Authors A - D

Adam, Christopher

I Have Demons

Author: Christopher Adam

A jaded young priest of a dwindling parish faces a man with a terrible secret. A lonely pensioner spends a Thanksgiving she’ll never forget at a local diner, served by an acerbic waitress who has finally found her ticket out of there. A recent university graduate from small-town Ontario leaves home with nothing to his name but the hope of a new life in the city and places all his trust in a charismatic yet dubious life coach. Lyrical language, at times haunting, and moments of dry humour weave through the three novellas in this collection. Set in and around Ottawa, Ontario, these stories examine the peripheries of society. In the characters’ journey toward the centre, they navigate flawed human relationships, seek to encounter a divine presence that is at once implicitly present yet dreadfully distant, and struggle to negotiate the conditions of redemption.


ISBN: 978-1771803007


Available: Books on Beechwood in Ottawa and on Amazon, Indigo and Barnes & Noble. 



Ault, Murray


View from the Deck Arctic Adventures: Recollections of the 10th Annual Voyage of the CGS C.D. Howe, 1959.

Author: Murray Ault

Synopsis: View from the Deck is a personal account of the adventures of an 18-year-old on the CGS C.D. Howe—a hospital ship equipped to meet the medical needs of the Inuit (Eskimo) during an era defined by a high incidence of tuberculosis, the Cold War and a changing way of life— and those who sailed with her during the summer of 1959. It stands as a look back in time of the people, places and events as they occurred in the Canadian Arctic. These are recollections painted on a backdrop of an inhospitable landscape of snow, glacial ice, and wide expanses of cold sea. Scenes recorded in memory few from the south have experienced. A youthful and unique perspective of the mysteries of North. When one mentions far northern places such as Grise Fiord, Sam Ford Fiord, and Jones Sound the reaction of the listener is seen as one of mystical wonder. There exist numerous stories from those who have travelled, worked, and fallen in love with the mysteries surrounding the 'land of the midnight sun, further enhancing the fascination and enigma of the north. pp. 180 

ISBN: 978-1-77123-089-6

Price: $20

Available: Perfect Books and Books on Beechwood in Ottawa, Mill Street Books in Almonte and The Book Nook and Treasures in Perth. Copies for sale available from the author.

Contact: Murray Ault

Bacila, Carlos

The Life of Dale Carnegie

Author: Carlos Bacila

In this book, Carlos Roberto Bacila traveled across America following in the steps of Dale Carnegie, discovering how Carnegie's life can teach just as much as his books can.  This work traces Carnegie's life, from poverty and solitude to fame, riches, and the meeting between his own philosophy of living, which came from classical pragmatism and is aimed at personal success. 309p. ISBN 9781549957017 . AMAZON.COM. Price ebook: US$ 2,86. Paperback: US$ 7,60

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Bailey, Tanya

Vividly Diverse Haikus

Author: Tanya Bailey

Tanya Baileys first book of Poetry. Inspired by her magnetic views of life's existential expressions and its impact as a need for freedom

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Published by Ardith

ISBN 978-1-55483-996-4

Poetical Veering

Author: Tanya Bailey

Tanya Bailey is a writer of poetry with two books under her wing. That includes her first book Vividly Diverse Haikus and her recent installment Poetical Veering. Her words of rhythm and rhyme can and will stir the hope towards individual and community connections.



Barclay, Bob

Triple Take: a Museum Story

Author: Robert Barclay

Synopsis: What is it about this collection of native artifacts, the focus of a major museum’s holdings? How can curators, native people and museum visitors hold such different views? A mysterious string of thefts occurs, followed by a catastrophic fire and raids by rights activists. All this in a milieu of scheming, manipulation and evil. All ingredients for an intricate tale of deception, substitution, trickery and vengeance. 208 pp. 

ISBN: 978-0-9867879-0-4 (hard copy), 978-0-9867879-1-1 (E-book)

Price: $17.95 CDN/US; £11.95 UK (hard copy); $5.00 CDN (E-book)

Available: Hard Copy: or by order through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. E-Book:

Contact: 613-737-0371; 3609 Downpatrick Road Ottawa, ON K1V 9P4;

Death at the Podium

Author: Robert Barclay

Synopsis: The sudden collapse of a maestro in the middle of a popular classical symphony is a tragic affair. But when it happens again and yet again, with increasing violence, in orchestras around the world, fear spreads throughout the music community. Why are classical music maestros being targeted, and by whom? Meanwhile, a research scientist has uncovered strange results when monitoring experimental subjects playing music, and it appears that some sinister mechanism may be responsible for the deaths. An oboist with a small town orchestra, who carries a dark and painful secret, is recruited to assist with the research, and he and his violinist girlfriend become entangled in a mesh of fear and anguish This musical mystery science-fiction love story weaves the daily workings of a symphony orchestra into the intricacies of scientific research, culminating in a dramatic quest to prevent the deaths at the podium and to expose the truth. 284 pp. 

