ONE OF ATLANTIC CANADA’S 100 GREATEST BOOKS!
THE EDUCATION OF EVERETT RICHARDSON
The Story of the Nova Scotia Fishermen’s Strike 1970-71
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“If I was twenty years younger,” shouted the woman, “I’d smash right through that picket line: I would!”
“If you was twenty years younger,” snapped a union wife, “you’d fuck your way through it like you did with the crew of that fourteen-dory Yankee longliner that was in here them days.”
As Father Ron Parsons listened with amusement, a woman behind him in the picket line turned to her companion.
here is what Atlantic Canada’s 100 Greatest Books says about THE EDUCATION OF EVERETT RICHARDSON:
“In The Education of Everett Richardson, Silver Donald Cameron recounts the history of the Maritimes’ first major fishing strike (running through 1970 and 1971, when some two hundred and fifty fishermen in three tiny eastern ports fought for the right to organize, and for benefits and job security.
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Most of us finish a book and put it aside, perhaps with a cursory comment to a spouse or companion: “Great story! Interesting characters. Learned a lot.” Few ever think of writing a book review, let alone posting one.
Boris Worm – our newest Green Interview — is a happy man. As a distinguished ocean scientist — a professor of marine biology at Dalhousie University — Boris Worm is constantly exploring the world’s oceans, working with students who share his interests, and talking about his passion for the ocean on CBC Radio.
We sailed from Nova Scotia aboard our sturdy little motorsailer Magnus in July, 2004 – Marjorie and I, and our Brave and Faithful Dog, Leo. We were bound for points south – for Abaco, in the northern Bahamas, as it turned out.
JOHN HOPKINS AND THE BLUEFIN TUNA
Imagine this: you’re standing in the stern of a fishing boat, and an enormous fish – maybe 1000 pounds – rises out of the water to eat from your hand. There was such a moment in Jaws – and it was terrifying.
I recently finished re-reading – overnight, almost in one sitting, and mostly on my phone – John McPhee’s wonderful book The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed. I first read it around 40 years ago, soon after its publication in 1973. Like much of McPhee’s work, it has stayed with me not as a book but as an experience, an evergreen literary memory.
A LIVE GREEN INTERVIEW WITH MARGARET ATWOOD!
Next Friday, June 7, at 4:00, I will do the first-ever live Green Interview, on stage and before a theatre audience. My guest will be the one and only Margaret Atwood, whose gripping, dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale has now become a stunningly successful television series.
What can one person do? Listen to this.
When Stella Bowles was 13, her family’s septic system collapsed. Before that she’d never thought about what happens after you flush, and she was appalled to learn that most of her neighbours’ homes along the shore of Nova Scotia’s lovely LaHave River – more than 600 of them – didn’t even have septic systems.
In the 1970s, during the darkest days of my life, I found myself considering suicide – and then I learned that a dear friend had just done it. The shock of that discovery put an end to my own thoughts of suicide, but my intimate understanding of how one might choose to do such a thing led me to write a very personal essay about suicide called “In the Spiral.” I never published it, but 20 years later, in 1994, my publisher, Ron Caplan, was putting together a book of my shorter works, and he ran across a copy of the essay in my archive.