When people ask me how I came to write a novel — And Then the Sky Exploded — about the bomb that was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945, and the devastation that followed, I have to be honest and admit I’m not really sure.
Those familiar with Farley Mowat's writing know him as a defining and controversial force in the literature of Canada's wild spaces and wilderness. Fewer may know how he holds similar sway in historical writing on Canada's Second World War experience.
When Canada declared war on Germany in September, 1939, women from across the nation went to war on the home front. They stepped up, doffing their aprons and donning factory uniforms to bridge the gap with a sombre commitment to do whatever was required to bring their men home. Battles on the frontlines raged while women in Canada braved hardship, managed food rations, raised their families, and often worked in highly dangerous conditions.
When I first learned there were over four kilometres of inter-connected tunnels running under my neighbourhood, my curiosity didn’t just pique, it exploded. Who builds a labyrinth under a city? In Scarborough, Ontario?
The ladies of Scarboro are looking for love in these fictionalized dating profiles of the very real women known in the Second World War as "Bomb Girls"
Bird’s Eye View is the unforgettable story of an idealistic young farm girl from Saskatchewan who is working as a newspaper reporter at the outbreak of World War Two. When her town becomes a British Commonwealth Air Training Base, Rose Jolliffe is fired with patriotism and wangles her way overseas, where she joins the air force and becomes an aerial photographic interpreter.
“I had no idea...!”
Alan Bowker worked for thirty-five years in Canada's foreign service, including serving as high commissioner to Guyana. He has a Ph.D. in Canadian history and has taught at Canada's Royal Military College. He is the editor of two collections of Leacock essays, On the Front Line of Life and Social Criticism. Today Alan answers some questions for us about his new book A Time Such as There Never Was Before.
Sean E. Livingston is a Naval Reserve officer with the CAF, as well as a teacher and Sea Cadet instructor. For over a decade, he has researched and promoted the history of HMCS Oakville, keeping its memory and story alive. His book Oakville's Flower has just released and it is a must read! Today Sean was able to stop by the blog and tell us more about his book.
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