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History lessons

Charlotte Gray and Jane Urquhart anticipate Canada’s sesquicentennial in two new volumes


The Promise of Canada: 150 Years – People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country

Charlotte Gray

Simon & Schuster Canada

A Number of Things: Stories of Canada Told Through Fifty Objects

Jane Urquhart; Scott McKowen, ill.


CANADA’S SESQUICENTENNIAL in 2017 no doubt will prompt much soul-searching around the subject of how to define our country. Is it easier or harder, 150 years after Confederation, to explain who we are? And how is it that a country without a cohesive national narrative has managed to thrive for a century and a half? In honour of this milestone, two of our most celebrated authors address these questions – from very different angles.

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