This collection examines the serendipity and spontaneity of history through stories about love, family, and art. Bruce Meyers offers a view that is both personal and panoramic in these heartfelt and surprising stories. The book features the post–WWI novella “A Chronicle of Magpies,” which tells the story of one family’s struggle to build their own paradise, a home and lakeside resort, in the gothic Canadian wilderness. The engrossing novella is the centerpiece to a rich collection of shorter narratives, which are told with the same keen eye and subtle lyricism.
Bruce Meyer is the inaugural Poet Laureate of the City of Barrie and a professor of English at Laurentian University and the University of Toronto. He is the author of more than 36 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including Alphabet Table, A Book of Bread, Dog Days, The Golden Thread, Heroes, and Mesopotamia. He is the coauthor of Alphabestiary, and the coeditor of The White Collar Book. His broadcasts for CBC Radio One are the network’s bestselling spoken word CD series. He was named one of the 10 best lecturers in TV Ontario’s Big Ideas series in 2010. He lives in Barrie, Ontario.