When Truro was NYC

January 2018

“Because of them, Truro was our New York.”

That’s what a Halifax doctor, who grew up in Pictou, said to me a few years ago. He was referring to the 1960s Friday night Lincoln dances at the Colchester Legion.

No one who was ever at those dances would disagree. They were something special. None of us would have wanted to be anywhere else, than grooving to Frank MacKay and the band playing Soul and R&B.

Well, a half century later, the Lincolns are coming back—back to play in Truro at the Legion Branch 26. I have tickets for the Friday night event, but there will be a Saturday night show as well.

Fifty dollars may be fifty times more expensive than the Lincoln dances at the Legion dances used to be. But then, maybe that’s a small price for time travel?

And for a trip to our very own Nova Scotian New York.

Photos: tickets for 2018 lincoln show; banner on The Lincolns at the Colchester Historeum; AJBJ and Rod Norrie (original Lincoln drummer); and AJBJ and Mary T around the time when the Lincolns were still playing in Truro.

Leonard Cohen @ MAC

January 2018

Mary and I went to Montreal specifically to see the Cohen exhibit at the Musée de l’art contemporain (MAC). We were far from disappointed. The exhibition is great, and kept us there for three hours. If Leonard’s body of work means something to you, I urge you to go see the show before it ends in April 2018.

Vanguard Exhibit at Ross Farm

January 2018

The exhibit opens on Jan. 18, with a few remarks beginning at 2 pm, including some words from me about how the exhibit came to be and what it says about Nova Scotia today.


Artist Lio Lo

December 2017

I met today with artist Lio Lo, who is going to create the cover for my new novel, entitled The Hat and to be published on Amazon. Lio is originally from Taiwan, but now lives and makes art in Jordan Falls, Shelburne County. It was a most productive meeting. I am excited to see what she creates. I will share here when the time comes.

New Book Coming, January 2018

December 2017

I’ve decided to try something different… well, different for me.

In January 2018, I’m going to publish a new novel through Amazon Kindle. A screenshot of the title is below. I have contacted an artist, who is thinking about the cover she will produce. Meanwhile, I’m finalizing the words.

I’ll post something here when everything is ready and the book is available.

The Hat will NOT be the fourth Thomas Pichon Novel. That is still a work-in-progress. Instead, this novel is a story with a quite different voice and tone. I think it will appeal to a wide range of readers, YA to adult. I’ll say more closer to publication time.

Paranoid Style

November 2017

Every single person I know is troubled by what is going on in the politics of the USA. Political life in Canada is not perfect by any stretch, but at least, or so I believe, it has so far escaped the profoundly bitter and antagonistic nature of the divides in the USA — over guns, race, economic inequality, and the way people vote.

For whatever reason, I woke up in the middle of the night and recalled a book I had once read, one written by the American historian Richard Hofstadter. entitled The Paranoid Style in American Politics. It’s a book that explains a lot, because, here we are, more than fifty years later, and the paranoid style of American politics is still around, more virulent than ever. As Canadians, let’s do our best never to go down this path.

Here’s a link to the magazine article Hofstadter wrote before putting out the book. https://harpers.org/archive/1964/11/the-paranoid-style-in-american-politics/