Nick Fonda, Historian, Author, Newspaper Correspondent.
"Roads to Richmond: the book, the town and the author"
Nick Fonda is an amateur historian although he has no formal training to go with an innate love of the subject. A long-time resident of Quebec’s Eastern Townships, he taught for many years at the Richmond Regional High and Elementary Schools but found time to try his hand at other jobs from restaurateur to raconteur. For the last few years he has been a contributor to the Record (a daily published in Sherbrooke) and the Townships Outlet (a small, subscription-based paper which publishes fortnightly) and, on occasion, to the Quebec Heritage News, the quarterly publication of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network.
He is a multiple winner of Quebec Community Newspaper Association awards and the author of “Roads to Richmond: Portraits of Quebec’s Eastern Townships,” a work of non-fiction which drew favourable criticism from, among others, Alistair MacLeod who wrote, “It possesses both truth and charm, which is a rare combination in today’s world.” His second book, “Principals and Other Schoolyard Bullies: Short Stories,” was released in September of 2011. He is currently President of the Richmond County Historical Society.
In addition to his journalism, Nick has written and mounted a number of plays with school and community groups; most recently, “Café and Coburn”, a musical, multimedia production to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Eastern Townships landscape artist F. S. Coburn. He is currently working on a novel tentatively entitled, “A Much Endangered Creature”, slated for publication in 2013.
His first book, “Roads to Richmond”, will be the topic for this Canadian Club meeting and his books will be available for purchase during the tea and coffee social break after his talk.