Rene's two latest books are still in print and available from most bookstores and from Chapters, Indigo and Amazon.  Class sets are available from Scholastic Canada or ORCA books publishers (addresses below).                 

Canadian Disasters 2013 includes some stories from previous editions plus many new stories, including 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, and many more. René Schmidt's books contain many events in Canadian history that have been forgotten or ignored by American or British publications that flood our bookstores. 

1Scholastic Canada or buy directly from René Schmidt (see contact page).   




Leaving Fletchville (a Red Maple Honour Book) is René's first published fiction novel and is based partly on true events.  This novel is suitable for Grades 6 - 10 and portrays youthful maturity, responsibility, fatherhood and love in the face of racism and family troubles.  Positive reviews in literary and review magazines in Canada and the U.S.A. recommend it for classroom use.   The CBC radio program All Points West called it "tremendous fun to read."   

Leaving Fletchville sells in both hard copy and as an e-book through Orca Publishers.

It is also available through Amazon,   Chapters, or any Canadian bookstore, or visit Lighthouse Books in Brighton ON. You can also order it from René (see contact page).   


List of René's commercial trade 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 (sold out)
DISASTER! 36 Real-Life Canadian Tragedies 1999, Scholastic Canada, ISBN 0-439-98715-6  (sold out)
Canadian Disasters, 1985, Scholastic Canada, ISBN 0-590-71525-9  (sold out) 

René's other publications 

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, 



René recently belonged to a group of writers in Northumberland County, Ontario. Short stories and a poem of Rene's are included in the 2017 and 2019 anthologies available from Blue Denim Press in Cobourg.