Peter Unwin grew up in southern Ontario and has travelled extensively in the north. His first collection of short stories, The Rock Farmers, was nominated for a Stephen Leacock Award, and his essays have been singled out for both regional and national attention. His story The World In the Evening was shortlisted for the 2012 Canadian National Magazine Award For Fiction. He lives in Toronto.
An amusing collection of lives and stories from the eccentric side of Canada’s history.
A joyous romp through the back pages of Canadian quirkiness, Canadian Folk provides a fresh look at the saints, sinners, oddballs, and outright nutbars who have populated the Canadian landscape.
They were perpetually northbound or south; they were inveterate walkers, or world class runners, millionaires in ill-advised Citroen half-tracks. The restless characters who spanned those miles and who fill the pages of this book were fuelled by the ambitions, the doubts, and the certainties of their times, a certainty that now seems unfathomable to us and frequently maddening. From doomed explorers to celebrated poets of cheese, this collection provides a fascinating look at the eminent and no-so-eminent characters who came before us and left their colourful mark on Canada’s history.
Peter Unwin is a talented storyteller with a dry sense of humour who makes history interesting.