1. September, 2016. Reluctant Rebellions: New and Selected Non Fiction by Shauna Singh Baldwin
In 15 speeches and essays written between 2001 and 2015, Baldwin brings a new perspective and voice to Canadian public discourse. Offering examples from her personal journey as a writer and a South Asian woman born in Canada, married to an American, living in the United States, and with strong ties to India, Baldwin transcends homogenized national identities and is an example of a truly global citizen.
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2. FORTHCOMING: October, 2016. That Land Beyond the Waves, A Play Based on the Komagata Maru by Rajnish Dhawan
Harnam Singh is an Indian immigrant in Canada who is eagerly looking forward to meeting his sister Harsimran Kaur who is stranded on board the ill-fated ship Komagata Maru that arrived on the shores of Vancouver in May, 1914 carrying 376 Indian passengers. The majority of these passengers were Indian men and British subjects intending to immigrate to Canada. But the Canadian government of the time denied entry to all but 22 of these passengers, citing the continuous journey legislation that required all ships carrying immigrants to travel directly from their point of origin. On July 23, 1914, after a two-month legal battle, the ship was forced out of Canadian waters.
As the waves of the Pacific continue to thwart all of Harnam’s efforts to meet his sister, he finds some solace in the company of an Abbotsford resident, Frances. In the racially charged atmosphere of the time, a tender bond develops between Harnam and Frances that provides a semblance of humanity that transcends the boundaries of colour and creed. The play is less about statistics and historical personages and more about the response of various communities/individuals to this tragic incident. It is about the pain of being separated from loved ones and the inability to mitigate their sufferings; about the failure of authorities to see beyond race statistics; and about feeling the pain of the individual as a consequence of the events that unfolded on Canadian shores.
3. FORTHCOMING: March, 2017. Hyphenated by Gary Thandi
Arjan Gill is a troubled boy who hasn’t quite figured out where he fits in his family. His parents are like most parents, busy working and trying to give their kids everything they did not have, while the family matriarch Bibiji adds fuel to the fire every time a situation arises. Arjan’s brother Aman (Am) and sister Kiran have no time for him either – Am stays out all night and sleeps all day. Arjan’s life is made even more difficult during his grade ten year when relationships with his friends become complicated, a girl enters his life and family dynamics continue to engulf him. How will Arjan react to his life circumstances….and what will his family do as they face their ultimate crisis?
4. October, 2013: Ghadar Conference Proceedings
In 2013, the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies hosted conference proceedings to commemorate the centennial year of the founding of the Ghadar movement, an anti-colonial movement that came about through the efforts of South Asian's living in the North American Diaspora. This book is a compilation based on attendees and their presentations
For the online version of the book, please visit: Ghadar Conference Proceedings
5. November, 2013: A Soldier Remembers: Lieutenant Colonel Pritam Singh Jauhal
In the 1970’s Canadian society was struggling with issues of race and racism based on a general ignorance among its citizenry. When Pritam Singh emigrated to BC, Canada in 1980 he felt shock and disbelief that a man of his caliber and military ranking would have to face a barrage of blatant racism. This discrimination reached its climax during the Remembrance Day ceremonies of 1993 when Lieutenant Colonel Pritam Singh was denied entrance into the Surrey Newton Legion Branch because he was wearing a turban. True to his convictions and his Sikh faith, Pritam Singh waged a long and difficult struggle for Sikh veterans to be allowed to wear this key article of their faith in the Legion.
This biography is a story of Pritam Singh’s struggle with the Legion in 1993, but it is also much more than that. This book chronicles the struggles and accomplishments of an immigrant Sikh-Canadian, and the lifelong service he has given to his community. Pritam Singh is a true role model and his story needs to be shared.
For the PDf of the book, please click: A Soldier Remembers PDF