Books published by James Lorimer & Company


Canada is Not Back

James Lorimer & Company | May 27, 2019 | 208 pages
In October 2015, Canadians elected a prime minister who promised to rehabilitate Canada's reputation globally. Justin Trudeau, "the free world's best hope" according to Rolling Stone Magazine, cultivated his image as a staunch advocate for a generous, liberal international order: maintaining peace,... More Info

Righting Canada's Wrongs: Africville

James Lorimer & Company | April 30, 2019 | 96 pages
The community of Africville was founded in the late 1800s when African Nova Scotians built homes on the Bedford Basin on the northern edge of Halifax. Africville grew to include a church, a school, and small businesses. At its peak, about 400 people lived there. The community was lively and... More Info

The Big Stall

James Lorimer & Company | October 23, 2018 | 304 pages
In fall 2015, the newly elected Trudeau government endorsed the Paris Agreement and promised to tackle global warming. In 2016, it released a major report which set out a national energy strategy embracing clean growth, technological innovation and carbon pricing. Rather than putting in place tough... More Info

The Courage of Elfina

James Lorimer & Company | February 5, 2019 | 64 pages
Twelve-year-old Elfina lives with her grandmother in Paraguay. When a distant relative offers to have Elfina come live with her in the city so she can attend school, Elfina's grandmother sends her off for a better life. But life with her relatives isn't what Elfina thought it would be, and soon... More Info

Freedom of Expression

James Lorimer & Company | February 5, 2019 | 32 pages
Can you say anything you want? Should you? Everyone has rights but navigating your rights can be difficult. You have the right to freedom of expression but there are many places where this freedom is limited by laws, rules and regulations, or even customs such as good manners. By exploring the... More Info

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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 | August 20, 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

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

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