SPARKES, Grace). WRIGHT, Marie-Beth. ROBERTS, Edward, foreword.
Title: Grace Sparkes : Blazing a Trail to Independence. First Edition.
Publisher:  Flanker Press, St. John's, 2013, ISBN:9781771170048
Seller ID: 115123
(SPARKES, Grace). WRIGHT, Marie-Beth. Grace Sparkes : Blazing a Trail to Independence. With a Foreword by Edward Roberts. St. John's : Flanker Press Limited, (2013). First Printing. Pp. (6),7-342,(2), including 18 p. of black-and-white photos. 8vo, photo-illustrated brown card covers with white lettering to front cover and spine. "Grace Margaret Patten Sparkes (1908-2003) was born in Grand Bank, the youngest of ten children born to Elizabeth Hickman and John B. Patten. A lover of music, curling, and politics, this fierce anti-Confederate made a name for herself in the political arena under theauspices of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrado r. Just as notable are her lifelong contributions to academics through scholarship and award initiatives, her setting of high standards of excellence for her students during her years as a school-teacher, the brightening of living rooms across the province as Grandma Walcott on CBC Television's 'Tales from Pigeon Inlet', her work as a reporter for the Daily News, and her efforts in her latter years to better the lives of seniors through social programs. 'Gracie' was a pioneer for women in the workplace, an advocate for seniors' rights, and an activist in every sense of the word, and her name lives on in the MV Grace Sparkes, a ferry that today plies the waters of this province. Here, for the first time, is the biography of this remarkable woman." - from the rear cover. Contents: 1. Growing Up In Grand Bank, PattenPrincess; 2. Academic Pursuits, Twillingate Calling; 3. A Young Bride, Lif elong Passions; 4. Confederation Versus Self-Autonomy, Combating Joey; 5. ALost Country, New Political Realities; 6. Challenges of a Changed Life; 7. Going It Alone Into Parenthood: Trophy Children and Stage Mothers; 8. A Se nse of Self, A Sense of Country; 9. A Pioneer's Handbook; 10. Beloved Teacher: The Prince of Wales Connection; 11. Careers and Family; 12. University Supporter; 13. Provincial Tory Matriarch; 14. All She Valued: Music, Church, Curling; 15. Community Figure; 16. Resurgence; 17. Second Time Around; 18. Nationalistic Causes; 19. Modern Committees; 20. Oxen Pond Landscape, Senior Years; 21. Advocacy and Legacy, Values Imparted; 22. The Final Curtain.With notes, bibliography, and index. Very good. 12.00