Maverick in the Sky
By Shirlee Smith Matheson
|Author||Shirlee Smith Matheson|
|Release Date||April 1, 2007|
Aviation adventures are Shirlee Smith Matheson’s specialty. In Maverick in the Sky the author paints a fascinating portrait of flying ace Freddie McCall, one of the most successful fighter pilots of World War I.
McCall’s bold spirit might well have been inherited from his clan motto Dulce Periculum – Danger is Sweet. His amazing wartime accomplishments, his extraordinary flying skills, his fiercely independent barnstorming character and his self-reliant entrepreneurial spirit make him one of Canada’s most spectacular mavericks.
Shirlee Smith Matheson is the author of numerous books on Canadian aviation, including Volumes I, II, and III of Flying the Frontiers; A Western Welcome to the World – The History of Calgary International Airport, Maverick in the Sky – The Aerial Adventures of WWI Flying Ace Freddie McCall, and, most recently, Amazing Flights and Flyers, a collection of aviation stories that graphically demonstrate the almost super-human endurance and tenacity of aviators in life-or-death situations – but also, on occasion, the sometimes deadly effect role of bad judgement or plain bad luck. Shirlee has also written on other non-fiction subjects for adult readers, as well as novels for young people, short stories and stage plays. She is a charter member of Canadian Women in Aviation International (Alberta Rocky Mountain High chapter) and, in 1999, was awarded The 99’s Canadian Award in Aviation. Her literary awards include The 99s Canadian Award in Aviation; The Emerald Award; Honorary Associate of Arts (Northern Lights College), and Distinguished Alumni 2001-2 (Athabasca University).
Born in Winnipeg, Shirlee has since lived in all four Western Canadian provinces. For many years she resided in the Peace River country of northeastern B.C., and currently makes her home in Calgary, where she is a Life Member of the Aero Space Museum of Calgary.
Maverick in the Sky is one of those books you can’t put down and I read it in one sitting. I was thrilled to “sit alongside” Freddy in his adventures — the stories just tumble out of the book — they will amaze & thrill you.
“Captain Freddie McCall is a true Canadian hero, and Shirlee Smith Matheson’s book Maverick in the Sky is a testament to his superb airmanship, courage and daring. Canada produced the best pilots on the western front, and McCall was truly one of our very best. With 37 confirmed victories, including 14 kills in just six days (which is apparently a record for all pilots in World War I), McCall’s story is told here in vivid detail. How many pilots can say they were decorated not only by the Prince of Wales, but King George V himself? Freddie McCall can and you’ll hear all about it in this outstanding book. Highly recommended.”
How to order this book
Our books are available through Alpine Book Peddlers, Amazon and, to a lesser degree, Chapters/Indigo. Or you can make a request at your local bookseller. Alpine can be reached at 1-866-478-2280, or click the link below to order. Discounts are available for bulk orders.
November 26, 2018
Quartet 2018 Launch in Calgary
Join us for the launch of Quartet 2018 at the new Calgary Library.
Our authors for 2018 are a diverse group whose work variously evokes images of a whirling griot dervish, an Arabic oral ruba'iyat linking climate change and the oppression of women, a military brat at the food of the Rockies, and anthropomorphized creatures that morph into a love song that renders queer lives both vulnerable and endearing.
- Rooster, Dog, Crow by Jim Nason
- Night Flying by Laurie Fuhr
- Nouveau Griot by Tanya Evanson
- Ruba'iyat for the Time of Apricots by Basma Kavanagh
By Jim Nason In a world where upside-down politics dovetails with the carnivalesque, a love triangle unfolds between a belligerent Rooster, a happy-go-lucky meth-addicted Dog, and a gender-fluid Crow. Nason’s sixth poetry collection goes to the extremes of the...
A poem by Basma Kavanagh This book length poem comprises three major interwoven threads: Ahli, an auto/biographical thread about my Lebanese heritage; Astura, a grim tale linking climate change and the oppression of women, and Ana, a reflection on identity,...
By Laurie Fuhr These poems capture the ways of the great Canadian military brat, vanishing points, flights, and gothic perceptions. Shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch award for experimental poetry, these poems contain the rhythm of a musician and the eye of a owl....