Save the Date(s)


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Just wanted to let you know about two events that are around the corner, and one that’s coming up in October.

This Sunday, September 11th, I’ll be popping by the Chapters in Dartmouth, NS (41 Mic Mac Blvd.), to take part in their fall preview event. If you’re in the Halifax/Dartmouth area and would like to get the inside scoop on new titles coming out this fall, I’d love to see you there! The event starts at 1pm, and I’ll be on at around 2:30pm to talk about The Virgin Cure (and to read a brief excerpt.) The book won’t be out yet, so it’s not a signing, but I’m looking forward to sharing a bit of the story before the big launch in October.

Friday, September 16th at 7pm, I’ll be at the Murdoch C. Smith Memorial Library in Port Williams, NS to give a talk on research and writing historical fiction – “Sense and Serendipity: or, how to craft fiction from fact.” Ever wonder how countless hours spent in libraries and archives can lead to a novel? Want to know the real-life stories behind the The Birth House and The Virgin Cure? I’ll be sharing some of the history and research behind both books as well as reading and answering questions. (I hear there will even be refreshments!)

October 27, 2011 (Jann Arden, Terry Fallis and me in Toronto!)

Read for the Cure – I’m so honoured to be participating in one of this year’s Read for the Cure events. On Thursday, October 27th, I’ll be speaking along with Jann Arden (Wow! I know, right?) and Canada Reads champ, Terry Fallis at the Arcadia Court in Toronto.  It’s an amazing line-up for a wonderful cause and I’ve no doubt it will be a magical evening hosted by none other than the CBC’s Carol Off. (Oh, and to kick things off to a wonderful start, Natalie MacLean will be hosting a wine tasting to open the event!)

Read for the Cure began in 2006, in Toronto Canada, when two members of a west Toronto book club, who had just finished treatment for cancer, had a great idea… Acknowledging the important role of reading in their lives, and the wonderful support they had received from their fellow members during their treatment, they saw an opportunity to harness the energy of enthusiastic book clubs and readers to raise funds for cancer research. With two other book club members who had close family members affected by cancer, they formed a committee of four. Together they developed a vision of ways to bring readers and writers together for a wonderful evening, while raising funds for cancer research. – from


Tickets for the event are going fast, so if you’d like to attend, please visit the Read for the Cure site, scroll down to the October 27th event and reserve your ticket today! Read for the Cure.

I hope to see you there.

Dear Cookie

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