Books published by James Lorimer

Basic Income for Canadians

James Lorimer & Company | October 23, 2018 | 216 pages
Canadian social programs were designed for a world in which most people graduated from high school, then found a permanent job with benefits that, barring unforeseen accidents, they would hold until they retired with a pension — all under the benevolent eye of their workplace union. In the last... More Info

Oil and World Politics

James Lorimer & Company | September 25, 2018 | 280 pages
Petroleum is the most valuable commodity in the world and an enormous source of wealth for those who sell it, transport it and transform it for its many uses. As the engine of modern economies and industries, governments everywhere want to assure steady supplies. Without it, their economies would... More Info

The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster

James Lorimer & Company | October 23, 2018 | 216 pages
The July 6, 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster is a tragedy unparalleled in Canadian history. It resulted in major loss of life, massive environmental destruction and the evisceration of a small Quebec town. Blame landed squarely on the shoulders of three front-line employees of the Montreal, Maine,... More Info

Getting to Zero

James Lorimer & Company | October 23, 2018 | 248 pages
Canadians have been coming to a greater understanding of the threat posed by global warming and the need for urgent action by governments, industry and the public at large. The Trudeau government has, more or less, taken up the cause. Provinces are recognizing the need for action, even as they... More Info

The Age of Increasing Inequality

James Lorimer & Company | September 11, 2018 | 248 pages
Canada is in a new era. For 35 years, the country has become vastly wealthier, but most people have not. For the top 1%, and even more forthe top 0.1%, the last 35 years have been a bonanza. Canadians know very well that there's a huge problem. It's expressed in resistance to tax increases,... More Info

The Fake-Chicken Kung Fu Fighting Blues

James Lorimer & Company | April 1, 2018 | 152 pages
Twelve-year-old video buff Anthony is devastated when his family leaves Toronto's Chinatown for Berksburg, a remote community in northern Ontario. There are no other Asian families around — and everyone in town loves hockey, which Anthony just doesn't get. The move is even harder on his... More Info

Superhero Ninja Wrestling Star

James Lorimer & Company | January 1, 2017 | 152 pages
Archie comes back from his summer away to find that he is the only kid in Grade 6 who has not grown bigger. Even his best friends Alfie and Shamini have gotten taller — and Shamini has developed in other ways, too. Archie knows that if only he can be more like the heroes of his favourite comic... More Info

My Best Friend Is a Viral Dancing Zombie

James Lorimer & Company | August 22, 2016 | 168 pages
Riley and his best friend Finn know their zombie movie has what it takes to win the class film competition. But Riley's plan to get their video some attention at a hockey game is ruined when the camera focuses on Finn as a dancing hockey fan instead. With Finn refusing to promote their movie and... More Info

Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume One: Summary

James Lorimer & Company | July 27, 2015 | 392 pages
This is the Final Report of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its six-year investigation of the residential school system for Aboriginal youth and the legacy of these schools. This report, the summary volume, includes the history of residential schools, the legacy of that school... More Info

Doctors in Denial

James Lorimer & Company | May 1, 2017 | 344 pages
Doctors in Denial examines the relationship between the Canadian medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry, and explains how doctors have become dependents of the drug companies instead of champions of patients' health. Big Pharma plays a role in every aspect of doctors' work. These giant,... More Info

The Reconciliation Manifesto

James Lorimer & Company | October 6, 2017 | 312 pages
In this book Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson challenge virtually everything that non-Indigenous Canadians believe about their relationship with Indigenous Peoples and the steps that are needed to place this relationship on a healthy and honourable footing. Manuel and Derrickson show... More Info

Oil's Deep State

James Lorimer & Company | October 6, 2017 | 256 pages
Why have democratic governments failed to take serious steps to reduce carbon emissions despite dire warnings and compelling evidence of the profound and growing threat posed by global warming? Most of the writing on global warming is by scientists, academics, environmentalists, and journalists.... More Info

Mermaid Warrior Squad

James Lorimer & Company | August 1, 2017 | 152 pages
Shy Dylan arrives at a summer arts camp and immediately connects with flamboyant Coral. They bond over the aquatic theme of the camp and a drive to create comic books. The two girls plan a comic book about lifeguards who are transformed into mermaids and fight for eco-justice in the sea. At first... More Info

You're You

James Lorimer & Company | August 1, 2017 | 184 pages
In this book author Mette Bach offers a believable portrayal of an LGBTQ teen who has always identified as a lesbian. When she finds herself attracted to a South Asian boy, she comes to a new identity for herself as bisexual. 17-year-old Freyja is outspokenly lesbian and politically active about... More Info

