Another COVID Project

Some happy news during this dismal COVID lockdown is that my nephew and his wife recently had a baby girl. The gift I bought for her arrived in a large box which was punctured by the delivery company. Fortunately, the high chair inside wasn’t damaged. Wrapping such a...

Writer in Residence

Yup, that’s me.  But don’t mistake me for someone who has been hired by the local university or library to offer advice and suggestions to budding writers. That’s not the case at all. it’s just that the COVID-19 pandemic has meant everyone is safer staying at home....

One book to move you

“One book to move you” is the theme of this year’s Canada Reads. From March 25-28, a panel of celebrities will engage in five hourlong discussions, defending their book of choice. Although one book is eliminated each day, the celebrity advocate...

An Evening with Jean Chrétien

Last night my husband and I were supposed to be listening to Canada’s former Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, talk about his new book, My Stories, My Times. The evening was hosted by Kingston Writersfest and John had bought advance tickets. When we arrived at the...

The Boy on the Beach

The world remembers the photo of two-year-old Alan Kurdi, who died on a beach while his family was escaping the war in Syria. His aunt Tima Kurdi,a Vancouver-based journalist, was among the over 70 local, national and international authors invited to  present at...

Home Children

The newly-written subplot of my novel, Finding Home,  underscores the mistreatment of the Home Children and the suspicion with which they were viewed. The earliest child immigrants were brought to Canada in 1869 by Annie Macpherson, who predated the better-known Dr....