This blog is simply an effort to gather together some research on Canada’s war literature.

I’m a book collector that became curious about these writers and wanted to know more about them than was contained in their brief bios in the Canadian Encyclopedia and literary guides (where those existed at all) –so I started digging.

As a result of this blog, I co-authored the introduction (with Brian Busby) to the Dundurn re-issue of Peregrine Acland’s All Else is Folly in 2014.

I have also written the introduction to Philip Child’s novel God’s Sparrows (1937), again for Dundurn, which appeared in the spring of 2017.

Monday to Friday (and very frequently on the weekends) I’m the archivist for the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Museum & Archives.  I was a private in the regiment from 2001-2004.

I am currently working on a biography of Major General R.G.E. Leckie.

I live in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver.

If you’d like to get in touch, please leave a comment on any of my posts.  WordPress will send me your e-mail, and I’ll reply as soon as possible.

If you’re an academic looking for some obscure bit of Canadian war writing, particularly from WWI, get in touch.  Chances are I have it.  I have an extensive collection of WWI era pulp magazines, many small unit publications, and an extensive pamphlet/poetry collection.  And if you’re teaching a course on WWI lit, I’d be more than happy to share PDFs of short stories that are not otherwise available.

6 Responses to About

  1. Brian Tennyson says:

    Hi Jim. Delighted to see that you found da copy of Moro-oka’s book. Well done!

  2. Sandra Janzen says:

    LOVE your site. I hope someone picks up the challenge to write a bio of Acland or film documentary about his life, but if all else fails, perhaps you can have your blog published as is. It is really grand. I’ve saved bits of it and have been and will be checking out references you mention, as you have in the Tennyson.
    Please, if you ever find a copy of Faithful For Ever, give me a holler.

  3. Tom tobin says:

    Enjoyed the site, especially the articles about Peregrine Acland and the Prince Rupert The Daily News. I’m researching a Robert Wynne-Eyton, who lived on Vancouver island until he joined the CEF (like Acland). Is there a local newspaper that covered the area for 1913/14?
    (Still surviving or searchable!)

  4. Jacqui Davis says:

    Dear Jim, McGill-Queen’s has recently reissued Bird’s And We Go On and Scott’s The Great War as I Saw It. Please contact me if you would like more info.

  5. Jim, superb site!! Am after in particular original or VG copy of The Story of Vimy Ridge, by WILL R. BIRD.1932; SB; VG; 24 pages. Know anyone with one who want to sell?



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