1960 Just add Water and Stir by Pierre Berton
March 29, 2013
Like that of many Canadians, my last memory of Pierre Berton was his appearance on the CBC’s Rick Mercer Report in 2004. Berton, 84 at the time, was to pass away later that year. He took part in the comedian’s TV program ostensibly to demonstrate how to roll a perfect marijuana joint ...
April 5, 2013
“The Gentle Art of Satire” is not an expression you hear or read too often. Yet this is how Norman Ward’s writing skill was described by the publisher of his book Mice in the Beer ....
April 5, 2013
My copy of W.O. Mitchell’s Jake and the Kid is a later edition, paperback version of the book. The cover art features a Norman Rockwell-style painting of the darkened interior of a barn framing an open door that looks out into bright daylight ...
1963 Three Cheers for Me by Donald Jack
April 19, 2013
By the time Donald Jack wrote his war story, the 1963 Leacock Medal winner Three Cheers for Me, the pain of World War II was being displaced by the upbeat early 1960s, and Jack, who served in the RAF as a teenager near the end of that war, had moved to Canada ....
1964 Homebrew and Patches by Harry J. Boyle
May 3, 2013
My mother grew up in a family that was far from wealthy and ha little in the way of luxuries. Her most memorable childhood Christmas was the one when she saw and tasted an orange....
1965 War Stories by Gregory Clark
May 10, 2013
The title of Gregory Clark's 1965 Leacock Medal winning book War Stories is not misleading. Its pages recount Clark's experiences in the grip of bloody, plodding conflict on the frontlines in the two world wars. But collectively, these stories also describe another, separate battle ...
1966 Nursery rhymes to be read - by George Bain
May 17, 2013
1967 Needhams' Inferno by Richard J. Needham
May 24, 2013
In full flight, Richard J. Needham seemed relentless.