Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers as seen by Matt James



There are some books that bring back wonderful memories.  Such a book arrived at the library a few days ago, and immediately reminded me of the Winnipeg Folk Festival back in the mid 70s.  That was the first time I ever heard Stan Rogers sing.  He was a talented musician and song writer, and had a deep rich voice that one could listen to for hours.  His tragic death in an airplane fire in 1983 was such a loss.

But his music lives on, and now the book Northwest Passage, recalls the words of one of Stan Rogers' best known songs.  In this beautifully illustrated book, Matt James has woven together the words of the song, Stan Rogers' own journey, a history of the search for a Northwest Passage and the Franklin expedition.  The search for the Northwest Passage continued for several hundred years, and many men lost their lives in the quest.  The fascination with the fate of the Franklin expedition has become deeply rooted in Canadian’s collective psyche.  

This new book was recently awarded a Governor General’s Award.  The combination of fiction, folklore and history is sure to please readers of any age.

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