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list of the great­est Cana­dian nov­els of all time be­cause of the strong char­ac­ter of Hagar Ship­ley and im­por­tant lessons that she shares. How­ever, in 1987, the book came un­der at­tack from a par­ents group in Peter­bor­ough and the Kawartha Lakes re­gion. Af­ter a board com­mit­tee was set up to re­view the chal­lenge, the school board re­fused to re­move the books from the cur­ricu­lum. It is still a part of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem as part of the grade twelve cur­ricu­lum in many schools.

Mar­garet Lau­rence is one of Canada's most es­teemed and beloved writ­ers. She is best known for her Manawaka nov­els – The Stone An­gel, A Jest of God, The Fire Dwellers and The Divin­ers – which are all con­sid­ered clas­sics of Cana­dian lit­er­a­ture. She was also a founder of the Writ­ers' Trust of Canada, a non-profit lit­er­ary or­ga­ni­za­tion that en­cour­ages Canada's writ­ing com­mu­nity. Se­nior ci­ti­zens are an im­por­tant part of a com­mu­nity’s de­mo­graphic. They have faced plenty of chal­lenges from which we can learn as a so­ci­ety. Win­ston Churchill said that “Those that fail to learn from his­tory, are doomed to re­peat it”. What bet­ter way to learn from the past than to lis­ten, and learn from peo­ple who have the ex­pe­ri­ence? Take some time this month and lis­ten to some of the sto­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences of our lo­cal se­nior ci­ti­zens – they are golden.

The li­brary cat­a­logue is avail­able on the in­ter­net at www.kawartha­lakesli­ Stephanie McPher­son is an avid sup­porter of the City of Kawartha Lakes Pub­lic Li­brary.

The Stone An­gel

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