, Manitoba. McIntyre retraced the killers’ route from their hometowns of Westlock and Athabaska, Alberta across the Prairies, interviewing the many victims the trio left in their wake. The book features exclusive interviews with convicted killer Robert Sand and the Strongquill family, as well as 16 black and white photos from the crime scene.


ISBN# 1-894283-44-9 4 1⁄4" x 7" Small format paperback, Not Strippable 240pp • $11.95 Number of Photos: 16 b/w BISAC subject category: True Crime Optioned as a major motion picture


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Recent Non-Fiction

A Store Like No Other Eaton’s of Winnipeg by Russ Gourluck t was often said that almost everyone in Winnipeg worked for Eaton's at some point, and Eaton's provided careers for hundreds of thousands of people for more than nine decades. Featuring over 100 photos and illustrations, this book tells of the distinctive services and policies of Eaton's of Winnipeg and explores the factors that contributed to its phenomenal success, and its eventual demise in 1999.


About the Author:

WINNER – Margaret McWilliams Award for Best Popular History

ISBN# 1-894283-48-1 11" x 10" • Trade Paper 160pp • 100 b/w photographs $29.95 BISAC subject category: History/Canadian

RUSS GOURLUCK lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is a former teacher and administrator for the Manitoba public school system. A Store Like No Other is his first book.


Ghost Towns of Manitoba A Record of Pioneer Life by Helen Mulligan & Wanda Ryder rom Archibald to York Factory, Ghost Towns of Manitoba presents a comprehensive history of Manitoba’s lost but not forgotten towns. Mulligan and Ryder guide you across the province exploring the last remnants of thirty-seven of these once bustling communities. The book contains more than 100 photographs detailing the impressions these towns left on the landscape: abandoned buildings, stone cairns, and in some cases, only the shards of broken dishes. The authors go beyond the physical to capture the stories and experiences of those who called these communities home.


“Mulligan and Ryder literally left no stone unturned in seeking to discover the ghost towns. The history behind the stories seems quite solid, the product of considerable effort. The writing is quite lively, with variety in the story introductions and a clear and energetic style.” —Winnipeg Free Press

About the Authors: Originally from Thunder Bay, HELEN MULLIGAN is a free-lance writer in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. WANDA RYDER is a writer born and raised in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

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ISBN# 1-894283-41-4 148 pp • 10" x 9" Trade Paper • $29.95 Index, map, 100 b/w photos BISAC subject category: History/Canadian

Recent Non-Fiction

Storm Signals: A History of Weather in Manitoba by Shelley Penziwol eautiful from a distance but sometimes destructive up close, extreme weather strikes both fear and awe into those affected by it. From the days of the fur traders and early pioneers to the present day, weather events have shaped our lives. From tornadoes, hail and droughts, to blizzards, ice storms and floods, we have seen it all. This lavishly illustrated book also contains historical weather observations, notes about Manitoba’s climate, stories about how certain communities use weather to some advantage, and touches on climate change possibilities.


About the Author: Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, SHELLEY PENZIWOL is a librarian and researcher with an interest in Manitoba’s environment and economy. She has undergraduate degrees in Science and Education from the University of Manitoba, an MLIS from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from Athabasca University. She currently co-ordinates library and information services for Manitoba Conservation, and also works with Environment Canada in Winnipeg.

ISBN# 1-894283-46-5 160 pgs • $29.95 10" x 9" • Trade Paper Index, maps, charts, b/w photos throughout BISAC subject category: Nature/Weather

Made in Manitoba A Musical Legacy by John Einarson celebration of the rich musical history of Manitoba with individual profiles of 60 rock, country, folk and pop recording artists of national and/or international acclaim from the past 50 years to today.


The release of the book coincided with Winnipeg's first ever hosting of the Juno Awards in April 2005. Profiles include Neil Young, the Guess Who, Lenny Breau, Tom Cochrane, Burton Cummings, Chantal Kreviazuk, Harlequin, Tom Jackson, Loreena McKennitt, Crash Test Dummies, Doc Walker, Terry Jacks, Daniel Lavoie, Fred Penner, Tal Bachman, Amanda Stott, Remy Shand, The Weakerthans and many more.

About the Author: JOHN EINARSON is Winnipeg’s resident Rock ‘n Roll historian. He is a musician and teacher and currently writes music columns for the Winnipeg Free Press, hosts a CBC radio history of music series and has written numerous books on music legends.


ISBN# 1-894283-56-2 9”x10” Trade Paper 180pp 100 b/w photographs, Index • $29.95 BISAC subject category: Music/Popular

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Top Backlist Sellers

A Feather, Not a Gavel Working Towards Aboriginal Justice by Hon. A.C. Hamilton Q.C. LL.D. en years after the release of the controversial Aboriginal Justice Inquiry report, Canada’s justice system still struggles to deal with Aboriginal issues. Justice Hamilton brings decades of compassionate experience to this critically important issue.


About the Author: A member of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry Commission and former consultant to the federal minister of Indian Affairs, ASSOCIATE CHIEF JUSTICE A.C. HAMILTON has worked extensively on Aboriginal justice issues.

ISBN# 1-894283-23-6 6” x 9” • Trade Paper 320 pp • $24.95 Index BISAC subject category: Law/Aboriginal Issues

“It would be a travesty and injustice to all Canadians if the wisdom and reason of [Justice Hamilton’s] words are not heeded.” —Elijah Harper “This is an important book. Thanks to the author's determined effort it is free of the legalese that can stultify this debate. This is a story about people, their real problems, and an impassioned argument for change.” — Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

Horses Don’t Lie The Magic of Horse Whispering by Chris Irwin hat horses reveal to us about ourselves as we struggle to understand their behaviour is the essence of this remarkable and compassionate book by Canada’s own horse whisperer. Irwin’s reputation as one of the most sought-after horse trainers in North America is based on more than 20 years of working with horses and observing how they interact with one another, as well as with people. The result is a book that blends his thoughtful, down-toearth reflections together with hardwon insights on the humane training, or gentling, of horses.


ISBN# 1-894283-02-3 5” x 8” • 112 pp $16.95 Trade paper with French flaps BISAC subject category: Horses/Autobiography Now in its SEVENTH PRINTING. Foreign rights sold to the U.S., Holland, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Denmark, and the UK. “A valuable, perhaps even classic, book on horse whispering.” —Publisher’s Weekly

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Top Backlist Sellers

Fur Trade Wars The Founding of Western Canada

by J.M. Bumsted he European colonisation of western Canada had its origins in the vigorous and sometimes violent struggle between the Hudson’s Bay and North West companies for control of the hugely lucrative fur trade. Historian J.M. Bumsted has written a colourful, in-depth account of this titanic struggle.

About the Author:


J.M. BUMSTED is a history professor at the University of Manitoba and a prolific author of popular histories on Manitoba and western Canada. He has published numerous titles including Trials and Tribulations, The Red River Rebellion, Floods of the Centuries and The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919.

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Notes “Play by play of a fierce fight.” —Western Report


Louis Riel v. Canada The Making of a Rebel uch has been written about Louis Riel, western Canada’s most famous politician. Although there are numerous biographies of the man’s life, little has been written about the historical significance of his actions. Respected academic J.M. Bumsted takes a look at Riel from an historical perspective, examining the political and cultural ramifications of Riel’s life for the citizens of western Canada. As a revolutionary, as a religious prophet and as a spokesman for the Métis people, Louis Riel changed the course of Canadian history.


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