ISBN: 978-0-9867879-2-8)

Price: $17.95

Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords

Contact: 613-737-0371; 3609 Downpatrick Road Ottawa, ON K1V 9P4;

Ask Me About My Bombshells

Author: Robert Barclay

Synopsis: Gunpowder and cocaine make uncomfortable companions. A love affair over the mortars and Roman candles is disrupted by the imaginative schemes of a biker gang boss. Julia, granddaughter of a commercial pyrotechnician, falls for Rocco, sixth generation scion of a competing firework company, only to discover that her innocent romantic partner has been drawn into a network of drug-traffickers through coercion and blackmail. Meanwhile, activists with a strange agenda are attempting to disrupt firework shows and are leading the police in frustrating circles. Sabotage, subterfuge, police raids, mix-ups and theft lead through an intricate gunpowder plot to an explosive thunderclap of a finale. 240 pp. 

ISBN: 978-0-9936881-0-2

Price: $17.95

Available:, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Contact:;; 613.737.0371

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Bériault, Robert A.

Sailor Without a Boat: How I Sailed on Other People's Yachts and Lived to Tell About It

Author: Robert A. Bériault

Synopsis: Robert Bériault drew upon a decade of sailing adventures to write his book. Sailor tells the story of how he chases after his dream. Candid, humorous advice is interspersed with hilarious tales as he recounts the idiosyncrasies of his skippers and fellow sailors. Among his many adventures, Bériault crews from Halifax to Martinique for a “cowboy” who abuses of boat and crew. Searching the Internet for a transatlantic crossing, he almost sets out to sea with a Captain Bligh before jumping ship; enjoys paradise islands such as the Tobago Cays and the Gardens of the Queen, but is boarded by gun-toting pirates in Margarita; almost experiences an exploding yacht at sea; comes close to sinking in the middle of the Caribbean; is embroiled in steamy soap operas and fights 30-foot seas when crossing the Atlantic with Canada’s renowned Derek Hatfield on his Open 60. All this without having owned a sailboat! 

ISBN: 978-1466436138

Price: $21.95

Available: The author's website, The Chandlery, Books on Beechwood, Nautical Mind, Amazon

Contact: Robert A. Bériault, 819-561-4686;; 4-895 rue de l'Oasis, Gatineau, QC J8R 2W7

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Bueno, Martin

The Rainbow Alchemist

Author: Martin Bueno

Synopsis: A young girl, Rachel, mutters a mysterious chemical formula in her sleep – is she dreaming or is this message from beyond? Graham, an aspiring politician is caught up in his curiosity in the occult, an obsession which will ultimately decide his career and fate. Eva, Graham’s devoted secretary and companion is skeptical about anything to do with mysticism but finds herself unwittingly drawn into this magical world. Who are the speakers and why do they communicate through Rachel and Lady Sarah, a mannequin who stands proud on the porch of the Old Antique Store? 350 pp. 

ISBN: paperback 978-1-77097-990-1, eBook 978-1-77097-991-8

Price: paperback $20, eBook $5

Available: All Bookstores FriesenPress Chapters, Amazon

Contact:;; 613 729-4164; 474 Hilson Avenue, Ottawa ON K1Z 6C5


Butala, Sharon

2018 Frank Hegyi Award Winner

Where I Live Now

Author: Sharon Butala

When Sharon Butala’s husband, Peter, died unexpectedly, she found herself with no place to call home. Torn by grief and loss, she fled the ranchlands of southwest Saskatchewan and moved to the city, leaving almost everything behind. A lifetime of possessions was reduced to a few boxes of books, clothes, and keepsakes. But a lifetime of experience went with her, and a limitless well of memory—of personal failures, of a marriage that everybody said would not last but did, of the unbreakable bonds of family.

Where I Live Now is published by Simon & Schuster Canada.



Campbell, Laurie

Fiona Flying Fox: Special Agent, and the Mystery at the Rainbow Zoo

Author: Laurie Campbell

There is trouble at the rainbow Zoo. The birds’ and animals’ feathers and fur are turning pink and purple.  Is this a virus, or is someone tampering with the food? Bernice and Bert the blue parrots are frantic. What can they do? This is a case for Fiona Flying Fox, Special Agent. Famous for her case the Barnyard Caper. Can she solve this mystery before its too late? Suitable for big and little sleuths.

Lucy the Lynx

Author: Laurie Campbell

Lucy, a lynx kitten, lives at the Green Ark Sanctuary with her family.   Lucy’s mother’s stories of her Aunt Maude’s travels into the wilds of Alaska, fire her imagination.  She dreams of having her own adventures with Penny the Puffin, her best friend.  The two escape from the Sanctuary, into the big, urban world.  City living is not what Lucy had imagined.  Can the two adapt to this new world?  Lucy not only faces challenges, but she also learns something new about, her friend, Penny the Puffin.  This is a journey, of discovery, for the young and the young-at-heart. 

