||October 17, 2008
More Books Worth a Look
Through Black Spruce by Joseph
Three years ago I wrote about Joseph
Boyden’s award winning book Three Day Road which
went on to sell 100,000 copies and is apparently going to be made in to an
upcoming movie. It was a best seller in
France, Italy and Germany. It is the story of two young Cree snipers from
northern Ontario who fought in WWI.
It turns out that
Boyden had a trilogy on his mind when he wrote Three
Day Road and the second book is now out. The new book Through Black Spruce and
the next book will tell the multigenerational story of the Bird family from
Moose Factory and Moosonee.
The new book is already on the long
list for the 2008 Giller Prize. I bought a copy
recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are two narrators – Bill Bird is the
old and dying son of the sniper Xavier in Three Day Road. Bill became a push
pilot. The other narrator is a niece, Annie Bird. Their two stories are
interwoven throughout the book.
Annie spends a lot of time trying to
find her sister Suzanne who has disappeared. The story which tells a lot about
some aspects of native life is a gripping read.
parents both had native blood and he strongly identifies with native people. He
visits the James Bay region several times a year where among other things he
gets involved in sweat-lodge ceremonies.
wrote a long critical article in the September 29th issue of
Macleans about the Ontario Power Authority’s plan to
build dams along the Moose River. The Moose Cree First Nation
were not involved in the hearings in spite of the
severe impact of the dams on their way of life.
met his wife Amanda in New Orleans where they now teach and write. She has just
published a novel Babylon Rolling.These books are
available at bookstores and libraries
Portrait in Light and Shadow (2007)
by Mona Tippett
Karsh “the most prominent portrait photographer of
the twentieth century” worked in Ottawa out of the Chateau Laurier hotel near
the Parliament Buildings for convenience for most of
his life. The new book that anticipated his centenary in 2008 was produced with
the full cooperation of his family. Karsh’s history
is fascinating and the book describes it in detail and includes many
photographs. Karsh died in Boston in 2002. His
brother Malak is also a well known photographer.
learned his photography in Boston early in his career and returned there for 5
years before his death in 2002. Karsh’s collection
of negatives and prints is in the Canadian National Archives and his equipment
is in the Canadian Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. His portraits are
in Museums around the world. His famous Winston Churchill portrait is
considered the most reproduced photographic portrait in history.
100: A Biography in Images Exhibition opened recently at the Boston Museum of
Fine Arts and runs until January 19, 2009.
As a Grey Owl fan my favourite
Karsh photo is his photo of Grey Owl. It appeared
on the cover of one of his many books.
Portrait of Grey Owl by
A Couple of
Chisholm Township Connected Books Available
John Leach, who lives on
River Road in Chisholm
Township has written 4 books
including his latest The World We Want (2008). The book is partly a biography
of his interesting and long life, with a section on
his poetry and one on his philosophy of life. An entertaining and enlightening
read. The book is available from John at 705-752-5708.
Hugh Timmerman with copy of his book Bombers
in the Night Sky (2008) D. Mackey photo.
Hugh Timmerman a former resident of
Chisholm for years before he moved to Meaford has
written a fascinating book about his life in
Holland in WWII. The research is thorough and the graphics are fascinating.
This personal story touches on those aspects of war that
impact on the ordinary citizen and are often forgotten. The book Bombers
in the Night Sky is available on the unique books-on –demand
website www.lulu.com/content/1230633. Allow a few seconds and the cover
will show up. Click on the right of #1 and the first
12 pages appear. If you wish to purchase click “add to cart” and follow
theinstructions and the book will arrive in 10-15
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