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The Wrong Brother

Authored by Fran L. Porter

Fran L. Porter’s second book has taken a very different direction from her first. Proceeds from When the Ship has no Stabilizers (Crossfield, 2014), her account of daughter Colleen’s struggle with a mental illness that culminated in suicide, helped open a treatment clinic and led to Fran and husband Andy’s being named Calgary’s 2017 ‘Philanthropic Family of the Year’. “That was a humbling silver lining to a tale with a tragic end,” says Fran. “In real life, of course, a story’s end is beyond our control. But in fiction, the end can be as emotionally fulfilling as both reader and author desire. And who doesn’t desire an emotionally-fulfilling ending?” Her new romantic suspense novel, The Wrong Brother, takes us on a roller-coaster ride that leaves us dizzy by the time it glides to a breathless stop. Gripping danger and all-consuming love combine in its pages to produce an eminently satisfying conclusion.

Cover art by Lawrence Stilwell

ISBN: 978-1-7751496-5-1

‘Elect Her’ – still struggling to be recognized as equals

Authored by Fred Groves

In 1917, Canadian women were granted the right to vote.


Over 100 years later, and despite the fact that this country has 52 percent women and 48 percent men, the fight to get equal representation in all levels of government continues.


So what is it that prevents women from putting their name on the ballot and demanding an equal voice?

‘Elect Her’, -Still struggling to be recognized as equals, takes an in depth look at those women who have overcome the barriers and have not only been elected but go on to have long and rewarding careers as politicians.


This grassroots book highlights the careers of those who have been Federal Opposition Leaders and Cabinet Ministers to municipal councillors who are just learning what it’s like to enter the political arena dominated by men.


‘Elect Her’ also explores women and their numerous organizations who continue to advocate for those who want a seat at the decision-making table.

ISBN 9781999177911

Through the Lens of Astronomer Helen Sawyer Hogg: One Woman’s Journey with the Stars

Authored by Maria Cahill

This is the story of one women’s journey to achieve her dreams. Dr. Helen Sawyer Hogg (1905-1993), female astronomer and science writer, was the third woman from Radcliffe University to receive her Ph.D. in astronomy based on research conducted at the Harvard College Observatory, where she worked directly with the esteemed Dr. Harlow Shapley on Globular Clusters. For decades, Helen worked as an astronomer and professor of the University of Toronto, wrote a column titled, “With the Stars” for the Toronto Star, wrote The Stars Belong to Everyone, a popular astronomy text that was used in some Canadian school classrooms, and hosted a successful television series entitled Ideas. Helen received praise and awards for her accomplishments, and her professional journey appeared smooth. Yet, she fought many battles, both personal and academic. Between the covers of this text, the reader will find a portrait of a female astronomer who inspired young women, as well as men, to reach for the stars and never lose their dreams.

Maria Cahill, associate professor of English at Husson University in Bangor, Maine, discovered Helen while Googling “women in science” many years ago, and it was destiny. Quickly, Maria recognized the similarities in their academic and personal journeys and sometimes says to herself, “What would Helen do?” Maria’s passions are her husband, three college-aged children, and an assortment of rescued critters, in addition to her students with whom she works diligently to instill the love of writing, an obligation to humanity, and a sense of wonder.

Cover art by Lawrence Stilwell

ISBN: 978-0-9686646-9-8

There and Gone: the Fascinating Story of
a Sports Broadcaster

Authored by Bruce Buchanan

Bruce Buchanan was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan in 1959 and grew up in Brandon, Manitoba. A huge sports fan, Buchanan realized his childhood dream and became a broadcaster. Buchanan enjoyed a thirty-year career in radio and television, the highlight being the TV voice of the Edmonton Oilers during their Stanley Cup run in the 1980’s, a feat no one can ever take away from him. Buchanan has boundless stories from his hockey past and decided to share some of his experiences. Buchanan had the pleasure of working with and meeting some incredible people during his broadcasting career, it was a great ride for him, enjoy!

