A listing of what's new in Canadian book publishing.

Shepherding the Lost Sheep: A World War II Memoir

2014-11-08 by Ted Harris , tagged as gsph, military history

Life in the air force…those were the days! Camaraderie, thrills, terror, close calls—it didn’t get any better than that back then. Since the number of living vets of World War II is rapidly diminishing, Shepherding the Lost Sheep is especially interesting to those of us for whom the war is a dim memory.

“One dark and stormy night,” writes the author, “we were sent to a position about 200 miles south of where one of our convoys had been badly attacked by German submarines. We were especially to look for any German subs on the surface and, if we found any, to attack them…” It was all in a day’s work for Flight Lieutenant Thomas E. (Ted) Harris, Service Number J52048, a navigator in the RCAF.

Ted shares his experiences of active duty as well as his more relaxed periods of time off. Much of the book is taken from the many letters home, saved by his family, and we read the experiences of a young, confident, cheerful, and friendly fellow off to the wars and what he thinks years later.

In writing this memoir, Ted says his main regret is the memory so many of the fine young men who were killed or seriously injured fighting a huge war that probably could have been avoided. Ted suggests the Allied nations should have taken the threat of Hitler much more seriously when he started ignoring the terms of the treaty signed after World War I and building up Germany’s military might.

Skates, a Stick, and a Dream

2014-11-06 by Bob Leroux , tagged as fiction, gsph

Skates, a Stick, and a Dream by Bob Leroux is all about the joy of hockey. It will transport you back to a kinder, gentler, more loving time in the Canadian countryside. .

Be there with Billy Campbell as the world opens up to him and inspires him with dreams of hockey glory. Growing up in the fifties and idolizing the Rocket and Gordie Howe, Billy skates faster, works harder, and practices longer than any of his friends, until the game becomes the stuff of dreams. You’ll feel like you are right there with Billy, his friends, and his worried parents as the story plays out—will Billy own his hockey dreams or will his hockey dreams own him? Read this book and feel better about life, people, and our potential for happiness.

About the Author

Bob Leroux was born in 1945 and raised in Alexandria, Glengarry County. At the age of thirteen, his family moved to Ottawa, where he attended high school and university. Taking a break from his studies, he spent some time working on the Mid-Canada Line .After receiving his Bachelor of Arts and his Masters in Education, he taught for a few years before beginning a twenty-year career with the federal government in personnel management . He took early retirement in 1995 to finish building a family home on the Ottawa River and try his hand at writing novels. His first novel, Murder in the Glen, was published in 2003, followed by a second, “Big Charlie Belisle” murder mystery in 2006, Dead in the Water. His third novel, The Second Son, a story of love and betrayal in a small town, was published in 2010. Bob Leroux can be reached at

Tea Party of One: All Governments Invited

2014-11-05 by Jean-Serge Brisson , tagged as gsph, politics

“What the hell were you thinking?”

That’s often the first question people ask when hearing about Jean-Serge Brisson’s one-man attack on how sales taxes are collected in Canada. A small business owner in a small town just east of Ottawa, Jean-Serge didn’t set out to challenge the system. In fact, for about the first decade as owner-operator of a radiator repair shop, he was a model citizen. He obtained permits, served customers, collected taxes, and filed returns. Then a couple of things happened. He was late filing his sales tax return. He also decided to refuse compensation for collecting sales tax—a princely sum of $400, maximum, per year. These two small events sparked a David-and-Goliath confrontation with government bureaucrats that, after more than twenty years, Jean-Serge shows no signs of backing down from.

Jean-Serge Brisson’s ongoing challenge against tax “slavery” in Canada has become the stuff of legend. Through meticulous documentation and a seemingly unflagging sense of humour, Brisson demonstrates how just one man can challenge the taxman—and win.

Chronicles of a Country Girl: Growing Up in Yonge Mills

2014-11-05 by Patricia Cove , tagged as biography, gsph

Just off the main road, not far from Brockville, Ontario, lies the once bustling village of Yonge Mills. Nearly forgotten by time and progress, it remains vivid in the memories of Patricia Cove. She and her five brothers and sisters were raised there on the family farm during the years immediately following the Second World War, where every member of the family was expected to do their share in order to make ends meet. Together, they collected sap in the spring, tended gardens in the summer, put up preserves in the fall and stayed snug and warm in the big stone house during the winter. She discovered a love of learning at the one-room schoolhouse and plenty of adventures down at Jones Creek and on Raleigh Island. While life could be hard at times, often it was simpler, as Patricia recalls in this touchy recollection of a way of life that is gently slipping away.

