ORCHARD – New Novel about Idaho Assassin

A new book, Orchard: a novel (2016), uses the method of fiction to explore the story of Harry Orchard (1886-1954), the complicated and controversial figure responsible for assassinating former Idaho Governor, Frank Steunenberg, in 1905. Written by Jack H. Bailey, the novel is a creative take on Orchard (real name Albert Horsley), who received life… Read More ORCHARD – New Novel about Idaho Assassin

STRANGE EMPIRE DVD & ONLINE STREAMING INFORMATION

Strange Empire, the critically-acclaimed Western series that ran for one season on CBC, is now available on DVD. Created by Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik, Strange Empire combined strong acting with strong writing to explore a number of ideas such as the expansion of settler society in the 19th century North American West, Indigenous rights, race relations, and… Read More STRANGE EMPIRE DVD & ONLINE STREAMING INFORMATION

STRANGE EMPIRE REVIEW – Episode 10 – Breaking Thru

Following a one-month holiday break, the CBC Western series Strange Empire resumed January 12th with the tenth episode of its debut season. While entitled “The Cage”, this tenth installment in fact represented several points of “breaking thru” for certain characters. Filmed in British Columbia, Strange Empire is set in the Alberta-Montana border region of 1869.… Read More STRANGE EMPIRE REVIEW – Episode 10 – Breaking Thru

STRANGE EMPIRE – Episode Six Review – Sources of Power

The sixth episode of CBC’s new Western series Strange Empire, entitled “Electricity”, debuted November 17th and while giving some story-time to emerging electronic communication (i.e. the telegraph) it was another source of power that drove plot-lines forward – that of legal authority. Set in 1869 in what will become the border region of Alberta-Montana, the… Read More STRANGE EMPIRE – Episode Six Review – Sources of Power

STRANGE EMPIRE ON CBC – FIRST EPISODE REVIEW

A new Western TV series has launched on CBC, the Canadian national broadcaster. Strange Empire premiered on October 6th and focuses upon three very different women in the 1869 border region of Montana and the new country of Canada. Though the three women come from dissimilar backgrounds, they are brought together in the first episode,… Read More STRANGE EMPIRE ON CBC – FIRST EPISODE REVIEW