I was one of the authors selected to participate at the Author’s November Afternoon event at the Victoria Public Library. The following content is from the Victoria Writer’s Society website. It promises to be a fun time. Hope to see you there!
Meet Victoria’s Writers at:
2 to 5 p.m., November 15, 2014
Central Library meeting room,
735 Broughton Street
Victoria Writers Society’s
Are you writing a book? Are you a writer? Would you like to be? Why not join others who love the written word. Meet others of like mind, do some networking, find out who is publishing what, get the inside scoop! Drop by to chat with members of the Victoria Writers’ Society who will be showcasing their books throughout the afternoon. Books will be available for purchase. No registration required.
Books on display will be…
Ancient Secrets for a Healthy Home (non-fiction)
The Laundry Art Book and calendar (photography)
Graveyard Autos (photography)
Hot Walker, Life on the Fast Track (sports-crime novel)
Free Book with each purchase will be … Fun Schway, the North American way (referencenon-fiction) or Fun Schway, the Kundalini way (mystery novel)
Lockdown, a Young Adult Fiction novel,
ISBN: 978-1926531922 (Great Plains Teen Fiction)
When disaster strikes, where do you turn?
Rowan Morgan thinks she’s ready for the rare great earthquake that devastates the Pacific Northwest but she quickly finds out there is more to emergency preparation than stockpiling food. Disasters change people, make them anxious.
Anxious people make bad decisions, take silly risks.
At their father’s insistence Rowan and her brother have taken first aid courses, learned to fish and hunt, and know to close ranks around the family in emergencies. When she has to put that training into practice, Rowan discovers many situations are not covered in survival manuals.
John Paterson: After a 35 year career in human services, John R. Paterson is pursuing his passions of story-telling and writing. A recent trip to Las Vegas rekindled the Victoria, BC author’s curiosity about changing one’s past through time travel. The White Limousine is John’s inaugural novel.
“My name is Lisa, Fred. Your prize is that you can travel back in time to three dates and places in your past.” Sitting in the back seat of the White Limousine in Las Vegas, Fred Davidson, the last subject in Lisa Edler’s time travel experiment has nothing left to lose. Arriving in 1950, Fred tries to change his fate and is determined to solve the mystery of Kimberly. Lisa is happy to keep her distance, until she meets limo driver Eddie Strong. But when dinner ends in a frantic phone call, Eddie makes one more trip that puts Lisa in the heart of her own experiment. CAN THE PAST BE CHANGED?
Merna Forster:is a Victoria-based historian and writer. She’s the author of the books 100 Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces, as well as 100 More Canadian Heroines. Both volumes feature stories of Canadian trailblazers, along with great historical images, quotes and trivia. You can learn more about Merna’s work on her website heroines.ca, A Guide to Women in Canadian History.
News on my Canadian women on bank notes campaign here.
Sheila Martindale came to Canada in 1966, settling in Montreal, then moving westward to London (Ontario), Calgary and finally Victoria. She has had a long career as arts columnist, editor, poet, teacher, jurist and broadcaster. Sheila is currently the Editor of Island Writer magazine, and facilitates a weekly creative writing workshop at her local seniors’ centre. She has also edited several books of various genres.
She is a member of The League of Canadian Poets, The Canadian Theatre Critics’ Association, The Canadian Authors’ Association and The Victoria Writers’ Society.
Death of a Seagull is her tenth book.
Edeana Malcolm loves writing historical novels, especially about her ancestors. She has published a series called The Compleat Gardener based on the lives of her great-great-great-great-grandparents, John and Susan Dean. These books are The Serpentine Garden Path, The Gardener’s Wife, Letters from the Gardener, and A Garden in the Wilderness. She is currently writing a novel based on the life of a United Empire Loyalist ancestor.
Find out more at edeana.com
Peter Grant is a writer based in Victoria. He has authored seven books about Vancouver Island history and geography. He is proprietor of the weblogs oakbaychronicles.ca (local history), aroomnearthebazaar.ca (travel) and charlesolson.org (literary).
Photo credit: Molly Grant. To Be displayed:
Victoria: a History in Photographs (1995)
The Story of Sidney (1997)
Wish You Were Here: Life on Vancouver Island in Historical Postcards (2002)
Vancouver Island Book of Everything (2008)
Vancouver Island Books of Musts (2010)
Vancouver Island: Imagine (2014)
The gripping story of a military family’s efforts to cope with the impact of Canada’s war in Afghanistan and the husband’s PTSD in the war’s aftermath, told in a series of deeply personal letters from one military wife to another.
