Earl Pilgrim set to release his latest book
The Adventures of Ernest Doane in memory of wife Beatrice Pilgrim
The prolific Roddickton-Bide Arm author Earl Pilgrim has a new book ready to hit the shelves.
Volume 1 of The Adventures of Ernest Doane is a thrilling tale, documenting the true story of Doane’s four treacherous journeys across the Strait of Belle Isle, from Point Amour to Flower’s Cove and vice versa, in the winter of 1906 to deliver mail for Sir Wilfred Grenfell.
The narrative is pieced together largely from Doane’s diaries. Pilgrim reconstructed the diaries and other sources into what he calls an adventure story.
Therefore, it thrusts the reader right into the middle of the tale. They experience everything as it happens, following Doane from the ice, as he undertakes these daring journeys across a strait that Pilgrim calls the “most dangerous strait in the world.”
The book, the 18th work for Pilgrim, should be in stores in early January, though no specific release date is set. Five thousand copies will be distributed throughout the province. The book will also be available on Amazon.
When Pilgrim discusses The Adventures of Ernest Doane, it is clear that he is astounded by the gumption of his subject. What stood out to him most in the process of researching and writing this story was the idea that “if you have the grit and determination, as well as the nerve to push what you can do, the sky is the limit.”
When the book is launched, Pilgrim will be signing copies in St. Anthony.
He is now looking forward to writing Volume 2, which will document the events of Doane’s life from 1912 to around 1920. He has told the Northern Pen that Volume 3 will pick up from there and documents the rest of Doane’s life until his death in 1946.
In memory of Beatrice Due to unfortunate circumstances, however, it took Pilgrim a bit longer to complete this book.
In 2015, as he was in the middle of writing this book, his wife Beatrice was diagnosed with leukemia. He spent every night with her at hospitals in St. Anthony, Corner Brook, and St. John’s. With the care of his wife taking priority above all else, Earl put aside writing.
When she passed away in July, 2016, Earl not only lost his wife but his most important collaborator. He tells the Northern Pen that she provided research, editing, and writing for his projects, in- cluding Volume 1 of The Adventures of Ernest Doane prior to her diagnosis. She loved and engaged with history just as much as he did.
This was the first book he had to complete without Beatrice’s input and this time around, he got some help from his son Caesar, who was off work from Fort McMurray after the wildfire in May.
Earl credits Caesar, along with Glenda Spurrell of TC Media, with getting the book prepared for the printing process.
Volume 1 of The Adventures of Ernest Doane is dedicated to Beatrice Pilgrim’s memory.
Earle Pilgrim, of Roddickton-Bide Arm, has a new book soon to be released: The Adventures of Ernest Doane.
The Adventures of Ernest Doane was written in memory of Earl Pilgrim’s wife, Beatrice Pilgrim.