How the Scots Invented Canada By Ken McGoogan, HarperCollins, 415 pages, $19.99
Author Ken McGoogan focuses on 60 individuals who have shaped Canada and Canadian culture, out of the more than 4.7 million Canadians who are descendants of Scottish immigrants, in the fields of exploration, education, Banking, military service, realroading, invention, literature and politics – 13 of Canada’s 22 prime ministers, for example, have been of Scottish descent.
Dawn of the Dead By George A. Romero and Susanna Sparrow, Thomas Dunne Books, 232 pages, $15.99
Maybe it’s time to return to the classics of the zombie genre. The 1978 horror film Dawn of the Dead (1978; remade in 2004) was a sequel to George Romero’s seminal zombie apocalypse film Night of the Living Dead (1968). Romero and writer Susanna Sparrow wrote this novelization immediately after the film hit theatres, and it has been out of print for more than 30 years.
Pierre Berton’s War of 1812 Being a Compendium of the Invasion of Canada and Flames Across the Border, Anchor Canada, 911 pages, $29.95
For the Canadian history buff who wants something to occupy those long winter nights in front of the fireplace. Pierre Berton’s two substantial books about the War of 1812 blended into one hefty volume.
The Matter With Morris By David Bergen, Harper Perennial, 254 pages, $18.99
Short-listed for last year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize, David Bergen’s most recent novel follows newspaper columnist Morris Schutt as he flees the wreckage of his life: Morris cashes in all his investments, moves out of his family home, reads Greek philosophers, begins an oddball “affair” with a young escort, and engages in inappropriate correspondence with a U.S. farm wife.
The Woodcutter By Reginald Hill, Anchor Canada, 519 pages, $19.95
Wolf Hadda was a woodcutter’s son who made good as an entrepreneur – until everything fell apart and he was sent to prison, protesting his innocence, and abandoned by his family and friends. Now he’s out and back in his native Cumbria. And he’s looking for revenge.