Author Archive

Why doesn’t our governor general speak French?

When reporters asked Mary Simon, Canada’s newly appointed governor general, why she doesn’t speak French, she replied that she was denied the chance to learn French at her residential day school. This prompted me to Google Simon’s biography. According to Wikipedia, she attended Kuujjuaq Federal Day School, then Fort Carson High School in Colorado and […]

Canada’s WWII Internment Camps

Last week I watched The Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s podcast with Adriana Davies about her new book From Sojourners to Citizens: Alberta’s Italian History. Her discussion of Italian interment during WWII reminded me of my friend’s father’s story about his internment at two camps in eastern Canada. Joachim “Jim” was born in Leipzig, Germany, in […]

Hosting Tonight

Join me tonight online as I host the next Writers’ Guild of Alberta Reading Series. New author, N. L. Blandford will answer questions and read from her first novel, The Perilous Road to Her. Wed, July 14, 7:00-7:45 pm. Mountain Time. youtube.com/watch?v=3xxPMAk1_qo&ab

When Words Collide!

Today, on the BWL Author Blog, I write about next month’s When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers. This year it’s full steam online and free for all. https://bwlauthors.blogspot.com/

Sir John A Macdonald: hero or villain?

Last summer I took out a library book about Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, because I wanted to know if modern historians have changed their view of him since my high school history class in the 1960s. Back then we learned Macdonald was flawed and made mistakes, but Canada would be considerably […]

Pre-Release. Yahoo!

Smashwords is the first website to pre-release my new novel, Winter’s Rage. You can purchase the e-book here: Smashwordshttps://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/BWLCalder. My three earlier novels are also 50 % off on Smashwords until the end of July. Winter’s Rage will officially release in August.

Happy Canada Day

Canada Day 2021 will be subdued or cancelled in most Canadian cities due to COVID-19 and the investigations of graveyards at former indigenous residential schools. My small effort at reconciliation has been to re-read my friend Joan Crate’s novel, Black Apple (Simon and Schuster Canada, 2016) about a Blackfoot girl taken from her family on […]

Every Cover Tells a Story

Calgary insurance adjuster Paula Savard investigates a hit-and-run collision. She unearths secrets that led to murder.

A Cover For a New Book

Today, on the BWL Author’s blog, I write about how my novels got their designs https://bwlauthors.blogspot.com/

Monet’s Cataracts – and mine

Last summer I noticed a cloudiness in my left eye. I thought it might be due to cataracts, which run on both sides of my family. My husband had them a few years ago, with similar symptoms. When my eye doctor confirmed the problem in both eyes, she said that she likes referring severely near-sighted […]

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