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10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know
Author: Jeff Anderson
Format: Paperback
Whether writing a blog entry or a high-stakes essay, fiction or nonfiction, short story or argument, students need to know certain essentials in order to write effectively. This straightforward book focuses on developing concepts and application of ten key aspects of good writing -- motio, models, focus, detail, form, frames, cohesion, energy, words, and clutter. It provides dozens of strong model texts, both fiction and nonfiction, that will help young writers learn what is possible, and experiment with the strategies professional writers use. The book also provides mini-lessons, mentor texts, writing process strategies, and classroom tips that will motivate students to confidently and competently take on any writing task.

Coming in October 2011!
$32.95

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Burning Brightly
Author: Kay Stone
Format: Paperback
Burning Brightly is the first full-length book treatment of professional storytelling in North America today. For some years there has been a major storytelling revival throughout the continent, with hundreds of local groups and centres springing up, and with storytelling becoming an important part of the professional training for librarians.

In the book, Stone explores storytelling through storytellers themselves, while providing enlightening commentary from her own background as a storyteller. Included in her analysis are informative discussions of organized storytelling communities, individual tellers, and tales. Issues such as the modern recontextualization of old tales and the role of women in folktales are linked to individual storytelling accounts. Texts of eight stories that exemplify the approaches of the various storytellers are also included.

Burning Brightly will be compelling reading for storytellers—and for everyone who loves storytelling.

Only 2 copies available.
$22.00

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Cree: Words (2 Volume Set)
Author: Arok Wolvengrey
Format: Paperback
This two-volume Cree dictionary documents the Cree language. It provides both a guide to its spoken form for non-speakers and a guide to its written forms (both SRO and Syllabics) for speakers and non-speakers alike. The goal has thus been to collect the vocabulary of Cree as it is spoken by fluent speakers in much of western Canada, whether elders or young people. The words recorded herein have been gathered from diverse sources, including elicitation, recorded conversations and narrative, and publications of many kinds.
$69.95

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Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples
Format: Paperback
Elements of Indigenous Style offers Indigenous writers and editors—and everyone creating works about Indigenous Peoples—the first published guide to common questions and issues of style and process. Everyone working in words or other media needs to read this important new reference, and to keep it nearby while they’re working.

This guide features:

• Twenty-two succinct style principles.
• Advice on culturally appropriate publishing practices, including how to collaborate with Indigenous Peoples, when and how to seek the advice of Elders, and how to respect Indigenous Oral Traditions and Traditional Knowledge.
• Terminology to use and to avoid.
• Advice on specific editing issues, such as biased language, capitalization, and quoting from historical sources and archives.
• Case studies of projects that illustrate best practices.

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"Style is fraught with politics, especially when writing about Indigenous Peoples. Now, writers, academics, journalists, publishers, and students can breathe a sigh of relief. Reach for this essential Indigenous style guide, not only when searching for the right word, but when seeking guidance on the importance of relationships and trust." - Duncan McCue, CBC Radio Host and author of The Shoe Boy

"Elements of Indigenous Style is a beautiful beginning, a gathering place and a cultivator of both discussion and growth. Younging’s work clears the ground, drafts the blueprints and starts the framing out on the house that we need for our stories. At the same time, Younging manages to write both solid and grounded guidelines while leaving malleability in the architecture so that the ideas can grow and evolve. And we are all invited to share, discuss, add to, and cultivate this important work." - Cherie Dimaline, author and winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award

Educator Information
This book would be useful for the following courses and/or areas of studies: Indigenous Studies, Canadian Literature, Language Arts, English, Media Studies, Education, Journalism, Editing and Proofreading, Social Science/Ethnic Studies, and Composition and Creative Writing.

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168 pages | 5.50" x 7.50"
Authentic Canadian Content
$19.95

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Feathers of Freedom
Author: Sharon Bannon
Format: Paperback

Reading and writing are tools that can empower your mind and your life. They can help you become independent and self-reliant. The learning materials in Feathers of Freedom consist of legends and their teachings. There are also short biographies of some dynamic Aboriginal people that have helped to make our lives better.

Good writing skills help you to convey your thoughts much clearer and will give more meaning to your writing.

Embracing the holistic approach to literacy, this workbook incorporates spiritual teachings with reading and writing fundamentals and exercises.

