Giller Short List

Giller Short List
French Exit by Patrick deWitt, Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan,Motherhood by Sheila Heti and An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim

Writing Guild Call for a New Member

Wanted: one new member for the Thunder Bay Writers Guild. The Guild is a well-established writing group of 12 members who meet monthly to critique each other’s work and to support and encourage each other in the writing process.

Requirements: to be actively writing and able to produce a polished piece of work (fiction or non-fiction, not poetry) to be critiqued every few months. Able to attend meetings at the college on the 2nd Monday of each month.

Interested? Please send 2 pieces of your work (fiction or non-fiction—between 1,500 - 3,000 words, no poetry) to Jack Shedden at

Deadline: Wednesday 31st October 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Book about Artist Susan Ross.

Two Generations—Then an Artist: The Susan Ross Story
by James R. Stevens.

I’ve been a fan of Susan Ross since high school. My girl friends and I always took in the art shows at the library and we agreed that Ross was our favourite. Now, in conjunction with a Ross exhibit at the Thunder Bay Museum, comes a wonderful book by James Stevens. Two Generations—Then an Artist: The Susan Ross Story.

Last Sunday, local art lovers as well as long time fans and friends of Sue Ross listened as James Stevens read from his book and talked about his friendship with the artist. We sat in a room surrounded by the artist’s work and also work by her friends such as Norval Morrisseau.

Susan Ross, born in Port Arthur in 1915, was a great Canadian artist. “Northern to the core,” as James Stevens puts it. Sue Ross hunted, fished and camped in the bush. Her artistic talent was encouraged by her family and many Port Arthur teachers. With the help of her uncle, the famous film maker Robert Flaherty, she attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and returned to Thunder Bay to embark on an adventurous life, travelling the north and the arctic, meeting the indigenous people, making life-long friends.  In 2001, she was awarded the Order of Canada for her contribution to Canadian art. She died in 2006 at ninety-one years of age.

James Stevens tells her story well. He describes her as an artist whose heart was aligned with First Nations people who she pictured with respect and a common humanity. The book contains numerous examples of Ross’ paintings, drawings and etchings. It’s a beautiful book, available at the Thunder Bay Museum. Then go upstairs and look and wonder. Two treasures: a beautiful book and a beautiful exhibit.
James Stevens with his book 

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