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6 X 9 inches, 144 pages

ISBN 1894131207

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Waking at Rush Cove

Terry Fuchs

A BOY'S EYES OPEN TO THE BEAUTY of the natural world around him. Taking its title from one of the essays, "Waking at Rush Cove," this slim volume centers on the theme of discovery. It is a memoir pieced together with gem-like essays on cottage life and the outdoors around Waterloo County and Lake Huron and in Eastern Ontario.

Although he disliked the subject of Geography in school as a boy—all those abstruse facts—Terry Fuchs is drawn to small towns, the countryside, and wild places. His passion for landscape led him to an enthusiasm for the art of Tom Thomson, David Milne, and the Group of Seven, and Canadian landscape painting generally. In his essays he sets down in words various landscapes and his memories of and feelings for them, sharing with us those times that are now part of a small town and rural memory bank.


Terry Fuchs


Terry Fuchs was born in 1949 in Kitchener, Ontario, and grew up in the nearby town of Preston (present-day Cambridge). He spent summer vacations in St. Thomas, Ontario, and on the shore of Lake Huron. Currently he spends his summers at a cottage near Delta, Ontario. He teaches Writing at St. Lawrence College in Kingston.

He is the co-author with Christian Barber of a local history, Their Enduring Spirit: The History of Frontenac Provincial Park 1783-1990, but his own writing is largely in the genre of the personal essay. Fuchs has had essays published in The Kingston Whig-Standard, The Whig-Standard Magazine, Harrowsmith, The Globe and Mail, Nature Canada, The Toronto Star, The Christian Science Monitor, North by Northeast, Canadian Heritage, City and Country Home, Outdoor Canada, and Cottage Life.

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