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June 13, 2018

Roy Blomstrom, author of SILENCES: A NOVEL OF THE 1918 FINNISH CIVIL WAR, will be signing books at the Coles at the Intercity Mall in Thunder Bay on Saturday, July 7, from noon until 4 p.m. 

Coles routinely carries SILENCES, as well as the other Shuniah House Books titl...

June 6, 2018

Thanks to Bookends, a longstanding local book club, and the Thunder Bay Public Library, copies of SILENCES: A NOVEL OF THE 1918 FINNISH CIVIL WAR will soon be available in the Book Club in a Bag program

Book Club in a Bag makes it easier for a group to read and discus...

May 29, 2018

The Ontario Library Service--North has announced the shortlist for the Northern Lit Awards, and SILENCES is on it! Many congratulations to author Roy Blomstrom.

And many thanks to the OLS-N for creating this way to spotlight stories about and from the various part of no...

May 2, 2018

Thanks once again to LU Professor Emeritus Raija Warkentin, we've had the chance to see the program from the premiere of Veljani Vartija, an opera by Olli Kortekangas with libretto by Tuomas Parkkinen. Commissioned by the Tampera Opera, the opera is about a brother and...

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 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...

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