Upcoming engagements

I'm fulfilling requests for speaking engagements (some in person, some via Zoom, some maybe even both) for Jackson's Wars: •"A Day in the Life." Midland Cultural Centre. Midland, Ontario. June 1, 2022. Live appearance with host Fred Hacker. Ticket info. (A taping of this event will be broadcast later on Rogers and be available to... Continue Reading →

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A thumbs-up from Charles Hill

Charles Hill, curator emeritus of Canadian art at the National Gallery, has graciously sent along an endorsement of my latest book Jackson's Wars: "This is a superbly researched book on a period in the life of A.Y. Jackson that is too often lightly treated, yet was crucial to the development of his social and artistic... Continue Reading →

The Cry of the Loon

An edited version of this article appeared in the Winter 2005/06 issue of ON Nature. The first of several ironies in our relationship with the common loon is the way we’ve turned a vocalization born of stress—the multiple-note tremolo with an octave jump near the end—into an audio signature of northern tranquility. Loons make this... Continue Reading →

So…what’s new?

The Waubuno, lost with everyone aboard on Georgian Bay, November 22, 1879 We're into 2023 now, and I've been busy with a few new things since Jackson's Wars was published in May 2022, while still supporting the book with presentations. I have a truly fascinating biography coming from Barlow Books, Repairing the World, on Montreal's... Continue Reading →

“Jackson’s Wars” on Remembrance Day

On this November 11, my latest book Jackson's Wars is the subject of my conversation with Greg Marchildon on the Champlain Society's popular podcast Witness to Yesterday, "The Artist Soldier," episode 198. You can also read an excerpt detailing Jackson's traumatic experiences at Sanctuary Wood on the Ypres salient in June 1916.

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