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Advance praise for
Tom Thomson’s Fine Kettle of Friends
“What a delightful book! A great idea! Thank you for doing such excellent work.” Joan Murray, art historian and Tom Thomson scholar.
“I very much enjoyed reading the text. It is full of interesting tidbits on Thomson’s early years and working his
life around recipes is great fun.” Charles Hill, former National Gallery of Canada Curator of Canadian Art.
“Utterly enjoyable reading! The people and places in Tom Thomson’s life come alive in Littlefield’s richly detailed
stories. Truly fabulous.” Nancy Lang, researcher and co-producer for White Pine Pictures’ West Wind:
The Vision of Tom Thomson.
“I enjoyed the tasty outing with Thomson and Edgar Burke’s family on Fairy Lake including a too brief visit with
an austere Winnifred Trainor.” Neil Lehto, author, Algonquin Elegy: Tom Thomson’s Last Spring.
“It is appropriate that Littlefield devotes an entire chapter to Minnie, Tom’s favourite sister. No wonder that Tom,
an adventurer himself, favoured this feisty girl who plundered her dowry to enrol in college, studying classics,
language, music, art and more – and stuck to it for three years, eventually marrying (after some consideration)
at age 32. The accounts of Tom and Minnie’s outings give a deep sense of their affection for each other, and
their delight in the ‘delicious food’ served at Tom’s favourite McConkey’s on King Street.” Amanda Hale, author,
In the Embrace of the Alligator, Sounding the Blood, My Sweet Curiosity and The Reddening Path.
“I’m very impressed with the Archie Belaney chapter: a mix of document-based information with open speculation
in a way that is quite compelling. Dennis Reid, author, A Concise History of Canadian Painting, editor,
“What struck me was the amazing mobility of the Thomson family and their friends. They were peripheral, or
central, to so many endeavours in our young country. Ms. Littlefield has shown us life in early Canada with a
much richer palette than we might have imagined. Do join us for dinner!” Ruth Abernethy, sculptor and author
of Life and Bronze.
“Angie Littlefield has brought it all together: Tom Thomson, his history and his life; food and how it used to be
and how it brought people together—and Canada with its history, everyday life and spelling. Finally, it’s not cutting
out letters to save money by using American spelling. This book shows through people and food who we
are, because of where we came from.” Rebecca Middleton, editorial researcher White Pine Pictures, including
West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson.
“I am very impressed with your latest Tom Thomson presentation and offer my humble comments on the outstanding
research and writing. You have, again, advanced my writer’s inferiority complex. Your book is a real
masterpiece with in-depth research and outstanding pictorial support!” Robert Lavack, Sweden/Canada, author
of “Flying high with Morrisseau”, The Morrisseau Papers, Nun of That and “sometimes war chooses you”.
“This lively book will give the reader a vivid sense of Tom Thomson as a personality beyond his art. Thomson’s
friendships, in particular with the colourful J.W. Beatty, are wonderfully evoked.” Amy Furness, Rosamond Ivey
Special Archivist & Head, Library & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario.
“What a wonderful book! It has been a real delight to read. Regardless of how familiar you might feel you are
with Tom Thomson and his life, there is a freshness to how Angie Littlefield tells the story. Anyone interested in
Thomson, early 19th century life or cooking will definitely enjoy this book.” Virginia Eichhorn, Director & Chief
Curator, Tom Thomson Art Gallery.
“This engagingly written book presents well researched narratives that enhance our understanding of Tom
Thomson through facts and possibilities concerning his life. A good example is H.B. “Harry” Jackson
accompanying Tom on his first visit to Algonquin in May 1912, a trip which was the initial spark in Thomson’s
intense artistic love affair with the Park.” Ron Tozer, Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired) and author of Birds of
Rocky Mountain Outlook:
Author explores idea that Thomson travelled to Banff by Dave Alexander
The great Canadian painter Tom Thomson is often seen as a solitary man: just him in his canoe on some remote northern Ontario lake with only his fishing pole and art supplies to keep him company.
But as author and curator Angie Littlefield points out in her recent book, Tom Thomson’s Fine Kettle of Friends: biography, history, art and food, that image is a narrow view of one of Canada’s iconic artists; it’s time, she writes, to “make room for new images.” READ MORE HERE!