LATEST TWO BOOKS (Fall 2008)
The Big Book of Canadian Ghost Stories is a big book indeed. It measures 7 inches by 10 inches by 1.75 inches and it has 512 pages. It was edited by John Robert Colombo and it is the biggest such book ever published in this country. It consists of close to 200 told-as-true accounts of supernatural and paranormal experiences as recorded or recounted by Canadians of all walks of life and from all parts of the country. Reading this book is an eerie experience! Ghosts and spirits! Spectres and wraiths! Devils and demons! This book has been compiled for the adventurous of spirit … not for the faint-of-heart! Whatever your views are about the supernatural and the paranormal – sceptic, believer, convert, middle-of-the-road, curious – the accounts in this collection will cause you to wonder about the nature of human life … and the afterlife.
Trade paperback, 7″ x 10″, 512 pages, 2-colour cover. $29.99 / / 17.99 ISBN978-1-55002-844-7 Note: Order from Dundurn Press www.dundurn.com
Whistle While You Work is a chestomathy – an idiosyncratic collection of causeries: adresses, annotations, aphorisms, articles, columns, commen-taries, comments, compositions, faits-divers, interviews, kickshaws, notes, poems, reports, reviews, speeches, studies, stories, talks, and what-nots! These diverse forms, mainly written since the year 2000, offer variations on “consciousness studies,” “values,” “self-study,” and “work on self,” but not exclusively so, as many of these compositions relate to language and literature as well as to the lore and heritage of Canada.
Trade paperback, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 404 pages, 4-colour cover. $35.00 ISBN-10-1-894540-670 ISBN-13-978-1-89450-67-4 Note: Order from Colombo & Company
PUBLISHED IN SPRING 2008
Footloose: A Commentary on the Books of Gordon Sinclair
John Robert Colombo’s back cover copy: “Footloose is a commentary on the books written by Gordon Sinclair, the feisty, Toronto-born journalist and broadcaster who “girdled the globe” four times in the 1930s and 1940s as a roving correspondent for the Toronto Daily Star, filing lively and colourful feature stories and articles about his impressions and experiences of life and death in faraway places. Back home, he recast himself as a curmudgeonly radio commentator with CFRB Toronto, and then took his seat as one of the original panelists on CBC-TV’s Front Page Challenge. Footloose consists of commentaries on the eight books that he wrote: six travel books and two volumes of memoirs. They shed a sidelight on Canada and the world stage ad well as on international travel before, during, and after World War II.”
Trade paperback, 6.5″ x 8.5″, vi + 132 pages, 2-colour cover. $30.00 ISBN-10 1-894540-65-4 ISBN-13 978-1-894540-65-0
End Notes: Poems with Effects
End Notes is a volume of “poems with effects” composed by John Robert Colombo during the year 2007. It is an idiosyncratic collection that offers the reader odd insights into the concerns and curiosities of the mind of a person well stocked with interesting and offbeat information, ideas, words, concepts, feelings, and intuitions. There are evocations of the space art of Chesley Bonestell as well as tributes to the memory of Nathan Cohen, Gordon Sinclair, and Margaret Avison. Included also is a Dream Diary. The present volume is not so much a note at the end but some notes on ends and means – and in-betweens.
Trade paperback, 6.5″ x 8.5″, xiv + 216, 4-colour cover. $30.00
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