Oh, Canada: a nation of hockey players, trailer park boys, and doughnut shop habitues; a nation that can claim Marshall McLuhan, Pamela Anderson, and Mr Dressup as among their own. Canada is one complex country all right, and what better way to document its character than an atlas of Canadian place names as compiled by Geist, the magazine of Canadian ideas and culture?
This offbeat yet erudite collection of full-colour maps—many (but not all) of which have appeared in the magazine since 1995—includes a wide range of clearly Canadian subject matter from all points far and wide. The Meat Map of Canada features T-Bone Glacier, Yukon, Pork and Bean Point, Manitoba, and Burgerville, Ontario; the Angst Map of Canada locates Doom Mountain, BC, Dismal Creek, Alberta, and Port Disappointment, Newfoundland; and the Money Map of Canada lists Success, Saskatchewan, Silver Lake, Ontario, and Lac Spendet, Quebec.
Each map is accompanied by the stories behind specific place names as well as fast and furious Canadian facts and trivia. The net result is a tongue-in-cheek snapshot of the essential Canadian character, in all its quirky glory.
Other map subjects include: Apocalypse; Art; Atwood (Margaret); Automotive; Beer; Body Parts; Condiments; Doughnuts; Erotica; Gay and Lesbian; Hockey; International; Kitchen Implements; Literary; Loudmouths; Malls; Menstrual; Pets; Retail; Sartorial; and World's Largest.
With an introduction by Geist editor Stephen Osborne.(arsenalpulp.com)
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Melissa Edwards is a writer and a former associate editor of Geist; she has been involved in the creation of the Geist maps since 1999. She lives in Vancouver.
Stephen Osborne was born in Pangnirtung in 1947. In 2004 he was a recipient of the CBC Literary Award, the Vancouver Arts Award for Writing and Publishing, and the National Magazine Foundation Special Achievement Award. He won the first Event Creative Non-fiction Prize, and is an award-winning columnist for Geist magazine, where many of the pieces in Ice & Fire got their start. He is the founder of Arsenal Pulp Press and editor and founder of Geist magazine. His work has appeared in numerous periodicals, and the title story in his collection was translated into Inuktitut and appeared in Inuktitut magazine.Review:
Fascinating oddities fill the pages of the stellar Geist Atlas of Canada: Meat Maps and Other Strange Cartographies, where readers will encounter The Spooky Map of Canada, The Retail Map of Canada and even The Gay Map of Canada. This is the perfect gift for the Canadianaphile in your life.
—Calgary Herald (Calgary Herald)
Ever dreamed of living in Cannes, Paris or perhaps the Canary Islands? You could, and you don't even need a passport, because they're local spots too, as readers discover in one of Geist magazine's most popular features—a map of Canada, now packaged as a book. Themed Canadian place names ingeniously connect some of the country's more obscure locations by subject matter. Think: Doughnuts (Boston Bar, BC; Donut Lake, Manitoba), House Pets (Rex, Saskatchewan; Dogpound, Alberta) and many more. Alongside each map are place-specific stories and need-to-know Canadian trivia.
—Western Living Magazine (Western Living)
I love maps, and Geist has come up with a sure winner in its nutty, irreverent map series. Canada is presented in various ways: the Gay Map, the CBC Map, the Map of Heaven and Hell, the Map of Nicknames, and my favorite--the Impolite Map, closely followed by the Sartorial Map, with place names such as Mitten Lake, Cuff Tickle, Sock Point and Bloomers. Edwards points out in her introduction that the place names are real—and for map and history lovers, this book is a treat. It's funny and educational. What more do you want?
—The Vancouver Sun
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Book Description Arsenal Pulp Pr Ltd, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1551522160
Book Description Arsenal Pulp Pr Ltd, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111551522160