Gracie's Flights of Fancy

Author: Laurie Campbell

A Little Tale for Big People, written and illustrated by Laurie Campbell.


It is the height of spring. Gracie, a young gosling, is happily feasting with her family. But Gracie’s imagination soon leads to a flight of adventure. it begins with Gracie’s discovery of an abandoned umbrella. Follow Gracie as she sails down the stream. Gracie discovers that life is never what it seems to be, and that there can be surprises around every bend. This book is for the young, and the young-at-heart.


This story was inspired by my encounter in photographing a family of Canada geese. It was a late afternoon in May, just as described at the beginning of this tale. In spring, one’s fancy can turn to many things. And, in my case, it has turned to a flight of fancy, with a good bit of inspiration from one of my favourite stories, The Wind in the Willows.

Tiger Tom Finds a New Song (ebook edition)

Author: Laurie Campbell

Tiger Tom, is a musical cat. He can sing, dance, and play the piano with his tail, with his toes, and with his eyes closed. But Tiger Tom, cannot remember the words to his songs. Every time he tries to sing, the words get muddled, and he turns blue. How does a swinging cat, cure himself of the blues? 


An invitation from his friend Penguin Pete, to join him at Rio’s Carnival, marks the beginning of Tiger Tom’s amazing, musical adventures. Tiger Tom’s travels take him from to the Falkland Islands, to Bolivia, and Chile. Find out if the cure for the blues can be found in South America.  A tale for the young, and the young-at-heart. (ebook edition)

Tiger Tom Finds a New Song

Laurie Campbell

Tiger Tom is a musical cat. He can sing, dance, and play the piano with his tail, his toes, and with his eyes closed. But Tiger Tom cannot remember the words to his songs. Every time he tries to sing, the words get muddled, and he turns blue. This makes him very blue. How does  a swinging cat cure himself of the blues?


An invitation from his friend Penguin Pete to join him at Rio’ s Carnival marks the beginning of Tiger Tom’s musical quest. His travels take him from the Falkland Islands to Bolivia and Chile. Find out if the cure for the blues can be found in South America. (Print edition)

What Do Teddy Bears Eat

Laurie Campbell


What do teddy bears like to eat?  This is important to know, in caring for your family of bears.  If you want to keep them active and maintain their shiny coats and bright eyes, this book is for you. 


Seven bears reveal their favourite meals and dishes.   No cold cereal or burgers and fries for these discerning gourmands.  Mounds off steaming porridge buried under layers of yoghurt and smothered with maple syrup is more their style.  Polar Berry Floats,  Rainbow soup, and a tea party fit for a queen, are some of the mouth-watering treats you will discover inside this book. 

This book will stimulate the taste buds of your little bears, and provide ideas of what to serve their guests.


Buffy's Big Cat Door

Laurie Campbell

Buffy begins his life as a tiny, premature kitten.   But Buffy grows into a playful, energetic kitten.  Once he leaves his house through the cat door,  Buffy wants to make new friends. His attempt at bringing Squeak the Squirrel into the house meets with the disapproval of Margret, his mistress. But Buffy remains undaunted in trying to make friends. His fortune changes after a nocturnal visit with Horace, an owl, who grants him a wish. Buffy, wishes that he can have lots of friends.  His wish comes true. Buffy’s life is filled with more adventures, then he ever expected, especially, when his new friends decide to come through the cat door to visit him in the house.   What could possibly go wrong?

Michele Charrier

Five Days

Author: Michele Charrier

On the eve of her 50th birthday, Madeline St-Laurent is facing the indisputable fact that her life is more than half over. Neglected by her husband and lonely, the accomplished translator has all but disappeared under the weight of family responsibilities and personal neglect. With encouragement from her best friend, Maddie embarks on an ambitious program to reinvent herself and perhaps save her loveless marriage. In less than a year she undergoes a stunning metamorphosis that reinvigorates her dull life and tests her appetite for physical risk, improbable encounters, and dubious relationships. This highly entertaining novel follows Maddie’s wildly unpredictable journey from the pristine Quebec Laurentians, to the jagged Irish coast and to the gritty city of Belfast. Suspenseful, gripping and filled with complex characters, this is an engaging read from beginning to end.

The Precious Stone of Greed

Author: Michele Charrier

Maddie and Aidan are looking forward to a comfortable and quiet life in Mont-Tremblant, following their ordeal in Ireland. The couple’s plans are temporarily thwarted when an urgent call from an old friend sends them thousands of miles west to Burma, and the epicenter of a catastrophic earthquake. Among the debris and destruction, and hidden deep in the country’s unforgivable landscape, a group of rebels plots the kidnapping of an American humanitarian volunteer to draw attention to the corruption and exploitation of Burma’s most valuable natural resource: Jade. Maddie and a fellow humanitarian co-worker are accidentally swept into the kidnapping scheme. The women’s fate as political hostages is ultimately determined by a corrupt Burmese military commander, inept hostage negotiations, and a web of competing for rebel groups vying for the right to control the country’s wealth.

