The lovely people over at the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB) have created a short video for us as part of their own promotional activities. (They have created such videos for many of the projects that lie under their umbrella, as it were.) Here’s ours!
Another of our authors was profiled today in Stephen Hume’s Canada 150 column in the Vancouver Sun. Dorothy Livesay began her career at a pivotal moment in Canada’s literary history, and her activities and activism carried on through to her death only two decades years ago.
Hume, Stephen. “The Brain Who Armed the Warriors.” Vancouver Sun (18 April 2017): A2.
In addition to being the first woman aircraft designer in the world, Elsie wrote a biography of her mother: My Mother, The Judge: A Biography of Judge Helen Gregory MacGill (1955). For this, she merits inclusion in our project, although her fame and honour are undoubtedly other than literary.
Sara McLagan is today’s eminent British Columbian in Stephen Hume’s Canada 150 column. The article is a quick synopsis of her life leading up to taking over the Vancouver Daily World newspaper after her husband’s death in 1901; a more detailed biography can be found in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography online.
There’ll be two posts today, as last Saturday, Stephen Hume posted a goodbye to his reading audience. Here is the post I wrote for our project Facebook page:
I was really sad to see that one of my favourite Vancouver Sun journalists, Stephen Hume (who writes the Canada 150 column that includes so many of our authors), became part of the incomprehensible bout of lay-offs recently at Postmedia. That his departure is voluntary in order to leave open a position for a younger, upcoming journalist, is in keeping with what I see as a level of integrity that is far too quickly disappearing from journalism today. It is indeed a “dark day for journalism in British Columbia.”
Hume, Stephen. “‘P.K. Page a Woman for all Seasons.” Vancouver Sun (7 April 2017): A2.
Today’s eminent British Columbian profiled in Stephen Hume’s Vancouver Sun Canada 150 column is poet P.K. Page. As Hume points out, she was much more than just a poet, but her inclusion in our project is of course the result of her prolific literary output. George Woodock, Humes tells us, observed that Page’s writing “takes us magically beyond any ordinary seeing into a realm of imagining in which the normal world is shaken like a vast kaleidoscope and revealed in unexpected and luminous relationships.” She stands among the great mothers of Canadian literature.