Category: cracked

Every author needs them and every author dreads them, but when I saw the review in the April 2016 edition of the Literary Review of Canada, I was delighted.

Sara Mojtehedzadeh is a reporter for the Toronto Star, where she writes about labour issues and precarious work. She entitled her review Hello Girls: A strike by women workers that energized Canada’s labour movement.

Since Cracked: How telephone operators took on Canada’s largest corporation and won! was published at the end of 2015. I have received great feedback.

First off some readers let me know that they felt it was an easy read.  That is important because I wrote it as a history book with 300 footnotes.  Evidence-based history can be daunting for lay readers, so I was immensely pleased that the general reader could find it readable and continue to the end.

Cracked: How the telephone operators took on Canada's largest corporation and won! This is my third book but my first time writing history. I wrote the book as a result of going to a birthday party for one of the principal organizers mentioned in the book.  A number of the people involved in the campaign and strike were there and after food, cake and a few drinks, we reminisced about the events featured in Cracked.

Dundurn Press is pleased to announce that Joan M. Roberts has won the 2016 Alison Prentice Award presented by the Ontario Historical Society for Cracked: How Telephone Operators Took on Canada’s Largest Corporation ... And Won. The award honours the best book on women’s history in Ontario, published in the past three years.

Caroline Di Cocco delivered this introduction at the June 11, 2016 OHS Award Ceremony.