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Chartier, Benoit

The Calumnist Malefesto and Other Improbable Yarns

Author: Benoit Chartier

Title: The Calumnist Malefesto and Other Improbable Yarns

Author: Benoit Chartier

Synopsis: The Calumnist Malefesto: And Other Improbable Yarns offers a glimpse into important and universal themes in today's culture while employing an enjoyable and unique approach. The Calumnist Malefesto explores the universal themes of religious belief, love, acceptance, tolerance, hatred, and the nature of humanity. Employing science-fiction and semi-theological themes, these entertaining stories are conveyed with serious underlying messages. Many of these wonderful stories employ a lighthearted approach to soften the underlying dramatic nature of the messages. An excellent collection of stories that span a wide array of serious and insightful themes, this fantastic book will keep readers engrossed from the opening pages. Truly offering something for everyone, The Calumnist Malefesto runs the gamut between science-fiction, fantasy-theological, and plain fictional works. With underlying themes that bind them together, the book's varying genres add a priceless excitement and flexibility to the messages that it's trying to convey. 248 pp. 

ISBN: 1482333465

Price: $14.99 or $4.00 for Kindle version



Red Nexus

Author: Benoit Chartier

Synopsis: Once part of the Tokyo elite, Wen Harkwell lost his status when his mother died, and now he's forced to labor in the depths of the city, far from the easy life of the Heights, struggling to support his thirteen-year-old brother Sammy. By day he toils in a factory and by night he digs for scrap in the infamous Heap under the city. One night Wen is drawn to an old book he finds and risks taking it home-a quick decision with devastating consequences. Soon after, Sammy is kidnapped, and when Wen turns to a friend and coworker for help, the two find themselves embroiled in a secret high-tech operation that will stop at nothing to maintain their ciphered code. When Wen realizes that the same corporation connected to his mother's disappearance is behind the attack, he knows he must do whatever it takes to save his brother-even if it means working for the enemy. 256 pp. 

ISBN: 1505870941

Price: $16.99 in stores, $21.99 on the web

Available: Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St., East Wind, 361 Richmond Rd.,



Author: Benoit Chartier

Death is a country we see through the tiny keyhole of an immovable door.

Raised by their grandmother after their parents’ death, Chloe and Olivia Borders are now in mourning for Rose. The Alzheimer’s that forced them to be split into separate foster homes has taken their last living family member. As a way to rekindle their friendship, the twins commit to a road trip— which spells their demise. Now the question is: What comes after, and how will they get back to life?


Benoit Chartier is a Canadian author who writes sci fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, short stories, podcasts, philosophy and frankly whatever goes through his mind. He believes that it is through education that the world can become a better place. He is living in Gatineau Quebec with his wife and two sons.

Michelle Crichton

Coming Out Alive In A Workplace Battlefield

Author: Michelle Crichton

"Coming Out Alive in a Workplace Battlefield" is a self-help/ documentary book which focuses on creating awareness about the ongoing workplace issues that many people encounter.  Michelle bravely opens up to the reader and takes them on a journey, as she reflects on her various anonymous experiences from a young age into adulthood.  Michelle uses those experiences to provide insight into the realities of working with different personalities.  "This is a collection of stories, reflection and advice I've gathered through my years in the workplace.  This book is for anyone struggling with their job, at employment crossroads, or for anyone dealing with personalities that are creating obstacles in the workplace"  Her book is currently available at Octopus Books, Perfect Books, Prospero, The Singing Pebble and the Ottawa Public Library. $1.00 from the purchase of every book is donated to the Ottawa Humane Society.


Crate, Joan

2017 Frank Hegyi Award Finalist

Black Apple

Author: Joan Crate

Set during the Second World War and the 1950s, Black Apple is an unforgettable, vividly rendered novel about two very different women whose worlds collide: an irrepressible young Blackfoot girl whose spirit cannot be destroyed, and an aging yet powerful nun who increasingly doubts the value of her life. It captures brilliantly the strange mix of cruelty and compassion in the residential schools, where young children are forbidden to speak their own languages and given Christian names. As Rose Marie matures, she finds increasingly that she knows only the life of the nuns, with its piety, hard work and self-denial. Why is it, then, that she is haunted by secret visions—of past crimes in the school that terrify her, of her dead mother, of the Indigenous life on the plains that has long vanished? Even the kind-hearted Sister Cilla is unable to calm her fears. And then, there is a miracle, or so Mother Grace says. Now Rose is thrust back into the outside world with only her wits to save her. 

Black Apple is published by Simon & Schuster Canada.

