Suggested Reading List
A People's History of Quebec
Author: Robin Philbot, Jacques Lacoursiere
Description: This swift overview of Quebec’s 450-year history by a leading historian covers everything from the earliest days of colonization to the province’s recent efforts to gain independence. Includes a helpful timeline.
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.
Author: David Hackett Fischer
Description: In this stunningly researched and engaging biography, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Hackett Fischer weaves together the epic story of soldier and explorer Samuel de Champlain, a colonizer of North America who spent 30 years bringing his vision of a New France to life.
Fodor's Montreal & Quebec City
Author: Fodor's Guides
Description: A practical, up-to-date guide in the popular series featuring recommended city walks, day trips, and "Best Bets" for places to stay, eat, shop and sight-see.
Lullabies for Little Criminals
Author: Heather O'Neill
Description: O'Neill's tragicomedy of coming of age in Montreal in the 1980s was shortlisted for the Orange Prize.
Author: Berndtson & Berndtson
Description: A folded, laminated map of the city center of Montreal.
Montreal Then and Now
Author: Alan Hustak
Description: This installment in the Then and Now series takes stock of Montreal’s evolution by placing antique photographs side-by-side with contemporary ones. It peels back the years so that readers can see city fixtures as they once were.
Author: Carolyn B. Heller
Description: With excellent, in-depth coverage of the cultural hub of Toronto, the Niagara and Great Lakes regions and Canada’s capital Ottawa.
Quebec Province Map
Description: The Canadian cartographers' map of the province at a scale of 1:750,000.
Quebec, 1759, The Siege and the Battle
Author: C. P. Stacey
Description: Originally published in 1959, this definitive account of the fall of Quebec, a key battle in British dominance in North America, is revised by Donald Graves for this new edition.
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 Canadian Frontier, 1534-1760
Author: W. J. Eccles
Description: A popular, groundbreaking academic history of New France in the colonial era.
The War That Made America, A Short History of the French and Indian War
Author: Fred Anderson
Description: Anderson (Crucible of War) illuminates relations between the Indians, French and British in 18th-century North America.
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: This is 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.
Xenophobe's Guide to the Canadians
Author: Vaughn Roste
Description: This irreverent pocket guide to cultural awareness is both insightful -- and entertaining.