Urquhart will be reading from her latest of 7 novels
Sanctuary Line on Wednesday October 12 at
at the new library at Nipissing. Tickets at $5 are
available and advanced tickets have sold well so check on seat availability.
Jane is one
of my favourite authors because of her writing style and some of her subjects.
With my interest in art, I enjoyed her book the
Underpainter (1997) (Her husband is Tony Urquhart
the well known abstract expressionist painter). She won the Governor General’s
Award for Fiction for this book in 1997.
Jane Urquhart speaking at
wrote a column on the man CalvinTownship
was named after – Delano Dexter Calvin (Mar
21, 2003) and his life, on an island in
Urquhart’s book uses a fictionalized version of
Calvin’s life in her book The Map of Glass (2005) and is a fascinating read.
reference to her book The Stone Carvers (2001) a book about the Canadian
Vimy monument in France, in my article on April 5,
book is another powerful story in her gripping Southern Ontario Gothic Style. A
review says that it is “a meditation on war, poetry, thefamily, betrayal, immigration and the Monarch
Butterfly” I am on the waiting list to read it.
Jane Urquhart's latest book
also wrote a book on Lucy Maud Montgomery of Anne of Green
Gablesfame in the Penguin Series on Famous
Canadians that I have written about several times in my articles.
has won numerous national and international awards and several honorary
doctorates, including one from NipissingUniversity
in 2006. She has also written a book of short stories an
3 books of poetry. Check her out on Wikepedia.
The Long View
A new book
by North Bay’s Donna Sinclair is hot
off the press and is a gem of a book in the Book of Days genre. The book is
available at Gulliver’s Books and there will be an official launch at
Gullivers 25th Anniversary on Friday October 28th.
Cover of The Long View – An
Elderwoman’s Book of Wisdom 2011. By Donna Sinclair
the book is subtitled “an elderwoman’s book of
wisdom” it will be of interest to readers of all ages male and female. Even
though written in the classic one entry per day style I found I was reading
ahead and picking and choosing by the title of the daily
article. I love the unique easy to carry size of the book (6”x7”).
married to a United Church Minister and much of her philosophy reflects this
along with her extended family and many friends. Donna was active in the
preservation of the Sweetman’s Garden on the old CNR
railbed and writes about it briefly (Sept 29). The
Sept 30th item touches on her philosophy and her wit. She notes that
she doesn’t think “God” is an old man with a grey beard but a mystery in
Herself. Donna has been a journalist for over 30
years and an award-winning writer of books on woman’s issues and spirituality.
Destination Algonquin Park
had the new book above by Don Beauprie recommended
to me and I checked it out online on the Friends of Algonquin Park website. As a
fan of J. R. Booth “Canada’s
Most Famous Lumberman” I noted that Beauprie details
Booth’s struggle to build his famous railway across
the south side of the Park.
Destination Algonquin Park 2011 by Don
also profiles the building and later demise of the famous Highland Inn in the
Park. Membership in the Friends of Algonquin is reasonable and there are many
advantages including a Newsletter and notice of outstanding short courses on a
variety of interesting topics etc. etc. You don’t have to be a member to buy the