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Cú, Con (Ian Thomas Shaw)

Quill of the Dove

Author: Ian Thomas Shaw (Con Cú)

Title: Quill of the Dove

Author: Ian Thomas Shaw (Con Cú)

Synopsis: Quill of the Dove is a blend of literary fiction and a political thriller. Framed by contemporary events in the Middle East, the novel covers two distinct time periods: 2007 mainly in Europe, the Palestinian Territories and Israel and Lebanon from 1975 to 1982
The opening chapter takes place in Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus. French journalist Marc.Taragon is at the apex of his career, and Nicosia is his home base for covering the Middle East. A tenacious idealist, Taragon has spent the last thirty years attempting to bring to readers the truths about the wars and political intrigues of the region. He is unsparing in his criticism of extremists and has earned many enemies. 
Taragon agrees to be interviewed by a young Canadian journalist, Marie Boivin, not knowing that Marie has a hidden agenda: to discover through Taragon the truth about her childhood.
Before Marie finds the answers she seeks, she is enmeshed inTaragon's plan to broker peace negotiations between Jonathan Bronstein, a left-wing Israeli politician, and Abdullah Akkawi, a dissident Palestinian leader. In the isolated Greek village of Arkassa on the island of Karpathos,Taragon succeeds in persuading Akkawi and Bronstein to agree to an ambitious peace plan. The action then moves quickly through Europe and the Middle East as Taragon and his associates try to stay one step ahead of deadly opponents of their initiative.

Available: Spring 2019 from Guernica Editions (MiroLand Imprint)

ISBN 978-1-77183-378-3


Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls

Author: Con Cú

Title: Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls

Author: Con Cú

Synopsis: The Communist victories in Cambodia and Vietnam in 1975 end a long and devastating war, but for some, the new era is marked by persecution. Quan and his family are sent by the Khmer Rouge to a collective farm. Minh Chau is imprisoned with her mother and sister. When Quan and Minh Chau later meet in a refugee camp in Malaysia, Quan saves the young girl from a vicious attacker. Quan’s resorting to violence disqualifies him from resettlement with Minh Chau’s family in Canada. In Quebec City, Mathieu Hibou, a university student, helps Minh Chau and her family integrate into Canadian society. Several years later, Mathieu suffers his own loss during the Rwandan genocide, a trauma that Minh Chau will help to heal. Quan finds his way illegally to Canada and meets Minh Chau again. Through friendship and love, all three help one another overcome the pain of their pasts. 

ISBN: 978-0987964182

Price: $12.95

Available: Visit the How to Order Our Books page at Deux Voiliers Publishing ( for ordering through one of our many online vendors, e.g., Red Tuque Books;;; Barnes and Noble; Smashwords; Xin Xii, etc. The novel is available is both as a trade paperback and an e-book. 

Contact: The author Ian Shaw (Con Cú), 205 des Voyageurs, Gatineau (Aylmer), Quebec, J9J 1P8; e-mail:; Tel. 819-684-7688

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Cook, Jennifer

Amazon Jungle Adventure

Author: Jennifer Cook

Amazon Jungle Adventure is a colourful children's picture book.  Andrea and Alex travel by four-seater plane, on foot and by dugout canoe into the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador, South America.  They visit their friends Miranda and Pedro in their village and see the jungle wildlife.  Read more at  Illustrations by Rich Lauzon.

Flight across the Mekong

Author: Jennifer Cook

Title: Flight across the Mekong

Author: Jennifer Cook

Synopsis: This is a fast-paced adventure story for young adults. It is based on the experiences of the author and her family during the Communist takeover in Laos in 1975. 182pp.

ISBN: 0-920661-79-3

Price: $10.95

Available: TSAR Publications,,, Barnes and

Contact: Jennifer Cook 613-749-4745,

An Iranian Mosaic

Author: Jennifer Cook

Title: An Iranian Mosaic

Author: Jennifer Cook

Synopsis: This is a historical novel for young adults. It is a story of friendship between three very different families in Iran, England and Switzerland during the 1950s, '60s and '70s. It is set against the backdrop of political, religious, and social change in Iran. Together the families experience a pogrom, exile, a kidnapping, a communist plot, an execution, a revolution, and encounter freedom fighters and a spy. However, the story has a happy ending in Canada. 179pp. 

ISBN: 141200130-7

Price: $21.95

Available: Publisher, in Ottawa at Coles, Nicholas Hoare, Perfect Books, Books on Beechwood, Collected Works and from Jennifer Cook. It is also available in Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Vancouver.

