Suggested Reading List
A Traveller's History of Canada
Author: Robert Bothwell
Description: A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.
Author: Kenneth Roberts, N. C. Wyeth (Illustrator)
Description: The grand historical novel of Colonel Benedict Arnold's doomed march on Quebec in 1775, told through the eyes of a soldier in the Continental Army. Rich in historical detail.
Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories
Author: Robert Bothwell
Description: An in-depth look at Canada-Quebec relations through interviews with prominent Canadian figures.
Eyewitness Top Ten Montreal & Quebec City
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Montreal and Quebec City.
How to Be a Canadian, Even If You Already Are One
Author: Ian Ferguson, Will Ferguson
Description: A tongue-in-cheek portrait of Canadian people and society, written by two native sons. Not entirely (but mostly) in jest, the book is an insightful look at the Canadian national character.
Identities in North America, The Search for Community
Author: Robert Earle
Description: David Crombie (the former mayor of Toronto) writes on Canadian cities, Mark Pachter takes on American identity, and several politicians debate the Quebec question. It is a stimulating, wonderfully uneven book.
Michelin Green Guide Quebec
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A thorough introduction to the region in the classic Michelin style, featuring brief descriptions of all the major attractions.
Montcalm and Wolfe, The French and Indian War
Author: Francis Parkman, Caleb Carr (Editor), John Keegan (Introduction)
Description: This volume, a reprint of the original 1884 edition by the great Francis Parkman, is an extensively researched account of the French and Indian War and of the great generals Montcalm and Wolfe.
Quebec Province Map
Author: Borch Maps
Description: A map of the province (1:800,000) with insets of Old Montreal, Quebec city and the region.
Shadows on the Rock
Author: Willa Cather
Description: Set at the end of the 17th century in rural Quebec, this beautifully realized novel highlights the struggles of the Parisian widower Auclair and his young daughter to adapt to their new land.
Author: Margaret Atwood
Description: One of Atwood's earliest novels, a suspenseful yarn where a young woman becomes entangled in affairs, mysteries and the haunting draw of nature as she searches for her missing father on an island off the coast of northern Quebec.
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Author: Mordecai Richler
Description: The book that established Richler as a novelist, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz unfurls amid the bumptious, working-class splendor of Montreal's Plateau neighborhood, once solidly Jewish and more recently home to the city's music scene.
Varieties of Exile
Author: Mavis Gallant, Russell Banks (Introduction)
Description: Wonderful stories set mostly in Gallant's native Montreal, a city starkly divided between working-class French Catholics and genteel English Protestants.
Why I Hate Canadians
Author: Will Ferguson
Description: The tenth anniversary edition of Ferguson's wickedly astute cultural salvo, the collection of humorous essays that launched his career. As you might guess, the title is tongue-in-cheek.
Wolfe at Quebec, The Man Who Won the French and Indian War
Author: Christopher Hibbert
Description: Hibbert brings the campaigns, life at Louisborg and dramatic capture of Quebec in 1759 to life in this tale of the neurotic, complex British general.