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Boomer Lit

On Sunday, August 10, I’ll be sitting on a panel about Baby Boomer Literature at Calgary’s When Words Collide Writing Conference. In anticipation of the event, the panel moderator, Mahrie Glab Reid, invited me to write a guest blog post for her website. Mahrie gave my piece the catchy title: What if Trixie Beldon Turned [...]

A wedding, baseball and kindred spirit

I’m back from a terrific trip to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario. The highlight was my son’s wedding on June 13 in Toronto. The day was wonderful from start to finish and filled with memorable moments for a loving mom. After the wedding and associated festivities, Will and I spent time visiting friends in [...]

Pam’s book launch

On Saturday, I had the honour and joy of introducing my friend, Pamela McDowell, at the launch of her first fiction book, Ospreys in Danger, a picture book for children in grades 2-3. The story, based on a real event, features two plucky girls who save ospreys in Waterton National Park. Pam’s launch, approppriately, was [...]

Creative Non-Fiction conference

Here are a couple more photos taken at last weekend’s Creative Non-fiction Conference. I attended the pre- and post-conference events that were open to the public. Below, I am fiddling with my camera while author and educator Aretha Van Herk speaks at the statues of the Famous Five.

Calgary Crime Writers Meeting

Join us at the following event: Crime & Coffee with Crime Writers of Canada Thursday, May 15, 2014    7-9 PM Good Earth at Glenmore Landing 90th Ave and 14th St. SW Everyone welcome. If the weather’s good, look for us on the patio.

Literary Walk

A little drizzle didn’t diminish my enjoyment of Sunday’s Literary Walk of old Calgary hosted by the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society to wrap up their 10th anniversary conference weekend. Here’s writer Shaun Hunter talking about Calgary’s near-forgotten painter and author, William S. Bates, and his connection to the Grain Exchange Building (1909), now the home [...]

Arthur Ellis Short-List Announcement

Lots of fun, companionship and laughs at our Arthur Ellis Short-list announcement event at Owl’s Nest Bookstore on April 24th. A bonus was having one of our readers – Axel Howerton – make the short list for Best First Novel.

Arthur Ellis Awards

FROM CRIME WRITERS OF CANADA Announcing the 2014 Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlists and Winner of the CWC Grand Master Award for Crime Writing in Canada (Toronto, April 24, 2014) Crime Writers of Canada is pleased to announce the 2014 Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlists, and the winner of the CWC Grand Master Award for Crime Writing [...]

Good news

My novel-in-progress, Ten Days in Summer, is a finalist in The Sandy Writing Contest, Thriller/Suspense/Mystery category. Winners will be announced at the Crested Butte Writers Conference in June. I wish I could be there. I feel especially good about this because Sandy was the name of my family dog.


Good News. My long short story “Pandemic” was a finalist in the December 2013 Glimmer Train Fiction Open Contest. “Pandemic” was inspired by my trip to Italy five years ago. I wrote the story mentally for several years before committing it to computer screen, seeking feedback, revising and sending it out. Many thanks to the [...]

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