Contact: Jennifer Cook 613-749-4745,

Canada with Governor General Lisgar - 1868

Author: Jennifer Cook

Title: Canada with Governor General Lisgar - 1868

Author: Jennifer Cook

Synopsis: Have you ever wondered about life in Canada in 1868 - especially in Ottawa? Canada with Governor General Lisgar - 1868 and Lady Adelaide, Prince Arthur and Charlotte, is Jennifer Cook's third historical novel for young and older adults. Follow sixteen year old Charlotte Moore as she accompanies Sir John Young, Governor General Lisgar, and his wife Lady Adelaide to Rideau Hall from Ireland. Her twin brother, Ned, a cadet at the Royal Military College, comes later with Prince Arthur, Queen Victoria's favourite son, to continue their military training in the northern dominion. Highlights are the opening of Parliament, horse-racing, shooting the timber slides, rebellion in the Red River Settlement and a Fenian Raid, as well as winter and summer fun in the nation's capital. 155pp. 

ISBN: 0-88887-227-5

Price: $18.95

Available: From the author, from the publishers, Borealis Press, or bookstores in Ottawa.

Contact: Jennifer Cook 613-749-4745,

Windsong on the Silver River

Author: Jennifer Cook

Synopsis: Fourteen year old Eric lives at Windsong Farm on the Silver River overlooking the Two Moons First Nations Rez, where his best friend Tom lives. Eric is a typical teenager dealing with school, horses, family and friends but also a sick alcoholic dad. Find out what happens when Eric and Tom go into the bush on horseback for a long weekend, when the younger children encounter wolves and smugglers, and when his sister Rachel, a journalist, accompanies a smuggler at work just before her wedding. Share in Eric's adventures, from the pastoral lands of the reserve and countryside to the seedier side of Ottawa. 134pp. 

ISBN: 1-897072-41-4

Price: $16.95

Available: Nicholas Hoare's, Chapters, Books on Beechwood, Collected Works,, and from the author

Contact: The author 613-749-4745,

Molly's Story: Aftermath of War and Love

Author: Jennifer Cook

Synopsis: The story of a young mother's struggle and despair in wartime Britain when her RAF husband is 'missing in action'. Will she be strong enough to find a new life in Africa?

ISBN: 978-1-926596-26-6

Price: $22.95

Available: Baico Publishing, Nicholas Hoare Bookshop, Books on Beechwood, the author and Linghams Bookshop in Heswall, UK

Contact: 613-749-4745

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Daughters, Mothers and Grandmothers

Author: Jennifer Cook

Synopsis: This is a story of courage during the AIDS pandemic. It begins when teenage Canadian Lydia and South African Mandisa have a falling-out over a boyfriend. They become friends when Lydia realizes that Mandisa needs help with her younger siblings as her mother is very sick. Others come to help when the children run away into the Kalahari Desert rather than leave home to live with their grandmother in Johannesburg. It is in the Kalahari that they meet an elderly San man and spirits arrive on the wind as the sun sets. The story has a good ending. pp. 145 

ISBN: 978-1-927481-26-4

Price: $18 - part of which goes to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, Stephen Lewis Foundation, to help African grandmothers in Sub-Saharan Africa who are bringing up their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren

Available: Books on Beechwood and Baico Publishing in Ottawa, A Novel Idea, Kingston, McNally Robinson, Winnipeg, Banyen Books & Sound,Vancouver, and from the author.

Contact:;; 613-749-4745; 26 Bedford Crescent, Ottawa, ON, K1K 0E4

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Cross, Dyan

Inside Outside

Author: Dyan Cross

Synopsis: Inside Outside is not a cookbook nor is it a clothing book. It is not about diets or dress patterns. So, what is it about? It is a dual-focus book demonstrating how the synergy between eating well and looking good is available to everybody. Good health and personal style are not gifts mysteriously bestowed on a few, fortunate women. They are the outcomes for all women who choose to shape their lives with intent and with determination. In a refreshingly honest discussion with writer Dyan Cross, family physician Marilyn Daryawish, MD, and clothing designer Paddye Mann show how you, too, can take control of your life, both inside and outside, to enhance both your health and natural beauty. It just might be the best thing you will ever do - for yourself and for those you love! 144pp. 

ISBN: 1-894439-12-0

Price: $20

Available: Inside Outside is available from the author. Please send your postal address and a cheque or money order to: M. Daryawish MD, 612-267 O'Connor Street Ottawa ON K2P 1V3 613-237-7377. Inside Outside can be purchased directly from Creative Bound International Inc., 151 Tansley Drive Box 424, Carp ON K0A 1L0 800-287-8610 FREE

Contact: Dyan Cross

Spies in Our Midst: the incredible story of Igor Gouzenko, Cold War spy

Author: L. D. Cross

Synopsis: Igor Gouzenko was a former clerk in the Soviet embassy in Ottawa who defected to the West in 1945. His story was so astounding that, at first, no one believed him. But the evidence he smuggled from the embassy eventually led to the arrest of a large Soviet spy ring in Canada, and sent Gouzenko into hiding for the rest of his life. His revelations reverberated throughout the world and ignited the Cold War. World War II had just ended with two huge atomic explosions. Canada's first nuclear reactor had achieved criticality at the Chalk River Laboratory near the military base at Petawawa, Ontario. Meanwhile, the USSR embassy in Ottawa was making it their highest priority to collect scientific and technological intelligence for military purposes. At the embassy, in a guarded room, a young Soviet cipher clerk named Igor Gouzenko coded and decoded secret messages to and from Moscow. These messages contained information gathered by Canadian spies working against their own country. Igor read telegrams about financing study groups that were actually 'cells' for recruiting more undercover agents, setting up puppet governments, infiltrating labour unions, stealing military secrets, and starting a third world war.144pp. 

