Fifty years ago, a handful of fishermen inspired a province with their zeal for justice, their demand for a union. And they won.
Today, the crowds carrying the picket signs are Indigenous people and environmentalists, passionate defenders of our living planet.
Thank you, reviewers!
In the weeks since its publication, The Education of Everett Richardson has collected a humbling collection of splendid reviews. Most of these are on Amazon Canada (seven ratings, all 5-star) and Amazon US (six ratings, all 5-star). The two Amazon sites don’t entirely echo one another, which is a nuisance.
A HELL OF A YEAR
2019 was a hell of a year for Margaret Atwood — the year, says the Globe and Mail, that Margaret Atwood and her ideas became “an essential and influential part of the global culture.” She launched her novel The Testaments — the much-anticipated sequel to her iconic The Handmaid’s Tale.
What all three boys wanted for Christmas was a dog. Some kind of pet, anyway. No, said their mother. Toys possibly. Books or clothing certainly. But Hazel Cameron had an ailing husband and a home on a 33-foot city lot, and she was a tidy woman.
MEET THE AUTHOR IN PETIT DE GRAT!
On Tuesday, December 10, at 7:00, we’re having a “Meet the Author” event at Centre LaPicasse, the Acadian cultural centre in Petit de Grat. I’ll read some passages from my re-issued book, The Education of Everett Richardson and I’ll be selling autographed copies of the book – and copies of some of my other books as well.
RIPPLE FX is a spunky little start-up based in Little Anse, a tiny village on Isle Madame, where I live. I’ve been on a couple of their webcasts, and it’s been a lot of fun. So I jumped at the chance to do a six-week spin-off series,The Green Interview Webcast.
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.
REVIEW THAT BOOK!
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.