ISBN: 978-1-7551496-3-7

Released August 2019

My Visual Self Revealed: Original Paintings and Stories from Newfoundland

Authored by Elijah Lloyd Pretty

This book is compilation of original artworks and stories that reveal the artist, the era, and the place where he discovered his own distinctive artist’s style as a youngster, and then honed his talents into a mature portrayer of daily life in Newfoundland, Canada. His oil paintings are widely sought after, and can be seen in many galleries and private homes across Canada. This book commemorates both the art and the artist in stunning reality and lyrical revelations of past times.

List Price: $29.95
8 x 10 inches landscape
Quality Soft Cover
Colour, 112 pages
Crossfield Publishing released June 2018
Cover art by Lawrence Stilwell

ISBN 978-1- 7751496-2- 0

The Granby Liar

Authored by Maurice J.O. Crossfield

It’s July 1975 and Dave Rogers has just landed his first reporting job at the Granby Leader Mail. Having grown up in Montreal, it’s not a part of Quebec’s Eastern Townships he knows very well, despite having been born there. Amidst the stories of little old ladies turning 100, petty thefts and small town politics, Dave soon finds himself covering real news. But before long he’s raised the ire of the local crime boss, the mother of a cattle thief, and an English rights vigilante group. Not to mention the mysterious characters who seem to be watching his every move, or the father he barely remembers who haunts his dreams. There are longstanding scores to be settled, but extracting truth from the lies pushes Dave to the limits of what he can, and can’t, live with.

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper: 202 pages
Crossfield Publishing November 2017
Cover art by Lawrence Stilwell

Print ISBN 13: 978-1-7751496-0-6
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-7751496-1-3
BISAC: Fiction / mystery

A MOTH TO THE FLAME: The story of Amy’s struggle with borderline personality disorder

Authored by Debbie Sands, Illustrated by Lawrence Stilwell, Preface by Fran L Porter, Designed by Harald G Kunze

This is the true story of a family’s journey through the mental illness of one of their members, the beautiful but troubled Amy.

Her chosen lifestyle of drugs and gangs eventually leads her to a tragic end, and her family is left reeling. The book chronicles her short life, touching on her diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and her dealings with the criminal court system.

List Price: $30.00
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper: 274 pages
Crossfield Publishing May 2016

ISBN-13: 978-0968664650
ISBN-10: 0968664652
BISAC: Psychology / Mental Illness

WHEN THE SHIP HAS NO STABILIZERS: our daughter’s tempestuous voyage through borderline personality disorder

Authored by Fran L Porter, Illustrated by L. Stilwell, Designed by H. Kunze, Edited by E. Tina Crossfield

Indeed, Colleen had that effect on most people she encountered, including her own parents and sister. Bright, articulate, and utterly charming at times, she could also be bewilderingly sinister, manipulative, and downright vindictive.

Comprehending the medical realities that made Colleen who she was is the subject of this book as well as the road that may ultimately lead us to a cure. If increasing this comprehension sparks a drive toward that end, then Colleen’s all-too-short life will not have been lived in vain.

List Price: $30.00
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper: 274 pages
Crossfield Publishing February 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0968664650
ISBN-10: 0968664652
BISAC: Psychology / Mental Illness

Remembering Marika: Marianne Gosztonyi Ainley, 1937-2008

Authored by Ernestine Crossfield, Designed by Harald Kunze, Edited by Susan Hoecker Drysdale, Edited by Mary E Baldwin, Edited by Anne-Marie Weidler Kubanek, Edited by Vicky Ainley, Edited by Mark Ainley

This book project is a tribute to Marika – it is not meant to be a formal biography but rather a celebration of her life and works. The format contains a collection of stories and remembrances submitted by her family and friends, gifts of artwork, a selection of her paintings, photographs taken of her throughout the years, a timeline, and the blog that was written during her final illness and passing. There are more than twenty contributors, and a comprehensive listing of her publications.

