I recuperated and got busy with Easter, and then Tom’s birthday (Tuesday) and Laura’s 4H field trip to a nearby bakery (also Tuesday and delicious), and then got thoroughly sidetracked by some Spring cleaning and shopping (yesterday).
Which means I missed getting anything ready for Colleen Mondor at Chasing Ray‘s literary salute to Canada. But plenty of others weren’t sidetracked. Lots of good stuff to read, especially if you’re a Pierre Berton fan, which you should be.
And while I didn’t have a post for yesterday, I’ll just offer this little tidbit: Pierre Berton‘s children series, those slim yellow paperbacks which have been out-of-print for a while, have been reissued by Fifth House/Fitzhenry & Whiteside in bindups as a new series, “Pierre Berton’s History for Young Canadians”. Think of PB as a northern David McCullough for the junior set:
And for adults and older children, this Spring Penguin is launching “Extraordinary Canadians” (the website seems to need work, but there’s lots more here from The National Post — JoVE, look away): biographies of 20 of Canada’s “most influential historical figures” by 18 of Canada’s best contemporary writers; such as this biography of Nellie McClung by celebrated historian Charlotte Gray. The series editor is the writer (and husband of the former Governor General) John Ralston Saul. I saw the series mentioned on the Amazon.ca home page the other day and meant to explore further, but do you think I can get the little “Extraordinary Canadians” blurb to pop up now?