Local Authors in Stittsville


This week, I would like to bring attention to two local authors from the community of Stittsville.

The first had his official book release this week. I would like to extend my congratulations to Peter Kunstadt. After a year’s labour of love, his book – “Promised Land – A Life’s Journey to Success in Canada” had its release party Thursday at Kunstadt Sports.

It is a story of tough decisions taken, of resilience, imagination and persistence, immigration to an unknown country, but above all, it is a story of family. The book describes the history of his families in Eastern Europe, surviving Nazi tyranny, including family losses in the Holocaust, and the irony of liberation by Russian forces that soon led to a more persistent and deadening tyranny under
Communist rule. Despite it all however; his family saw success.

The book is available for purchase on their website at http://kunstadt.com/products/promisedland-alifesjourneytosuccessincanada



The second local author goes by the name of Murray Ault. Murray will be signing copies of his semi-biographical book, View from the Deck, at Coles at Billings Bridge this Saturday, September 24 from 11-2.

View from the Deck is a personal account of the adventures of an 18-year-old on the CGS C.D. Howe—a hospital ship equipped to meet the medical needs of the Inuit (Eskimo) during an era defined by a high incidence of tuberculosis, the Cold War and a changing way of life— and those who sailed with her during the summer of 1959.

It was the Howe’s tenth annual voyage to Canada’s North, providing medical and dental services to inhabitants of the Eastern Arctic, but it proved to be a first in many ways for this Ottawa boy. Icebergs, the stark landscape, the vast expanse of snow and sky, the engaging and resilient peoples of the North—the young Murray Ault enthusiastically recorded impressions of all of these, and much more. It was the summer of a lifetime, sparking a love for the North that continues to this day.

Generously illustrated with archival photographs taken by the author, View from the Deck deftly captures a time of change—for both a young man and a people. Copies are available for sale at the Mill Street Books in Almonte, The Book Nook and Treasures in Perth, and Perfect Books (258 Elgin St.) and Books on Beechwood in Ottawa.

For more information, you can contact the author at arcticlibris59@rogers.com