Delecious MirthOur speaker for Tuesday, February 25, is Michael Peterman, Professor Emeritus at Trent University. He taught at Trent for 37 years. He and his wife Cara live in Peterborough but spend time in Nova Scotia each year. He currently writes a fortnightly column called “Culture Matters” for the Peterborough Examiner and continues to write books on early Canadian authors and their achievements. His subjects have included Susanna Moodie, Catharine Parr Traill, Isabella Valancy Crawford, Robertson Davies, Timothy Findley, Margaret Laurence, and John Craig. His biography of James McCarroll, entitled Delicious Mirth, was published in 2018 to excellent reviews.

James McCarroll came to Canada in 1831 as an Irish teenager from county Leitrim and settled in the Peterborough area. Dr. Peterman will focus on McCarroll’s time in Cobourg (1847-1851) where he taught music, edited a newspaper and worked for the Customs Department. His experiences provide insights into the life of the Cobourg community and local luminaries including William Weller and Henry Ruttan.

Doors open at 7:00 PM for coffee and cookies. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM. Guests are always welcome. Admission, including refreshments, is free for members and $5 for non-members. All are welcome so bring a friend or two! See you on Tuesday, February 25.