About the Author

Patricia Cove has written for her own pleasure since she was a little girl. Her writings have been published in several newspapers, as well as religions and secular magazines. She has previously written for Fun with Books, a non-profit, charitable organization that has been distribution books free to children in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville since 1993. After teaching in one-room schoolhouses in four provinces for twenty-seven years, she continues to teach part-time close to home. Pat and her husband, George, have been married for fifty-five years and have raised five children.

The King's Ransom

2014-11-04 by Paton Lodge Lindsay , tagged as biography, gsph

The buckskin-clad trapper stood quietly at the shore, one foot in his canoe, pack and rifle slung over one shoulder, and, as he leaned on the paddle, looked like an old land baron surveying his wilderness kingdom. He was a real man among men: self-sufficient and beholden to no one; roughly hewn and ruggedly handsome. It was rumoured he was born in a canoe in a snowstorm.

If you loved King of Algonquin Park by Paton Lodge Lindsay, get ready for more laughter and tears in The King’s Ransom: More from the King of Algonquin Park, published by General Store Publishing House, Renfrew, ON.

The King’s Ransom (ISBN 9781771230933, 322 pp., $25.00) is a companion book to King of Algonquin Park featuring more stories and adventures of the exceptional and well-known wilderness man, Joseph Emmett Chartrand, who became a legend in his own time. He struggled from childhood to survive in the remote, rugged wilderness that is Algonquin Park.

He was a man from a different time; it was as though he had stepped right out of the pages

of a history book . . . as though he were his voyageur ancestor resurrected from the past,

reincarnated and “beamed up” to the present.

The old bushman from the wilderness was a person whom so many upon seeing his approach would have crossed the road to avoid the encounter. They would have promptly judged him to be an un-educated, uncouth, unruly, slovenly, homeless old man who lived an undesirable lifestyle.

In not bending to first judgement, author Paton Lodge Lindsay who was a young city girl at the time, came to know the old man in life and in love, moving from best enemies to a lifetime relationship.

“He taught me so much about life and living; about peace and the beauty in nature, and through extreme hardship to seek out the truth, to live life unencumbered by material goods, and to cope and deal with the daily events in life. He taught me to know myself, to be responsible and self-sufficient and he taught me that YES, I WAS my brother's keeper."

The Legacy of C.W. Kyte

2014-11-03 by Joan Levy-Earle , tagged as economic history, gsph

Retail merchandising has seen colossal changes over the past hundred years. This is the story of the Kyte family business, founded in 1889 in Cornwall, Ontario, by C.W.Kyte, a newspaper pressman by trade but an entrepreneur in his heart. As Jack Earle approached middle-age, he yearned for independence. Upon learning that the store where he had purchased his high school textbooks was for sale, he saw the ninety-nine-year-old Kyte’s Stationers as his opportunity to save a piece of local history and simultaneously gain his freedom.The author managed this store for her husband Jack, and describes the adventures of surviving in small business, with the unexpected joy and friendships that came from the experience.

About the Author

Joan Levy Earle is a Canadian author and artist who has en-joyed a variety of careers. She operated majorette schools in several Canadian cities, inspiring hundreds of young ladies to develop their poise, confidence, and self-esteem through the practice and performance of the skill of baton twirling. In 1988, her husband, Jack Earle, purchased Kyte’s Stationers, a historic stationery-bookstore in Cornwall, Ontario, and together they operated this business for nearly fifteen years. Joan has written ten other books and has exhibited her impressionistic paintings in oil and watercolour in dozens of showings throughout Canada. She is represented in Kingston, Ontario, at the Agnes Etherington Rental and Sales Gallery of Queen’s University, and some paintings can be viewed on her website at She is presently employed as associate editor of the Canadian Messenger of the Sacred Heart magazine in Toronto, Ontario, and writes a weekly column called “Hopelines” for the Standard Freeholder newspaper in Cornwall.

The Sixth String

2014-11-02 by John Owens , tagged as fiction, gsph

Upwards of half a million Roma were murdered by the Nazis before and during World War II, an event this wandering people refer to in their Romani language as Porajmos, the Devouring. John Owens’ The Sixth String, released by General Store Publishing House, is the emotionally-charged fictional account of a survivor of this calculated genocide.

