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.
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.
Maria Chapdelaine, A Tale of French Canada
Author: Louis Hemon
Description: A young woman living with her family on the frontier in Quebec, Maria endures the hardships of isolation and climate and must choose between three suitors.
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.
Moon Handbooks Montreal & Quebec City
Author: Sacha Jackson
Description: A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations.
Quebec Province Map
Description: The Canadian cartographers' map of the province at a scale of 1:750,000.
Author: Alice Munro
Description: This collection of 28 short stories represents some of Munro's finest work. A powerful range of emotional, evocative tales set throughout the cities and rural towns of her native country.
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 Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
Author: David Sibley
Description: A compact, geographically-specific version of the Sibley Guide with all-new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird with status, habitat, range, voice and identifying marks.
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.