Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com
BRACEBRIDGE — Lest we forget — not in your life or theirs.
Muskoka author and historian Patrick Boyer has his latest book out now, appropriately for Remembrance Day.
“Muskokans Fight the Great War” is the first book in his MODERN HISTORY OF MUSKOKA series.
In August 1914 Muskokans rushed to enlist in the British Empire’s war that was supposed to be over by Christmas.
After four years, with millions of soldiers and millions more civilians killed, the euphoria had long since turned to grim despair.
Many Muskokans marched into that war – and other world conflicts – and didn’t return.
Some did. And this is both their stories.
Launched this fall, this book includes previously undisclosed events and many never-before-published photos.
Boyer began a local fall book tour with it this morning, talking about it and sharing some photos and stories that didn’t make it into the final cut of the book.
Oct 17, Thurs – Veterans’ Luncheon: Huntsville Legion, 11:15 a.m.
Oct 18, Fri – Bracebridge Rotary Club: 12 noon.
Oct 19, Sat – Book signing, VERANDA, Bracebridge: 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
Oct 20, Sun – Sunday Speakers Series, Muskoka Discovery Centre, Gravenhurst: 2 p.m.
Oct 23, Wed – Gravenhurst Public Library: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Oct 25, Fri – Village Square, Vankoughnet: 6 p.m.
Oct 26, Sat – Bracebridge Public Library: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Nov 8, Fri – Port Carling Legion: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Nov 9, Sat – Book signing, Coles Books, Huntsville: 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
Nov 20, Wed – Port Carling Library, Seniors Club: 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Nov 24, Sun – Huntsville Legion, upstairs: 3 to 5 p.m.
The Oct 20, 23, and 26 and Nov 8 and 24 events are open to all, free admission, with a PowerPoint presentation of many never-before-published photos from the book.
In addition to being available at those events, copies of Muskokans Fight the Great War are also for sale at:
VERANDA’s Muskoka Books, 22 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge
Coles Books, Huntsville Place Mall, 70 King William Street, Huntsville
Artisans of Muskoka, 67 Main Street East, Huntsville
Muskoka Heritage Place, 88 Brunel Road, Huntsville
Muskoka Discovery Centre, 275 Steamship Bay Road, Gravenhurst
or on-line at www.muskokabooks.ca
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- Patrick Boyer’s ancestors homesteaded in Muskoka before Confederation. Born and raised in Bracebridge, he holds an honours degree in economics and politics from Carleton, a Masters in history from University of Toronto, and a doctorate of law from the UofT’s faculty of law. Boyer’s been partner of a major Toronto law firm, a Member of Parliament, and parliamentary secretary for both External Affairs and National Defence. Dr. Boyer has taught at four universities, worked on democratic development overseas, and is author of some 24 books.
This book inaugurates new series BOYER’S MODERN HISTORY OF MUSKOKA
Book includes extensive subject index and references
Numerous photos, many published for the first time
Publisher: Muskoka Books, 2019
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