“A Day on the Ridge” by Gary Collins

About the Book

Gary Collins A DAY ON THE RIDGE about the bookAmong the bays, inlets, and communities of the province, author Gary Collins has earned a seat at the head of the table as Newfoundland and Labrador's favourite storyteller. Now, with six books under his belt, the “Story Man” from Hare Bay is ready to tell you a little bit about himself. The tales that make up this volume are pockets of memories taken from diary entries he recorded during the forty years he spent as a woodsman. Beginning with his childhood, Gary Collins retraces his first steps as a boy growing up in Bonavista North in the 1950s, when his father, whom he idolized, taught him the skills of an outdoorsman and how to be a leader of men.

These twenty-two stories are a testimony of the hardiness of men who work amid leaf and bough, and a tribute to the call of the wild that draws these hunters, trappers, and woodcutters—family men all—back to 'the ridge.'

"A Day on the Ridge" is Gary Collins’s seventh book and his first purely autobiographical work.

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About the Author

Gary Collins About the AuthorGary Collins was born in a small, two-story house by the sea in the town of Hare Bay, Bonavista North. He finished school at Brown Memorial High in the same town. He spent forty years in the logging and saw milling business with his father, Theophilus, and son Clint. Gary was once Newfoundland’s youngest fisheries guardian. He managed log drives down spring rivers for years, spent seven seasons driving tractor-trailers over ice roads and the Beaufort Sea of Canada’s Western Arctic, and has been involved in the crab, lobster, and cod commercial fisheries.

His writing career began when he was asked to write eulogies for deceased friends and family. He spent a full summer employed as a prospector before he wrote "Soulis Joe’s Lost Mine"; he liked the work so much, he went back to school to earn his prospecting certificate. A critically acclaimed author, he has written a total of seven books, including "Cabot Island", "The Last Farewell", "Soulis Joe’s Lost Mine", "Where Eagles Lie Fallen", "Mattie Mitchell: Newfoundland’s Greatest Frontiersman", and the children’s illustrated book "What Colour is the Ocean?", which he co-wrote with his granddaughter, Maggie Rose Parsons. The latter won an Atlantic Book Award: the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration.

Gary Collins is Newfoundland and Labrador’s favourite storyteller, and today he is known all over the province as the “Story Man.” His favourite pastimes are reading and writing, and playing guitar at his log cabin. He lives in Hare Bay, Newfoundland, with his wife, the former Rose Gill. They have three children and three grandchildren.

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