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Edith Iglauer Explained Canada to Americans

Posted by howard, Feb 13, 2019

By Tom Hawthorn

Few outsiders have so profoundly captured the Canadian spirit as Edith Iglauer, an American who wrote about eccentric geniuses and rough-hewn laborers.

She profiled the artist Bill Reid and the architect Arthur Erickson, though was best known for her memoir, “Fishing with John,” about her unlikely romance with a salmon troller on the Pacific coast. The book was turned into a forgettable movie, but it is not every magazine writer who can claim to have been portrayed on the... Read this post

Arthur Black R.I.P.

Posted by howard, May 18, 2018

Arthur Black—one of Canada's best known humourists and broadcasters—passed away on February 21, 2018, blogging jokes as he went.

Mr. Black was perhaps best known for hosting CBC’s national radio show, Basic Black, which aired from 1983 to 2002. After he retired from Basic Black, Mr. Black was still heard regularly on regional CBC radio... Read this post

Potts the Unknown BC Poet

Posted by Howard, Jul 19, 2017
Paul Hugh Howard Potts, poet.

Paul Howard Potts (19 July 1911 – 26 August 1990), scion of a notable BC family, has been called “the people’s poet” and one of the most shamefully neglected poets of the 20th century. That is certainly true in BC, where he is unknown today.

A Canadian citizen born abroad in Datcet, Berskshire, UK, Potts was... Read this post

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