Douglas & McIntyre

Book details:

August 2017
ISBN 978-1-77162-173-1
6" x 9"
400 pages
Literary Collections / Canadian LCO006000
$36.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre


A Canadian Book of the Sea

A salt-soaked anthology featuring some of Canada's most significant literary voices.

"an excellent anthology a lovely project"

--Silver Donald Cameron

Given that Canada has the longest coastline in the world and its motto is "From Sea unto Sea," it is not surprising that virtually every Canadian writer has been inspired to write about some aspect of the sea at some point in their work. As this book shows, those watery passages are some of the very best writing the nation has produced. Journeying coast to coast to coast, from the picturesque and isolated Vancouver Island village of Ucluelet, through the desolate Northwest Passage, to historic Signal Hill at the tip of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, Spindrift: A Canadian Book of the Sea invites the reader on an evocative voyage. Reflecting on a myriad of sea-related themes--including the earliest Indigenous presence, the first nautical exploration of Canada, the arrival of immigrants on the nation's shores, the realities of making a living on the water, tragic marine events, warfare and celebrated vessels and people--Spindrift paints a compelling portrait of Canada.

Editors Michael and Anita Hadley have distilled the essence from a vast collection of maritime reflection by some of Canada's greatest fiction and non-fiction writers including Milton Acorn, Pierre Berton, Earle Birney, M. Wylie Blanchet, Emily Carr, Donald Creighton, Michael Crummey, Barry Gough, Lawrence Hill, Edith Iglauer, Joy Kogawa, Malcolm Lowry, Linden MacIntyre, Yann Martel, L.M. Montgomery, Donna Morrissey, Farley Mowat, Alice Munro, Peter C. Newman, Michael Ondaatje, E.J. Pratt, Al Purdy, Nino Ricci, Stan Rogers, Jane Urquhart and Rudy Wiebe, to name but a few. Whether yachtsman, professional seafarer, or simply an admirer of ocean vistas, the reader will be moved and delighted by this treasury of Canadian voices.

About the Authors

Anita  Hadley

Anita Hadley

Anita Hadley taught at Royal Roads Military College where she co-authored Gens de Chez Nous, drawing on a rich collection of French-Canadian literature ...

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Michael L. Hadley

Michael L. Hadley

Michael L. Hadley is an award-winning writer, multidisciplinary scholar, yachtsman and former naval officer. He is the author of many books including God's ...

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