Vices et déboires
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
Canada is rich in history and culture. It is the country’s natural beauty that makes it unique in the world.Within its borders are some of the most spectacular and photogenic vistas and wildlife anywhere—from the desolate, sweeping lowlands of the arctic, to the dewy rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, and the sloping, worn stone outcroppings of the Canadian Shield, a blanket of unparalleled beauty unfolds. In this breathtaking coast-to-coast photographic journey across Canada, Mike Grandmaison portrays a country whose seasons are variable and changing, reflecting the many moods of nature in all its glory.
International Award-winning photographer Mike Grandmaison’s stunning nature photography is featured in magazines and publications worldwide such as in National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Cottage Country, Outdoor Photography Canada and Maclean’s. His best-selling books ‘Canada’ and ‘The Canadian Rockies’ have been reprinted many times over the years.
Shelagh Rogers has been heard on CBC Radio for over 20 years. She began in 1980 hosting shows in Ottawa and Toronto and several later was became deputy host of Peter Gzowski’s Morningside and host of Sounds Like Canada. She lives in British Columbia, and has recently been appointed as Chancellor of the University of Victoria. B.C.
11 in x 11 in • 246 pages
ISBN 978-2-89611-420-7 | $49,95
Sioux Lookout and the surrounding municipality have a strong and colourful history, one where the dedication and support of community members are clearly evident.
Located in northwestern Ontario, it is a land of scenic beauty filled with lakes, streams, rocks, trees, and abundant wildlife. Sioux Lookout is a thriving community that boasts a health facility of excellence and a strong educational presence, and is a centre for many government agencies and First Nations Tribal Councils.
Come discover Sioux Lookout, in this elegant and enriching photobook.
About the author Barbara J. Bowes
Barbara’s grandparents, John Arthur and Mattie Lincoln, came to Sioux Lookout circa 1925. Born into a family of five in Sioux Lookout, Barbara attended Central Public School and Queen Elizabeth High School. She left to attend university, and now resides in Winnipeg. She returns regularly to Sioux Lookout and engages in management consulting services in the area.
Barbara hosted a popular radio program for seven years, is a newspaper columnist, and the author of seven books. She is also a management consultant specializing in human resources, an executive coach, and a career specialist. Sioux Lookout continues to hold a special place in Barbara’s heart.
56 pages | Colour
ISBN 978-1-9881822-6-1 | $20.00