Launch of The Lighkeeper's Daughters

Launch of The Lighkeeper's Daughters
by Jean Pendziwol

Elvis the Mountie Dog Steals the Show at the Book Signing

Elvis the Mountie Dog Steals the Show at the Book Signing
Elvis, Joan M. Baril, customer poet Rob Lem

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Wow, double Wow! What a night!

Last night was the NOWW's 18th Annual Awards Party and what a party it was. A full house at the Prince Arthur heard Michael Christie, the keynote speaker talk about growing up in Thunder Bay and feeling isolated and far away from the action. A visit to Alistair MacLeod's writing cabin in Cape Breton changed his mind. He realized isolated and far from the centres of culture had no meaning to a writer. Great art can happen anywhere. Christie ended with a call to join Jane Urquhart (and her book, The Underpainter) and write about where we are, right here.

 The room was bursting with talent. I talked to dozens of people: readers, writers, playwrights, poets and just general literature lovers. Here are just a few. More later.

Amy Jones whose new novel, "We're All in This Together," will be available a Chapters June 11. Amy will be there too, to meet, greet and sign. 


Sue Blott won first prize in the non-fiction category for a memorable  story about her father who, she learned late in life, was not really her biological father at all.

Dave Belrose told me about his upcoming memoir "Answering a Different Call: My (Queer) Thunder Bay Life." Dave has lived an eventful life which will result in a superb memoir.

John Pringle, whose play "No More Jokes," took first place in the recent 10X10 competition. The play was presented to a appreciative audience as part of the after dinner entertainment. 


Linda Golpy Anderson discussed her YA novel and the many pitfalls on the road to publication. 

1 comment:

  1. Hello Joan it was so nice to meet you.I Thank You for posting me on your blog.Hope to talk with you again soon.Linda Golphy Anderson

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