The Dove In Bathurst Station

Marta Elzinga, a floundering guidance counsellor, has been searching for a sign—the stigmata, Jesus’s face in an oil puddle, an angel visitation. When she spots a mink on the shoreline of the Toronto Island Airport, she thinks it’s been sent to her, and the pigeon who boards the subway at Bathurst station is the second sign. But how to read these divine dispatches?

Plagued with indecision and prone to magical thinking, Marta needs direction. She suspects she went astray way back in grade twelve, the year her former boyfriend hanged himself.  Now she struggles to meet the needs of her charming but unstable husband, as well as the students for whom she’s responsible, last names from K to N.

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Catch Me When I Fall

These compelling stories invite readers to an intimate visit with the people of Poplar Grove, Alberta, a fictional farming community with three generations of Dutch-Canadians.

Set in the present, the stories explore a dying way of life: characters comfortable holding hymnals and cleaning cow’s teats, characters who cook boerenkool, bake boeterkoek, who clean their own houses because a stranger shouldn’t see one’s dirt.

Sometimes poignant, more often wry and gently satirical, the stories probe at what lies beneath the rural clichés and the characters’ external expressions of religious belief.

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The Writer’s Craft

The Writer’s Craft provides excerpts of a variety of writing genres, each displaying a distinct feature of a type of writing. It helps students to develop the knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing by analysing various forms of writing and engaging in a range of activities and tutorials.

Key Features:

  • Hands-on applications within each section allow students to apply what they have just learned.
  • Clear call-outs explain the functions of the key parts of several types of business writing
  • Two types of writers’ projects at the end of every chapter provide opportunities for students to investigate and analyze examples of what they have studied and to practise what they have just studied in their own writing.
  • Writers on Writing, includes 11 selections written by acclaimed writers reflecting on the process of writing

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