Eat Laugh and be Merry

Eat Laugh and be Merry
Now this sounds like fun!

Welcome Home Debbie

Welcome Home Debbie
Playwrights, Theater lovers, do not miss.

Monday, November 23, 2015

New book venue from Edgar Lavoie

 Hi Joan,
I'll be sharing a book table with a fellow author at the Xmas Market advertised in this poster.  The location is between Edward St. & Waterloo, north of Victoria Ave.  I will have copies of my books, including my latest publication, "Greenstone's Believe It or Not!  101 Incredible Facts About Our History".  Please share this with friends.

Edgar J. Lavoie, Writer & Indie Publisher
TEL 807 854-1184  CELL 807 986-3867 Twitter @WhiskyJackPub has other links.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Library's Book Bag Lady Strikes Again.

Hello Joan
The new Book Club in a Bag titles have arrived and are ready to go. If a book club would like to reserved any of these for the  club please call or email me. Also, keep on the lookout for 4 more new titles coming soon.
Helen Cimone

Elephant Company: The Inspiring True Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Constantine CrokeNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK
The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill.

Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon. He's sixteen years old and has had the most fleeting of relationships with the man. The rare moments they've shared haunt and trouble Frank, but he answers the call, a son's duty to a father.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

CommuniTea and Coffee

Dear Joan, 

Friday, November 20th: "Write NOWW: There's no time like the present." Join us on Friday, November 20th at 7pm at CommuniTea & Coffee, 108 Frederica St. E. for an evening of tea, coffee and conversations on writing.

Come out and hear how four local writers began their journey into writing, what inspires, motivates and drives them. Find out how they get started and get advice on how you can turn a desire to write into a reality (yup, even if you work and don't think you have time!). Oh, and enjoy some coffee and tea!
Looking forward to seeing everyone this week!
PS: Make sure you renew your membership!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Kim Launches a Video and it is lovely!!!

Hello Joan,

On Saturday November 28th at the Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship, between 2 and 4pm, there will be viewings of my new music video “Full Fathom Five” from my album ‘The Raven’s Wing’, along with some short live performances by me.  Viewings will be at 2:15pm, 3pm and 3:45pm.  

The video was directed by Sonja Obljubek and it is her magical, dreamlike storyline that is depicted.  Director of Photography was Piotr Skowronski.  Admission will be by donation to the Mikinakoos Children’s Fund (, and there will be an opportunity to learn more about the Fund.  For those looking for small, original Christmas gifts, I will have copies of ‘The Raven’s Wing’ cd for sale at the event. 

In addition, Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship will be serving refreshments, in support of their Syrian refugee fund.

It would be lovely to see you there if you can make it.

For those who are unable to attend, you can view the video on YouTube or Vimeo - the links are on my website Home Page and Projects Page ( 

Some people have been asking me how they can acquire further copies of the Raven’s Wing.  There are copies for sale at Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic on Algoma St. as well as Lakehead University Music and Visual Arts Office.  But you can also purchase copies of the cd itself directly from my website (it’s quick, easy and secure!), or message me about picking up from me directly.

The album has been receiving high praise in Europe and in Canada.  To see samples of some of what critics are saying, visit

All of this has been made possible by you!  Many thanks, once again.


Kim Erickson

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Obituary for Margaret Philips of Northern Women's Bookstore

Celebration of Life for Margaret Phillips to be held Saturday January 16, 2016. More information later.


Respected feminist and social justice advocate, Margaret Phillips, passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. 
Margaret was born on April 12, 1931 to Albert and Daisy Phillips in Ottawa.  When her parents died young, she was supported by loving family members, her aunt Janet Riley and cousins Margaret and Ruth Fuller, all of whom have predeceased her.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Free Workshop: The Art of Writing For Childen.

Dear Joan.

NOWW will be offering a free workshop entitled “The Art of Writing for Children.” 

Jean E. Pendziwol, an award winning children’s author who draws inspiration from the rich history, geography and culture of Northwestern Ontario will lead the workshop. 

Her first published book for children, No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons), is an all-time best seller for Kids Can Press, inspiring a series of safety themed stories popular with educators and parents alike. 

Her most recent book, Once Upon a Northern Night (illus. Isabelle Arsenault, Groundwood Books) was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award (2013), the TD Book of the Year (2014), and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award. Publishers around the world have picked up her books and foreign rights range from Japan and Indonesia to Turkey and Great Britain. 

Her newest book, Me and You and the Red Canoe is scheduled for publication in 2017.
The workshop takes place on November 17, 2015 at Waverley Library at 7 pm. NB Please note the venue. It is Waverely and not Brodie as appeared on a few posters!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Giller Winner 2015

Andre Alexis wins the 2015 Giller Prize for fiction for his novel "Fifteen Dogs."

Sunday, November 8, 2015

"Develop your analysis, learn your history and always keep reading." Margaret Phillips

The book business is on the move. Independent book stores across the continent are breathing easier now that e book sales are down and independent sales are up.  But meanwhile, many independents, including some in Thunder Bay, have closed. Even used book stores have been hit hard. The big box book stores, which offer an enormous selection, have won the day, but not completely and not everywhere.

