At the Toronto Arts and Letters Club

I gave a talk today on Jackson's Wars at the Toronto Arts and Letters Club. A great audience, and an incredible historic space. It's where A.Y. Jackson came for lunch, in the room in which I was speaking, with several fellow future members of the Group of Seven in May 1913.

Just published: Repairing the World

I'm delighted to say that Repairing the World: Sheila Kussner and the Power of Empathy, has just been published. This was a work commissioned by a Montreal-based committee, but they gave me free rein to portray the life, character, and achievements of a truly remarkable person I knew nothing about. Famous in Montreal, Sheila Kussner... Continue Reading →

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 →

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