Category Archives: Past Events

The Chief Factor’s Daughter featured in Booksmack

The Chief Factor’s Daughter was a favourite pick at the Greater Victoria Public Library’s Booksmack event at the Belfry this spring. Librarians give speed reviews of their favourite books. This looks like a fun event, where librarians also showcase their sense of humour! I’ll get to one in future… http://gvpl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Belfry-Booksmack-April-24-2017.pdf

Goward House Book Club

The Chief Factor’s Daughter was October’s read for the book club at Goward House. A former home, this beautiful 1908 heritage site was converted to an activity centre and arts venue. I welcome invitations to attend book club meetings and discuss this historical novel with readers. Gazette newsletter, p. 2. http://www.gowardhouse.com/GazetteFile/Gazette.pdf

“Called Away”: Death & Mourning in Colonial Victoria

In keeping with the fall season, I’ll be sharing local stories of departing life and Victorian-era traditions, from widow’s weeds to Postmortem portraits. October 15th, at Ross Bay Villa — currently decorated in mourning for its own departed. http://rossbayvilla.org/

Guest Speaker at the Hallmark Heritage Society, September 16th

At the AGM of the Hallmark Heritage Society, Monday, September 16th, 7 pm, I will be speaking about  “Uncovering Women’s History in Victoria.”  I will touch  on streets named for the Work family, a surviving cottage on their Hillside estate, and my new research about Point Ellice House.  James Bay New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies […]

Book signing at Fort Nisqually, Tacoma, August 10th

I’m excited to be returning to Fort Nisqually, to participate in their ‘Brigade Encampment’ — an 1855 re-enactment of the annual journey to bring in the furs from the region!  I will be joining Steve Anderson, author of Angus McDonald of the Great Divide, in a book signing at 2:30 pm, Saturday. http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/fort-nisqually-living-history-museum

Discussion of Work family at SFU, February 18th

Pleased to speak to a Social History class at Simon Fraser University, about the fur-trade family of Chief Factor John Work and Josette Lagacé.

News: The Chief Factor’s Daughter studied at SFU

The Chief Factor’s Daughter is on the reading list of a History seminar at Simon Fraser University. http://www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/history/Course%20Outlines/2012/fall%202012/Hist%20436b%20FALL%202012.pdf I am looking forward to meeting the instructor and class in November!  

At The Mike, Cadboro Bay Books, October 16th

I will be exploring the world of fiction with authors Marlyn Horsdal and Mel Dagg, on Tuesday, October 16th, 7 pm at  3840B Cadboro Bay Road.  

Dancing in the Aisles at Munro’s, Saturday, September 22, 3-4 pm.

To help celebrate the launch of David Gurr’s new novel, The Charlatan Variations, I will be dancing tango with David at historic Munro’s Books! http://munrobooks.com:80/events/  

“Summer Afternoon — 1862” Centennial Square, August 26, 2012.

Speaking at 2 pm about dancing in 1862, as depicted in The Chief Factor’s Daughter, followed by some easy dances of the era for everyone to join in.  This Community Arts Council event celebrates the City of Victoria’s 150th anniversary.