Susanna Moodie

Carol Shields and Patrick Crowe's graphic novel follows the British writer who emigrated to Upper Canada and documented the pioneer life.

Carol Shields and Patrick Crowe, illustrated by Selena Goulding

Susanna Moodie was a Romantic writer from a celebrated literary family whose life changed forever when she and her husband embarked from England for the backwoods of Upper Canada in 1832. Utterly unprepared for pioneer life, the Moodies soon found themselves starving in a hostile wilderness. Susanna began publishing her writing to feed and clothe her growing family — the result was the novel Roughing It in the Bush, Moodie's aggravated and acerbic testament of pioneer life. The book was praised in England but turned her into a controversial figure. Today, she is honoured as an early feminist and literary pioneer. (From Second Story Press)