A captivating short story collection that confronts universal questions in an array of vivid landscapes and cultures, in war and peace. Bridge’s stories take us to China, Russia, Germany, England, Zambia and Brunei – and to the living centre of the human heart.
Book Blurb… 29-year old Kate O’Malley discovers that working for a peeping pervert and a verbose hostess can bring adventure, mystery, love and major trouble to her life. Set in quirky Tofino, British Columbia, Clamming Up is packed with adventure, laughs, romance and a murder mystery that unfolds with tantalizing suspense. Characters abound, relationships grow, and the sharks start circling, literally.
Terry Huntington was born in Campbellton, New Brunswick, grew up in Montreal, and has lived in Australia, Jamaica, and Bermuda. His is a member of the Victoria Writers’ Society, and his stories and poetry have been published in Canadian Stories, The English Quarterly, Island Writer, Lester’s Army, and Poetry WLU. His 95,000 word novel LET’S START A WAR is currently looking for a publisher. Terry will showcase two books:
Nubra Valley Odyssey and “mini-book” Tales of the m/v Eastern Skie.
Vic Parsons is a retired journalist, living in Victoria, and the author of two previous non-fiction books. Bad Blood: The Tragedy of the Canadian Tainted Blood Scandal was shortlisted for the Gordon Montador award and the Ottawa-Carleton Non-fiction Prize for 1996. He also wrote the critically acclaimed short biography Ken Thomson: Canada’s Enigmatic Billionaire. This year he took first prize in the Victoria Writers’ Society for short story fiction.
Lesser Expectations: Charles Dickens’ Son in North America is a “novelized” account of the life of Francis Dickens, a son of the great author, who was one of the original North West Mounted Police. Francis had a troubled relationship with his father and first went to India as a police officer before spending eleven years in the Canadian West. The book is based largely on records in the Canadian archives and memoirs by people who witnessed the events leading up to the 1885 Northwest Rebellion. Parsons has fleshed out the documents to make the story flow. Lesser Expectations is his first book-length fiction.
Sandra Steiner is a new inspirational contemporary author with two published novels. She is an avid blogger. Sandra believes in paying it forward, inspiring and encouraging others to have an amazing life. She lives in Victoria with her husband and four babies.
Spring Island Series books on display:
Cherish the Past (Romance)
Live for Today (Mystery)
In 2006, Derek Peach and Beverly Brookman, both retired Saanich teachers, found a cat-sitter and went travelling in Peru. Their book One Room and a Penknife alternates their two voices in a chronology of four months in this Andean country where they taught school, climbed mountains and made friends. It provides a peek behind the glossy travel brochures to detail teaching days that started with kisses from staff and students, painkiller injections in the buttocks onsite from the local pharmacist, getting robbed, and watching sunrise at Machu Picchu.
In the poorest quarter of Chiclayo, they delivered donated materials from the agency Canadians Sharing Hope to the Clinica Santa Angela, and met volunteers who did the work that no government agency was doing – co-ordinating medical services to the poor, family counseling, advocacy for a largely illiterate and therefore disenfranchised group. At that point, they decided that their articles and letters home would become a book with the profits going to this clinic.
Rauni Ollikainen was born in Helsinki and spent her early childhood in Finland. She immigrated to Canada with her family at age eight. She grew up on Vancouver Island, moved to California as a young adult where she attended college, then travelled back to Finland for a lengthy stay, getting in touch with her original roots. She has lived in Victoria since 1983.
Finnish Beginnings, as reviewed on Amazon: “This well written historical memoir draws you in right at the beginning and keeps you all the way to the end. As a family memoir, its full of adventure and warmth and honesty. You’ll find yourself empathizing with every character as they move from the city to the countryside and finally across the ocean to Canada. As a slice of history, you’ll marvel at the valour of the Finnish soldiers defending their tiny country against their giant neighbour, Russia, and at the heartache of the families that had to ship their children to Sweden, and then at the courage of the immigrants that made their way to the west coast of Canada. And throughout the book you’ll delight at the adventures and misadventures of the three Ollikainen sisters.”