Canadiana

Canadiana

My Dad The Rum Runner by Jim Stone (2002)

Over a period of 60 years Stone’s son, Jim, pieced together his father’s secret life on the seas as a rum runner from Vancouver to Hawaii to mainland American ports, often pursued and occasionally seized by the US Coastguard. This story not only delves into the psyche of a young boy growing up with a mostly absent father, but also explores a relatively mysterious time in Canadian and American history. Winner of the Kortum Award for original research in maritime history by the National Maritime Museum in San Francisco, it has been hailed by The Chronicle as “colourful and racy, a poignant account of an often-absent father.”

North for Gold: The Red Lake Gold Rush of 1926 by Ruth Russell

Canada’s last great gold rush was to Red Lake Ontario in 1926. Ruth Russell’s stirring history of the triumphs, hardships and conflicts of these people will fascinate high school student and adult. Marg Zavros says, “Red Lake native Ruth Russell has written a social history, an adventure of the common man.” History teacher Phil Werstine calls it “well-written and documented… The approach is scholarly.”