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BIG DEAL: In a multi-book deal that agent Beverley Slopen calls reminiscent of the “old days of publishing,” Peter Mayer of Overlook Press has acquired U.S. rights for 11 ...

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A YEAR OF BERGEN: Canadian English-language rights to Winnipeg writer David Bergen’s second novel, See the Child, have been sold to HarperCollins, which will release it in ...

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DOWN THE ROAD: Three Day Road, the first novel by Joseph Boyden, has been acquired, in a six-figure deal, by Penguin Canada senior editor Barbara Berson and publisher David ...

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MEMORIES: Austin Clarke’s Canadian publisher, Patrick Crean at Thomas Allen Publishers, has commissioned a memoir of Clarke’s life since arriving in Canada. The book, to be titled ...

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MONDO BUSY: Best-selling author Geoff Pevere – co-author with Greig Dymond of last year’s Mondo Canuck – has a new title in the works. Are We There Yet?, ...

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A CURRENT AFFAIR: Denise Bukowski reports what she calls an unprecedented coup: Doris Janhsen of List Verlag in Munich made a pre-emptive high-five-figure offer for German-language ...

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JAMMING: Billed as an activist manifesto and “a voice of hope for the generation that grew up under the marketing microscope,” journalist Naomi Klein’s forthcoming book is expected to ...

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KING OF THE CANON: James King, biographer of Margaret Laurence and, as of next spring, of Jack McClelland, has set his sights on another CanLit lion: Farley Mowat. Phyllis Bruce of ...

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POLITICS-FREE ZONE: Montreal-based journalist Taras Grescoe is following in the footsteps of his parents, Paul and Audrey, who’ve authored and co-authored more than half a dozen ...

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REMEMBER SHAUNA: For a few days this summer, Westwood Creative Artists might have been more aptly named the Shauna Singh Baldwin Agency, reports Westwood agent Jennifer Barclay, who ...

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QUINT-ESSENTIAL: Gloria Goodman of Doubleday has acquired what she’s calling the definitive book on the Dionne Quintuplets. Written by Toronto Star columnist Ellie Tesher, ...

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PADDLING INTO 2000: David Macfarlane has his work cut out for him, at least until the next millennium. Knopf has signed a three-book deal with Macfarlane, for a first novel, entitled ...

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GIRLS AND GODDESSES: Q&Q contributor Andrew Pyper, author of the short story collection Kiss Me, has placed his first novel, Lost Girls, with HarperCollins. ...

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THE REAL STORY: After fighting for nearly three decades to clear the name of her son David, Joyce Milgaard plans to tell her story in a forthcoming book from Doubleday called A ...

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CINNAMON BOY: Shyam Selvadurai, winner of the Books in Canada First Novel Award and a 1994 Giller Prize nominee, is getting advance buzz for his follow-up work, Cinnamon Gardens. ...

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ROARING SUCCESS: Greg Hollingshead’s next work, The Healer, has scored a HarperCollins hat-trick. The novel, described as a dark, disturbing work that deals with two ...

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THE HEALING GIRL: Governor General’s Award winner Greg Hollingshead is publishing his next work – a novel – this fall, reports agent Anne McDermid. The Healer, ...

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BLACK ORCHID: At the close of a year marked by personal tragedy, poet Susan Musgrave has signed on to publish her first novel in more than a decade. Narrated by a death row inmate, A ...

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BOOKS IN CANADA: Agent Dean Cooke, of Livingstone Cooke/Curtis Brown Canada, has sold Roy MacSkimming’s History of Canadian Publishing: 1950-2000 to Macfarlane Walter & ...

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THE ARTIST’S WAY: Doubleday Canada will publish the forthcoming first novel by poet and playwright Michael Redhill in spring 2000. Martin Sloane centres on the relationship ...

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MIGHT AS WELL JUMP: Agent Anne McDermid has sold a first novel by Montreal playwright Marianne Ackerman to McArthur & Company. A comedic novel that takes place during the last ...

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NEW WATERS: Doubleday Canada will publish David Adams Richards’ next novel in hardcover, after issuing the author’s Governor General’s Award-winning non-fiction book Lines on the ...

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COAST TO COAST: Penguin Canada has commissioned National Post columnist John Bentley Mays to add Arrivals: A History of Ontario to its series of provincial histories. Jan ...

