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Death of the National Dream: Fred Alderdice and his default plan

Join Doug Letto as he challenges commonly held views about how Newfoundland became a Canadian province.
February 26, at Hampton Hall (Marine Institute) starting at 7:30 pm

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  • Brickle, Nish and Knobbly: A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow

    Marlene Creates

    In this adaptation from Creates’s award-winning video, a series of photographs and prose poems of a river’s seasonal changes are observed and recorded by means of 80 named varieties of ice, snow, and winter weather in the Newfoundland dialect. These terms are precise, practical, evocative, sonic, and lyrical.

    • Winner, 2014 Yosemite International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize (film adaptation)
    • Winner, 2015 Royal Reel Award at the Canada International Film Festival, Vancouver (film adaptation).

    Brickle, Nish and Knobbly: A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow
    35.00 CAD
    hardcover
  • Tartuffe: A Newfoundland Adaption, by Andy Jones

    Tartuffe: A Newfoundland Adaptation

    Andy Jones

    Molière’s comedy classic is ingeniously re-imagined in Andy Jones’ hilarious adaptation, set in 1930s Newfoundland. The original Tartuffe, by France’s most celebrated comic playwright, is set in seventeenth-century Parisian high society during the reign of King Louis XIV. Jones’ Tartuffe, set in the home of a wealthy fish merchant on the South Coast of Newfoundland, is a blazingly funny exploration of religious hypocrisy, with a unique Newfoundland twist.

    Tartuffe: A Newfoundland Adaptation
    19.95 CAD
    Paperback
  • Hikes of Eastern Newfoundland

    Hikes of Eastern Newfoundland

    Mary Smyth & Fred Hollingshurst

    From the 265-km award-winning East Coast Trail on the Avalon Peninsula to the Spurwink Trail along the cliffs near Trinity, or the Squid Jigger Trail on Change Islands, Hikes of Eastern Newfoundland is a must-have guide to the must-do walks and hikes of eastern Newfoundland.

    Suitable for hikers of all levels, this book offers an overview over 60 trails, including each trail’s length and difficulty rating, and tips on what to watch for along the way. Maps and GPS references will get you to the trailhead; full-colour photographs will get you excited about the path ahead.

    Hikes of Eastern Newfoundland
    24.95 CAD
    Paperback
  • The Rossiter File

    The Rossiter File

    Thomas Rendell Curran

    Samuel Rossiter is dead, his body found in a St. John’s laneway on a summer’s night in 1947. Rossiter’s death appears to have been the result of an accident, but Inspector Eric Stride of the Newfoundland Constabulary isn’t convinced. Was Rossiter simply a lonely old man living in a boarding house in St. John’s? Or is it more complicated? To find out, Stride follows a trail of evidence that goes back more than three decades. Along the way, he becomes ensnarled in an intrigue of privilege, wealth, and tragedy.

    The Rossiter File is part two of the three-part Inspector Stride Mystery series.

    The Rossiter File
    19.95 CAD
    Paperback
  • Newfoundland's Last Prime Minister: Frederick Alderdice and the Death of a Nation

    Doug Letto

    In 1932, after 80 years of elected government, Newfoundland was in trouble: staggering debt, rampant poverty and government corruption, which had incited an angry populace. It was in this near-impossible situation that Frederick Alderdice, Newfoundland’s last prime minister, was elected.

    Alderdice was the leader at a pivotal moment for Newfoundland, agreeing to the commission that would eventually suspend democratic government and set the stage for Confederation with Canada in 1949. This book traces the political changes that brought Alderdice to power, his attempts at bringing order to public finances, and his eventual capitulation to the wishes of Britain. It also asks whether Alderdice could have set Newfoundland on a different course.

    Newfoundland's Last Prime Minister: Frederick Alderdice and the Death of a Nation
    19.95 CAD
    Paperback