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Fall preview 2014: non-fiction, part I

In the July/August issue, Q&Q looks ahead at fall’s most anticipated titles.

POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS

ThisChangesEverythingNaomi Klein’s No Logo helped give voice to the anti-globalization protest movement of the 1990s. Her new book could do the same for the growing chorus demanding action on global warming. In This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate ($35 cl., Sept.), Klein shows the link between deregulated capitalism and the fires, floods, storms, droughts, and climate instability that her publisher, Knopf Canada, describes as a “civilizational wake-up call.” • Klein provides the foreword for a new book offering a critical look at Canada’s oil industry. A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice (Between the Lines, $25.95 pa., Sept.), edited by Stephen D’Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis, and Joshua Kahn Russell, examines the human and environmental costs of oil sands development.

This year’s CBC Massey Lectures are being delivered by none other than Adrienne Clarkson, who will ask whether unprecedented shifts in population have created “a new model for the structures of society.” In Belonging: The Enigma of Citizenship (House of Anansi Press, $19.95 pa., Sept.), Canada’s 26th Governor General draws on her own experiences as an immigrant to provide answers. • One of Canada’s leading political commentators, Chantal Hébert, teams up with Quebec broadcaster and former Member of Parliament Jean Lapierre to revisit the 1995 referendum on sovereignty. In The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was (Knopf Canada, $29.95 cl., Sept.), the duo asks leading political figures from the era what they would have done if the vote had gone the other way.

How should Canada confront the rise of China and other centres of global power? Derek H. Burney (a former chief of staff to Brian Mulroney and Canadian ambassador to the U.S.) and Fen Olser Hampson (of the Centre for International Governance Innovation) answer that question – and many more – in a book described as “a policy wake-up call for Canada.” Brave New Canada: Meeting the Challenge of a Changing World (McGill-Queen’s University Press, $29.95 cl.) appears in August. • Donald Gutstein, an instructor at Simon Fraser University and co-director of NewsWatch Canada, offers a critical take on the Harper regime in Harperism: How Stephen Harper and His Think Tank Colleagues Have Transformed Canada (Lorimer, $22.95 pa., Sept.), in which he argues that the current PM has presided over a dramatic shift in Canadian politics and society.

TellItToTheWorldEliott Behar is a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. In Tell It to the World: International Justice and the Secret Campaign to Hide Mass Murder in Kosovo (Dundurn Press, $24.99 pa., Oct.), he tells the stories of the men, women, and children who testified at a court case that exposed a grisly campaign to slaughter Kosovar Albanians in the former Yugoslavia. • In Indian School Road (Nimbus Publishing, $24.95 pa., Sept.), journalist Chris Benjamin looks at the tragic history and lasting effects of a Nova Scotia residential school that “uneducated” hundreds of native children.
The first full-length work of non-­fiction by activist, novelist, and Web philosopher Cory Doctorow (editor of BoingBoing) looks at copyright in the digital age. Sure to spark many impassioned debates, Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free (McSweeney’s/­Publishers Group Canada, $31.50 cl., Sept.) is billed as “an essential read for anyone with a stake in the future of the arts.”