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NO MORE SECRETS: M.G. Vassanji follows his Giller Prize-winning The Book of Secrets with a new novel, Amriika – a political coming-of-age story set mainly in Boston in the ...

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VIRUS ALERT: Nicholas Regush’s forthcoming investigation of a viral infection that could be responsible for health problems ranging from autism and lupus to Creutzfeldt-Jakob (the human ...

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FLIGHT 111: Halifax journalist Stephen Kimber has been commissioned by John Pearce of Doubleday Canada to write a book about the traumatic effect of the Swissair Flight 111 crash on the ...

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IN THE JAWS OF THE BLACK DOG: Cordelia Strube’s next novel will appear under Key Porter Books’ Patrick Crean Editions imprint. The Barking Dog will cover themes of urban life, ...

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THE DROWNING PEOPLE: Peter Unwin took inspiration for his upcoming novel from an actual historical shipwreck – in 1912 the Mayflower sank in Ontario’s Madawaska River, killing nine men. ...

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SOMETHING ABOUT MARY: Following her 1998 Governor General’s Award-winning short story collection, Forms of Devotion, Diane Schoemperlen has sold her second novel, Our Lady of ...

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FINDLEY DIGS DEEP: With the paperback edition of Pilgrim just released, Timothy Findley is already well into his next novel, scheduled for fall 2001 publication from ...

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A SHINING EXAMPLE: After publishing his last two novels with McClelland & Stewart, Austin Clarke has placed his next with Patrick Crean and Thomas Allen Publishers. The Shining ...

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SHIPSHAPE: Derek Lundy, author of Godforsaken Sea, has been commissioned by Knopf Canada to write a second seafaring epic, The Way of a Ship: A Square-Rigger Voyage in the ...

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GEORGICS: George Elliott Clarke is drawing on family history for his next work, a novel based on the 1949 hanging of two of Clarke’s cousins, who were charged with murder. HarperCollins ...

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MELT WITH YOU: Newfoundland author Joan Clark, who has written for both the children’s and adult markets, will further explore the world of adult fiction in her next project. ...

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PENT UP: Doubleday Canada’s Maya Mavjee has acquired Russell Smith’s next novel for spring 2002 publication. The satirical Muriella Pent is the story of a young Caribbean poet ...

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THE KILLING MOON: Biographer and novelist James King will follow up his 1999 novel Faking with another: Blue Moon, based on the real-life case of Canadian Evelyn Dick. In ...

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NEVERENDING STORY: Thomas Wharton, whose first novel Icefields won him international attention in 1996, has signed on with McClelland & Stewart for his second. Editorial director ...

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ROUGHING IT ON THE SHIELD: Journalist Jake MacDonald’s upcoming non-fiction book, The Shield, combines reportage, natural history, and personal anecdotes about life in Ontario’s ...

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BEHIND THE COUNTER: Biographer Patricia Phenix, author of Olga Romanov: Russia’s Last Grand Duchess (Penguin), will publish an account of the Eaton’s department store chain ...

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UNNATURAL SELECTION: Allan Levine will follow up his account of survival during the Second World War, Fugitives of the Forest (Stoddart), with a broader treatment of Jewish ...

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WALKING WOUNDED: Robert Calder, a Governor General’s Award winner for non-fiction, will describe the toll of post-traumatic stress on veterans of the Second World War in A Richer ...

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A WINTERS TALE FROM SHIELDS: Carol Shields has completed a new novel, Unless, which has sold to Random House Canada for publication in spring 2002. The novel revives the ...

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WATCH YOUR MOUTH: In a six-figure deal, Vancouver writer Nancy Richler has sold her second novel, Your Mouth is Lovely, to Ecco Press, a subsidiary of HarperCollins U.S. The ...

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AGE OF AQUARIUS: Following her Commonwealth Prize-winning first novel, Burning Ground, Pearl Luke turns to the occult in Madame Zee. Her new novel follows the life of a ...

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A TASTE OF HISTORY: Author and CBC Ideas host Paul Kennedy recreates six historic meals, such as the Last Supper and Thanksgiving in Plymouth, in The Great Meals. Penguin ...

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WORKS OF LOVE: Winnipeg author David Bergen, whose first two novels have been published by HarperCollins Canada, has jumped to McClelland & Stewart after receiving a pre-emptive ...

