This 2013 version of Canadian Disasters continues from previous editions. It has many new stories about Canada's tragic history, and our successes too!  Read about the Cougar Helicopter Crash in Newfoundland, the Franklin Expedition, Canada's unique fight against Polio, Canada's Deadliest Mine Disaster and the 1775 Hurricane that was estimated to have taken 4000 lives. Never heard of that? René Schmidt's books contain many chapters of Canadian history that have been forgotten or ignored by the American or British publications we often see in our stores. 

Canadian Disasters is available from Amazon, Indigo, or order from Scholastic Canada1 or any independent Canadian bookstore. 

1Scholastic Canada 

or buy directly from René Schmidt (see contact page).   




Leaving Fletchville (a Red Maple Honour Book) was René's first published fiction novel. Based partly on fiction and partly on true events, this book portrays youthful maturity, responsibility, fatherhood and love in the face of racism and family troubles. Reviewers in Canada and the U.S.A. are very positive about it and recommended it for classroom use. A CBC radio program All Points West called it "tremendous fun to read."   

Leaving Fletchville sells in hard copy and as an e-book through Orca Publishers. It is also available through Amazon,   Chapters, or on-line bookstores, or visit Lighthouse Books in Brighton. You can also order it from René (see contact page).   






René recently joined a group of writers in Northumberland County and they chose two of his short stories inclusion in their 2016 anthology. Available from Blue Denim Press in Cobourg.  






List of Published Books 

Canadian Disasters – 43 True Stories, 2013,  Scholastic Canada, ISBN 978-1-4431-2440-9
Leaving Fletchville  2008, Orca Book Publishers, ISBN978-1-55143-945-7  
Canadian Disasters, 2006, Scholastic Canada, ISBN 0-439-94936 
DISASTER! 36 Real-Life Canadian Tragedies 1999, 2000, Scholastic Canada, ISBN 0-439-98715-6 
Canadian Disasters, 1985, Scholastic Canada, ISBN 0-590-71525-9 

Other Publications 

Hills Spirit III Anthology by writers of Northumberland County, Contributor 2017, Blue Denim Press 
That’s Just the Way We Were  - A History of Brighton, 2006  Contributing Author,
Canadian Living Magazine  “Less is More – A Family Holiday to Remember ”, August, 2003 
Canadian Living Magazine  “Disorganized Sports” March, 2000
Design and Technology Teachers of Ontario: A Cybernetic Land Walker Spring 2000,
Design and Technology Teachers of Ontario:  The Wind Machine Winter 2002,
Existere Magazine of York University, 1978, "My First Summer" short story,