Sunday, April 28, 2019

Winnipeg General Strike, young adult novels

This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Winnipeg
General Strike of 1919, a landmark of labour history that has inspired labour and the left in Canada ever since.

My 2017 young adult novel, Grace and the Secret Vault
(Ottawa, Baico,  focuses on the impact of the strike
upon the family of the labour activist J.S. Woodsworth,
particularly upon his thirteen year old daughter, Grace.

Up until publication of my book, the only work of fiction for young people about the Strike  was Geoffrey Billson's, Goodbye, 

With the arrival of the 100th anniversary, two more young adult novels have appeared:  City on Strike by Harriet Zaidman and Papergirl by Melinda McCracken and Penelope Jackson.

I reviewed these novels for CM Magazine (formerly Canadian Materials) an online magazine based in Winnipeg.  The links are: and