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RICHARDS’ RETURN: David Adams Richards takes a comic turn in his next novel, Janie, which tells of a single woman’s struggle to run the first movie theatre in the Miramichi ...

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ROMANCE SO FINE: Barbara Gowdy’s latest novel, The Romantic, has been sold sight unseen to publisher Iris Tupholme at HarperCollins Canada for an undisclosed amount. The novel, ...

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RICCI RETURNS: Following a five-publisher auction, novelist Nino Ricci has signed a two-book deal with Doubleday Canada worth in the mid-six figures. The first book, Testament, ...

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RWANDAN CHRONICLE: Roméo Dallaire, the retired lieutenant general whose U.N. force was caught up in the Rwandan massacre, has sold his account of the tragedy to Random House Canada. ...

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JOURNAL’S END: In Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, Globe and Mail theatre critic Kate Taylor weaves together the lives of three women: Marcel Proust’s mother, the ...

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NEWMAN’S OWN: Peter C. Newman, Canada’s titan of business journalism, has sold his untitled and as-yet-unwritten autobiography to Macfarlane Walter & Ross for a six-figure sum. No ...

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LONG PLAYER: Stuart McLean has signed with Cynthia Good of Penguin Canada to release the fourth volume in the Vinyl Cafe Stories series. The as-yet-untitled book is scheduled for ...

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BELLY UP: Camilla Gibb’s novel Sweetness in the Belly, the follow-up to The Petty Details of So-And-So’s Life, has been bought by Maya Mavjee at Doubleday Canada. ...

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SHOPPING AND W**TING: Jessica Johnson, the former books editor of The National Post, has sold a non-fiction book on shopping, Til You Drop, to Penguin Canada for tentative ...

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SOMETHING TO BE: The working-class protagonist of Lynn Coady’s third novel, Mean Boy, struggles to make a name for himself as a writer while battling the pomposity of literary ...

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PILLOW TALK: Susan Swan’s latest novel, What Casanova Told Me, weaves together a narrative of the aging 18th-century lover with one from modern times about a search for love and ...

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GOING UNDERGROUND: Karolyn Smardz, an Ontario-based archeologist and historian, has earned a low-six-figure deal (U.S.) from Farrar, Straus and Giroux for Goin’ to Freedom Land. ...

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ROUGHED UP: Eden Robinson has jumped from Knopf Canada to McClelland & Stewart for her next novel, Blood Sports. The book, a tale of urban psychosis set in Vancouver’s ...

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HARD TO FIND: Thomas Allen Publishers has signed a new novel from Cynthia Holz. A Good Man examines two complex relationships, one between two Second World War veterans and the ...

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BOCK’S BACK: HarperCollins Canada editor Phyllis Bruce has signed Dennis Bock’s next novel, Nights in the Gardens of Spain, for a six-figure sum based on an outline of the book. ...

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SOUL ASYLUM: McClelland & Stewart has signed a new novel from André Alexis. Set in Ottawa, Asylum follows a cast of characters seeking both political and metaphorical ...

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POLE POSITION: Wayne Johnston’s new novel, tentatively titled The Navigator of New York, has been sold for an undisclosed sum to Knopf Canada for publication in fall 2002. The ...

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AFTER DARK: Anita Rau Badami has scored a high-six-figure deal for her next two novels with Knopf Canada. Her first, Can you Hear the Nightbird Call, traces the roots of ...

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS: Kristen den Hartog’s third novel, The Origin of Haloes, was sold at auction to Ellen Seligman at McClelland & Stewart for publication in spring 2005. ...

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CRIMES AND PASSION: Poet and novelist Maggie Helwig has sold Canadian and U.S. rights to her second novel, Between Mountains, to Knopf Canada’s Louise Dennys for publication in ...

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SMOKING HAZARDS: Barbara Berson has acquired Elizabeth Ruth’s second novel for Penguin Canada. (Her first, Ten Good Seconds of Silence, was published by Dundurn Press in 2001.) ...

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UP IN THE AIR: Kenneth Oppel has signed with HarperCollins Canada for his next children’s novel, a fantasy adventure called Airborn, set aboard giant airships in an imagined ...

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PAYING THE PYPER: Andrew Pyper’s third novel, The Wildfire Season, set in the Yukon during a series of forest fires, has been sold to Iris Tupholme of HarperCollins Canada. In ...

