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William Lyon Mackenzie King: Dreams and Shadows

by lian goodall Dundurn (January 01, 2003)

A fascinating glimpse into the world of the man who was Canadas longest serving prime minister and one of the international scenes most important figures during the Second World War.

Samuel de Champlain

by Francine Legaré & Jonathan Kaplansky Dundurn (January 01, 2004)

Through his fierce defense of New France to those in power in France, Chaplain ensured the birth of the country that today is Canada. He is undisputedly the Father of New France.

René Lévesque: Charismatic Leader

by Marguerite Paulin & Jonathan Kaplansky Dundurn (January 01, 2004)

The founder of Quebecs largest separatist party, René Lévesque would serve as premier of Quebec under the Parti Québécois banner from 1976 to 1985.

Phyllis Munday

by Kathryn Bridge Dundurn (January 01, 2002)

In 1924 Phyllis Munday did what no other woman had done before reached the summit of Mt. Robson. She climbed close to 100 mountains in her lifetime.

Nellie McClung

by Margaret Macpherson Dundurn (January 01, 2003)

A strong voice for the womens movement, writer and politician Nellie McLungs court challenge in the Persons Case led to women in Canada being declared legal "persons" in 1929.

Maurice Duplessis

by Marguerite Paulin & Nora Alleyn Dundurn (January 01, 2005)

Communications theorist Marshall McLuhan predicted the effects of electronic media on modern culture as early as 1964 and coined terms like "the global village" and "the medium is the message."

Lucille Teasdale

by Deborah Cowley Dundurn (January 01, 2005)

Through 35 years of civil war and epidemics, Canadians Lucille Teasdale and her husband treated diseases such as malaria, TB, and AIDS in northern Uganda.

John Franklin

by John Wilson Dundurn (January 01, 2001)

Franklins exploration of Canadas arctic seacoast in 1845 ended in the demise of him and his crew, but the search for clues to their fate helped open up the North.

John Diefenbaker

by Arthur Slade Dundurn (January 01, 2001)

From the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Cold War to spy scandals, this book recreates the tensions of the Diefenbaker era, when the world seemed on the brink of nuclear war.

Emma Albani: Victorian Diva

by Michelle Labreche-Larouche & Darcy Dunton Dundurn (January 01, 2001)

Born in Quebec, Emma Lajeunesse launched her opera career in Italy in 1869, at the age of 23. Almost overnight she became Albani, the world-renowned diva.

Laura Secord: Heroine of the War of 1812

by Peggy Dymond Leavey Dundurn (April 23, 2012)

More than many figures in Canadian history, Laura Secord has come to represent courage and perseverance at their finest. During the War of 1812, she helped to avert disaster by warning the British of an imminent...

Joey Smallwood: Schemer and Dreamer

by Ray Argyle Dundurn (August 06, 2012)

Joey Smallwood, often dubbed the "only living Father of Confederation," won six provincial elections and was premier of Newfoundland for 23 years. A crafty, canny, controversial politician, he devoted himself...

Molly Brant: Mohawk Loyalist and Diplomat

by Peggy Dymond Leavey Dundurn (April 25, 2015)

Molly Brant, head of the Mohawk Matrons and chatelaine of a manor house in New York State, was at home in both Six Nations and white society. Because of her ability to influence native politics during the American...

Robertson Davies: Magician of Words

by Nicholas Maes Dundurn (March 23, 2009)

Robertson Davies (1913-1995) was one of Canada's pre-eminent literary voices for more than a half-century. Best known for his Deptford Trilogy of novels (Fifth Business, The Manticore, World of Wonders), Davies...

Wilfrid Laurier

by Roderick Stewart Dundurn (January 01, 2002)

Using a rare combination of the common touch and political savvy, Laurier became prime minister in 1896, a position he would hold for 15 years.

