History and culture are full of inspiring stories. Amazing people who have done things so grand, they resonate for all of us. We're sure that you have your own favourites—tales and figures that you look to when you need to feel like anything is possible.
But which inspiring stories get told ... and which ones don't?
One new book that highlights stories that might be new to you is Amazing Black Atlantic Canadians: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Achievement, by author Lindsay Ruck and artist James Bentley. This book looks at both the rich history and thriving present day of Black people in the Maritime provinces—a place known for civil rights activist (and face of our $10 bill) Viola Desmond and the Black village of Africville (written about recently in the January/February 2021 issue of OWL magazine).
And to help bring these voices to you, we're doing two things. First, OWLconnected reader Kismet has read the book and has some thoughts to share. And second, we're giving away five copies of the book for you to win!
Let's hear from Kismet right now!
I recently read a book by author Lindsay Ruck, Amazing Black Atlantic Canadians: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Achievement.
I really enjoyed the way this book was divided into categories (Athletes, Artists, Movers and Shakers, Military Heroes, and Few Firsts). The author's short stories represent a wide variety of Black Atlantic Canadians demonstrating their uniqueness and inspiring qualities.
For example, I loved the story about Quentrel Provo, a Nova Scotian activist who became motivated to take action in order to effect change after losing his cousin to gun violence. He started a movement known as 'Stop the Violence, Spread the Love'. I was really moved by the story about his first peace march, which he organized walking from Dartmouth to Halifax. Quentrel had many supporters with him who walked in the wind and rain in order to raise awareness as well as promote peace.
The illustrations in the book are really beautiful and the imagery is life-like. The drawing of Measha Brueggergosman has a feeling of movement to it so that it seems like she is about to sing!
Overall, I would give this book a rating of 8.5 out of 10. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy learning about inspiring Black Canadians and history.
This contest is now closed
We're sold, Kismet! Thanks for those thoughts. And if you also feel the same way, here's how you could win 1 of 5 copies of Amazing Black Atlantic Canadians: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Achievement. Just comment below with your name and your answer to the following question:
Why are you excited to read this book?
Contest is open to residents of Canada only. Prize courtesy of Nimbus Publishing. Contest closes on April 22nd at 11:59PM EST. Winner will be randomly chosen. Full contest rules and regulations can be seen here.