The Story of the 1917 Halifax Explosion and the Boston Tree – A Talk, A Reading and A Book Signing at the QAC

The QAC will host a Talk, Reading and Book Signing by Suzanne Pasternak on Saturday, September 30, 2017, 1 pm.

Illustration from The Story of the 1917 Halifax Explosion and the Boston Tree, book by Suzanne Pasternak

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Halifax Explosion, Suzanne Pasternak will give a talk about the explosion and will read from her newly published book The Story of the 1917 Halifax Explosion and the Boston Tree. This book is aimed at both adults and young readers.

After years of researching for her book, Suzanne has been able to put together a lecture series about the subject and is in the process of recording it for a radio play as well. The book tells the story of the epic humanitarian rescue mission sent out by the Governor of Massachusetts and Boston philanthropist Abraham Ratshesky hours after the explosion. This humanitarian gesture on the part of Boston has never been forgotten by the people of Nova Scotia. Every year they send to Boston a 50-foot Christmas tree that stands in front of the State House. 30,000 people attend the lighting of the tree and another 300,000 watch it on television. This tree stands as a symbol of rebirth and a light in the dark which is what the rescue team from Boston gave to Halifax during its darkest hour.

Suzanne’s talk and book signing will take place on Saturday, September 30 at 1 pm at the Quinte Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop, 36 Bridge Street East, downtown Belleville. This event is part of Culture Days (culturedays.ca).