The Word On The Street Saskatoon
Civic Square around City Hall
In front of Frances Morrison Library
Sunday, September 20, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
It’s my first visit to Saskatoon! And I have two presentations scheduled here: The first, in which I’m all on my own for half an hour talking about “The Power of Love” (or, how the inclusion of relationships, both romantic and familial, makes fiction richer), will take place at the Odyssey Tent at 1:30 p.m. And at 3:45 p.m. I’ll be in the Who Has Seen the Wind Tent sharing the stage with Sharon Butala and Guy Vanderhaeghe for an hour-long panel session on the topic of “Historical Fiction for Contemporary Readers”, in which Joseph Kertes will be leading us through a discussion of our work as historical fiction writers, the popularity of the genre, and the distinct periods of history that inspire our work. There will be time to meet us and have books signed after the sessions, with sales being handled by McNally Robinson Booksellers. But we’re only a few of the writers who will be at The Word On The Street Saskatoon, so do be sure to check out the event’s website for a full listing of what’s going on.
The Word On The Street Toronto
235 Queens Quay West,
Sunday, September 27, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
If you’re in or near Toronto, come on down to the Harbourfront Centre, on Sunday, September 27, for the annual Word on the Street celebrations, and join me for an Author Cruise aboard the Tall Ship Kajama. I'll be joining fellow authors D.J. McIntosh and Sally Christie for a panel called "The Time of Their Lives", all about the challenges and joys of writing historical fiction, moderated by the Toronto Star’s Deborah Dundas. We set sail (literally!) at 11:45 a.m., and return to the dockside at 1:00. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for kids, with all proceeds going to support the Festival's programming. Honestly, what could be more appropriate than a tall ship cruise when the book I'm now working on features a tall ship?! I hope you can join us. Here's the link for tickets, and be sure to check out The Word On The Street Toronto website for the day’s complete schedule.
Southern Festival of Books
Room 29, Legislative Plaza
Friday, October 9 , 2015
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Humanities Tennessee's Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word was first held in Nashville on the second full weekend (Friday-Sunday) in October, 1989, and each year since then the Festival has brought to Nashville approximately 200 of the nation's and region's most prominent authors. I’m absolutely honoured to have been invited this year to be one of them. Every author takes part in either a solo or panel session, followed by a book signing with sales. The celebration goes on from Friday through Sunday, but I’ll be joining Sarah McCoy in Room 29 at Legislative Plaza on Friday afternoon, from 2 till 3. Our session is titled, “Excavating the Layers of Time: Two Novels”, and our books will be available for sale at the event thanks to Parnassus Books, of Nashville.
Surrey International Writers’ Conference
Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel
15269 104th Avenue
Friday, October 23 - Sunday, October 25, 2015
Hands down my favourite writers’ conference, and the highlight of my working year. I’ll be leading two solo workshops, taking part in two panel discussions, doing some blue-pencil critiques, trying to remember my lines at Michael Slade’s annual Shock Theatre, and filling every spare moment I can (when I’m not in the buffet line!) sitting in on the amazing range of workshops held by all the other writers who attend. I always come away from Surrey every year a little smarter and a whole lot more inspired to write. If you can only attend one writers’ conference, this is the one you should aim for. And if you can’t attend but spot one of your favourite writers on the presenter list, take heart: There’s a book signing session on Saturday evening that’s free and open to the public. Full details of all the events can be found on the Conference’s website.
Toronto Romance Writers
Fairview Public Library, 4th Floor, Room 3
35 Fairview Mall Drive,
Saturday, November14, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
I’m a proud member of both the national Romance Writers of America and my local chapter, the Toronto Romance Writers, who were among the very first to welcome and support me when my book Mariana first arrived here in Canada way back in 1995. So I’m happy to be able to give back a little by leading a workshop on Weaving the Twin-Stranded Storyline, for any writers tackling a timeslip or time-travel novel, a book within a book, a dual storyline, or simply a series of flashbacks. You don’t have to be a member of TRW to attend (though we ARE a fun group, and new members are always welcome), but you DO have to register as a guest, which you can do by visiting the event page here on the website.
I’m always humbled when my stories create inspiration for somebody else’s art. My good (and very talented) friend Valerie Baber has designed several creations based on my books, and she’s based these latest ones on the design of the windows of the royal chapel at Saint-Germain-en-Laye (you can see the windows in my gallery). There’s also a gorgeous long scarf, which I love. Click on the photo above to go to her full post on how she created these beautiful pieces, which can also be bought at her site.
And one of my creative readers, Denice Lipscomb of Common Threads Quilting, has designed a beautiful quilt pattern inspired by my novel Mariana. You can click on the image below to see all four of Denice’s designs honouring myself, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Phyllis A. Whitney, and Deborah Crombie. “Our” quilts are bonus designs being offered as part of Common Threads Quilting’s Block of the Month program – we’re with The Storytellers BOM project, which begins in September and runs for 12 months, but you can sign up anytime at their website to take part.
Many thanks to both these women for honouring my work with theirs.