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TURNING A NEW PAGE

Here's the latest outlet for books from Wallbridge House Publishing. Playwright-artisan Peter Paylor and director-artisan Lisa Morris are turning a new page on Front Street at Victoria in Belleville. Their Artists and Artisans shop contains a good sampling of local artwork, including a literary section exclusively offering works by author Orland French. Wind, Water, Barley & Wine – a must-have account of Prince Edward County – the Heritage Atlas of Hastings County and Mr. French's account of the First World War as told in Letters to Vimy, are all available.

It's a small but very select list of excellent titles. Drop in to Artists and Artisans, the newest bright spot on a refurbished Front Street. It's another reason to visit downtown! Ask about their theatre plans!

 

 

 


LETTERS TO VIMY – A PERSONAL STORY

This is a highly unusual correspondence between myself, author Orland French, and my uncle Pte. Oscar French who died in the Canadian attack on Vimy Ridge more than a hundred years ago.

More Mail from Uncle Oscar!

More correspondence from Uncle Oscar has surfaced since I published Letters to Vimy last spring. I will post letters on this website as I transcribe them. To get you started, take a look at his account of a route march through a farmer's orchard. Then see some postcards he sent home in 1915 to his baby brother Elmer, who became my dad.

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LETTERS TO VIMY

The book presents a medley of real letters written by my uncle to his mother, my grandmother, to which I have responded with letters of historical fiction written to him a century later. Hence the title, Letters to Vimy.

In his late teens, Uncle Oscar was torn with a difficult decision. He was attending high school in Midland, Ontario but his buddies were going off to fight the Kaiser in Europe. The war won his attention. In the spring of 1915, he enlisted for service in the Canadian Army. Two years later he died at Vimy Ridge.

To read more, CLICK HERE.

 

What Canadian author Peter C. Newman says about this book:

“Letters to Vimy” speaks with remarkable grace and revered insight to and for a generation and indeed catches both the glory and the tragedy involved. This “Letters to Vimy” must become compulsory reading for citizenship hearings since it finally defines what’s best about this magical country of ours. – Peter C. Newman


Wind, Water, Barley & Wine

 

The Nature of Prince Edward County (CLICK HERE)
This book chock full of stunning colour photos brings you the history of Prince Edward County as seen through the lens of geology. What made the Sandbanks? What made the terroir that creates tasty wines? What created conditions for growing great barley and apples and cherries? Why do so many people visit the County for a holiday...or to find a permanent residence? Find out HERE.

 

 
Sample Pages (CLICK HERE)
 
Where to buy Wind, Water, Barley & Wine Click HERE
 

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LETTERS TO VIMY
Letters to Vimy, a personal exchange of letters to a Canadian soldier in France in the First World War, is available now. The book contains an ...Full Story
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