Hitting the Mother Lode

Hitting the Mother Lode

With every book I add to my NCL collection there becomes one less book out there in the world that I can find. Or, to be more precise, that I have use for. As time passes, I must realize that each time I go out in search of books, and my collections increases, there will … Continue reading

A Mystery Cover in Series One

A Mystery Cover in Series One

I recently moved. That meant putting hundreds of books into boxes including all of my NCL collection. After the move was over and the new apartment’s furniture had found its place, it was time to re-shelve all the books I had packed the previous weeks. During this re-emergence, I came across an anomaly in the … Continue reading

400 and Counting…

400 and Counting…

I decided to do a bit of counting to see where I am in this journey to collect at least one copy of every NCL book in existence. That is, every title in each series issued by M&S over the history of the library. According to my calculations, there are a total of 196 titles … Continue reading

The Winter Slowdown

The Winter Slowdown

I’m not sure about you, but for me winter is a time for hibernation. There are people who look to winter as a time for recreation. They skate or ski, toboggan of snowshoe, but I’m not one of them. The less outdoors I am the better. One can’t avoid soldiering outside be it for work … Continue reading

Post-Moving Organization

Post-Moving Organization

Unless you own your own house, moving is a part of life. For me, it seems I move every couple of years. Personal relationships change and you need a smaller place, kids arrive and that former comfortable space becomes too cramped. Roommates, wives, children, family, friends enter and exit your domicile, financial circumstances change, and … Continue reading

Where Have You Gone Ignorant Intellectual?

Where Have You Gone Ignorant Intellectual?

It has been a few weeks since I have written a post so I thought I would inform readers of the reasons for my absence. To be more precise, it hasn’t been so much of an absence as more of a “working behind the scenes” scenario. Back in mid-November I attended two book fairs (unfortunately I … Continue reading

Welcoming Clarke Irwin Canadian Paperback Series

Welcoming Clarke Irwin Canadian Paperback Series

The Clarke Irwin Paperback Series commenced publication in 1963 and had its demise in 1970. There is an argument on whether this series was a direct competitor to the NCL as most of the 38* books in the series were not books of fiction. The series did not restrict its titles to novels and short stories as the … Continue reading

A Deeper Study of Series Two

A Deeper Study of Series Two

With Series One it is easy to know the complete list of titles. Once we know where the list ends we know the number of titles and can search for them until the library is complete. Just to remind everyone there are sixty-eight titles in the main series, five in the “O” series and four in … Continue reading

Ten and Counting…

Ten and Counting…

It is sometimes both strange and serindipitous how book collecting works. It has been longer than two years in which I have been collecting the NCL and never have I come across The Stone Angel in Series One. It was quite frustrating since the title is one of the more common books in the library in the other five … Continue reading

Titles Sorely Missing From the NCL

Titles Sorely Missing From the NCL

When M&S first began publishing the NCL back in 1957-58 its raison-d’etre was to make quality paperback reprints of important books written about Canada or by Canadian authors. It was meant to give students and professors the means to learn about Canadian literature, to teach and participate in CanLit courses in post-secondary and secondary courses and to start a … Continue reading