My father, William J. (Bill) Hunter, of Hamilton, Ontario, died last spring; he would have turned ninety-one today. He was adamant about not having a funeral, that we should instead have a party. My brother, Andrew, an artist and curator, working with his son, Max, may have gone one better with this exhibition of his creative work.
I emailed a professor emeritus and independent researcher this morning, to let him know the project for which he had provided assistance in sources, Jackson's Wars, was approaching publication (Spring 2022). I had to look up our last email conversation to get his address, and I realized that we had not conversed since August 2019.... Continue Reading →
A detail of the Gribshunden wreck, fig. 12 in the 2021 archaeologists' report. Smithsonian Magazine this month has a feature article on the most recent underwater archaeology performed on the Gribshunden (Greyhound), a heavily-armed flagship of King Hans of Denmark that caught fire, exploded, and sank on the coast of Sweden in 1495. Despite the... Continue Reading →
Like history? Marine archaeology? And every point in between? Thanks to a citation in a recent article in the Guardian, I discovered this quarterly magazine, Wreckwatch. Produced in Britain, it's written by actual marine archaeologists and historians, is very readable, roams the globe in content, and is full of nerd-out imagery. Even better: it's free.... Continue Reading →
69 Hallowell Avenue in Montreal's Westmount neighbourhood While I was in Montreal last week, conducting interviews for a new project, I had the chance (that covid travel lockdowns had denied me) of swinging by an address that figures prominently in my forthcoming book Jackson's Wars. The three-storey row house at 69 Hallowell Avenue, on the... Continue Reading →
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 →