Tag Archives: Historical

Point Ellice House blog

Point Ellice House: an inspiration for Trappings. Despite the serenity of this beautiful Victorian home, life for its first owners was far from peaceful. To learn more about their story, have a look at this guest blog. Even better, visit this National Heritage Site, a tucked-away gem of the 19th century, and imagine their lives […]

BC BookLook

Trappings listed in BC BookLook’s Who’s Who: https://bcbooklook.com/2020/07/22/w-is-for-vanessa-winn/

Reading at Point Ellice

As part of a virtual launch, I had a joint reading with author Edeana Malcolm at Point Ellice House. My reading from Trappings took place in the parlour where the first chapter is set — very evocative of the era. Video by Richard Tsing Hum. Edeana’s reading is linked in the description.

Trappings launch

New novel, Trappings, released

Trappings, a new historical novel, has recently been released in Apple Books. Based on real people and events, it’s a story of first love and second chances, in an era when women only got one chance: the 19th Century. https://books.apple.com/ca/book/trappings/id1512512874

Tango Tea in Port Townsend

In historic Port Townsend, I will be the DJ at this month’s Tango Tea. Golden Age music in a very Victorian town. http://www.tangopt.com/

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.

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