Meticulously researched and vividly written, The Sixth String is a gripping tale of suspense, a touching romance, a celebration of love and art, and a unique insight into the little-known fate and inconceivably cruel treatment of the Roma at the hands of Hitler’s regime.

Nicholae, the narrator of The Sixth String, is a gifted Gypsy flamenco guitarist and a self-confessed “liar and fraud” whose carefree, reckless and often bawdy adventures throughout Europe give way to tragedy and horror as he flees the Spanish Civil War only to be trapped by the Nazi machine.

Imprisoned in a series of increasingly inhumane concentration camps, Nicholae learns “the geography of evil” at Dachau, Rivesaltes, Drancy and, finally, Auschwitz.

Surviving Auschwitz and bent on revenge, he sets off after Dr. Joseph Mengele, and comes face to face with the infamous ‘Angel of Death’. Although surrounded by true love and musical celebrity in the Gypsy barrio of Buenos Aires, Nicholae knows he must finish his search for vengeance, a hunt that ends in a shattering final confrontation with the “good doctor.”

About the Author

The Sixth String is Owens’ second novel. The first, On the Rails, is a sweeping, Depression-era saga that national columnist and author Roy MacGregor described as “Wonderful...terrifically crafted, evocatively written...Powerful”.

The Thinner Blue Line: The Life and Times of a Dedicated Customs Officer

2014-11-02 by Barry Risk , tagged as biography, gsph

A former Canada customs officer shares his adventures in The Thinner Blue Line: The Life and Times of a Dedicated Customs Officer.

Barry Risk was a customs officer for many years, working his way up through the hierarchy from working in the field to working security and intelligence. He served in air operations, postal customs, pornography, smuggling, organized crime operations, counterterrorism, security, and guns.

When he was working in the field, Risk had many odd and amusing experiences with travellers. One woman tried to smuggle a baby in a gym bag. Someone else had cocaine dissolved in a bottle of rum. Or a mother with a baby in a carriage has filled the baby’s diaper full of hash.

He describes the political and social interaction that a Custom Officer must deal with on a day to day basis, and it goes on and on. Risk has a great many of these fascinating vignettes—along with the endless variety of frustrations caused by the policymakers in Ottawa

The Rime of the Moderne Mariner

2014-11-01 by Steven Duff , tagged as biography, gsph

George Mane is an artist and a sailor whose life is darkened by devastating episodes of depression. Like so many people with this affliction, George is left with prolonged scars from such common life events as bullying, the muzzled frustrations of a teenage boy in the 1950s, and the inevitable losses that are universal to humanity. Another layer to the tale is the tragic death of a schoolmate, an abused girl with whom George develops an ambiguous relationship that might have been his first love, had it not been for peculiar circumstances.

To add to his situation, George is so committed to art and to sailing that he develops an obsessive dependence on them for his self-definition, and when anything goes wrong—he is devoured by Igor, the persona given to his depression by his sister, Dot.

However, there are upsides to this tale: the joy’s inherent in art and sailing, George’s unusual family, his circle of equally unusual friends, and his wife, Celia, George’s safety net in times of emotional crisis.

A leitmotif in The Rime of the Moderne Mariner is George’s hatred for a lifelong nemesis named Charlie, a major component of his mental condition. George’s torment culminates in a spectacular if passive, act of revenge.

About the Author

Steven Duff is a retired music educator and administrator who has now turned to the disciplines of visual art and writing. As an artist, he has exhibited in a number of venues and his work appears in collections in Canada, the United States, Great Britain, France, and Switzerland. As a writer, Mr. Duff has written over

one hundred articles on music, history, and marine and rail transportation. And he has written six novels prior to The Rime of the Moderne Mariner. He himself is a “Modern Mariner,” having spent many of his summers sailing on the Great Lakes; thirty-four of these were at the helm of his Folkboat-class pocket-yacht Turangalila. Steven Duff lives in Parry Sound, Ontario, with his wife, Debra, and toy poodle Bruno. He is father to two adult daughters, Christine and Roberta, and is grandfather to Olivia and Curtis.

