My Atomic Angel

Ricky Barnes is a young mechanic who happens to have a crush on a 300 foot teenage girl with an atomic bomb for a heart. Her name is Jenny, and she's Earth guardian angel against the giant beasts called Titans. But for Ricky, she's the girl he loves more than anything else in the world. But how could he ever get up the courage to tell her?For almost sixty years, Earth has faced an unprecedented menace from the giant monsters known as Titans. Whether spawned from atomic radiation, extraterrestrial spores or awakened due to environmental upheaval, these behemoths are dedicated to eradicating the human race from the face of the Earth. Their one and only hope for survival rests with the Atomic Woman, Earth's guardian angel, and the courageous men and women of the elite task force known as A.T.O.M. Together, they have battled the Titans for three generations, but the burden weighs heavy on them all. For Ricky Barnes, a young mechanic, the weight is two-fold, as he struggles to do his job, and deal with the complications of being in love with the latest Atomic Woman, Jenny. When the girl you love is 300 feet tall and has an atomic bomb for a heart, do you dare risk breaking it?
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Bolsheviki: A Dead Serious Comedy

Set in a hotel bar in Montreal on Remembrance Day, Bolsheviki has World War I veteran Harry “Rosie” Rollins telling young reporter Jerry Nines about his experience in the trenches. Rollins recalls men pissing their pants, losing limbs, and planning a revolt against their officers. The character of Rosie Rollins is based on World War I veteran Harry “Rosie” Rowbottom, who was wounded at Vimy Ridge. Fennario taped an interview with Rowbottom in 1979 in the old “King Eddy” Hotel in Toronto over a bottle of Bushmills whiskey.Rosie’s meandering monologue delivers a blistering de-glorification of war as it shifts back and forth between his wartime recollections and the present. The veteran’s clattering, fast-paced description of life—and death—on the Western Front reproduces the chaotic sounds and rhythm of battle. This cutting-edge drama, profoundly in opposition to conventional histories of Canadian troops in World War I, debunks every sentimental notion of duty, heroism, and nationhood.“Birth of Nation” they called it on TV but I didn’t see nobody getting born just a lot of people dying so we could sit there on top of another shit hole of mud with Captain Rutherford still pushing for that DSO or the MC or the MCB or the YMCA with Triangles—just give him a medal will ya?Cast of 1 man.About the AuthorDavid Fennario is an anglophone playwright born David Wiper in Montreal, Quebec, 1947. He was raised in the working-class district of Pointe-St-Charles, an area he would make the center of most of his plays. He was one of six children, his father was a house painter. His pen name, given to him by a girlfriend, was part of the Bob Dylan song “Pretty Peggy-O.”David Fennario has described his life as: Born on the Avenues in the Verdun-Pointe Saint Charles working-class district of Montreal; one of six kids growing up in Premier Maurice Duplessis’ Quebec, repressed, depressed, oppressed, and compressed.“School was a drag. My working experience turned me into a raving Red calling for world revolution. The process of becoming a political activist gave me the confidence to be a writer. Up to then, I thought only middle-class people could become artists, because they were not stupid like working-class people, who were working-class because they were stupid. But reading Socialist literature convinced me that working-class people can change themselves and the world around them. We are not chained to fate, Freud, God, gender or a genetic code. We can make ourselves into what we want. I’ve been trying my best to do that ever since, and have had some success as a playwright and a prose writer.”
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Beyond Hawai'i

In the century from the death of Captain James Cook in 1779 to the rise of the sugar plantations in the 1870s, thousands of Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) men left Hawai'i to work on ships at sea and in na 'aina 'e (foreign lands)—on the Arctic Ocean and throughout the Pacific Ocean, and in the equatorial islands and California. Beyond Hawai'i tells the stories of these forgotten indigenous workers and how their labor shaped the Pacific World, the global economy, and the environment. Whether harvesting sandalwood or bird guano, hunting whales, or mining gold, these migrant workers were essential to the expansion of transnational capitalism and global ecological change. Bridging American, Chinese, and Pacific historiographies, Beyond Hawai'i is the first book to argue that indigenous labor—more than the movement of ships and spread of diseases—unified the Pacific World.
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Beyond Hawai'i Native Labor in the Pacific World

In the century from the death of Captain James Cook in 1779 to the rise of the sugar plantations in the 1870s, thousands of Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) men left Hawai‘i to work on ships at sea and in na ‘aina ‘e (foreign lands)—on the Arctic Ocean and throughout the Pacific Ocean, and in the equatorial islands and California. Beyond Hawai‘i tells the stories of these forgotten indigenous workers and how their labor shaped the Pacific World, the global economy, and the environment. Whether harvesting sandalwood or bird guano, hunting whales, or mining gold, these migrant workers were essential to the expansion of transnational capitalism and global ecological change. Bridging American, Chinese, and Pacific historiographies, Beyond Hawai‘i is the first book to argue that indigenous labor—more than the movement of ships and spread of diseases—unified the Pacific World.
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Motherhouse

There's no way we shoulda been arrested for sabotaging the war effort ... trying to organize a strike ... But if you really wanted to arrest somebody, you could go down to the British Munitions Factory and charge them with murder ... cuz that's what it was. Making us work all these long, crazy hours was bound to kill somebody.From the renowned author of Balconville, this powerful drama gives a voice to the disillusioned working-class women employed at the British Munitions Factory in Verdun, Quebec, during the First World War. Following in the trudging footsteps of Fennario's anti-war protest play Bolsheviki (Talonbooks, 2012), Motherhouse similarly debunks the sentimental notions of duty, heroism, and nationhood that figured so prominently in Canadian war effort campaigns and that persist in Canadian history textbooks today.In 1915, with tensions running high across the country over conscription and linguistic and...
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Blue Water

A salt-encrusted anthology of a writer in love with the sea, in the manner of Tessa Duder′s bestselling sailing collections. The ideal gift for the sailor in the family, this book contains a selection of stories, and a novella inspired by a lifetime of sailing adventures and misadventures. The writer is a sailor whose love of the sea has brought him back time and time again, despite mishap, mayhem and the occasional life-threatening disaster. A book for those with saltwater in their veins, this personal selection is the perfect book to take on board - or to read at home when you can′t make it to the sea. In all, a collection of 23 autobiographical stories from Lindsay Wright′s working life as a professional yachtsman, delivery skipper, charter skipper and shipmaster. When you feel the urge to go down to the sea again, make sure you take this book with you. Lindsay Wright has been a professional yachtsman,...
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