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Upcoming Events.

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Ann Patchett - December 1st - These Precious Days

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Publishing.

 

Our current publications.  

Curiosity House Books Publishing, founded in 2014, is a small press specializing in high-quality non-fiction and children's picture books. We have published 4 titles to date, with several more in production. Please contact us to learn and/or to purchase our books.

When Everything Falls Apart - Book One: The End by Simon Heath

A Bird Chronicle - by Rina Barone, illustrated by Ruth Ann Pearce

The Petun: People of the Hills by Pat Raible

The Village and I: Ten Life Stories - created by Sara Sniderhan, edited by Rina Barone

When Everything Falls Apart - Book One: The End
When Everything Falls Apart - Book One: The End

When Everything Falls Apart is the story of a family who decides to head north to their off-the-grid cabin after a widespread power outage in Toronto. After their car is stolen, they escape the city, which is showing signs of becoming socially destabilized, in a canoe by way of the Humber River.

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A Bird Chronicle
A Bird Chronicle

Adventure awaits from A to Z. A Bird Chronicle is a children's story book, ABC book, and art book all in one that is sure to delight readers of all ages. Learning the alphabet has never before been more fun, or more beautiful.

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The Petun: People of the Hills
The Petun: People of the Hills

An admiring look back at the First Nations peoples who lived in or near Creemore 400 years ago (and who welcomed Samuel de Champlain in 1616)

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The Village and I: Ten Life Stories
The Village and I: Ten Life Stories

The Village and I tells the compelling life stories of ten Creemore-area elders, recounted by local artists and writers, in the form of breathtaking portraits and fascinating essays. A visual feast, The Village and I is both heartwarming and illuminating. A keepsake to treasure for years to come.

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Letters Across the Sea

Reviewed by Nancy Falconer

In her latest novel, Canadian best-selling historical fiction author Genevieve Graham once again touches the heart in an emotionally compelling journey through love, loss, and redemption, spanning a period of Canada’s history from the Depression to the end of WW II.

Known for “breathing life back into history, one story at a time” ~ more especially Canadian history ~ Graham has wrapped her cast of memorable characters in a viscerally-moving tale triggered by real events in our nation’s history.


As the saying goes, God is in the detail, and the author has done her historical research par excellence, no tidbit too small to help us breathe in the ambience of the period. (Who knew that heavy curtains were drawn across all Eatons' store windows at closing time on Saturdays in order to circumvent passersby from the unmentionable sin of coveting merchandise on the Sabbath?)


Letters Across the Sea immerses the reader in the deprivation, unrest and anger of the Depression years and in the very real emotional complexities of war-time sacrifices and service, as experienced through the characters’ eyes and hearts. History class was never like this!

The fictional story line is centred on a star-crossed love, doomed by anti-semitism rampant in Canada during the Depression (historic fact). In the aftermath of a community baseball final one June night in 1933, the main characters are caught up in what came to be known as the Christie Pits Riot (a true event), the largest ethnic riot in our nation’s history.

As the story moves into the outbreak of WW II, Canada’s little-known, ill-fated role in the Battle of Hong Kong (also historic fact) takes front and centre as the historical focus and the unimaginable suffering of the characters is both gut-wrenching and heart-breaking. Doomed from the start, in reality those few Canadian soldiers who managed somehow to survive the brutally inhumane treatment in the Japanese imprisonment camps returned home with untold scars and foreshortened lives, hauntingly mirrored in one of the novel’s main characters.

The author has poignantly dedicated Letters Across the Sea in part to the “..brave men of Canada’s Royal Rifles and Winnipeg Grenadiers, who never should have been sent to Hong Kong. The history books seem to have mostly forgotten them, but I never will.”


If your reading genre is historical fiction, treat yourself to a Genevieve Graham novel and be transported back in time by what has been described as her “delectable combination of romance, intrigue, and history”. And if our Canadian school history curriculum left you snoozing, I bet Graham will have you saying ‘I had no idea!’.

 
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Letters Across the Sea by Genevieve Graham

Published by Simon & Schuster, April 27th, 2021. 384 pages.

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Our collections are carefully selected. Our mandate is simple: to connect books with readers. We hope to engage and create, to inspire and to empower. Our story starts here.

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