At the Heart of St Mary's
Alan Hustak

At the Heart of St. Mary's is much more than an illustrated history of the hospital's survival. It is filled with startling stories of disappointment, perseverance, power struggles, political infighting, linguistic turmoil and extraordinary resilience, often in the face of outright hostility. Everyone who has ever worked at St. Mary's, been born there, or been a patient, has a story to tell about the hospital. Those who believe in the place believe in it devoutly.
For nearly 90 years St. Mary's Hospital Centre has been one of Montreal's finest. The hospital was the vision of a determined nun, Helen Morrissey, and a well- heeled young surgeon, Dr. Donald Hingston. Irish philanthropists and doctors with names such as Shaughnessy, McKenna, O'Brien and Timmins bankrolled the institution in its early days. The Grey Nuns and then the Sisters of Providence ran its top-notch nursing school for almost 50 years.
St. Mary's remains a manageable institution where patients are still treated as individuals and not numbers, especially in its obstetrics, oncology, radiology, and family medicine departments. Affiliated with McGill University, St. Mary's is no longer a faith based institution, although the spirit of its founders lives on.
Burgundy Jazz
Nancy Marrelli

This book is a celebration of  the Little Burgundy district’s contribution to the story of jazz in Montreal. From the 1920s until the early 1950s Montreal had an international reputation as a glamorous wide open city with a lively nightlife and great jazz. The swinging clubs of Little Burgundy were an important part of that reputation. Explore the textures of Montreal’s jazz era with over 125 rare jazz artifacts, including swizzle sticks and menus from legendary Montreal nightclubs, flapper dresses, porter uniforms, old LP vinyl records, cocktail shakers, and sheet music. Each object tells a fascinating story! Preface by Stanley Péan.  

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The Mayor of Côte St. Paul
Ronald Cooke

Rum running between Montreal and Windsor in the 40s.


A novel about Montreal during the not-so-halcyon era of a couple of decades ago when gangs and girls made rum-running and slot machines big business.
–from the 1950 edition

Ronald J. Cooke’s second novel, The Mayor of Côte St. Paul is the tale of a struggling writer living in Depression-era Montreal. Winnipegger Dave Manley arrived in the city thinking that its rich atmosphere will inspire his fiction, but was met by a stream rejection slips. His luck turns, for good and bad, when he meets Cherie, a looker from Lunenberg who does dirty work for a crime boss known as The Mayor. It isn’t long before Dave is running booze between Montreal and Windsor, learning all there is to know about the slot machine and liquor rackets.

Dave wants out, Cherie wants out—but there is no easy escape from The Mayor, a man who lives in luxury derived from vice and murder, surrounded by the squalor of Côte St. Paul.

Published in 1950, The Mayor of Côte St. Paul enjoyed the month of June on newsstands, never to be seen again. This Ricochet Books edition is the first in sixty-four years.

Health Care and Politics
David Levine

Drawing on his experience from forty years running many Canadian health care institutions, David Levine shares his expertise on management in this very complex environment. His career includes implementing one of the first Local Community Health Centres (CLSCs) in Montreal in the 1970s, involvement in electoral politics, managing various Québec hospitals, his controversial hiring as Head of the Ottawa Hospital, a term as Québec Delegate General in New York City, a stint as Junior Minister of Health in Québec, and running the Montreal regional health authority under both Parti-Québécois and Liberal governments.

His experience with politics—both personal and professional—is the basis of his analysis of the impact of politics on health care. Levine supports without qualification a Public, Universal Health Care System, but he questions the effectiveness of managing the system from the Minister’s Office. Poor decision-making on the basis of politics often means best solutions are not implemented.

Levine’s analysis includes what is not working and how to fix it, and the barriers to implementation.

Health Care and Politics will be of interest to health care managers, health care policy makers, and all Canadians seeking a better understanding of the health care system and what it will take to fix it.
Demonic to Divine
Shulamis Yelin

A writer’s lifelong battle with mental illness.


Demonic to Divine: The Double Life of Shulamis Yelin is a weaving of the Montreal writer’s stories and selected diary excerpts and family photographs revealing a far-reaching creative personality who is haunted from the age of ten by the “moods taking over”.

This book poignantly illuminates the dramatic duality of a public and private literary and emotional life through published and unpublished stories of an idyllic Montreal Jewish childhood contrasted with deeply troubled and often shocking diary entries that document the author’s lifelong battle with mental illness.

Yelin’s insightful yet light and humorous stories have been cherished by generations of children and adults for their universal appeal. The journal entries that she maintained for most of her 90 years document the abuse, paranoia, self-loathing, doubt and devastating depression of Yelin’s true emotional state. These concurrent lenses reveal the profound struggles and suffering of a fascinating and highly gifted woman who transcended her ongoing deep-seated emotional agony to create a significant literary legacy.

The many threads of this multi-layered book have been woven together though the collaboration of Yelin’s daughter, Gilah Yelin Hirsch and Yelin’s first stories’ editor, Nancy Marrelli.
Press

On Dog Ear:
“There is a lot to admire in Patternicity: musicality, intelligence, toughness, tensile juxtapositions of rational enquiry and lyrical tenderness.”—Arc Poetry Magazine

On Radio Weather :
Clear-eyed, musical, deeply-considered and deeply-felt, Radio Weather contends with the inhospitable. Bringing both child and adult perspectives to bear, it calls to account both the living and the dead. Brilliantly-crafted and wise, occupying a provisional space that is both wary and compassionate, somewhere ‘between what we didn’t want and what we could afford,’ these are poems of great psychological tension, poems for grown ups.–Patrick Warner

On Demonic to Divine:
“Fraught with rage and admiration and bewilderment, a daughter reaches the through the pages of time to heroically attempt to fathom her mother.  Shulamis Yelin, was both a successful writer and a mentally ill mother.  In this fascinating book, her daughter searches for understanding with fluctuating compassion . . . and finds love. –Michele Zackheim, author of Last Train to Paris

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Spring 2015
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Congratulations to Esplanade author, Guillaume Morissette. His novel New Tab is shortlisted for the 2014 Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction.

Mary Dalton's Hooking is shortlisted for the 2014 East Coast Literary Awards. Congrats Mary! http://goo.gl/Y4AFGd

Congratulations
Marc Callanan, author of Gift Horse, won the 2013 Heritage and History Book Award for Poetry.

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