Books

Mythical Mufferaw by Bernie Bedore

These joyful, heartwarming tales of Big Joe and his animal friends are sure to tickle the fancy of children and adults of all ages who can still suspend disbelief. [children]

Scotty the Pike More Tall Tales of Joe Mufferaw by Bernie Bedore

My Childhood in the Bush: Growing up in Brent on the CNR in Algonquin Park (1913-1919) by Rebecca Atkins with Paul & Doug Mackey

People thought nine-year-old Rebecca was a “wild animal” when she moved to town. For six years she had lived in the railway village of Brent in Algonquin Park in a boxcar beside the tracks.  Her vivid memories of those  years provide insight into her isolated but fulfilling life there. Her individual story reflects Canada’s struggle for its own identity in the 1900s.

Told in her own voice and supported by remarkable photographs of the era, Rebecca’s story is a must read for anyone interested in railways, Algonquin Park, or Canadian  history in general.

The Adventures of Mas’keg Mike

Michael Ouellette woke up after three of the five days spent in ICU at the Hospital of Yellowknife. On the third of the five days spent in ICU at the hospital in Yellowknife, Michael Ouellette woke up with little, to no memory of what happened that shocked even his wife who sat right by his bedside. Through the efficient efforts of the Medevac team, he was flown 190 miles out of the isolated mine site north of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The next 28 days under the care of the skilled team of medical professionals was just the beginning of a roller coaster ride of challenges as he worked through reorientation to a life altogether different from what he was used to. As life hands him limes and lemons, he looks at the new meaning of adventure in his life with humor and insight, just thankful to be alive. Death snatched him away but he managed to slip through its fingers like grains of sand. His second chance at life proves that the Great Spirit is more powerful than death. An acquired brain injury poses a twist to this new beginning as Ouellette pulls you into his world.

A Face Beside The Fire: Memories of Dawn Grey Owl-Richardson by Bob Richardson

No one kept the name of Grey Owl alive in the 1960’s and 1970’s more than his daughter Dawn. All her adult life she defended her father as did her mother, Anahareo, from those who underscored his contribution to the cause of conservation. She knew how timely his central message was: “You belong to Nature, not it to you”.

Turning Back the Wheel of Time : The Hazelwood Homestead by Crystal Krueger

Where Rivers Meet : The Story of Dr. S. F. Monestime Canada’s First Black Mayor by Doug Mackey

When two diverse and distinct cultures meet in Mattawa in the 1950s it makes for an improbable story. Read about a remarkable Black doctor from the Caribbean nation of Haiti and an attractive Russian woman from wartorn Europe and their struggle to find their place in a multicultural Canada. Will integrity and hard work be enough to overcome the odds and make for a meaningful life? Read this powerful and moving story that unfolds where the Ottawa and Mattawa Rivers meet.

This book is a chronological history of the Monestime family from their places of birth to the present day. In the case of Dr. Monestime, it covers his life from his Haitian birth on December 16, 1909 through 100 years including his children and grandchildren, to the present day.
 
This book is the story of a man, who was a doctor for forty years, including successful careers in Haiti and Canada, two long periods of medical training, thousands of operations as a surgeon, and many births as a doctor; he could be remembered for this alone. 

But the story is much more than that, when you add his widely recognized remarkable political career as Canada’s, if not North America’s, first Black mayor. The legacy of his achievements for the people of Mattawa and beyond has made him something of a legend.

Mattawa, Our Timeless Town by Gerard N. Therrien

Situated on an alluvial plain on both sides of the Mattawa River where the Mattawa joins of the Ottawa River, the view is a spectacular. The wide expanse of water, the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec in the distance, joined and accented by the railway bridge, is memorable. This community of about 1000 households and 2500 people has a history going back hundreds of years to when the Algonquin people stopped here regularly to rest and repair their birchbark canoes after, or prior to, attempting the Mattawa River run while hunting or delivering furs. Two groups of Algonquins under Antoine Kiwiwisens and Amable du Fond settled here more permanently in the early eighteen hundreds. Their hunting territory was to the northwest and southwest of the Mattawa River respectively. Their names remain on our maps today. Amable du Fond built the log house that remains as one of the town’s oldest buildings. It served as a chapel and infirmary at one time.
Mattawa “The Meeting of the Waters” by Leo Morel

“MATTA” (Meeting) and “WA” (Water)

Mattawa’s history is one of the most colorful in Canada. It’s name in the Indian language means “Meeting of the Waters”. The area was a bountiful hunting ground for the Indians long before 1610 when the first white man arrived and paddled up the Mattawa River.

The Moccasins by K.D. Beckett

Something pulls strongly at Erin Gleason’s heart on her way to work, as she spots a For Sale sign on the gate of an old Victorian house. It’s a far cry from the reasonably priced bungalow she hoped to find in historic Sault Ste. Marie, but the mystery that shrouds the veranda-wrapped two-story home is simply too irresistible.

Settling in a new city is not new to Erin, nor is the plight of the homeless people on the streets. She befriends Joe Larocque, an Ojibwa Elder and survivor of the Indian Residential School System, who welcomes her modest food offerings gratefully in exchange for yard work.

Erin also seeks refuge from her unbearable loneliness among the Algonquin people she meets in the old house’s attic. Métis Voyageur Gabriel Menard, and Blue Star, his beloved Algonquin wife, pull her into their lives from across the centuries. Unfortunately, she soon realizes that they, too, struggle to find peace and safety in their volatile world. What Erin lives with them shocks her to her very core, and changes her life forever.

Caleb Hunter, the handsome Cree man who often sits with Joe, resents taking charity from her. While he is not overtly hostile, Erin senses something unsettling about him. Then she discovers a side of him that triggers dreams of the safe and normal life she craves.
Caleb’s actions, however, propel Erin into the very danger she escaped, forcing her to leave everything behind again. She will have to start anew, as far away from her tormentors as she can get, without fulfilling her quest.

Lakota Heart by K.D. Beckett

In early spring 1874, Fayth Winslow is planning her upcoming wedding to a promising young financial genius at Fort Pembina. Her romantic soul dreams of King Arthur’s legend, of babies, and a happy ever after life, not of being captured by a raiding Lakota party and sold to a ruthless chief named Otaktay, (Many Kills).

Chief Otaktay is no knight in shining armour; no prince, not even a gentleman; he is a fierce warrior, whose sexual prowess is legendary among his people. He is the man who treats Fayth harshly upon discovering that she is a Shoshone once called Spotted Fawn. Nothing had prepared such a small woman for a life of slavery at the hands of a man much bigger and stronger than her. While he would not lay with a captive, his ruthlessness unleashes traumatic childhood memories, locked in the deepest recesses of Fayth’s mind since the soldiers’ attack at Bear River.

As the war between the Sioux and the American Army wreaks havoc among the People, Fayth understands that her survival will depend solely on her ability to serve the chief well during the tribe’s exodus from the Black Hills, across the Medicine Line, and onto Canadian soil. Her gentleness, virtue, and soft manners helps her regain her freedom, and she lets herself believe that her life may become a fairy tale. The arrival of Mina, a stunningly beautiful and passionate Lakota warrior, is only the beginning of the abysmal hardship that once again plagues Fayth’s life among the Lakota.