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Do you need a sensitivity reader?

A friend who read a draft of my new novel, Winter’s Rage, suggested I ask someone experienced in transgender issues to read the manuscript. It hadn’t occurred to me that I needed this. While one of my characters in the novel has sex change surgery, I considered it a minor point in the story. But I knew […]

My Sensitivity Reader

Today, on the BWL website, https://bwlauthors.blogspot.com/ I write about how a sensitivity reader helped make my novel, Winter’s Rage, more authentic.

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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 […]

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