Richmond Now and Then, an anecdotal history by Nick Fonda is a 236-page paperback that includes maps and photos and is published in Montreal by Baraka Books.
Nick Fonda’s fourth book opens with a portrait of the Richmond area that is both uncompromisingly realistic and sympathetically insightful, and then goes on to encapsulate almost 220 years of settlement through a series of portraits and stories that
offer a detailed and nuanced social history of a part of Canada that is unusually rich in history.
The book tells the stories of Elmore Cushing who led the very first settlers up the St. Francis to
the mouth of Cushing Brook; of Daniel Thomas, the area’s first notary who bequeathed the land on which the Richmond Country Historical Society Museum now stands; of Patrick Quinn who founded both the St. Patrick’s Society and the SociétéSt-Jean-Bâptiste; of John Hayes who was elected mayor of Richmond five times; of Johnny O. Toole the musical fool; and of dozens of other figures who contributed to making the Richmond area what it is today.