Where We Live


‘Yes, I live in my own little world, but it’s ok, they know me here.’

In that world I’m writing a collection of short stories called BLACK BLIZZARD. Set in 1937 during the Great Depression, the stories also encompass the Spanish Civil War. Canadians from all over our nation, primary unemployed men, joined a special regiment, the Mac-Paps. “Despite their government’s attitude of neutrality some 1,300 Canadians volunteered to fight for Spanish democracy, as members of the Mackenzie-Papineau battalion.

My story “Missing in Action” published in ‘Alberta Views’ and ‘The Best of Alberta Anthology from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’ explores this period. “Missing in Action” was also produced for radio broadcast by CBC and can be heard on my website darlenequaife.com. The print version is also available on my website, menu item Short Stories: 1937: Great Depression.