James Douglas: Father of British Columbia

by Julie H. Ferguson Dundurn (October 05, 2009)

James Douglas tells the story of the son of a Scottish plantation owner and a mixed-race woman who would become governor of the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. Before Vancouver existed as...

Jacques Plante

by Raymond Plante & Vladimir Konieczny Dundurn (January 01, 2001)

Jacque Plante, the first NHL goalie to regularly wear a protective facemask, won the Vezina Trophy seven times and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

John Grierson

by Gary Evans Dundurn (January 01, 2005)

Grierson, founder of the National Film Board of Canada, was one of film cultures most influential personalities. He gave the word "documentary" to the English language.

George Grant

by T.F. Rigelhof Dundurn (January 01, 2001)

A dominant force behind the Canadian nationalist movement of the 1970s, Grants books today help us understand the implications of globalization.

Gabrielle Roy

by André Vanasse Dundurn (January 01, 2007)

In 1945, Roys first novel, The Tin Flute, skyrocketed her to fame and earned her the prestigious Prix Femina award in France and the Governor Generals Award in Canada.

Emily Carr

by Kate Braid Dundurn (January 01, 2001)

Carr defied convention by choosing art over marriage. Considered an eccentric by her contemporaries, she created an art unique to British Columbia.

David Thompson

by Tom Shardlow Dundurn (January 01, 2006)

Using only the stars and his sextant, explorer David Thompson set out on a 34-year journey that would culminate in one of historys greatest mapping achievements.

William C. Van Horne: Railway Titan

by Valerie Knowles Dundurn (May 31, 2010)

Born in Illinois in 1843, William C. Van Horne was lured to Canada in 1881 to become the general manager of the fledgling Canadian Pacific Railway. He went on to become the company president. He was a man of...

Marshall McLuhan

by Judith Fitzgerald Dundurn (January 01, 2001)

Communications theorist Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) predicted the effects of electronic media on modern culture as early as 1964. McLuhan published several breakthrough books and coined terms like "hot" and...

Louis Riel: Firebrand

by Sharon Stewart Dundurn (January 01, 2007)

A fiery activist, Louis Riel devoted his life to the Metis cause. Once considered an outlaw, in 1992 the House of Commons declared him a founder of Manitoba.

Vilhjalmur Stefansson: Arctic Adventurer

by Tom Henighan Dundurn (March 09, 2009)

One of Canadas most famous and controversial Arctic explorers, Vilhjalmur Stefansson contributed immensely to knowledge about the Far North.

John A. Macdonald: Canada's First Prime Minister

by Ged Martin Dundurn (May 13, 2013)

Shocked by Canada's 1837 rebellions, John A. Macdonald sought to build alliances to avoid future conflicts. Thanks to financial worries and an alcohol problem, he almost quit politics in 1864. The challenge...

George Simpson: Blaze of Glory

by D.T. Lahey Dundurn (January 18, 2011)

Born in Scotland and trained as a sugar broker in England, Sir George Simpson was appointed as governor of Ruperts Land and the Indian territories in 1820. By his friendliness, strict discipline, and vigorous...

Quest Biographies Bundle - Books 11-15: William Lyon Mackenzie King / René Lévesque / Samuel de Champlain / John Grierson / Lucille Teasdale

by lian goodall, Marguerite Paulin, Francine Legaré & Deborah Cowley et al. Dundurn (November 12, 2013)

This bundle of titles in the Quest Biography series entertainingly presents a variety of influential Canadian lives. In this volume we find Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, Quebec premier Réne Lévesque,...

Quest Biographies Bundle - Books 31-35: Harriet Tubman / Laura Secord / Joey Smallwood / Prince Edward, Duke of Kent / John A. Macdonald

by Ged Martin, Rosemary Sadlier, Nathan Tidridge & Ray Argyle et al. Dundurn (December 02, 2013)

This bundle of titles in the Quest Biography series presents a variety of influential Canadian lives. In this volume we find anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman, War of 1812 heroine Laura Secord, Canada's first...