ISBN: 1-55439-028-1

Price: $9.95

Available: Chapters stores across Canada, at Shirley Leishman Books (Westgate Mall) in Ottawa, online from, or directly from the publisher through: 100-826 Main St. Canmore, AB T1W 2B7, 403-678-0908 Fax: 403-678-6987

Contact: Dyan Cross 613-225-2024

Ottawa Titans: fortune and fame in the early days of Canada’s Capital

Author: L. D. Cross

Synopsis: In its early days as Bytown, Ottawa was a community of entrepreneurs. Through the stories of eight intriguing businessmen the development of the country's capital is revealed. These capital titans, in working toward their dreams, flavoured the region, and the country, with their strong personalities and opinions. Their legacy is still being felt today. Those in the book include: Philemon Wright (1760-1839); Lieutenant-Colonel John By (1779-1836); Thomas MacKay (1772-1855); Nicholas Sparks (1792-1862); John Egan (1811-1857); J. R. Booth (1827-1925); E.B. Eddy (1827-1906); Thomas Ahearn (1855-1938). 144pp. 

ISBN: 1-15553-960-8

Price: $9.95

Available: Chapters stores across Canada, Shirley Leishman Books (Westgate Mall, Ottawa), online from, or directly from the publisher through: 100-826 Main St. Canmore, AB T1W 2B7 403-678-0908 Fax: 403-678-6987

Contact: Dyan Cross 613-225-2024

The Quest for the Northwest Passage: exploring the elusive route through Canada's Arctic waters

Author: L. D. Cross

Synopsis: One of the world’s greatest stories of exploration was the 400-year-old quest by a series of valiant adventurers in small ships to find the fabled 'Northwest Passage' across the top of North America. From 1500 to 1900, their incremental voyages were the equivalent of the 20th century Apollo Program to land humans on the moon then return them safely back home. The early European searchers for the Northwest Passage were the astronauts of their era.
For centuries, Europeans sought the elusive Northwest Passage that was thought to be an open sea route, a short cut through the Arctic ice, from Europe to the Pacific Ocean and the riches of Cathay (China) and Asia. This northern way would avoid both the much longer sea journey around the tip of South America, which was jealously guarded by Spain and Portugal or, a trek across the interior of the North American continent.
Early visitors to Canada’s eastern and northern coasts included Viking sailors and Basque whalers. Then came prominent explorers like John Cabot, Jacques Cartier, Martin Frobisher and Sir John Franklin. On the Pacific side, James Cook and George Vancouver sought a western outlet of the Passage while Samuel Hearne and Alexander Mackenzie searched overland. John Rae found the remnants of Franklin’s lost expedition and Roald Amundsen found one of the water routes through the Passage in 1905-06.
But, instead of being the route to instant fame and fortune, this Passage was the perilous route to centuries of disaster, despair and death. And today it is still the subject of controversy and competing sovereignty claims. Now that temperature change once again threatens to melt much of the Arctic ice cap, conflicts over transiting the Northwest Passage and harvesting the resource riches of the Arctic, are intensifying. So, in the 21st century, is it still the Northwest Passage or the Canadian Arctic Passage? 150 pp. 

ISBN: 10:1-55277-432-5; 13: 978-1-55277-432-8

Price: $9.95

Available: Chapters Indigo,,, from the author

Contact:,, 613-225-2024, 1222 Bonnie Crescent, Ottawa ON K2C 1Z9

Treasure Under the Tundra: Canada's Arctic Diamonds

Author: L. D. Cross

Synopsis: Where did that diamond in your ring, those studs in your earlobes come from? Chances are, if your diamonds are Canadian, they are the result of the prospecting quest across the north by Chuck Fipke and Stu Blusson described in the book Treasure Under the Tundra: Canada’s Arctic Diamonds by Ottawa writer L. D. Cross and published by Heritage House in Victoria BC. Canadian diamond exploration began in the 1960s but without much success. Then, in 1991, one resolute geologist and his scientific partner with a helicopter license finally hit the jackpot. They uncovered diamond-rich kimberlite and set off the largest claim staking rush since gold was found in the Klondike in 1896. For hundreds of years diamonds were mined in South Africa , Botswana , Namibia , Russia , Brazil , India and Australia . Nobody believed there could be diamonds in Canada .Fipke and Blusson not only believed but, after years of searching, they found the first commercially-viable, gemstone-quality diamond deposit near Lac de Gras close to the Arctic Circle in Canada's Northwest Territories .The Ekati Mine opened in 1998 and other productive diamond mines have followed across the north. Canada is the third highest diamond producing country (by value) in the world after Russia and Botswana . However, all of Canada 's diamonds are conflict free as opposed to ‘blood diamonds’ produced to finance international anarchy and murder. With their reputation for integrity, identity and quality, it is said the sparkle from a Canadian diamond mimics the radiance of the Northern Lights. 