US Versus THEM: Survival of the Male in a Retirement Home

2014-10-31 by Sam Bernard , tagged as gsph, humour

There are techniques for surviving in retirement homes, and we learn a few of them in US versus THEM: Survival of the Male in a Retirement Home by Sam Bernard released by General Store Publishing House. Here is a new, humorous version of the battle of the sexes. In this book, the battlefield is a typical retirement home, where men are outnumbered and outgunned, their only consolation being engaged in the only conflict where they can sleep with the enemy.The author provides tips on the various types of accommodations available to the retired male; how to deal with sticky situations in a retirement home; relationships; health; and other useful information. Despite his admitted prejudice, the author reluctantly concludes that women are gradually but surely winning the battle of the sexes.

About the Author

The author, a native of England, has written books on a range of topics from church windows and ghost stories to RCAF and Ottawa Valley histories under his name, S. Bernard Shaw. This is his first venture outside documentary accounts. It is drawn from two years as a retirement home resident, too much spare time, and an over-fertile imagination. He uses only part of his name as the author of this book in order to protect the integrity of his other work.

True Confessions of a Film Critic

2014-10-30 by Robert Fontaine , tagged as culture, gsph

Ever wondered what makes a film critic tick? (and occasionally explode?)

Prepare for True Confessions of a Film Critic!

Since 1993 Robert Fontaine has been the film reviewer for CBC Radio One’s popular drive-home program ALL IN A DAY, and his lively, witty, and often irreverent reviews have become a highlight of the week for many CBC listeners.

True Confessions of a Film Critic presents Robert’s unique take on some of the very best — and the very worst films he has seen over the last few years, accompanying the reader on a journey through the myriad worlds of popular film, from documentary to science fiction, from horror to comedy, from the thriller to the Western; and even to the outer reaches of postmodernism and BEYOND.

About the Author

Robert Fontaine grew up in the sixties in a house where movies were woven into the family fabric — all-night marathons at the drive-in and Saturday matinee double bills were treasured family outings, eagerly anticipated and energetically discussed afterwards. In retrospect it seems inevitable that he would gravitate toward film studies and broadcasting. Robert has been a freelance writer-broadcaster for the past twenty years, reviewing films for CBC Radio and covering jazz for Radio-Canada in Ottawa. Passionate about movies and music, Robert is also a working drummer and has led his own jazz quartet since 2009. Married, he lives in Gatineau with his wife, Sylvie, and their son, David. Their large Lab mix, Buffie, enjoys light classical music and watching Wallace and Gromit cartoons.

VIEW FROM THE DECK: ARCTIC ADVENTURES Recollections of the 10th Annual Voyage of the CGS C.D. Howe, 1959

2014-10-29 by Murray Ault , tagged as gsph, history

View from the Deck will capture the imagination of those interested in or curious about anything “Arctic”—Canada’s True North— which represents 40% of our land mass and is of growing interest, internationally. What was life like in the Arctic in 1959?

View from the Deck is a personal account of the adventures of an 18-year-old on the CGS C.D. Howe—a hospital ship equipped to meet the medical needs of the Inuit (Eskimo) during an era defined by a high incidence of tuberculosis, the Cold War and a changing way of life— and those who sailed with her during the summer of 1959.

Do Canadians see the North as a part of Canada, or a far-away place of mystery: the “land of the midnight sun, or those secret “tales that make your blood run cold...”? It is through books written by those who have visited, worked or explored in the North that unfold the enigma and spark curiosity of this nether region of Canada.

And so, the mystery unfolds.

On June 25, 1959, eighteen-year-old Murray Ault reported for duty at the Port of Montreal to begin a three-month stint as a cabin boy on the CGS C.D. Howe. More than a half century later, Murray recalls those adventures in his first book, View from the Deck. It was the Howe’s tenth annual voyage to Canada’s North, providing medical and dental services to inhabitants of the Eastern Arctic, but it proved to be a first in many ways for this Ottawa boy.

Icebergs, the stark landscape, the vast expanse of snow and sky, the engaging and resilient peoples of the North—the young Murray Ault enthusiastically recorded impressions of all of these, and much more. It was the summer of a lifetime, sparking a love for the North that continues to this day.

Generously illustrated with archival photographs taken by the author, View from the Deck deftly captures a time of change—for both a young man and a people.

About the Author

Murray Ault was born, raised, and educated in Ottawa, Ontario, where he taught history and economics for more than thirty years. He holds degrees from Carleton University and the University of Waterloo.

