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11 Books that Write the World

These books take their readers beyond Canadian borders to portray the rich lands, cultures, and adventures that can be discovered in other parts of the world, as well as the devastation caused by wars and other conflicts. Travel with these Canadian writers to Thailand, Syria, Rwanda, Bali, Palestine, Turkey, Iran, and other places, letting these perspectives inform your own sense of home. 

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Homes: A Refugee Story, by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung

About the book: In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria—just before the Syrian civil war broke out.

Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes tells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy—soccer, cousins, video games, friends.

Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone—and found safety in Canada—with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria. As told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and urgently nece …

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Antony Anderson: Learning from Lester Pearson as Canada Returns to the World's Stage

Book Cover the Diplomat

In Talking History, Canada's foremost historians and history experts show that Canada's history is essential to our understanding of our country and the world today. The series is made possible through a special funding grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Antony Anderson is the author of The Diplomat: Lester Pearson and the Suez Crisis.

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For nearly a decade, we have witnessed a season of diplomacy many of us would not recognize as Canadian; a diplomacy which—for those of us who admire how Lester Pearson served on the world stage—all too often evoked something very close to shame. In very consistent fashion, Prime Minister Stephen Harper walked away from the admittedly flawed Kyoto accords but without offering up any kind of plausible alternative and then did what he could to obstruct progress on confronting climate change. While our closest allies continued to engage with Iran, Harper broke off relations—a drastic move in diplomacy and which in this case had absolutely no effect on the issue. We saw the most autocratic Prime Minister in our history refuse to attend a Commonwealth conference because he claimed to be concerned about human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. He repeatedly snubbed the United Nations and then criticized the organization w …

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