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This is Our Place, This is Our Home
by Joan Edward

This is Our Place, This is Our Home by Joan Edward

ISBN 1-55081-201-7
325 pages, b&w illustrations

Price: CDN$29.95

Book Description
This collection of revealing journal entries and biographical sketches describes some of the island¹s most colourful inhabitants. Interspersed with line drawings, it reflects the land¹s rugged grandeur and the people’s enduring strength.

“In this beautifully written and extraordinarily well-crafted book, Joan Edward masterfully blends the genres of travelogue, history text and biography into a cohesive whole. Under her pen, the people, the places and the history that shaped them come to life; a sense only enhanced by her own pen and ink drawings. This is Our Place, This is Our Home is much more than the recounting of one woman’s journey across Newfoundland. It is a history of the island and its people. And as you turn the final page, if you have never been to Newfoundland, you will want to visit; if you have been to Newfoundland before, you will want to go back again.”
John A. Hall, Dean, Faculty of Arts, James McGill Professor of Sociology, McGill University

“An authentic work of human exploration, discovery, vivid and touching. Ordinary people living extraordinary lives. Written and drawn with drama, compassion and affection.”
Colin Low, film director/producer, artist, O.C.

“This book is a true and honest look at the rugged beauty of an ancient Newfoundland and the independent spirit of its modern people. With her insightful words and stark but delicate drawings, she has contributed integrity and insight to the perception of this often misunderstood place and people.”
Gerald Squires, artist

About the Author
Joan Edward has followed music and art all her life. She studied piano in Montreal and London, England, worked as a music editor with the NFB for a period of eleven years and then taught piano privately until recently, painting and sketching in her spare time. Art studies included a summer at the Banff School of Fine Arts with A. Y. Jackson as instructor in oil painting. For over twenty years she has kept a journal, continuing her journals when she went to Newfoundland. Since first “discovering” it in 1988, Newfoundland has been her great inspiration. She spent several working summers there, and also a complete year (1992-93) when she gathered material for what ultimately became This is Our Place, This is Our Home.

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