 In the early seventies, a number of women's book stores opened across North America, including a fine store on Harbourd Street in Toronto.  All, all have joined so many others and folded. Except one. That single remaining women's bookstore is The Northern Women's Bookstore in Thunder Bay. It is a remarkable achievement,  due to the persistence and vision of the owner, Margaret Phillips. 

It's a small place in an unfashionable part of town. It offers a small but excellent stock of fiction, children's books, magazines, local authors, feminist theory, and books by Aboriginal writers, written by both women and men, which may surprise some who have not visited it yet. The bookstore is known for hosting many literary readings and musical evenings. It also sets up book tables at events around the city. From the start, Margaret owned the building and rented the upstairs apartment.  Many volunteers have worked there over the years. The place is a drop in  cozy read facility, sort of a mini northern Shakespeare and Co., the famous Paris bookshop. Kids are always welcome. 

For more about how the bookstore got started and its founder Margart Phillips who, sadly, passed away this week, read her profile which will be included in the book Forty Fabulous Feminists of Northwestern Ontario.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Yo! T Bay Writers! - Walleye asking for Submissions

Good morning Joan,

I have a few notes from the Walleye that I hope some of you will be interested in! First up, The Walleye Magazine is seeking submissions of poetry or Christmas related prose for December's The Beat. Please send your submissions (less than 1000 words) to The deadline is November 12.
As well, they are putting together a list of books published by local authors in 2015 for the December issue. If you have published/self-published anything (any genre) this past year please send me the information and I will pass it along. Please include the title, genre and where it can be purchased (store name, online, etc).
Thanks so much! Hope everyone is having a great day! Also, for those that haven't seen it yet, I have added our new logo so you can take a look!


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sad News: Dr. Margaret Phillips, Founder of the Northern Woman's Bookstore

"Our sister and friend has passed away peacefully  today November 4  at 1 :15 pm"

Margaret Phillips has been a builder and promoter of the Northwestern Ontario women’s writing community for close to thirty years.

In 1984, Margaret Phillips and Anna McColl co-founded the Northern Woman’s Bookstore. From discussions held by the Collective of the Northern Woman Journal – one of Canada’s longest running feminist newspapers – it became evident there was a demand for women’s literature, and no available bookstore within 1000 miles.

From a cubbyhole on Bay Street with 300 titles, the bookstore changed locations over the years, expanding its book selection, and in 1992 found its current home on Court Street. The site was large enough for book readings, potlucks, a book club, and the space to host a writing group. 

Margaret Phillips is a tireless advocate and educator for women’s issues, particularly those specific to Aboriginal women and women of Northern Ontario. Phillips states: “From the beginning an important role of the bookstore was to take books to women’s gatherings throughout the district, to ensure readers from smaller and isolated communities had access to our books.”

The Northern Woman’s Bookstore carries a selection of woman-centered, First Nations and Metis literature, books by local writers, as well as those dealing with violence, lesbian issues, and women’s health. They host book launches, music events, book clubs, writers' circles, art installations, and workshops.  

In 2008, Margaret was awarded the KOUHI award by the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop for her outstanding contribution to the promotion and encouragement of writing in Northwestern Ontario. It was noted that the Northern Woman’s Bookstore has provided a safe and supporting place for women and the writing community to gather and strengthen their voices.

Similarly, in 2008, Margaret was recognized with the Bay Credit Union Social Responsibility Award, and in 2012 the Northern Women's bookstore was recognized by the Crime Prevention Council. The community safety award for Business recognized the Northern Woman’s Bookstore and its team of volunteer staff for playing a fundamental role in crime prevention by empowering women for nearly 30 years. (Community Arts and Heritage Information Project)

The University Slam

I have always wanted to take in some slam poetry. Alas I will be unable to attend this interesting event. Thanks to the Northern Women's Bookstore for sending me this notice. Wow! I wish I could go.  Joan Baril

Hi there Joan.  The GIC (Gender Issues Centre)  is hosting renowned slam poet Desiree Dallagiacomo and sex educator BK Chan at Lakehead this week.
I've added the details below along with the posters for the event. 

If you can share the events, that would be fantastic! Thanks!

Slam Poetry Workshop with Desireé Dallagiacomo
Nov 4th from 7-10pm in the Study Coffeehouse

Interested in gender politics, body politics, and slam poetry? THIS IS THE EVENT OF THE YEAR FOR YOU. New Orleans based slam poet and educator Desireé Dallagiacomo is the special guest speaker for the evening. Join us for a night of creativity and action! Plus, here’s an opportunity to share some of YOUR stuff at the Study’s Open Mic night.
Join the Facebook group and RSVP to
 to save your spot! THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE! 

BODIES: Community Talent Showcase with special guest Desireé Dallagiacomo
Nov 5th from 7-10pm in the BORA LASKIN THEATRE

Slam poet  Desireé Dallagiacomo will perform alongside local talent in a night of body acceptance and awareness. Local talent includes slam poets Tia Lunn and Sheena Kagoya, reigning Wig Wars King Ivan Love, and heels-based dance troupe Army of Sass.
FREE FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS Wsponsored by Sweet Escapes Cake Cafe and Bakery, Waking Giant Coffee, David's Tea, and Donato's Bakery. 
FREE PRIZES TO WIN-- all supplied by local business and artists! 

