Gwen Southin was a hit at the 2010 Festival of the Written Arts. Interviewed by Louise Penny a fellow crime writer, Gwen started the fun afternoon by reading from her first book Death In A Family Way. The question and answer session that followed, expertly led by Penny, soon had the audience laughing as Gwen related the trials and errors of the first Festival years-from dealing with prima donna cookbook authors, mopping floors with Betty Keller after everyone had left that led to the decision to write a Festival cookbook (The Great Canadian Literary Cookbook) and the wonderful patron of the Festival, Peter Gzowski, who wrote a glowing introduction for the cookbook, and of course, the salmon destined for the BBQ, that tried to make a get-away. Gwen spoke about growing up in war-torn England and the affect it had on her life and the decision she and her husband made to immigrate to Canada. The last part of the event was taken up by many questions from the audience that led to more laughter as she related some of the hilarious things that happened researching for her books-for instance when she tied Vic, her long suffering husband, to an overturned chair to see if he could escape. It was a wonderful afternoon and made even more special at the end of the event by the bouquet that was presented to her from him.
Gwendolyn Southin interviewed at Festival of the Written Arts
Recent Signings and Promotion Events:
February 12, 2010: Gwen Southin read from her fourth Margaret Spencer Mystery, DEATH AS A LAST RESORT, (Touchwood Editions) at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt.
Betty Keller reads at Vancouver Word on the Street
Betty Keller talked about her new book, A Thoroughly Wicked Woman at The Word on the Street in Vancouver on Sunday, September 26, 2010. After being introduced by veteran Vancouver newspaper reporter and editor Charles Campbell, Keller told her audience that she had learned about Vancouver's early days while looking up information on her great grandfather and grandfather who arrived in the city in March 1886-just one month before the city was incorporated and three months before it burned to the ground. She explained that by digging into the City Archives and reading old newspapers she had learned much more about her forebears but she also had her eyes opened about the city's rogues and vagabonds, and their stories became the subject matter for three of her books. There was rapt attention
as she read from Chapter One of her latest-A Thoroughly Wicked Woman: Murder, Perjury and Trial by Newspaper. Then, as the next scheduled author failed to show up for his reading, there was time for a long and lively question-and-answer session with an audience eager to know more about this young city's very early days and its cast of wild and wooly characters.
October 2 - A Triple Book Launch! Three outstanding books by three Sunshine Coast authors were launched on Saturday, October 2 at 7:00 pm in the Doris Crowston Gallery of the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Medusa and Trail in Sechelt, BC. The celebration for the launch of Drift Child by Rosella M. Leslie, A Thoroughly Wicked Woman by Betty Keller, and Edge of the Sound by Jo Hammond drew a full house of enthusiastic readers. Later Bev Shaw of Talewind Books was there to sell books while the three authors signed them and answered fans' questions. To read Jan DeGrass's review of the event and the three books, Click here.
Triple Book Launch October 2 in Sechelt
First stop was Powell River's delightful bookstore-cum-coffee shop Breakwater Books at 6812A Alberni Street where they signed books and talked with bookbuyers. Then it was onto the Powell River-Comox ferry to arrive in Courtenay in time for an evening of power point presentations at the Courtenay and District Museum & Palaeontology Centre, 360 Cliffe Avenue. On Friday the trio signed books at Laughing Oyster Books in Courtenay then travelled to Nanaimo for an afternoon of power point presentations at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial Street.
- Gwen Southin signs a copy of Death as a Last Resort for fan Bula Hess.-
March 20, 2010: Gwen Southin was a guest reader at the Cadboro Bay Book Company's monthly brunch at the University Club at the University of Victoria.
June 2009: Thirteen years after the launch of the first edition of Bright Seas, Pioneer Spirits: A History of the Sunshine Coast, local authors Betty Keller and Rosella Leslie have a produced a second up-dated edition of this well-documented but easy-to-read history. Augmented by more than fifty historic photographs, it tells the stories of the entrepreneurs who came to this coast to log, fish, farm or establish tourist resorts in the days gone by, stories that reflect the hardships they endured and the ingenuity-and humour-with which they faced the challenges. The first edition, which was published by Horsdal and Schubart in 1996, won third prize in that year's BC Historical Federation Writing Competition. Now the authors have revised and updated it to include even more stories from the past, such as the history of the Merry Island lighthouse, and stories from the near-present, such as the establishment of the Sechelt Community Forest and independent power projects.
October 10, 2009: The two authors, Rosella Leslie and Betty Keller, shared some of their Sunshine Coast stories and talked about their research with the public at the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives.
October 17, 2009: Rosella Leslie and Betty Keller shared the stage at the Community Meeting Room in Sechelt's Library/Municipal building for a joint launch of Bright Seas, Pioneer Spirits with the Sechelt Community Archives' brand new website of historic photographs and documents.
Three Sunshine Coast authors toured Vancouver Island October 21- 24, 2010.
Rosella M. Leslie, author of Drift Child (NeWest Press); Betty C. Keller, author of A Thoroughly Wicked Woman (Caitlin Press), and Jo Hammond, author of Edge of the Sound (Caitlin Press), began their Vancouver Island book events and signings tour by catching the ferry to Powell River on Thursday, October 21.
The writers set out for Tofino early on Saturday, taking time for stops at Cathedral Grove and Chesterman Beach on the way. It was a very stormy night on the Island's west coast but the trio braved the elements to make their presentations at the Botanical Gardens' Darwin Café and sign books at the Mermaid Tales Bookshop.
The storm was still raging as the trio headed back across the Island on Sunday morning and made it to Victoria for a noontime signing at Munro's Books on Government Street before driving to Tanner's Books, 2436 Beacon Avenue in Sidney, for their final advertised signing of the tour.
Rosella, Betty and Jo want to thank
all the wonderful booksellers for their gracious hospitality and all the great book buyers they met along the way!
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