I thoroughly enjoyed discussing Trappings with the Blarney Book Club, an Edmonton-Victoria group of dedicated readers. They met in the book store business 25 years ago! It was an honour to have them read my historical novel on their anniversary year. Our engaging talk ranged from my writing and research process, to the many mourning …
If you missed it, the webinar launch of Trappings, and Edeana Malcolm’s novel House of Crows, was recorded and is available to view here. Both books are available at Munro’s Books and Bolen Books in Victoria BC. https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/tfIocI7ZxF5Icq-VxGjTHbYuApjJaaa8hHdM__EJnkZC2p0fSJ7fm9o6_B-ElWiq Password: mc+z10ng
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
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
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/
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 …
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
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.
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!
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.