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Letters to the Granddaughter - The Story of Dillon Wallace of the Labrador Wild: Retracing the trips in the North and the remarkable life of the author of The Lure of the Labrador Wild Paperback – March 8, 2013
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About the Author
The author's first taste of trackless wilderness occurred when he hiked the Long Range Traverse in Grosse Morne National Park in Newfoundland and Labrador. Shortly after this he began retracing the Hubbard and Wallace Saga after reading Dillon Wallace’s "The Lure of the Labrador Wild". His good friend Gerard Kenney, an author of books on the North, lent him the book and the two of them the following summer in 1999, canoed up Grand Lake and portions of the Naskaupi and Susan Rivers. Little by little the author retraced about half of the 1903 trip forming the basis for "The Lure of the Labrador Wild" and most of the summer portion of the 1905 trip forming the basis for Dillon Wallace’s second book, "The Long Labrador Trail". Not to be forgotten in all of this is Mina Hubbard’s book, "A Woman’s Way Through Unknown Labrador" and her 1905 trip, the author covering the greater portion of her trip as well. A key event that convinced the author to write this biography was the Mina Hubbard Centennial in 2005, which took place in North West River, Newfoundland and Labrador, the starting point for the trips in 1903 and 1905. The author was invited by the organizers to do a presentation at it, as part of those invited "from away" as the organizers put it in good Labrador parlance. He was at first surprised and then concerned that organizers were completely ignoring another key figure in the events of 1903 and 1905, Dillon Wallace. After convincing the organizers to not forget Dillon Wallace, he was invited by them to locate surviving family members. Thanks to this he got to know Wallace’s son and daughter and then finally his granddaughter, Amy McKendry, who lives in the Seattle area. Amy and the author decided that it was time there was a biography on her grandfather and met for a week in October 2008 to look through the extensive archives held on the saga at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. It has been a big job researching and writing the biography, with work on it taking place during spare moments as the author continued to work as an energy specialist for the Canadian International Development Agency. The author lives in Kanata, Ontario (now a part of greater Ottawa), where he is married to Beth and has three grown children. Beth has shown great patience over the years with his heading off to Labrador and northern Quebec each summer.
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(Also check ''The Woman Who Mapped Labrador" by Roberta Buchanan, Ann Hart and Brian Greene.)
dang it.. here I am trying to do the right thing and it won't accept my basic kudo but instead
told me I needed to put 12 more words... before it would let me "submit".
goes to show you that not just the govt is involved in bean counting!
Whether or not you enjoy the great outdoors and the sheer adventure of hiking and canoeing, the extensive research and travel done to put this book together is impressive. Whether or not you plan to sit and peruse each and every detail and hunt down Wallace's original work upon acquiring a copy of Schubert's book, this title makes for an excellent coffee table book. Already, guests haven't been able to help but pick it up and thumb through it when coming to my home. The maps, the pictures, seeing the difference between a pair of trees in 1903 versus 2012... it's all so riveting.
Read more of my official review here: [...]
All in all a delightful read. With the journal accompaniment of Mr Schubert's own retracing of the Hubard/Wallace routes in Labrador and superb photographs of Labrador then and now, Mr Schubert has furnished another worthy and welcome volume to the nature book-shelves of all those fascinated with the story of the Hubbard Expedition as well as to those who simply cannot get enough of the great tales of northern canoe-tripping.