This literacy workbook focuses on issues and concerns that may be relevant to Aboriginal inmates and parolees of correctional institutions.

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Designed for learners who wish to improve their reading, writing, grammar and comprehension skills, this workbook also helps learners enhance their Native cultural identiy and self-esteem as it contains materials on Native cultural teachings, short stories and biographies of dynamic Native people. It is a particularly useful resource for Native learners in correctional literacy programs. 

Chapters begin with a short reading passage, followed by writing and reflection exercises with lessons/applications for real life. Topics covered include:

  • Stones of the Medicine Wheel
  • The Four Sacred Medicines
  • Thunderbirds
  • Clans
$15.95

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How To Tell a Legend
Author: Janet Stone
Format: Paperback
A legend is a story about a hero, a people, or a natural phenomena. Popular legends include King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Blackbeard, and Robin Hood. This exciting new title teaches readers about the common characteristics found in legends from around the world. Engaging writing activities guide readers as they use these characteristics to create their own legends.
$9.95

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How To Tell a Myth
Author: Robert Walker
Format: Paperback
A myth is a story that attempts to explain a natural phenomena—such as how the world was created. Myths often include supernatural characters who have extraordinary powers. How To Tell a Myth is an engaging title that introduces readers to myths from around the world and highlights the common elements that make up this genre. Step-by-step instructions help readers create their own myths.
$9.95

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Inuinnaqtun English Dictionary
Author: Gwen Angulalik
Format: Paperback

The only Inuinnaqtun-language dictionary in Canada, this indispensible reference compiles nearly two thousand terms in Inuinnaqtun and English. With definitions and terms in both languages, this dictionary will be a reliable resource for both native speakers of, and newcomers to, the language of the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut.

Originally published in 1996, this version has been revised and updated by the original editor.

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Maria Campbell: Essays on Her Works
Editors: Jolene Armstrong
Format: Paperback

This essay collection gathers together writings on the works of Maria Campbell, feminist, activist, visionary, artist, mother, grandmother, and Métis elder. The book talks truthfully of Maria's journey as a writer, how her writing was infected with her experiences with marginalization and discrimination. And how she emerged on the other side having affirmed her identity.

Authentic Canadian Content
$20.00

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Real Revision
Author: Kate Messner
Format: Paperback
Authors' strategies to share with student writers

Real Revision demystifies the revision process for teachers and students alike and provides tried-and-true revision strategies, field-tested by more than thirty of students' favourite authors. This unique book illustrates:
how authors use research, brainstorming, and planning as revision tools how they revise to add detail and make characters stronger how students can use those same techniques for all kinds of writing in the classroom

The book features dozens of reproducible "mentor author" pages with quotes from authors about their revision processes, and includes related classroom-ready activities.
$27.95

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Writing Stories
Author: Carolyn Coman
Format: Paperback
Ideas, exercises, and encouragement for teachers and writers of all ages

Award-winning author Carolyn Coman beliees that the essence of good writing, no matter the genre, is the ability to craft a solid story. In this innovative book, Carolyn provides advice, strategies and inspiration focusing on the key elements of stories: character development, plot, voice and dialogue, point of view, and place and time. Full of tips, exercises, and encouragement, this straightforward guide will help make the writing process less intimidating for students and teachers alike.
$23.95

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Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within
Author: Karen Hering
Format: Paperback

This is a book about words, but it’s equally about what pulses beneath them, what lies between the lines. It opens a path to the inner self and to the timeless wisdom deep within. By focusing on ten key spiritual words, Hering provides an elegant practice for readers to explore a greater intimacy with their spirituality, their soul, and their world.

Whether you approach this book primarily as a reader or a writer, you can open a rich correspondence with yourself and learn what your own heart has to say. Karen Hering offers a path of self-exploration and a contemplative practice of writing that engages memory and imagination, story and poetry, images and the timeless wisdom of world religions and mythology. It will open your ear to your own truths while opening your heart to the world around you. 

Blending writing prompts, meditations, and stories, this book invites you to begin wherever you are and discover your own unique relation­ship with language, spirituality, and the world around you. The next chapter is yours to write, and Writing to Wake the Soul offers all you need to write it.

$22.00

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