Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Weekly Geeks: #18: Local Talent
Although this week's Weekly Geek tells us to "take us on a literary tour of your hometown", I'm going to make it a whole island. Cape Breton is my island and does have a few interesting literary facts.
*Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald was chosen as an Oprah Book Club pick in February 2002. It is set mostly on Cape Breton Island in the 1920's. Oprah called CB "an exotic island" which made me laugh.
*The film Margaret's Museum starring Helena Bonham Carter is based on Sheldon Currie's novel Glace Bay Miner's Museum. It was also filmed here. Both are about a woman who has a mental breakdown after many of the men in her family die in the coal mine. Happy, happy stuff!
*My old high school nemesis Alistair MacLeod- well, just his book which we were forced to read The Lost Salt Gift of Blood- also wrote No Great Mischief. Most of his stories are set on Cape Breton Island.
*Author Farley Mowat spends his summers somewhere on the island. He wrote Never Cry Wolf which also became a movie.