In the Blood: Cape Breton Conversations on Culture
by Burt Feintuch
photographs by Gary Samson
Utah State University Press, 2010
excerpt from publishers's website: In the Blood presents a set of interviews with 22 Cape Bretoners, representing a wide range of cultural engagement—a set of conversations about culture in a place where public discourse has focused on the idea of culture as an engine to pull the island out of its economic doldrums. Here we have master traditional musicians such as Buddy MacMaster and Mary Jane Lamond; the world-renowned writers Alistair MacLeod and Rita Joe; Gaelic and Francophone language activists such as Ginette Chiasson; among others. A cross-section of Cape Bretoners reflect on the sacrifices they make and joys they find living in such a culturally and scenically rich place. Distinguished photographer Gary Samson's portraits of each of the 22 interviewees, as well as of the island itself, add a rich dimension to these thoughtful and revealing conversations.