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Sparks "R" Us

book cover image The Creative Spark

Of all the species on Earth, says anthropologist Augustin Fuentes, only one has composed a symphony, built a spaceship or written a novel.

Quelle Histoire!

book cover image France

Is France on the rise? If so, what are the roots of its renaissance? Historian and commentator Jonathan Fenby explores.

What's Your Frequency?

Broadcasting Happiness

We are all broadcasters, says former national CBS news anchor Michelle Gielan. What we say - or tweet, or email - has a powerful impact, positive or negative.

Creating a Lovely Stir

book cover image The Soup Sisters Family Cookbook

Here's a cookbook to warm the heart. SoupSisters.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing comfort to women, children and youth in crisis.

NHL Centennial

book cover image 100 Years, 100 Moments

What's your favourite NHL hockey moment? This is a fan-friendly, discussion-starter of a book, compiling a century of fascinating stories from league history.

Empathetically Yours

book cover image The Empath's Survival Guide

“Having empathy means our heart goes out to another person,” says Dr. Judith Orloff, “but for empaths it goes much further."

Indian Summer

book cover image Victoria and Abdul

A 'romance' good enough to bring actor Judi Dench out of retirement is now part of our collection. Read the true story behind the movie.

An Equal Sequel

book cover image The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook

Second helpings, anyone? We have the follow-up to Canadian Living's Vegetarian Collection, a very popular cookbook.

The Poetry Cure

book cover image Poetry Will Save Your Life

Can words that rhyme come just in time? For Jill Bialosky, certain poems stand out at pivotal moments, helping us take that road less traveled.

Elizabethan Era

DVD cover image The Crown

Season Two will begin to air on Netflix, December 8. Season Three is in casting. Season One is here. It's not too late to catch The Crown.