ISBN: 978-1-926936-08-6

Price: $9.95

Available: Chapters Indigo,,, from the author

Contact:;; 613-225-2024, 1222 Bonnie Crescent, Ottawa ON K2C 1Z9

The Underground Railroad: the long journey to freedom in Canada

Author: L. D. Cross

Synopsis: Escaped slaves arrived at points as far east as Nova Scotia and as far west as British Columbia, but the vast majority landed in southwestern Ontario. Recounts the harrowing experiences of many including Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave who helped others to freedom and Alexander Ross a white doctor and ornithologist from London, Ontario who travelled to southern plantations to 'study birds' and to surreptitiously hand out information on freedom routes north. Winner of the Ontario Historical Society’s inaugural Huguenot Award honouring the best book bringing public awareness to the principles of freedom of conscience and thought. 

ISBN: 978-1552775813

Price: $9.95

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Code Name Habbakuk: a secret ship made of ice

Author: L. D. Cross

Code Name Habbakuk: a secret ship made of ice

Author: L. D. Cross

Synopsis: The rise and fall of Project Habbakuk and how an outlandish inventor, the British Navy, the National Research Council of Canada and a workforce of conscientious objectors tested the bizarre concept in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, far from the theatre of war.

ISBN: 978-1927051474

Price: $9.95

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Flying on Instinct: Canada’s bush pilot pioneers

Author: L. D. Cross

 Flying on Instinct: Canada’s bush pilot pioneers

Author: L. D. Cross

Synopsis: They were the off-roaders of aviation with names like Snow Eagle, Flying Knight, Bush Angel, Punch, Doc and Wop. They worked in open cockpits and flew through cold, snow and fog without the benefit of radios, maps or weather reports over the Barrens, frozen lakes, boreal forests and mountain ranges by dead reckoning and line of sight and they survived (mostly).

ISBN: 978-1927051849

Price: $9.95

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The Luck of the Karluk: Shipwrecked in the Arctic

Author: L. D. Cross

Synopsis: A diverse group of federal scientists, international scholars, inexperienced crew, an Inuit family, sled dogs and a black cat set out in June 1913 from Victoria, BC aboard HMCS Karluk, a renovated wooden whaling ship. Little did they realize how woefully unprepared they were for the challenges of the North while charting unexplored landmasses of the Western Arctic and recording polar flora, fauna, archaeology, meteorology and oceanography. The tale of the first Canadian Arctic Expedition (CAE) is one of optimism, naiveté, incompetence and heroism played out in one of the most inhospitable environments on earth. Just a few months into the journey, their vessel became lodged in pack ice, eventually sinking near the East Siberian Sea. Stranded on shifting ice floes, Captain Bob Bartlett leads the exhausted castaways to desolate Wrangel Island where they set up camp. He then leaves during a blizzard with Inuit guide Kataktovik trekking 1,100 km down the frozen Siberian coast hoping to find passage across the Bering Sea to Alaska and a rescue ship. The 15-month saga of the misadventures of the Karluk is a revealing study of the strengths and weaknesses of human nature under treacherous conditions. 

ISBN: 9781772030204

Price: $9.95

Available: Chapters Indigo,,, McNally Robinson, Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd.

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L. D. Cross and Marilyn Daryawish, MD

Marriage is a Business

Authors: L. D. Cross and Marilyn Daryawish, MD

Synopsis: Forget Romeo and Juliet. Think venture partnership. Marriage is a business, the ultimate home-based business. It is the family firm. Each 'owner' in the enterprise brings a set of skills, and liabilities, to the institution The skills you bring to the corporate boardroom table are the same skills you should bring to your personal dining room table - strategic thinking, problem solving, compromise,

ISBN: 978-1-897449-30-1

Price: $20.00

Available: online at; Baico Books, 102-C McEwen Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2B 5K7 613 829-5141; From the Authors: M. Daryawish, MD, 612-267 O'Connor Street Ottawa ON K2P 1V3 613 237-7377; L. D. Cross, 1222 Bonnie Crescent Ottawa ON K2C 1Z9 613 225-2024

Contact: L. D. Cross, 1222 Bonnie Cres., Ottawa, ON K2C 1Z9 613 225-2024;

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