Books – Biography

  • Lives Lived, Lives Imagined

    Landscapes of Resilience in the Works of Miriam Toews

    Sabrina Reed (Author)

    A celebration of fiction’s ability to brave oppression.

    Published November 2022 | Biography, Literary Criticism, Mennonite Studies

  • No Man’s Land

    The Life and Art of Mary Riter Hamilton

    Kathryn A. Young (Author), Sarah M. McKinnon (Author)

    A life embracing new opportunities for women at the beginning of the twentieth century.

    Published October 2017 | Art & Architecture, Biography, Gender Studies, Letters & Correspondence, Social History, Women’s Studies

  • Pauline Boutal

    An Artist’s Destiny, 1894-1992

    Louise Duguay (Author)

    A rich artistic talent beautifully presented in this full-colour study.

    Published October 2015 | Art & Architecture, Biography, History, Letters & Correspondence

  • Apostate Englishman

    Grey Owl the Writer and the Myths

    Albert Braz (Author)

    A critical assessment of Archie Belaney seen through his writings as Grey Owl.

    Published September 2015 | Biography, Identity Studies, Literary Criticism

  • The Showman and the Ukrainian Cause

    Folk Dance, Film, and the Life of Vasile Avramenko

    Orest T. Martynowych (Author)

    The colourful life of a charismatic champion of Ukrainian independence.

    Published October 2014 | Studies in Immigration and Culture, Biography, Ethnic Studies, History, Immigration, Music

  • The Constructed Mennonite

    History, Memory, and the Second World War

    Hans Werner (Author)

    One man, four identities, and a son’s quest to reconcile the public and private histories of his Mennonite father in WWII.

    Published April 2013 | Biography, History, Immigration, Mennonite Studies, Oral History & Storytelling

  • Lord Selkirk

    A Life

    J.M. Bumsted (Author)

    Thomas Douglas, the Fifth Earl of Selkirk (1770–1820), was a complex man of his times, whose passions left an indelible mark on Canadian history. The product of three decades of research, this is the definitive biography of Lord Selkirk. Bumsted’s passionate prose and thoughtful analysis illuminate not only the man, but also the political and economic realities of the British empire at the turn of the nineteenth century.

    Published November 2008 | Biography, History

  • A Great Restlessness

    The Life and Politics of Dorise Nielsen

    Faith Johnston (Author)

    Dorise Nielsen was a pioneering feminist, a radical politician, the first Communist elected to Canada’s House of Commons, and the only woman elected in 1940. But despite her remarkable career, until now little has been known about her.

    Published October 2006 | Biography, History, Labour Studies, Political Studies, Women’s Studies

  • The Force of Vocation

    The Literary Career of Adele Wiseman

    Ruth Panofsky (Author)

    Adele Wiseman was a seminal figure in Canadian letters. Always independent and wilful, she charted her own literary career, based on her unfailing belief in her artistic vision. In The Force of Vocation, the first book on Wisemanís writing life, Ruth Panofsky presents Wiseman as a writer who doggedly and ambitiously perfected her craft, sought a wide audience for her work, and refused to compromise her work for marketability.

    Published April 2006 | Biography, Literary Criticism

  • Travelling Passions

    The Hidden Life of Vilhjalmur Stefansson

    Gisli Palsson (Author), Keneva Kunz (Translator)

    Vilhjalmur Stefansson has long been known for his groundbreaking work as an anthropologist and expert on Arctic peoples. His three expeditions to the Canadian Arctic in the early 1900s, as well as his expertise in northern anthropology, helped create his public image as an heroic, Hemingway-esque figure in the annals of twentieth-century exploration. Travelling Passions sheds new light on Stefanssonís life and work, focussing on the tension between his private life and the theories that brought his name to the halls of fame.

    Published September 2005 | Biography, History, Letters & Correspondence