List Price: $18.00
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Full Color on White paper: 166 pages
Crossfield Publishing Oct. 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0968664643
ISBN-10: 0968664644
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Educators

Time Train

Authored by Beverley Jane Westwood, Edited by Ernestine Crossfield, Illustrated by Larry Stilwell, Designed by Harald Kunze

In 2085, Jake is hurtled through time on a mission to the future. A quantum, antimatter craft called the Time Train has been built by scientists at the mysterious Site R and concealed on the Moon. Jake’s father, a time engineer, is keeping secrets, but what does he have to hide? After a catastrophic crash on a seemingly deserted Earth, Jake and his friends must search for answers to survive.

Time Train is an action packed adventure. Aliens, fractals, the Wow! signal, quantum computers and artificial intelligence abound in a tale of friendship and hope.

Classified as youth dystopian literature, this book will appeal to readers ages 10 – 15, although adults may also enjoy it.

List Price: $12.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper: 290 pages
Crossfield Publishing May 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0968664629
ISBN-10: 0968664628
BISAC: Fiction / Science Fiction / Adventure

Nothing Less Than An Adventure: Ellen Gleditsch and Her Life in Science

Authored by Anne-Marie Weidler Kubanek, Managing editor E. Tina Crossfield, Cover design or artwork by Harald G. Kunze

This biography makes use of material not available in English and draws on original interviews by the author with relatives and students of Gleditsch, one of whom herself spent a year at the Curie laboratory. In the interview, she vividly describes her encounters with the famous scientist, giving new insights into Curie as a mentor and role model.

In closing, the author looks at the choices that women scientists of Gleditsch’s and her students’ generations were faced with, and makes a comparison with the experiences of women scientists of today.

List Price: $19.00
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper: 196 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1452842134 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1452842132
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Scientists / General

Dandelion Day: Petals from our Poetic Side

Edited by Gail Crossfield and Jeanne Denton-Cosman, 2001

The students whose work is contained in this collection are in grade seven, attending the Eleanor W. Graham Middle school in Richibucto, New Brunswick.  They range in age from eleven to thirteen years old. Not all of the students learned English as their first language, and many speak French or Mi’kmaq. The youth who attend this school are from rural farms and coastal cottages, quaint towns and picturesque villages. It is a historic region, having gained its wealth during the age of sail, when shipbuilding was at its peak. Families who live here today still have strong ties to the fishing, farming, and lumber trades.  

Our poetry project was based on a unit in poetry that was refined by grade seven language arts teachers over a number of years. This collection honours the creative talents of our true unsung heroes, some who had no idea that within themselves lay the petals of a poetic side.

ISBN: 096866461X
Limited quantities

Quin Kola: Tom Payne’s Search for Gold

Authored by Alice Payne, Illustrated by Lawrence Stilwell, Designed by Harald G. Kunze.

Tom Payne (1891-1966) grows up in the soft springs of Edwardian England. The son of a prominent physician, his family has a penchant for wild flings at the tables and wild rides along the beaches with fast horses and fast women. His own restlessness results in self-exile to western Canada in 1912.

Here we see him learning the farming trade on wheat farms in Saskatchewan, and standing up for his rights in Alberta when there were few jobs for English immigrants. In the 1920s, we find him in northern Manitoba, and freighting winter supplies for the mines at Flin Flon.

Eventually, Tom’s prospecting activities coalesce at Yellowknife, NWT, where he discovers a rich gold mine among the quartz veins. It is a tale of patience, intrigue and danger in the face of a near fatal illness that threatens to claim his life. He forms Quin Kola Mines Limited, and makes one of the greatest mining deals in Canadian history with Cominco.

Tom Payne was one of the last independent prospectors. He hated big companies, but grudgingly admired Cominco for bringing the Con-Rycon mine into production. Above all he was a friend of the people, and supported those who sought an honest living in Canada’s vast and rugged territories.

List Price: $20.00
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper: 214 pages
Crossfield Publishing August 2000

ISBN: 0-9686646-0-1
BISAC: 1. Canadian mining history 2. geology 3. prospecting 4. Alberta 5. petroleum history 6. Biography
B&W photos, indexed