Tag Archives: Education

Trappings read for Public History

For the new year, I’m delighted to have Trappings included as a course text for a graduate seminar in Public History, at the University of Victoria. I spoke to a Public History seminar several years ago about my first historical novel and thoroughly enjoyed meeting engaged historians. This time it will be a remote meeting, […]

Women’s History Month

October is Women’s History Month. Who are the women behind the records in the BC Archives? I’m pleased to be discussing some stories of strong, resilient women, who walked these streets long before they were paved. Sunday, October 29th, 1 pm. With archivist Genevieve Weber and genealogist Diane Rogers. https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/events/calendar/event/105512/womens-history-month-talk-women-bc-archives

UVic Library Acquisition

While The Chief Factor’s Daughter has been available at libraries across the continent (and in Zurich!) since its release, it has recently been acquired by the University of Victoria’s McPherson Library. http://voyager.library.uvic.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=3739211

Public History Discussion

In the new year, I’m pleased to be speaking to a Public History seminar at the University of Victoria, about the process of writing historical “fiction”. This graduate course explores how people gain a sense of history outside of the classroom, including by reading novels.

“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/

Women on the Edge of Gold

How were women impacted by the discoveries of gold in British Columbia? The Royal BC Museum’s Live@lunch talk, October 7th, will reveal some remarkable women of fur-trade families in Victoria, and their resilience in facing the dramatic changes of the Gold Rush. http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/events/live-lunch-women-on-the-edge-of-gold/

Newcomers meeting at Point Ellice House

This month the Victoria Newcomers’ Heritage Club meets at Point Ellice House, to discuss the connections of this National Heritage Site with characters of The Chief Factor’s Daughter. I look forward to meeting the club after they tour the house and gardens, a rare example of local Victorian history. This is an ongoing opportunity for […]

Author Interview and Book Club Questions

Reader resources, including an author interview and discussion questions for book clubs: http://www.hgdistribution.com/pdf_resources/Winn_TW.pdf

The Chief Factor’s Daughter a course text at SFU

Very happy to have The Chief Factor’s Daughter chosen again as a course text for Simon Fraser University’s History 436:  British Columbia. It is recommended for the students’ book review.  I will be speaking to the class in Spring 2014. https://www.vancouver.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/history/Course%20Outlines/2014/Spring2014/H%20436.pdf

Guest blog: Margaret Work’s politician granddaughter

While researching and writing a guest blog about Margaret Work’s granddaughter, a U.S. Congresswoman, I was thrilled to learn that this distinguished politician and early feminist credited Margaret with inspiring her career!  It seems my novel’s heroine became an outspoken suffragist later in life. Dancing With the Octopus is a multi-media project that builds awareness […]