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FATHER AND SON: Diane Martin of Knopf Canada has acquired Rabindranath Maharaj’s third novel, A Perfect Pledge, for publication in fall 2005. Set in a small Trinidadian village, ...

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REVELATIONS: A first novel by 27-year-old Toronto writer Robert McGill has been bought by Ellen Seligman of McClelland & Stewart. The Mysteries is set in a small Ontario ...

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IN PRAISE OF MODERN TIMES: Elisabeth Harvor has sold her new novel, All Times Have Been Modern, about a relationship between a young man and an older woman, to Susan Folkins at ...

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HEAD CASE: Catherine Bush has sold her third novel, Claire’s Head, to Ellen Seligman at McClelland & Stewart. Slated for fall 2004 release, the novel follows a woman in ...

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HORSE LATITUDES: Marq de Villiers has sold three titles to Douglas Gibson of McClelland & Stewart. The deal includes the new titles Island of Wild Horses and Wind – ...

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A NEW NEW FACE: Agent Dean Cooke has sold Canadian rights to the first two novels by Steven Hayward to Louise Dennys and Diane Martin of Knopf Canada. Hayward’s first novel, Lucio ...

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MUDDY YORK: Author team David Cruise and Alison Griffiths have signed a two-book deal, for one fiction and one non-fiction title, with Iris Tupholme at HarperCollins Canada. Due for ...

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FROZEN TUNDRA: Lady Franklin and the Arctic Heroes, another book about Arctic exploration by Ken McGoogan, has been sold to Phyllis Bruce at HarperCollins Canada, and to Bantam ...

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JE ME SOUVIENS: Canadian rights to a first novel by New York-based, B.C.-born writer D.Y. Bechard have gone to Doubleday Canada. Vandal Love, an epic about the French-Canadian ...

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CRACKING THE CODE: Dawn Rae Downton’s debut literary thriller Mallemort, about two sisters who are professional cryptologists operating in Europe during the Second World War, was ...

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TUNE IN, TURN ON, READ THE BOOK: For readers who need more than an acid flashback to return to the good old days of Toronto’s Yorkville area – pre-Movenpick and Starbucks – Nicholas ...

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UPWARDLY MOBILE: With Canadian sales of Carol Shields’ The Stone Diaries past the 200,000-mark in trade paperback and foreign-language rights sold in 20 countries, it’s no ...

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THE BOOK’S THE THING: Warnings from Polonius notwithstanding, there seems to be no end of borrowing from the Bard these days, and Carole Corbeil’s upcoming novel is a case in point. ...

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ON THE WATER FRONT: It may be an unlikely subject for a book, but during a year when Alberto Manguel is hard at work on a tome about the night, Marq de Villiers’ latest project makes ...

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FROM FISHING TO FATHERHOOD: Paul Quarrington leaves behind his rod and reel to climb aboard a 90-foot liner and cruise the Galapagos Islands in The Last Place on Earth, to be ...

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A HISTORY OF SUCCESS: Not content to merely chronicle the history of reading across time and cultures, Alberto Manguel has embarked on a new, equally ambitious project: a history of ...

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SWEET SERENDIPITY: It pays to be in the right place at the right time – and in the case of agent Anne McDermid and writer Isabel Vincent, the pay is a hefty sum, indeed. Vincent, author ...

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FAMILIAR FACES: Several of the past year’s crop of successful first novelists have signed contracts for repeat performances, reports an elated Denise Bukowski, who inked the deals on ...

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ON THE TAKE II: Brian Mulroney won’t be happy to hear it, but Stevie Cameron is starting work on what Jan Walter of Macfarlane Walter & Ross is circumspectly describing as a new ...

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DOUGLAS AND THE TRAMP: Having spent the last few years time-travelling through the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, the prolific Douglas Fetherling now plans to work his way around the world – ...

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CANADA’S MOST WANTED: True-crime stories don’t get much better than this: Albert Walker, an Ontario financial adviser who dropped out of sight in 1990 amid accusations that he’d stolen ...

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MAGIC JOHNSTON: If you haven’t yet heard of Wayne Johnston, you will. The Newfoundland born-and-bred author, whose most recent books include Human Amusements and The Divine ...

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