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Wandering Scots: A Scottish American Book Club

Wandering Scots Book Club: Get Ready For Some Western Style Adventure With A Scottish Accent!

The Wandering Scots have been reading a couple of Western legends to get into the swing of our new topic Scots in the West.  A focus on John Muir and Lady Isabella Bird’s letters of her rugged and exciting time in the late 19th century Rocky Mountains have already introduced us to some very memorable […]

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Next Up At Wandering Scots Book Club: Scots In The West!

As we begin to explore more of the history of Scots in America we open a new chapter out west.  What an exciting, complex, troubling and beautiful story. From the Mackenzies following trade inward from the Pacific Northwest to the Scots defenders of the Alamo the American west has drawn Scots in serious numbers. Their stories are […]

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Wandering Scots Book Club: Waverley – Outlander Video Discussion Panel Shapes Up To Be Awesome!

Greetings Wandering Scots! We are getting very excited about the upcoming video discussion panel on January 31 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm ET featuring Outlander author Diana Gabaldon and an outstanding cast of scholars and experts to discuss Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley and Ms. Gabaldon’s Outlander. Panel moderator Dr. Caroline McCracken – Flesher is putting together […]

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Two True ‘Wandering Scots’ Team Up To Help Guide COSCA’s Wandering Scots Book Club!

Born with a Scots name and raised in six countries, for 26 years Doc Wright infected high school students in Australia with a love for history and literature – especially “Speculative Fiction.” Doc’s third love is his wife, historian and storyteller Jane Bennett. Jane is a multi talented Scottish American raised in New Mexico and […]

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Getting Started With Waverley – A Few Suggestions

Has anyone dived into Walter Scott’s Waverley yet? It can certainly be a challenge to read a work written in Scott’s style 200 years ago! Remember that we have suggested a brand new edition by Jenny Calder offering up Waverley for the modern reader! http://www.luath.co.uk/waverley.html Try starting with the background resources that we have suggested. […]

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Teasing Out The Scottish Diaspora’s Indigenous Heritage

Scotland is a melting pot – a very old and complex one.  We know bits and pieces of the ancient and diverse recipe but it is rarely foremost in our minds when we try to conjure up ideas of the famed Scottish ‘identity’.  Instead, we try to find that one set of characteristics that can […]

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Exploring The Visceral Connection Between Highlander And Native Peoples In America

Over the next few days we at the Wandering Scots Book Club will give everyone a little taste of the great discussion and perspective that author Eliot Pattison and our special guest commentators will be chatting about this Saturday Feb. 8th at 11:00am EST during our On Air Panel Discussion about the colonial American mystery […]

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Early Scots Piercing The Veil Of The American Wilderness

The Wandering Scots Book Club’s first book selection, Bone Rattler, evokes strong images of early Scots wanderers, exploring the frontiers and wilderness of British North America and interacting in fascinating and complex ways with all of the peoples and animals encountered along the way.  As hoped, Bone Rattler offers Book Club members a wonderful window […]

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Eliot Pattison: Using Historical Fiction To Explore Historical Fact

Eliot Pattison is the author of our current Wandering Scots Book Club selection “Bone Rattler”.  Pattison is a great advocate for using good solid historical fiction as a tool to better explore real history.  Here are Eliot’s thoughts: Our histories just aren’t good enough… We are creatures made up of stories. From the time men […]

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Watch For The Role Of Clanship and Kinship In America!

One of the continuing themes that Wandering Scots Book Club will be exploring through all of our book selections is the continuing role of ‘clanship’ or kinship as Scots moved about the North American continent interacting with the diverse cultures that would melt together to become America.  There are some stunning examples of the strong […]

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