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"So What if I Waddle?" by Brianne Morgan

The winner of our Autobiography Challenge: Speaking out for the first time about the trials and tribulations of being raised by penguins, Brianne Morgan delivers a heart-wrenchingly sarcastic account of the...

Broken Wings & Second Chances By Shanyn Silinski

"It took me almost 20 years to realize I am not broken, that I can fly!", says author Shanyn Silinski on her new book.  What was broken was healed, the...

DAMNED BAD BASTARD By Alexander McKinnon

While self-proclaimed bastards must live up to the image, McKinnon writes of a life born to it.Authentic, disturbing, unabashed... on the fringe of polite circles where bastard is an...

Cell Block C By Edward Colley

Born in fear and reared in isolation. Edward Colley's deeply moving and sometimes disturbing perspective on his childhood, invokes images of a muted battle fought by a five year-old against...

Is This My New Home? By Lorrie Beauchamp

Raised by peripatetic parents with a penchant for relocation, Lorrie Beauchamp embraced the concept and went on to prove that "nothing is forever".  She moved 20 times, mastered several...

Walking Zombie Awakes By Deborah Elliott

Debbie finally awoke just before her fiftieth birthday; I mean she REALLY woke up.  She decided it was time to dump those dead bodies she was carrying around in the...

Impolitical Correction By Isobel Raven

In the most significant publication of this, the fifth decade, Isobel Raven, Leader of the Laura Secord Party, reveals her participation as a member of the Conservative Party of...

Canadian Identity Crisis By Sylvia Olson

Sylvia was born by the Black Forest in Germany where she was raised on Grimm Fairy Tales. She moved from the country of uniformity to the land of diversity. Now...

Suspension With Pay By Leo McKay

A birth forty years early for reality TV.  Talents too meagre for conventional achievement.  Leo McKay reached middle age and began to re-evaluate everything, including career goals.  Unwilling to coast...

Lust, Lies, and Lobbying By Geoff Stewart

Geoff Stewart is a young man chasing a feeling. Serial-dater turned womanizer, rambling grad student turned mercenary lobbyist - see how he finds his edge and the path of turmoil...

A Series Of Awkward Goodbyes By Adrian Budhram

Whether a sweaty handshake or a clumsy embrace, preparing for an awkward goodbye is daunting. Adrian Budhram lives in that moment of trepidation; from kindergarten expulsion triggered by macaroni art...

Interview With A Shallow Puddle By Susan Krupp

Somewhere between here and there I made up my mind to sit tight and abstain from drinking vodka in my coffee. Time sober was profoundly succinct. With hesitation I understood...

"Phil and the Phoenix" By Gordon Lambie

In the midst of tensions brought on by divorce, displacement, and unrequited love, fourteen year-old Gordon reinvents himself online in the form of Phil, the Burning Guy. Phil, perpetually aflame,...

The Extraordinary Ordinary Love Story By Nicole Korstanje

As a child she spent her days envisioning her future self. The image always the same. She would be married to a rich business man, living in a penthouse and...

True Story by Fiction Writer By Lee Kvern

Writer drops English 30 in High School. "Excessive novel reading, too much Shakespeare," says Lee Kvern. Does four years Remedial English in college. "She writes a helluva cover letter," quips...

"You Ate WHAT?!" By Donald B. Campbell

Traumatized by his childhood of mashed potatoes and oatmeal porridge, a young man sets off for some gutsy gastronomic globetrotting.  Turtle soup.  Snake soup.  Dog soup.  Anything but ****bell's soup. ...

'I Probably Don't Like You' by Stewart Reynolds

Raised by Scottish parents, Stewart Reynolds fought ridicule and battled to overcome the language barrier to become the delightfully uncelebrated artist he is today. Read this heartwarming and open autobiography...

"If I Had a Clawhammer" by Christine Lovelace

At the age of 40, when things started to sag and indigestion was a daily trial, Christine Lovelace decided that learning to play banjo would finally make her the hip...

"Self-Constrained Underwhelming Breeder Acrobatics" by Eric Rumble

People who can make babies do not necessarily know how. Drawing on years of lame courtship and futile attraction, Rumble explores the grey side of dating, revealing how to sidestep...

I: A Novel by Paul Marlowe

In any reasonable country, Paul Marlowe would be declared a national treasure. Not, perhaps, along the lines of the crown jewels, of course. More the sort of treasure that grandmother...

"They All Fall Down" by Mary E. McIntyre

In a freak storm, a centuries-old elm smashes her grandmother's cottage on Lake Scugog, killing a child. The fallout as told by ten-year old McIntyre relives the tragedy of 1957,...

"The Dyslexic Cartographer" by Joseph Sexsmith

Glen Sexsmith had the unfortunate occupation as a cartographer. Unfortunate, because of his dyslexia. He became known as The Dyslexic Cartographer. A world traveller, continually, frustratingly, going the wrong direction....

"To Scale a Rocky Chore" by Barbara Baker

Her short stories offer hot flash heat, the intrusiveness of pelvic exams, or the nonsensicality of new-age vacuum cleaners. Barbara Baker conjures up domestic chronicles as she scrambles peaks of...

"Twenty-Five to Life" by Hollis Sinker

In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, and turning more into her mother each day, Hollis Sinker seeks solace in hindsight's lessons and boxed wine. Take heed and read; you...

"Pit Mair In." By Stuart Mark

Stuart Mark dwelled on a diet of deep-fried intention and ketchup, until he was driven out of Scotland for hating football and using passive verbs. Head down into the Chinook...

"Where's the @#$% honey?" by Kyla Hanington

Clawing her way up the landslide of life, Kyla Hanington takes us on the humorous journey of raising two children - and herself - while having the attention span of...

"Anne ain't here" by Lisa Bulman Taylor

On an Island nostalgic for Green Gables, Lisa grew up wondering why life was not idyllic. Anne never tackled struggles of abuse, addiction and mental illness on her island. Digging...

"Not Older, Different" by Michael Hall

Time; It's difficult, when you don't believe something, to express yourself in terms of it.  I can see things change, but I am not things.  Although I am a collection...

"The Househusband" by Tom Bauer

He was a lousy husband, but he did good staying home with the kids. Was he thinking about gender reparation? Maybe penance. Then he opens a Montessori daycare. What was...

"Tea and Scrabble Anyone?" by Iris Nixon

She appreciates a formidable game of Scrabble.  The mother of three lovely daughters she is proficient in Fairy tales and pony tails. A partially completed New York Times crossword lingers...

Northern Irregular by Lev Bratishenko

Pressganged into the Soviet National Hockey team at age 6, Lev Bratishenko defected to Canada at the first opportunity and wired his parents enough money to join him. So begins...

Banned from the Brownies By Evelyn White

In this side-splitting autobiography Salt Spring writer Evelyn C. White details her expulsion from the Brownies on the first day the troop met. The event triggers a revenge plot in...

Hips, Whips, and Battleships By Danielle McTaggart

Soon after my husband's enlistment I knew that tending home fires wouldn't be enough. My search for definition beyond "dependent" would bring me to the fringes of society's tapestry. But...

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