For more information, OR if you think you have an act that fits with the theme of body acceptance and awareness, conatct!!!
Ranking 3rd at the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam, 3rd at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam, and 3rd at the 2015 National Poetry Slam, Desireé Dallagiacomo is an award-winning writer, performer, and educator. With deep roots in a background of poor, working class women, Desireé’s work explores the intersections of gender, class, and race and challenges audiences to step into a world ignored.

This is SOME BODY: Exploring justice and power through fun & games 
with special guest Karen BK Chan
Nov 6th from 2:30-4:30pm in RC 1002
Every body is full of experiences, stories, and complexities. How do you live in yours? How does your body relate to others? How do we use the inherent power of having a body, for good? How do we heal from pain and injustice through creativity?
Join professional sex & emotional intelligence educator Karen B. K. Chan in games that use art, play, and movement to explore these questions and more!
Karen B. K. Chan is an award-winning sex educator and emotional literacy trainer in Toronto. She is dedicated to having conversations about sexuality that are real, transformative, and kind. Her 5-minute YouTube video "Jam" is all about making sex feel more like improvising music; it has received over 80,000 hits and is used as a teaching resource internationally. BK (aka Karen) is known for her quirky sense of humour, and for making challenging topics feel easier. You can find her at and on Twitter @karenbkchan
Stephanie Simko
Gender Issues Centre Director
HBA English and Women's Studies
MA Candidate; Lakehead University

Monday, November 2, 2015

NOWW Rolling Out November Events!

Hi Joan
Exciting events coming up this month:

Thursday, November 5th at 10:30am at the Murillo Hall: Meet and Greet with Authors Elizabeth Hay and Miranda Hill

Saturday, November 14th from 1-4pm at Chapter's Bookstore, Marianne Jones and Linda Stewardson will be launching "The Girl Who Wouldn't Die" and will both be available for signing. Make sure to check it out and support local writers!

Saturday, November 14th at 2pm at the Brodie St. Library: NaNoWriMo Halfway Party. Meet other NaNoWriMo writers, drink coffee, eat snacks, celebrate what you've achieved and find the inspiration to keep going! 

Interview with Miranda Hill, coming to Thunder Bay International Festival of Authors Nov. 4

Miranda Hill

Miranda Hill is the author of the story collection Sleeping Funny, which won the City of Hamilton Award for Fiction, and of the story “Petitions to Saint Chronic,” which won the McClelland & Stewart/Writers’ Trust of Canada Journey Prize. Hill is the founder and  executive director of Project Bookmark Canada, the organization building Canada’s literary trail.  Hill will be in Thunder Bay for the International Festival of Authors on November 4th.
Shauna Kosoris: When you’re in Thunder Bay for the International Festival of Authors this November, you’re going to be reading from your collection of stories, Sleeping Funny.  What can you tell me about it?
Miranda Hill: Sleeping Funny is a collection of nine short stories. And it's a real mix of voices and styles and time periods, with everything from a story from the perspective of a 14 year-old girl in a sex-ed class where everyone starts seeing each other's conceptions, to a story about a 19th century Presbyterian minister witnessing the demise of the passenger pigeons, to a modern day look at a group of neighbours in an upscale community, dealing with an outbreak of lice. I like to tell people it's like a box of chocolates -- if you don't like the coconut cream you got this time, try again the next one might be cherry-filled.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Guy Vanderhaeghe Winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction

Guy Vanderhaeghe
Guy V. is one of my favourite authors ever since I read The Englishman's Boy. And how nice to have a short story collection winning the GG.  Hope, one day, he can come to Thunder Bay. Congratulations Mr. Vaanderhaeghe!!.  I am Russian to buy  Daddy Lennin toute suite.  Joan  M. Baril

Guy Vanderhaeghe is the winner of the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction for his short story collection Daddy Lenin and Other Stories.
Daddy Lenin and Other Stories is the author's first short story collection in over 20 years. Of the collection, the jury - which was comprised of Jen Sookfong Lee, K.D. Miller and Jeffrey Moore - said:
"Each story is superbly crafted, razor-sharp, wickedly funny. The reader is carried along in the hands of a master, a seasoned professional at the top of his game."
The finalists and winners are chosen by a committee of peers. In 2015, 970 titles were submitted for the 7 English-language categories. The winners each receive $25,000 and will be celebrated at a gala event at Rideau Hall later this year. The Governor General's Literary Awards are presented by the Canada Council for the Arts.
The English-language winners are:

Monday, October 26, 2015

Free workshop with Alexander McLeod!!

Wow news from Barb Philp at Mary J Black library!!!! 

Dear Joan, 

Please extend an invitation to your members and email subscribers to the IFOA Master Class with writer Alexander MacLeod at 2:00pm on Nov 4. 

 It will take place on the LU Campus in the ATAC building room 2015.  

This is a free event and no registration is necessary.  If you require more information, please call Barb Philp at 684-6811 or

Looking forward to seeing at good turnout!

Alexander MacLeod.