How to Obtain Books


May 17, 2013

Copies of both books can be purchased at:

French River – The French River Trading Post

Mail Orders: Send an email to:

A softcover edition of Pogamasing can be purchased through this website for $30. Postage is $20.00 for mailing within Canada. The book can also be ordered through this website and payable by etransfer, Pay Pal, or cheque. Postage is higher for American purchases.

Write Soon and Often (softcover) can also be purchased through this website for $25 plus $6.00 for mailing within Canada.


American Orders – Unfortunately the postal charges are much higher so request a quote as it varies from state to state.

All other orders – please request a quote.

If you live in the Toronto area there may be a possibility for a pick-up. Please email me and I’ll see what can be arranged.

To place an order for a book(s) please go to Order Form

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

John Barker June 7, 2011 at 2:15 am

Greetings, Andy.
I am a member of the Scout Troop that has paddled the Spanish eighteen (18) times since 1987. I would be extremely interested in getting several copies of your book. Please advise when they might be ready.
And yes, we’ll be there again this summer – usual dates.

John Barker
23rd St Bartholomew’s Scouts
Sarnia, ON


Cam Harkness June 22, 2011 at 8:40 am

Hi Andy its been a while and youve been busy.The last meeting we had would have been at Kays book release at the Beaties,afew years back.We’re in this summer July1 to 24th so we’ll have to oder three or four books later .We’ll miss the pog signing. Still hope to see you sometime in July . Pog Friend Cam Harkness and familly


sheila poitras August 9, 2011 at 2:57 am

hello mr thomson i am the great great grand daughter of louis Espagnol and my siblings are very interested in purchasing your book; i would like to purchase about five books; for them and myself; please email me back and let me know when they are available; thanking you kindly; sheila poitras;


frances plaunt October 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Hi Andy,
Delighted this much anticipated event is now happening. I would like to order three books and will do so via your order forms here. Congratulations. I have yet to write my first story. I look forward to reading this interesting story very much.
From the Western branch of the family,
Frannie in Calgary.


Tom Plaunt November 3, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Hello Andy, I think I met your mother in the distant past, and certainly remember Mandy from New Liskeard days. I also know the Bob Plaunt family in Earlton. His grandaughter lives closeby on Montreal’s West Island.

I am exploring our connections with the FX family of Montreal lately. We are quite an interesting and very varied bunch, c’est certain. A microcosm of the macro. Do you know Bruce Taylor’s history, The Plaunt Family of Renfrew? Bruce is threatening to print another run!!

Warmest regards to Mandy, Nonie and Bob, and best wishes, Tom


Doug Plaunt December 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I believe my father Graham Plaunt (1913 to 1985) spent the winter of 1929 and 1930 in a camp, like the one you refer to. He was raised in Northcote (FX Plaunt was his father) and travelled with 30 horses by train to the camp for the winter and came back with the horses in the spring. The camp was owned by WB Plaunt. He spoke of going to Capreol (train) once each week to get supplies for the camp.
Do you have records of people who worked in the camp?
We are planning to go to Picton during the winter. Could I meet you to get three of your books ? I will email to confirm our trip.
Doug Plaunt


Andy Thomson December 19, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Hi Doug,
In 1929 my grandfather was operating on the CNR around the north end of the east branch of the Spanish River. It was known as Mileage 71 – 71 miles from Sudbury Junction – and I suspect that was the logging camp where your father worked. In that same year my grandfather began to set up his new mill at Wye on the CPR.I don’t have personnel records for the Wye operation or Mileage 71, although I do have a few photos.
I had records of Mileage 71 but they weren’t much – inventory lists of materials, supplies and mostly food items. The only persons mentioned were foremen in charge of the ten different camps.
I live in Toronto so how does that fit in with your travel route? If you are coming through here to Picton I could meet you at a pre-arranged spot.
I have most of the Plaunt family trees so I may have your as well. You will notice that several other Plaunts have also contacted me in other pages of my website.
Great to hear from you.
PS – be sure to look at the lumber video on my site


Henry Girard April 14, 2014 at 9:16 am

I was at Ramakko on the week end talking to Lance about your book, they were out of stock, and suggested that I let you know. There is a picture of my wife’s mother in the book and she would like purchase a book. I will try the Massey Museum


Andy Thomson April 14, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Thanks for the notice. I’ll be in touch with them and try to get more copies to them. You could also try Gold Direct on LaSalle as they have copies. Who is your mother in law?


Andy Thomson June 27, 2014 at 8:44 am

Five copies of my book were delivered to Ramakko’s about three weeks ago so I hope you were able to obtain one.


Kira March 22, 2015 at 10:53 am

Just wondering if you are still selling these books? I am from Sudbury but currently living in the GTA. It is easier for me to pick one up but if you are still shipping them up to Sudbury I will be there over easter so I can try to get one then as well!


Andy Thomson March 29, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Hi Kira,
If you are going to Sudbury there are a few places you can buy it:
French River Trading Post, Ramakkos and possibly Gold Direct. I was in Fr. Riv and Ramakkos two weeks ago and they had books so you should be able to pick one up.
If that doesn’t work we could arrange a meeting place here but I will be away until Apr. 23.
Thanks for your interest.
sorry for the delayed response but just got your message today


Ron Boyer December 2, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Wondering if the book can still be ordered on-line.
This would make a great gift for Al Constantineau’s 80th birthday. Al now resides in California, but Pog was his very favourite get-away spot. His uncle (Ernie Constantineau had a camp beside the Spanish river at Sheahan.
I live in Ottawa, so if the book can be obtained on-line, please let me know how I can order.


Andy Thomson December 2, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Yes you can – just following the instruction in How to Obtain book under the headiung About the Book.

Sorry for the late response but I just noticed your query.



Andy Thomson December 2, 2016 at 1:47 pm

Ron – I now can see your whole message and the date it was sent. I interviewed Ernie and have some of his stories plus a few of his cousins the Dubreuils. As I said earlier, just follow the instructions as outlined and I’ll send the book.

My sister informed that his son Gary passed away this week.



Sandra March 4, 2017 at 1:13 am

My mother had fond memories of living in the area. She spoke of how good The Plaunts were to her family.
Her maidan name was Florence Dubreuil / Bois / Squires she is pictured with some of her siblings.
FYI she passed away five years ago at the age of 86.
I believe you spoke to her as you were gathering information for this book. I haven’t purchased it but intend to do so in Sudbury in the near future. ?


Andy Thomson March 4, 2017 at 9:15 am

Hi Sandra,
Thanks for getting in touch, I talked to your mother almost 12 years ago, or more, about her life in the village of Wye. She sent me a write up of her recollections and I devoted a page in my book to her memories. I remember calling her back after the book was published but I think she was suffering from dementia and didn’t remember my call.
I heard from Chris Grimard – see Reader’s Stories – who gave me the names of the four Dubreuil children, your mother being one of them, I included in my book.
I think Gold Direct may still have a few copies but call them first.



Greta King October 24, 2018 at 1:36 am

I am finding your info of the area of “Pog” very interesting. I am the sister(never found one another since we were separated as young orphaned siblings) of Laurie(Kay’s & Harry’s adopted son). Kay gave me her book “Pog Tales” and it draws me to that part of the north. It is on my must do….”visit Pog and fish the waters”
Greta King (born Jackie Jones)


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