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The Fiddlehead Turns 75 and We Want Your Help to Celebrate!

The Fiddlehead turns 75 in 2020 and we’re planning all kinds of events across the country. We’re even publishing a special 5th issue, curated by our advisory editors, with a special focus on “looking forward” to the future of CanLit. And we want to include brief messages from our readers: looking forward, what are your thoughts or ideas, hopes or dreams for The Fiddlehead or for CanLit? We’re also delighted to receive any kind of well wishes or celebratory notes you care to send! 

If you’d like your message published in our special issue, please send it to thefiddlehead@gmail.com by December 31. Messages will still be accepted afterward for possible inclusion in our regular issues through the year. Messages may be edited for length. And you can always send us comments on social media — just remember to use the hashtag #Fid75.

And if you're wondering how you will be able to get your hands on the additional anniversary issue? It will be on newsstands and available for order, but if you’re a current subscriber, you’ll receive it!

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To The Fiddlehead: Congratulations on your 75th birthday! I have wanted to tell you for some time how grateful I am for your publishing a particular work of one of our NB authors. As I understand the story, you began your fledgling publishing in a garden shed with founders, none of whom knew if they would continue to print from one month to the next. From that, you have grown into a printing company recognized across North America and probably globally as you accept submissions from around the world. That is a huge accomplishment. I would like to try to tell an abbreviated version of how happy I was to find one of your out-of-print publications - "When Rum Was King" by the esteemed NB writer, Barry J. Grant. As a child in New Brunswick, my father told me stories that passed into history with no one recording them. And then I discovered that BJ Grant collected and wrote stories that supported the oral tales told by my Dad. I wanted to thank ( posthumously) this gentleman, and pay homage to him so devised a way of doing it. I was gratified to receive an interview with Ken and Sheila Moore, the basis for an article I titled, "Out of Obscurity: A tribute to one of NB's prolific writers". Sheila Moore kindly inscribed the work of her first husband with this: "Thank you, AnneMarie, for allowing us to remember." So a diligent thank you to THE FIDDLEHEAD for the printing of this valuable and precious book. I have managed to finagle, beg, borrow, buy and steal - and now own - three copies! My friends and family think I have an extensive library. If the entire collection were threatened with fire, I would move mountains to salvage one copy of "When Rum Was King." Happy 3/4 of a century Birthday! Sincerely, Anne-Marie Beattie , Oshawa, Ontario. annemariebeattie@sympatico.ca

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