Giants of Canada's Ottawa Valley

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In this unusual book Joan Finnigan brings to life some of the giants, real and metaphoric, larger-than -life and legendary, who lived their colourful lives and performed their daring deeds in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the Ottawa Valley. The result of several years of research, fact and legend are fascinatingly interwoven in these tales of Joseph Montferrand, the Giant of the Ottawa River; Laird Archibald MacNab, the Giant of MacNab Township; Alexander MacDonnell, King of the Four Rivers; Rory MacLennan, the Giant of Glengarry; Mountain Jack Thomson, the Giant of Portage-du-Fort; and Harry McLean, the Giant Builder from Merrickville. Some of theses stories of the giants, like that of Joseph Montferrand, have passed through all the stages in the evolution of legend and are firmly embedded now in the imagination of Canadians of both English and French descent on both sides of the Ottawa River; others, like the stories of Alexander MacDonnell, Mountain Jack Thomson, Rory MacLennan, and Harry McLean, for the first time in a cohesive manner make their transition from the oral to the written tradition. Illustrated with rare archival and contempory photographs, The Giants of Canada's Ottawa Valley adds grist to the mill of our folklorists and historians, and will delight young readers and surely captivate the adults.

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Joan Finnigan has been at the forefront of Canadian literature and oral history since the 1960s, when Robert Weaver featured her poetry on CBC Radio and the National Film Board produced her Genie award-winning screenplay The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar. Since 1965 she has published thirty books, half of them inspired by the Ottawa Valley, including her ground-breaking, best -selling oral histories, Some of the Stories I Told You Were True, Legacies, Legends & Lies, Tell Me Another Story and Tallying the Tales of the Old-Timers. She is the acknowledged social historian of Ottawa Valley life. Her oral histories have won several prestigious regional awards, while her poetry books The Watershed Collection and Wintering Over have been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award and the Trillium Award, respectively.
The daughter of Ottawa Senator hockey legend Frank Finnigan and the mother of three children, Joan Finnigan was born in Ottawa and educated at Lisgar Collegiate, Carlton University, and Queen's University. She now summers at her old farmhouse on Hambly Lake north of Kingston, Ontario and winters in Aylmer, Quebec.

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