La Grande Paix
(Français) Grand-Maman raconte à la plage
The Journal of Étienne Mercier
Text by David Bouchard
Paintings by Gordon Miller
In 1853, Étienne Mercier, a French-Canadian voyageur painter, is tasked by his employer to return to the Queen Charlotte Islands and document his travels into Haida territory. A wide-eyed and good-natured Mercier takes the opportunity to try to track down his long-lost friend, Clément, in the wilderness of what would later become the Canadian Pacific coast.Written in Mercier’s own broken English, or Franglais, and punctuated with traditional Canadien folk songs, David Bouchard’s candid glance into the everyday tribulations of a typical voyageur vividly depicts—along with Gordon Miller’s evocative illustrations—life on the colonial frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.
One of Canada’s all-time best-selling authors and most sought-after public speakers, Métis author David Bouchard has presented to hundreds of thousands of educators, parents and students the world over. Through his keynotes and presentations, he champions literacy and promotes Indigenous culture. A former teacher and principal, Bouchard is an award-winning author of over thirty-five best selling books, published in many countries and languages.
In March 1853, Etienne Mercier, a 28-year-old explorer and trapper, is hired by the Hudson Bay Co. to explore the Queen Charlotte Islands. Mercier sets out most enthusiastically on this voyage in a canoe… Mercier scripts a journal in mesmerizing detail of words, illustrations and lyrics. His deep respect for the land, water, wildlife and the Haida Indians is present throughout.
Foreword Magazine Reviews
David Bouchard scores with this quirky concoction of history, art, nature, and folk songs. The Journal of Etienne Mercier, like Bouchard’s previous If You’re Not from the Prairies and The Colours of British Columbia, is a book for most ages. Quill & Quire
Hardcover 8 X 10
40 pages | Colour
ISBN 978-1-9881821-0-0 | $19.95
(Français) Je m’appelle Parvana
Manitoba: Land of the Unexpected
Text and Illustrations: Mike Grandmaison
Manitoba—Land of the Unexpected is the culmination of author and photographer Mike Grandmaison’s years of exploration across his beloved “Keystone Province.” Come discover Manitoba’s untameable wilderness and myriad landscapes, from its prehistoric bedrock and imposing lakes to its endless tundra and vast prairies, in this elegant and enriching photobook. Espousing Grandmaison’s indefatigable attention, technical prowess, and keen artistic eye, Manitoba—Land of the Unexpected is sure to satisfy the most curious of minds regarding what may indeed be Canada’s best-kept secret.
MIKE GRANDMAISON is truly one of Canada’s finest nature photographers. His award-winning work has been published worldwide, appearing in National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, GEO, as well as Audubon, Wyman Publishing, Canada Post, and Friesens publications to name a few. He studied biology at Laurentian University, working thereafter in water quality as well as forest entomology and pathology. Mike then turned his attention to professional photography in 1996. Camera steadfastly in hand, he has explored the breadth of his beloved country and the province he has called home for over thirty years. Mike has authored fourteen books, including: Canada, The Canadian Rockies, Georgian Bay, Muskoka, Mike Grandmaison’s Prairie and Beyond, The St. Boniface Cathedral, Mike Grandmaison’s Ontario and Beautiful Alberta.
Hardcover 8.5 X 11
121 pages | Colour
ISBN 978-1-9881820-0-1 | $29.95