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August 13, 2018

This Saturday! From noon until 4! Meet authors from northwestern Ontario, buy books and/or have them signed, and enjoy the air-conditioned comfort of Thunder Bay Chapters on Memorial.

Shuniah House author Roy Blomstrom will be there with SILENCES: A NOVEL OF THE 1918 FI...

April 14, 2018

Rabbit's on the run, AWOL from his unit, running for his life from the army he joined as a volunteer.

Somewhere heading toward Russia, he falls in with hordes of Finnish-speaking Red refugees who believe they will be safe in Russia--that Russia will welcome them. As lon...

April 7, 2018

At 9 a.m. on April 6, 1918, the Red side in Tampere surrendered. 

White soldiers are supposed to treat the soldiers and civilians as prisoners--but without the resources to guard them, they begin executions. 

Jussi and his father tour the city their artillery has helped...

March 31, 2018

Easter fell on similar dates in 1918--March 31 instead of April 1, but the same weekend. 

Tampere is under artillery bombardment. Jussi and his father can see the red glow of fire in the city. Karl's infantry regiment fought in the cemetery, and many were lost.

After the...

March 14, 2018

We're approaching the centenary of the battles that are widely considered to be the turning point of the Finnish Civil War, which occurred on and in the days following the Ides of March. White and Red armies fight amid three lakes in south-central Finland; soon, Tamper...

February 28, 2018

In SILENCES: A NOVEL OF THE 1918 FINNISH CIVIL WAR, events 100 years ago have embroiled Jussi Mantere and the Solbakken family in fighting for the White army.

Jussi and his father have had artillery training. Ivor Solbakken, known as Rabbit, has been separated from his...

February 21, 2018

Fun announcement! SILENCES: A NOVEL OF THE 1918 FINNISH CIVIL WAR will soon be available at Fireweed. Fireweed, at 182 S. Algoma Street, is one of Thunder Bay's top destinations for anything made by local artists.

Also, more copies of SILENCES are available in Cole's at...

February 13, 2018

The premiere of VELJENI VARTIJA, an opera by noted Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas, is this Friday, February 16, in Tampere, Finland, at Tampere-Talo. Set in 1918, the opera is "about hate and mercy," focusing on a brother and sister who end up on opposite sides of t...

February 7, 2018

At his website, author Roy Blomstrom considers the Finnish Civil War, snow, gloves, and conscription.

As the divisions between Red sympathizers and White sympathizers becomes more plain, White leaders must consider where their fighting force will come from. Some will vo...

January 24, 2018

We're now into that part of 2018 that marks the 100th anniversary of events in the Finnish Civil War.

One hundred years ago, Mannerheim had been made Supreme Commander of the White Guards. 

In SILENCES: A NOVEL OF THE 1918 FINNISH CIVIL WAR, 100 years ago yesterday, Juss...

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