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Heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey called Sam Langford from Weymouth Falls, Nova Scotia, "The greatest fighter we've ever had." And champion Jack Johnson stated he "he was the toughest little son-of-a-bitch that ever lived." Celebrated New York boxing writer Hype…
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|August 19, 2014

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From award-winning author Steven Laffoley comes a compelling tale of love and loss, despair and hope, based on real people and real events. It brings to life one of the most extraordinary stories of our time – The Halifax Explosion. It’s 1917. The…
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|August 7, 2012

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George Dixon was the finest boxer of his generation and arguably among the finest boxers ever. His accomplishments in the ring were extraordinary: the first black boxing champion, the first Canadian boxing champion, the first boxing champion of multiple weight…
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|October 11, 2007

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"I was walking into an air-conditioned Halifax tavern on a hot summer afternoon in search of a dark mystery. I was on the trail of a cold-case murder-a murder case 150 years cold. Clearly, I needed a beer." So beings the strange and surprising adventure of…
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|July 10, 2017

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It is December 1918. The old world--shaped by the values of Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens-- is gone and the new world now wallows in post-war chaos and darkness. A veteran of the gas attacks and trenches, Michael Bell has returned home to a city traumatized…
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|September 9, 2009

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"On an uncomfortably muggy morning in early autumn, I found myself standing at the far end of a wide, battered wharf in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, looking for a man in knee-high, white rubber boots answering to the name of Captain Red Beard..I'd come in…
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|July 13, 2011

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Steven Laffoley has been a writer, teacher, and dues-paying member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He is the author of Mr. Bush, Angus and Me, the award-nominated Hunting Halifax: In Search of History, Mystery and Murder, and Death Ship of Halifax…

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Just before midnight, on November 6, 1882, the Halifax Poor House, an outsized Dickensian building situated in the south end of the city, caught fire and burned to the ground. Of the more than 400 inmates who slept inside that night, 31 people--the aged, the ill,…