Jackson’s Wars: an update

I'm in Montreal, doing work on a new project, and had a chance to drop by McGill-Queen's University Press and meet with staff, covid-style. (In person, masks on.) My forthcoming Jackson's Wars as I have mentioned previously is on the Spring 2022 list. I'm told that that looks like a release around May 2022. As... Continue Reading →

Attack(s) of the suffragettes

In my earlier long post, Slashers in the Louvre, and the Beautiful Ideas That Kill, I wrote about a disturbing series of attacks on paintings in the Louvre in 1907. Readers may be interested to know (as I was) that leading British galleries suffered their own series of attacks in 1913-14, by suffragettes.

Copyedit complete!

I've just hit "send" on the final iteration of the copyedit of "Jackson's Wars" for McGill-Queen's University Press. This is a big brute of a manuscript – but very readable! – with a lot of finicky bits to the endnotes and bibliography. I've been working with the attentive copyeditor Robert Lewis, and the process has... Continue Reading →

Wreck hunting again

Over on my Wild Great Lakes site, I’ve been wreck hunting again, this time to verify the locations of two cruising boats, the Elton III and Sloopy, on the east side of Giant’s Tomb Island.

“Jackson’s Wars” cover

I’m quite pleased to share the cover art for my forthcoming Jackson’s Wars: A.Y. Jackson, the Birth of the Group of Seven, and the Great War, fresh from the publisher, McGill-Queen’s University Press. The book is slated for publication in Spring 2022. The cover features a detail of A Screened Road (1918), (reproduced in full... Continue Reading →


This summer, as the third wave of a pernicious pandemic waned in Ontario, I decided, as one does, to find a shipwreck. The quest seemed appropriate to the times. After about fifteen months of fear, isolation, professional and personal disruption, and daily reports of deaths and infections, why not celebrate the return to something resembling... Continue Reading →

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