Missile defence

James Lorimer & Company | October 3, 2006 | 248 pages
This book is an account of how Missile Defence emerged in Canada, based on interviews on and off the record with cabinet ministers, MPs, generals and protestors.  More Info

The Missing

James Lorimer & Company | February 12, 2016 | 192 pages
After a girl she knows from school goes missing and is found dead in the Red River, Feather is shocked when the police write it off as a suicide. Then, it's Feather's best friend, Mia, who vanishes — but Mia's mom and abusive stepfather paint Mia as a frequent runaway, so the authorities won't... More Info

Champion for Health

James Lorimer & Company | February 12, 2016 | 128 pages
Clara Hughes has won multiple medals in both summer and winter Olympic Games. As a cyclist and speed skater, Clara pushed through pain to get to the finish line, trying to have her best race every day. Few knew that the same determination and focus were also needed to fight her own personal... More Info


James Lorimer & Company | February 12, 2016 | 32 pages
Who do you think you are? Part of identity is how people experience their gender. Transphobia is intolerance of any part of the range of gender identity. This accessible, illustrated book offers information, quizzes, comics and true-to-life scenarios to help kids better understand gender identity... More Info

Righting Canada's Wrongs: Native Residential Schools

James Lorimer | March 1, 2015 | 96 pages
A valuable resource for young people looking to understand a wrong that has been acknowledged, but not yet righted.  More Info

The Canadian Labour Movement

James Lorimer & Company | April 10, 2012 | 256 pages
The triumphs and setbacks of workers and the union movement in Canada  More Info

Disciplining Dissent

James Lorimer & Company | May 1, 2004 | 192 pages
Respected contributors from Canada, the United States and Europe share examine the many issues associated with the increasing restrictions on free speech in the media and the academic world.  More Info

The United Nations in the 21st Century: Grappling with the World's Most Challenging Issues: Militarism, the Environment, Human Rights, Inequality

James Lorimer | September 1, 2015 | 96 pages
A short, pointed, informative overview of 'the world's best hope' for humanity in this century  More Info

Early Intervention

James Lorimer | May 1, 2015 | 232 pages
Homelessness, poverty, child abuse, mental illness, bullying, dementia, autism -- the evidence that early intervention improves lives, and often costs society less in the long run.  More Info

Real Justice: Jailed for Life for Being Black

James Lorimer & Company | October 3, 2014 | 144 pages
Rubin Carter was in and out of reformatories and prisons from the age of twelve. At twenty-four, he became a winning professional boxer and was turning his life around. But Carter was also very vocal about racism in the local New Jersey police force. In 1966, local policemen arrested Carter and a... More Info

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms

James Lorimer | November 1, 2014 | 288 pages
How citizens, lawyers, and judges have used the Charter to change Canada  More Info

Protecting Research Confidentiality

James Lorimer | October 3, 2014 | 320 pages
Who can legally keep a secret? Lawyers, yes, priests, yes, but what about researchers? Not to mention social workers, therapists, doctors, or police officers.  More Info


James Lorimer & Company | August 31, 2014 | 288 pages
Margaret Thatcher transformed British political life forever. So did Ronald Reagan in the United States. Now Canada has experienced a similar, dramatic shift to a new kind of politics, which author Donald Gustein terms Harperism.  More Info

Soccer Showdown

James Lorimer & Company | September 1, 2011 | 168 pages
Lizzie is named the new captain of the boys' soccer team—but some of her teammates aren't playing nice.  More Info

Old Enough to Fight

James Lorimer & Company | September 18, 2013 | 464 pages
Between 15,000 and 20,000 underage youths, some as young as ten, signed up to fight in Canada's armed forces in the First World War. They served in the trenches alongside their elders, and fought in all the major battles: Ypres, the Somme, Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, and the rest. Many were injured... More Info

The Myth of the Good War

James Lorimer & Company | October 25, 2002 | 264 pages
This book offers a fresh and provocative look at the role of the USA in World War II. It spent four months on the nonfiction bestseller lists in Europe when it was first published in Belgium in 2000.  More Info

Visionaries, Crusaders, and Firebrands

James Lorimer | March 27, 2012 | 248 pages
It's visionary, principled leaders-not just policies and programs-that are key to the NDP's importance in Canadian public life  More Info

Bill Gates, Pay Your Fair Share of Taxes...Like We Do!

