Books of the Week

The Labradorians

Lynne Fitzhugh’s The Labradorians is a hefty but accessible volume of Labrador’s regional history.  In one book, Fitzhugh provides both a handy, well-put-together collection of Labrador voices and her own thoughtful, diligently researched celebration of Labrador’s social history.  Altogether it makes for an valuable addition to any Labrador bookshelf. From a more critical perspective, the… Continue Reading →

History of Happy Valley

Alice Perrault’s History of Happy Valley is a small book, but an important one.  It clearly and succinctly lays out the early history of Happy Valley from the point of view of one who helped establish it.  Many of the details it records are difficult or impossible to find anywhere else in print—such as the… Continue Reading →

Eukuan nin mats himanitu innu-iskueu

Participants in last year’s Labrador Research Forum were privileged to attend the launch of Sheshatshiu Innu Elder Elizabeth Penashue’s edited diary and memoir, Nitinikiau Innusi—I Keep the Land Alive—which surely must have been one of of the most eagerly-anticipated books in Labrador history.  At the launch, Tshaukuesh (Penashue) mentioned her pride at having been one… Continue Reading →


This week’s book is a relatively recent one, by anthropologist John C. Kennedy.  Published in 2015, Encounters is an academic book, but it’s also fairly accessible, so don’t be too put off by that.  It’s the book to read on its subject, and I was able to understand it, enjoy it, and learn from it,… Continue Reading →

The Most (In)Famous Phrase in Labrador Literature

In this series, I do my best to keep readers guessing, by selecting books of all different kinds and eras.  The idea is to showcase just how much Labrador material there is to read—but I should also probably make it clear that I’m not curating a “best of” list, by any means!  Hopefully I will… Continue Reading →

Remembering the Years of My Life

Remembering the Years of My Life is the memoir of Paulus Maggo, an eminent Inuk Elder in Nain.  Maggo’s account covers most of his life, from his birth at Salmon Bight in 1910 right up to the early 1990s, with a focus on details of day-to-day life, both for himself and for his community.  The… Continue Reading →

Songs of Labrador

For the second week in a row, we’re looking beyond narrative into other kinds of Labrador books.  This time, the topic is music. Songs of Labrador delivers exactly what its title promises—an anthology of Labrador songs.  The book is the brainchild of editor and compiler Tim Borlase, a long-time Labrador educator who also had a… Continue Reading →


Unlike the other Books of the Week that we’ve seen so far, Josephina Kalleo’s Taipsumane does most of its talking with images rather than words.  Kalleo has been recognized and celebrated as an artist primarily for the drawings collected in this volume.  You can find the scanned drawings online at the Heritage NL website, along… Continue Reading →

The Labrador Fiasco

This week’s Labrador Book of the Week is another example, like H.G. Wells’s Marriage, of a little-known Labrador book from a big-name author. Margaret Atwood needs no introduction.  These days her name first brings to mind the screen adaptation of her novel The Handmaid’s Tale, or maybe her publication of a sequel, entitled The Testaments,… Continue Reading →

It’s Like the Legend

This week’s pick is It’s Like the Legend: Innu Women’s Voices, edited by Nympha Byrne and Camille Fouillard. It’s Like the Legend was a ground-breaking book when it was published in 2000, and it remains singular today.  As an anthology of Innu women’s voices, It’s Like the Legend shares a rare and extraordinary set of… Continue Reading →

The Story of Labrador

Today we turn to another very well-known title: Bill Rompkey’s The Story of Labrador, published in 2003. Unfortunately, this is the first Book of the Week that isn’t freely available online, but it does remain in print and available from all your favourite bookstores. Some time after I moved to Labrador in 2007, my grandfather… Continue Reading →


This week features a book that’s little known in Labrador—but you may recognize the author! The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, and The Invisible Man are three enduring, much-adapted science fiction classics from the nineteenth century that are still in print today.  None of them has anything to do with Labrador—but if any… Continue Reading →

Woman of Labrador

The Book of the Week will be a recurring feature here on LILA Online, showcasing Labrador books.  I’ll try to select a mix of famous titles and more obscure ones.  That way, while we learn a bit more about some of Labrador’s most significant works, we will also shine light on other interesting titles that… Continue Reading →

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