Newfoundland Sweet and Crummey Reads

Newfoundland Sweet and Crummey Reads

Newfoundland’s Michael Crummey has a way of telling stories hat speak to the Newfoundland experience while also exploring universal themes that appeal to all readers. Awarded the Writer’s Trust Fellowship in 2015, Crummey’s poetry and prose – in multiple genres- have become some of the Canada’s best-loved works. Sweetland is a novel that takes the reader on a journey through a small town, showing the many characters that inhabit such a place. Some are delightful, others are infuriating. Moses himself walks that line throughout the novel. He is at once a sympathetic older man fighting for his right to live his life out in his hometown and a cantankerous old codger, spitting venom at those who cross him. Continue reading Newfoundland Sweet and Crummey Reads

A Victorian Era Criminal Leads Police on a High Speed Bicycle Chase

Diana Belchase here: Criminals, police, and bicycles? Mimi Matthews once again regales us with a funny story about mayhem in New Jersey as the law tries to keep up with the newest technology of the 19th Century. Enjoy! Welcome guest blogger, Mimi Matthews: In September of 1896, British newspapers reported the remarkable use of a bicycle in a New Jersey murder case.  The case involved … Continue reading A Victorian Era Criminal Leads Police on a High Speed Bicycle Chase

A Proposed 18th Century Tax Bill Targets 27-Year-Old Spinsters…And Their Cats!

Author Mimi Matthews astounds us once again today, not only with her encyclopedic knowledge of history, but with this delightful piece about a proposition to tax old maids of twenty-seven! I know you’ll enjoy. Now, here’s Mimi Matthews: The 1777 edition of the London Magazine includes an interesting letter to the editor in which a gentleman—who signs himself as ‘A Friend to the Community’—has appended a … Continue reading A Proposed 18th Century Tax Bill Targets 27-Year-Old Spinsters…And Their Cats!

Are You Ready to Go Rogue?

Congratulations to Manda Collins who has just released another terrific historical. I love blue stocking romances, and if you do, too, I know you’ll love her books as much as I do. Here’s Manda talking about her newest release. Take it away, Manda! Great being here! This is Manda: It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, but its even harder (for me) … Continue reading Are You Ready to Go Rogue?

Death at the Needle

Author Mimi Matthews guests today, writing about the tragic life of the seamstresses who made those wonderful gowns we salivate over in historical romances. For those of you not familiar with Mimi Matthews’ blog, it’s one of the best researched historical fashion and culture websites out there. I’m a huge fan. Keep reading to see why. Death at the Needle: The Tragedy of Victorian Seamstress Mary Walkley … Continue reading Death at the Needle

Chloe’s Book Club: The Long Winter

Another Laura Ingalls Wilder report by author Kathleen Ernst. I so appreciate Kathleen reminding me how great these books are — both in a literary sense and as history, connoting the hardships of those who came before us, to whom we will always be grateful. Chloe’s Book Club: The Long Winter by Kathleen Ernst The Long Winter has always been one of my favorite books in … Continue reading Chloe’s Book Club: The Long Winter