James Lorimer | March 28, 2012 | 184 pages
Where to find the trillions governments need to end the world's economic crisis  More Info

Free speech in fearful times

James Lorimer & Company | April 30, 2007 | 343 pages
How post-9/11 anti-terror laws have limited free speech in Canada and abroad Following the events of 9/11, rashly conceived anti-terror laws were introduced that put civil liberties at risk, and eliminated long-standing legal protections in Canada, the United States, Australia, Europe, and the... More Info

Ignatieff's world

James Lorimer & Company | September 15, 2006 | 168 pages
In this book, Denis Smith presents Michael Ignatieff's intellectual journey from liberal internationalism to support for the American invasion of Iraq, Canadian military intervention in Afghanistan, and the selective use of assassination by governments.  More Info

Living with Uncle

James Lorimer & Company | October 3, 2006 | 279 pages
Invaluable information on key issues for Canadians -- energy, water, security and surveillance, military integration, social services Living With Uncle examines the new realities of Canada's relations with the US in a world of a Conservative government in Ottawa, a trade agreement that often proves... More Info

Pensions under attack

James Lorimer & Company | March 1, 2001 | 284 pages
Will privatizing public pension plans spell disaster for the elderly, or is it a bold idea for coping with rising costs? Major changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) were made in 1998. Most likely on future agendas will be the abolition of the CPP and its replacement with a system of mandatory... More Info

Universities at risk

James Lorimer & Co | October 15, 2008 | 416 pages
Is the integrity of Canadian universities being threatened by big business and a results driven environment?  More Info

No Debate

James Lorimer & Company | October 24, 2011 | 334 pages
How Israel lobby groups tried to curb free speech at York University  More Info

Campus Confidential

James Lorimer & Company | March 7, 2011 | 248 pages
A look at what's really happening inside Canada's universities.  More Info

How We Almost Gave the Tories the Boot

James Lorimer & Company | February 4, 2010 | 192 pages
An exciting insider's account of the formation and dissolution of the coalition against Stephen Harper's Conservative Party in November 2008.  More Info

Bullying: Deal with It Before Push Comes to Shove

James Lorimer & Co | March 15, 2010 | 32 pages
Everyone has suffered from bullying at some time in their lives. This book explains how to identify it and gain the skills to deal with it.  More Info


James Lorimer & Company | January 1, 2011 | 32 pages
The entertainment media is built on it, school hallways are full of it, but is gossip ever really acceptable? When does talking about others cross the line from thoughtful concern to harmful activity? Gossip: Deal with it before word gets around looks at the damage gossip can cause to both its... More Info


James Lorimer & Company | January 1, 2011 | 32 pages
Disagreements may be inevitable, but when they get out of hand, they can lead to misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and even physical fighting. Some young people are overcome by anger or frustration during a confrontation, while others will do anything to avoid one altogether. Arguing: Deal with it... More Info

Teasing: Deal with It Before the Joke's on You

James Lorimer & Co | January 1, 2011 | 32 pages
Humor is a great way to deal with conflict, but it can lead to conflict, too. Whether intentional or not, teasing can cause offense, hurt feelings, and create misunderstandings. This book offers young people help in dealing with problems that stem from teasing and other kinds of humor. Steve Pitt... More Info

Alison's Ghosts

James Lorimer & Co | May 15, 2008 | 104 pages
Alison Grant discovers an oddly carved pipe which once belonged to a Mi'kmaq shaman and she finds herself strangely drawn to the troubled ghosts of that time period.  More Info

Time's up!

James Lorimer & Company | June 1, 2005 | 326 pages
The debate about mandatory retirement is explored in this thought-provoking new work Mandatory retirement has become a major social and political issue in Canada. In this book expert authors explore the key themes that lie at the heart of the debate on this subject. It offers new information and... More Info

No life like it

James Lorimer & Company | November 16, 1994 | 266 pages
This book is a compelling case study in gendered division of labour. It is also a feminist account of how women's work is organized and controlled by a powerful social institution. The authors interviewed 112 English and French speaking military wives and former wives, representing all ranks and... More Info

Canadian Women's Issues

James Lorimer & Company | June 1, 1995 | 500 pages
Preface Acknowledgements 1.The Politics of the Domestic Sphere Documents Ruth Roach Pierson 2. Paid Work Documents Marjorie Griffen Cohen 3. Education and Training Documents Ruth Roach Pierson 4. Feminisms Effect on Economic Policy Documents Marjorie Griffen Cohen 5. Global Issues Documente Ruth... More Info

Hostage in Iraq

James Lorimer & Co | October 31, 2007 | 224 pages
With Canadians Jim Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden and American Tom Fox, Norman Kember spent four months imprisoned in a small room in Baghdad. The team had gone to Iraq as Christian Peacemakers, determined to work for peace in a war-torn country. In this gripping book, Norman Kember describes his... More Info

Hell's Hotel

James Lorimer & Company | April 1, 2009 | 220 pages
As Tara's world begins to fall apart when her grades go down, friends stop talking to her, and her mother leaves town, she begins hanging out with Jenn, who has run away from home and lives in an abandoned building nicknamed "Hell's Hotel."  More Info