After retiring from the Ottawa Board of Education in 1996, he accepted an invitation by Statistics Canada to develop and write a case study for publication on their education website, utilizing the data program, ESTAT: An Analysis of a Colonial Industry: Shipbuilding in Nova Scotia, 1861. He also assisted in the administration of “The Teachers’ Institute in Parliamentary Democracy,” a program sponsored by the Speakers of the House of Commons and Senate and the Parliamentary Library.

His interest in the Canadian North has continued unabated since that summer of 1959 when he served as cabin steward aboard the C.D. Howe.

Whacked! How GM Careened into Bankruptcy and Took the Innocent with Them

2014-10-28 by Dennis Gazarek , tagged as gsph, politics

Hiding behind the shield of the Canadian and United States governments, General Motors ruthlessly destroyed the net worth of thousands of workers, dealers, investors, and customers in its desire to save itself with taxpayers’ monies.

On June 1, 2009, General Motors declared bankruptcy. The aftermath has been catastrophic for many of those involved in the business of selling cars: the dealers.

GM terminated hundreds of committed and long-standing dealerships, causing losses of millions of dollars. The author uses the term “whacked” to describe this wholesale destruction of these successful businesses. Hiding behind the shield of the Canadian and United States governments, General Motors as well destroyed the net worth of thousands of workers, investors, and customers in its desire to save itself with taxpayers’ monies.

The media has given excellent coverage about the downfall of GM. They even have tried to give some opinion as to why it failed. The author has found that most of these explanations were both superficial and simplistic: too many dealers, too many brands, the unions, and the economy. In this book, Dennis Gazarek, a former dealer, carefully analyzes what happened and comes to his own remarkable conclusions.

About the Author

Dennis Gazarek graduated in 1972 from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Commerce in Honours Business Administration and has spent almost his entire life immersed in the auto business. His father, uncle, brother, and cousins all were employed in the automotive industry.

An individual of many diverse tastes and interests, he has been a former record-holder in the Guinness Book of Records, an expert skier and motorcyclist, successful youth football coach, amateur saxophonist, and a lifelong learner and student of history, human behaviour, ethics, and values.

Dennis has written articles for magazines, the Web, and corporate use. He also has a patent for a unique, tilting three-wheel motorcycle.

Dennis lives with his wife, Janet, in Ajax, Ontario, further developing his motorcycle invention and working on his next book. Gazarek has three grown sons from a previous marriage.


2014-10-27 by Glenda Ferguson Tippins , tagged as fiction, gsph

When gypsies travelling with the fair occupy the small town of Lennox, Ontario, Bridget Ellis’s life as an upper-class only child changes dramatically.

Bridget Ellis, daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur, lived a life of privilege in the small town of Lennox, Ontario. A passing gypsy caravan carrying a mysterious old woman piqued Bridget’s curiosity to begin a search for answers at the local fair.

Before meeting with the fortune teller, Bridget believed that her future would hold nothing but happiness and promise. She was shocked to learn there would be love, lies, and deceit lying in wait.

Words of chance exposed Bridget to a world she never knew existed, to people that she would have never otherwise encountered, and opened an awareness of her own strength and determination.

Don’t let anyone talk you out of your trust in a different and somewhat unconventional and unlikely character. A forecast from the lips of a gypsy would prove true: that an improbable individual would take her on a journey she would never have believed possible.

About the Author

Glenda has always felt a sentimental attachment to the tracks — and to the lonesome whistle of a train in the dead of night.

She lives with her husband on their farm in Castleford,Ontario.

Someone to Watch Over You: The Ontario Provincial Police

2014-10-26 by Michael Barnes , tagged as gsph, politics

Men and women of the OPP are stationed in towns and villages all over Ontario.

People see them in black and white cruisers on patrol, but there is much more to the job than serving on highways. Their job is to keep us and our property safe, to prevent crime, to help victims of crime, and to respond in the event of natural and other disasters.

This book shows some of the work done by OPP members. There are stories of young people and ways they might connect with these police officers. Find out what happened on patrol on a rainy night…observe the action that takes place when a girl becomes lost…follow a canine team as they hunt for fugitives…be on hand on a drug raid…and gain a glimpse of how a family might be helped when in trouble.

To know more of policing in Ontario, learn how officers are recruited. Try some of the tests they take to prove they can do the job. Discover the training all officers take to best serve the people of Ontario,

Visit the OPP general quarters and explore the history of this police services; and visit the museum, which has much hands-on material for young visitors.