Tiff: A Life of Timothy Findley by Sherill Grace

A Colossal Exploration of a Canadian Literary Genius

Sherill Grace’s mammoth work on one of Canada’s greatest writers sets us on course for an exhaustive exploration, not only of Timothy Findley’s life, as the title indicates, but also into his creative mind, heart and spirit. Not easy to do when the subject is as complex and sensitive an artist as Findley, even if he has left traces of his genius, beyond his oeuvre, in many archives, journals and the memory of those who knew him well.…

The Sherrill Grace Interview


“I write against violence. I write against fascism. I write against one person dominating another.”

Timothy Findley

Already garnering attention from the likes of Margaret Atwood on Twitter, Tiff: A Life of Timothy Findley is finally here. First announced over three years ago in Quill & Quire, this mammoth investigation of Findley’s life has been getting some well-deserved buzz from scholars and authors alike, including Mount Allison University’s Christi Verduyn, author of Lifelines: Marian Engel’s Writings, says Tiff is a “compelling portrait of a complex man and brilliant multifaceted writer.”…

Stompin’ Tom Connors: The Myth and The Man by Charlie Rhinedress

Rhindress takes his reader on a Canadian coast to coast journey as we travel with this drifter man, Stompin’ Tom Connors. Through the research and details of this book, I met the man Tom Connors and the character Stompin’ Tom Connors. After finishing the book I reflected on how strong this man was in the courage of his conviction to stay true to Canada, the country he was so proud of.…

Casey: The Remarkable, Untold Story of Frederick Walker “Casey” Baldwin by John G. Langley

the book’s subtitle goes on to state, Casey Baldwin was a “Gentleman, Genius, and Alexander Graham Bell’s Protege.” Mr. Langley’s book is a beautiful tribute to yet another unsung Canadian icon: the first British subject (and the first Canadian) to fly in a heavier-than-air craft. Did you know that February 23rd is Canada’s Official National Aviation Day? This is a little-known fact as well, but it has much to do with one man: “Casey” Baldwin.…

Rebel With a Cause: The Doc Nikaido Story by Bretton Loney

As I work in the medical profession, I find books with medical content interesting. However this book has another angle to it that intrigued me: the forced internment of Japanese-Canadians during WWII. Young Harry Nikaido was attending medical school at the University of Toronto in 1942 when Japanese-Canadians living in coastal BC were stripped of all they owned and moved inland, either to interment camps or labour camps.…

Joshua Slocum: The Captain Who Sailed Around the World by Quentin Casey

Joshua Slocum: The Captain Who Sailed Around the WorldThis book is part of the “Stories of Our Past” series published by Nimbus. The look and feel of this book is very polished. It is only a little over 120 pages, but Mr. Casey manages to condense a full lifetime of Captain Slocum’s adventures and trials into these few pages. There are plenty of colour and B&W illustrations throughout the book, printed on good high quality paper.…

Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout

I first discovered the existence of this book on the WBGO jazz website (http://www.wbgo.org/) and I am glad I did.
I had always wanted to read Ellington’s autobiography “Music is My Mistress” but never got a copy of it (yet). Just as well, for Mr. Teachout claims that Duke held back on a lot of things that make an autobiography a “must read”: personal insights, thoughts regarding his fellow musicians, family members, etc.…