100 Mile Reading: A Little Piece of Paradise

a little piece of paradiseA Little Piece of Paradise: The History of Canning Lake by James Mitchell

In A Little Piece of Paradise: The History of Canning Lake, author James Mitchell takes us on a journey through the history of a small but important lake in Haliburton County, from being carved out by glaciers to a major part of the Haliburton County cottaging scene. Detailed and well-referenced, A Little Piece of Paradise weaves together written and oral history, along with plenty of photographs, to give readers a picture of a piece of Haliburton County’s past.

A Little Piece of Paradise: The History of Canning Lake by James Mitchell is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

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100 Mile Reading: Hot Town

hot townHot Town and Other Stories by Janet Trull

In Hot Town and Other Stories, Janet Trull gives readers an unvarnished look at life in small towns through short stories. Each story provides a vignette of small town life, while examining something deeper – whether it’s the unintended consequences of the decisions we make, the prejudices that narrow our view of the world, how the history of generations still haunt us in the present, and how even though we think we know one another, we might really not know one another at all. Hot Town and Other Stories follows in the tradition of Alice Munro, bringing a bit of Central Ontario to Southern Ontario Gothic.

Hot Town and Other Stories by Janet Trull is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

 

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.

100 Mile Reading: Robbie Raccoon and the Big Black Blob

robbie-raccoonRobbie Raccoon and the Big Black Blob by Irene Davidson Fisher

On a warm August evening, Robbie and Ricki leave the safety of their tree stump when an enticing aroma wafts through the air. With growling stomachs louder than the warnings from their mother about the dangers of humans echoing in their ears, they set off on an adventure with the promise of deliciousness – but will they bite off more than they can chew?

Robbie Raccoon and the Big Black Blob is the debut children’s book by local author Irene Davidson Fisher, it is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.

100 mile reading: Draft Dodger?

draft-dodger

Cover art by Karen Sloan.

Draft Dodger? by J. Michael Fay

It’s 1967 and as the involvement of the U.S. in the Vietnam War is escalating, public opposition to the war is growing. Danny James is opposed to the war, putting him at odds with his friends. Determined to fight for social justice he becomes a community organizer to help those who need it most. But as the U.S. enacts a lottery for the draft, nullifying Danny’s deferment, he makes the decision to cross the border and set up a new life for himself and new wife in Canada. But soon the challenges of relationships, family, and finding yourself in a new country threaten Danny’s idealism.

Draft Dodger? by J. Michael Fay continues his series of e-published long form stories, all of which feature cover art by local artist Karen Sloan. They are available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library through Overdrive.

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.

100 Mile Reading: Memories from Main Street Coboconk

memories-from-main-streetMemories from Main Street Coboconk by Eleanor White MacNeil

Do you remember to Coboconk Knickerbockers? What about Lavida’s Ice Cream Parlour? Or Byrant’s Gas Station? Did you ever ride the Stoney Lake cruise ship up the Gull River? Whether you have these memories or not, you can read about what life was like in the bustling little town of Coboconk in Memories from Main Street Coboconk. Researched by Eleanor White MacNeil and Karin Mackie, and compiled and recorded by MacNeil, Memories from Main Street is an oral history project that will hearken you back to the days the kilns still fired and Pattie’s House roared with the rugged shouts of lumbermen, log drivers, and quarrymen.

Memories from Main Street Coboconk by Eleanor White MacNeil is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.

100 mile reading: My Cousin & Me and Other Animals

my-cousin-and-meMy Cousin & Me and Other Animals by Gordon Harrison

Join Gordon Harrison as he takes you through the wonders of the forest, experienced as a boy exploring the hinterlands of Ontario with his cousin. Then as an adult, photographing all the creatures that he studied during that time, in one of the most quiet forested corners of Haliburton County. Peppered liberally with photographs of wolves, bear, deer, and all manner of wild creatures, My Cousin & Me and Other Animals weaves memoir with biology and philosophy. An ode to the beauty of life created through natural selection, author Gordon Harrison expresses his passion and wonder with the natural world and its processes, his concern with the impact we are having on the planet’s future, and the need to “catch the apple when it falls and sweet or sour bite it hard!”
My Cousin & Me and Other Animals by Gordon Harrison is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times

100 Mile Reading: Lonely Lake

lonely lakeLonely Lake by George Henry Farrell

When the sole nature-loving landowner of a vast tract of waterfront property mysteriously disappears, there’s plenty of gossip around town about who might have offed the only obstacle between old growth forests and a condominium development – but few real answers. When young Elgin Corbett stumbles upon the body, the town reels as their speculation of murder becomes reality – but the question remains, whodunit?

Lonely Lake is a “cottage country mystery” by local author George Farrell. It is available to reserve in print and ebook at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally published in the Minden Times on January 28th, 2016.