Quest Biographies Bundle - Books 21-25: Louis Riel / James Wilson Morrice / Vilhjalmur Stefansson / Robertson Davies / James Douglas

by Julie H. Ferguson, Tom Henighan, Nicholas Maes & Wayne Larsen et al. Dundurn (November 13, 2013)

This bundle of titles in the Quest Biography series entertainingly presents a variety of influential Canadian lives. In this volume we find Metis leader Louis Riel, renowned painter James Wilson Morrice, intrepid...

Canadian Adventurers and Explorers Bundle: David Thompson / Vilhjalmur Stefansson / Samuel de Champlain / John Franklin / George Simpson / Phyllis Mun

by D.T. Lahey, Tom Henighan, John Wilson & Francine Legaré et al. Dundurn (December 06, 2013)

This bundle of titles in the Quest Biography series presents a variety of influential Canadian lives that have shaped the future of a nation and defined its borders. In this volume we find explorers whose daring...

Canadian Artists Bundle: Emily Carr / Tom Thomson / James Wilson Morrice

by Kate Braid & Wayne Larsen Dundurn (December 10, 2013)

This bundle of titles in the Quest Biography series presents the lives of three influential Canadian artists who captured the wild beauty of Canada's terrain. The stories of west coast icon Emily Carr, tragic...

Canadian Cultural Heritage Bundle: Louis Riel / Harriet Tubman / Simon Girty

by Sharon Stewart, Edward Butts & Rosemary Sadlier Dundurn (December 10, 2013)

This bundle of titles in the Quest Biography series presents a variety of influential Canadian lives that have shaped the future of the nation. We learn about three figures who have started Canada on the road...

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent: Father of the Canadian Crown

by Nathan Tidridge & J.J. Grant Dundurn (May 04, 2013)

Twenty-four-year-old Prince Edward Augustus, the future father of Queen Victoria, arrived in Quebec City in 1791 and found himself immersed in a society struggling for an identity. His life became woven into...

James Wilson Morrice: Painter of Light and Shadow

by Wayne Larsen Dundurn (May 26, 2008)

Larsen chronicles the troubled life of painter James Wilson Morrice (1865-1924) as he searches for the colours and compositions that would inspire a revolution in Canadian art.

Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 1–10

by Vladimir Konieczny, Darcy Dunton, Michelle Labreche-Larouche & T.F. Rigelhof et al. Dundurn (December 03, 2013)

Presenting ten titles in the Quest Biography series that profiles prominent figures in Canada’s history. The important Canadian lives detailed here are: Emma Albani, a nineteenth century opera singer from...

Susanna Moodie

by Anne Cimon Dundurn (January 01, 2006)

Susanna Moodie was already a published author when she emigrated from England to Upper Canada with her husband and baby in 1832. The Moodies were seeking financial security and a better life in the colony, but...

Mazo de la Roche

by Heather Kirk Dundurn (January 01, 2006)

In 1927, Mazo de la Roche was an impoverished writer in Toronto when she won a $10,000 prize from the American magazine Atlantic Monthly for her novel Jalna. The book became an immediate bestseller. In 1929,...

Mary Pickford

by Peggy Dymond Leavey Dundurn (September 14, 2011)

Mary Pickford’s ambition, passion, innate talent, and savvy business acumen sent her career into the stratosphere and set the blueprint for the modern movie star. Born Gladys Louise Smith in 1892, Pickford...

Harriet Tubman

by Rosemary Sadlier Dundurn (January 28, 2012)

2013 Information Book Awards — Long-listed

Harriet Tubman encouraged enslaved Africans to make the break for freedom and reinforced the potential of black freedom and independence.

Born in the United States...

Simon Girty

by Edward Butts Dundurn (August 22, 2011)

During the American Revolution and the border conflicts that followed, Simon Girty’s name struck terror into the hearts of U.S. settlers in the Ohio Valley and the territory of Kentucky. Girty (1741-1818)...