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Scots in Canada book reaches new audience

HOW THE SCOTS CREATED CANADA
By Paul Cowan
Dragon Hill Publishing
ISBN-10: 1-896124-10-0

A book recounting the contribution Scots have made to Canada is now accessible to the visually impaired and those with problems reading.

How the Scots Created Canada has been turned into a talking book by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

"The CNIB Library believes in giving readers what they want to read," explained the library's associate director of Advocacy, Sales and Marketing, Anita Mullick-Mahajan.

"Our DAISY talking book users are great fans of Canadian History and often request books on specific topics or areas of interest. Scottish history is one such request.

"Popular demand, combined with favourable reviews, made How the Scots Created Canada a perfect addition to the library's collection."

The book, by former Celtic Connection contributor Paul Cowan, has joined just over 10,000 titles in the library's DAISY collection, which makes books available on CD or by computer download.

Scots-born Cowan, who lives in Alberta , said he is delighted that the CNIB chose the book for the library.

"The CNIB's collection includes some of the best books available in Canada ," he said. "I'm very flattered and very honoured.

"Maybe, I'll get lucky and they'll record my new book, Scottish Military Disasters, as well. It has also had some great reviews."

The institute has been making books and other written material available to the visually impaired since 1918 and its library currently circulates more than two million items a year. The library's collection is also available to people without visual impairment through selected local library services.

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