History

Ami McKay’s Witchy Women

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If I thought for a moment we had achieved true equality in North America, I would question the need for women’s studies, women’s history, women’s writing prizes. If I thought that, I’d be writing about McKay’s novel as a curiosity, one no longer relevant, like so much of the 1800s. Cultural rules don’t change that fast. But they do change.

The Strength of Rita MacNeil

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“Lots of people are very insecure, but she just let it all out, she wasn’t worried about being upstaged or anything like that. I always interpreted that as another sign of strength in her.” -Kim Dunn, who played keyboards in Rita MacNeil’s band for 14 years.

Ken Danby Fans Will Rejoice

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Undaunted, the Art Gallery of Hamilton has waded into the breach with the exhibition and book project Ken Danby: Beyond the Crease. In doing so, they are honouring an artist who remains one of the most popular with the Canadian public and one who has, at least since the 1970s, been steadfastly ignored by most public art museums, especially the largest ones such as the Art Gallery of Hamilton itself.

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Justice Denied

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Author says racism, undue media influence and biased law enforcement not bound by region or time In her 2014 book The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, the second in a series of four historical true crime books, author and former forensic scientist Debra Komar investigates two cases of murder, revealing one killer. On January 27, 1896, 14-year-old Annie Kempton was murdered in her home in Bear River,…

Wanda Taylor exposes stories of abuse, survival

Wanda Taylor exposes stories of abuse, survival

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Author and filmmaker interviews former residents, hopes to help with healing “This book was tough to write,” says Wanda Taylor, the author of The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children: The Hurt, the Hope, the Healing. “And I know it’s tough to read. “Even though it’s hard, I really believe people need to hear about the troubling history. We need to ask ourselves how it was…

Redemption Songs

Redemption Songs

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New book explores Nova Scotia’s connection to Marcus Garvey and Bob Marley’s anthem of hope and liberation Writing The Hermit of Africville changed my life. Learning about Eddie Carvery’s now 45-year protest against the racism that destroyed his community opened my eyes and left a lot of questions. What exactly is racism? What exactly are the human races? Those questions were the seeds Carvery planted in…