2002 Callander was
originally the Township
of North Himsworth
and then the Township
of North Himsworth.
The 125th anniversary of its founding and development is beautifully
recorded in a new book written by Don Clysdale the
well known musician ,community activist and history
buff. I haven’t completed my reading of the book but it is impressive in its
coverage of all aspects of the life of the community and has hundreds of well
Cover of Don Clysdale’s new
book on Callander
was edited by Miranda Weingartner and produced by
Nicky Designs. Many others helped out. It sells for $40 and is available at
Gullivers Books in North Bay
, the CallanderBayHeritageMuseum
and the municipal office. There will be a book
signing at Gullivers Books on Saturday November 12
called Callander Now & Then is 240 pages long and
has 22 chapters beginning with Callander’s
Prehistory and ending with “Where Callander is
Going?” There are also 3 Appendices. Anyone with an
interest in Callander or local history in general
will enjoy the book.
The Forest of Gold
children’s book by NipissingUniversity
student Courtney Maika The Forest of Gold a story
about logging near Mattawa is published for wide
distribution by Scholastic Canada Ltd. Courtney
began to write at an early age and read all of the books in the Dear Canada
Series. Her grandfather and great-grandfather worked
in the logging industry in the early days.
Courtney Maika with her new book Forest of Gold. D.
She has won
some attention for her short stories and poetry in spite of her young age and
decided to write a logging novel based in the 1920s. Her research included
grandparents Lloyd & Lorance
Novack from Mattawa. The book is written in
journal form and is geared to pre teens (9-12). It tells the story of Emily who
has to deal with the situation when Joe runs off to work in a logging camp and
she is the only one to know.
For more information log on to
The book will be at Gullivers in October and
Courtney will be at the Mattawa Museum on Saturday
October the8th. She will also be at Gullivers 25th
Anniversary event on Friday October 28th from
Donna Sinclair will be signing her new book The Long View at the same event.
I had the
pleasure of visiting Courtney at Nipissing where she
studies history and geography and I foresee a great
future for her as a writer .