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SCAPEGOAT (second ed.) by Joel Zemel has won the prestigious international John Lyman Book Award in the category "Canadian Naval and Maritime History" for books published in 2016. The John Lyman Book Awards are given annually by the North American Society for Oceanic History to recognize excellence in published books making a major contribution to the study and understanding of maritime and naval history. They are named after Professor John Lyman of the University of North Carolina and are presented in six categories:
Canadian naval and maritime history
U.S. naval history
U.S. maritime history
History of maritime science and technology
Maritime biography and autobiography
Maritime reference works and published primary sources
Announcements of winners of the various awards will be published in the following publications: the Society for Military History, the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the Canadian Nautical Research Society. The awards are given out annually by the North American Society for Oceanic History.
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New book by Joel Zemel for September (click image for details).
NWP Press Release for Scapegoat and Betrayal of Trust
Listen to an interview with Rick Howe 07-09-17 on News 97.5.
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There is an editorial mistake in the book at the bottom of page 68 (Chapter Four). The last four words are missing. The sentence should read as follows:
"Any punishment of Mont-Blanc personnel, with the exception of the Canadian pilot, would ultimately be imposed by the government of France."
To download a PDF of page 68 for printout, please click here.
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HalifaxExplosion.net (click or scroll down this page):
features Scapegoat, the extraordinary legal proceedings following the 1917 Halifax Explosion, a book by Joel Zemel; contains images and reading material related to the 1917 disaster, including early history of the Royal Canadian Navy, the RNCC and HMC Dockyard, articles by H. B. Jefferson, Rear-Admiral Bertram Chambers, Michael Dupuis, Janet Maybee, Garry Shutlak of the Nova Scotia Archives, commentary on several re-discovered photographs of the explosion by Lt. Victor Montague Magnus and several pages entitled "The Anatomy Of A Disaster" - the evolution of a year's research into numerous archival photographs associated with the disaster, and to debunk the myths and correct numerous misconceptions surrounding images of the Halifax Explosion blast cloud.
SVP Productions (svpproductions.com):
an active website since 1999, features information on documentaries by Joel Zemel, William Shakespeare's Sonnets on CD read by Walter Borden,, Nell Shipman (filmmaker), James Barry (fiddle player) and Elizabeth Styring Nutt (artist) along with jazz guitar information, resources and suggested listening.
Joel Zemel is the historical and design consultant for Canada Post Corporation's Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Stamp. The OFDC will be released to the general public in November of 2017. Mr. Zemel's name is also listed on HRM Archives' List of Professional Researchers.
New information on Halifax Explosion photographs. Recently discovered by Leon Matthys, they were first presented
by Alan Ruffman at the Canadian Nautical Research Society (CNRS) Conference on 11 August 2017.
A short commentary of the circumstances leading up to the explosion.
Janet Kitz and Joel Zemel, December 2015
(courtesy of the MMA)
Scapegoat Probes Explosion Fallout
Read a review in the Chronicle Herald (30/11/15) by John Boileau.
Read an article in Halifax Magazine regarding a new book by Michael Dupuis about journalists
who covered the Halifax Explosion, Bearing Witness (Fernwood Publishing).
The book is scheduled for release in 2017.
Read an article by Peter Mallett in CFB Esquimalt's Lookout magazine
concerning Michael's newly published book Bearing Witness.
"The Importance of the 1917 Halifax Explosion."
Kjetil Saugestad and Per Hunstok.
An open letter to the people of Halifax regarding the destruction of our Heritage Properties by developers. Listen to the interview with Rick Howe 20/10/16 (click here)
A letter to Waye Mason, Mayor Savage and Premier McNeil regarding the overly bright and glaring and obsolete LED lighting system pervading the city.
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