The Rooming House
In the 1960s and early ’70s, thousands of youths were on the road, hitchhiking across Canada and the USA and travelling through Europe, living in rooming houses in cities like Vancouver and in communes in the country. Their individual stories played out on a canvas stretched across the frame of world events including Vietnam, Woodstock, Watergate, and the emerging environmental movement, often in a climate of idealism, protest, and anger.
The Rooming House follows several of these young men and women sharing an old home in Vancouver’s Kitsilano district, tracking their loves, losses, and wanderings through the diary entries of two of them. It is both a coming-of-age novel about disaffected and aimless young people and an exploration of the events of those years, complete with a soundtrack of rock classics and notes for readers who weren’t around then.
$19.95 (Paperback, 160 p.)
A Boy Named Tommy Douglas
Illustrated by Joan Steacy
A childhood illness inspired the boy who was not big for is age and not from a wealthy family to grow up to take an important difference in the lives of every child and adult in Canada. Here is the little-known story of Tommy Douglas and his dream.
When Tommy was a boy in Winnipeg his knee injury led to osteomyelitis, and doctors made the frightening decision to amputate his leg. His leg was saved by a specialist who performed surgery at no cost so Tommy could run and play games again. Growing up, Tommy never forgot that other children whose parents didn’t have money to pay surgeons were not so fortunate. He became a fiery politician and his dream to have good medical care for all Canadians came true. Tommy Douglas is known as the Father of Medicare.
Midtown Press thanks the Douglas-Coldwell Foundation for supporting the publication of this book.
$19.95 (Hardcover, 32 p.)