Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What do we know about Lillian Alling's time in British Columbia and Yukon? Quite a lot, actually

My book's focus is about Lillian Alling's time in British Columbia and Yukon. From both primary documents and secondary sources, we can begin to built quite an interesting picture of both her personality and how she spent her time.

Yes, Lillian's origins are mysterious, but doesn't that make it all the more interesting? Not everything in this Google-world has a ready-made answer or an easy conclusion.

After all, aren't all the world's great mysteries great just because they remain mysteries? Oak Island and the Money Pit, for example. For a great example of how some mysteries remain unsolved, check out William Shatner's "Weird or What" show. They solve some mysteries, but others remain (duh) MYSTERIES.

Lillian Alling was known as "the mystery woman" during her time in British Columbia and Yukon. While I've been able to dig out some great anecdotes about her time in Canada, her life before and after that is shadowy. Will we eventually be able to illuminate those shadows? Maybe. Maybe not.

For an article in the Globe and Mail about the Lillian Alling book, click here:
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