Why this book, now?

Hello Summer—season of wild exquisite light and ideas that require open-hearted courage. The publication date for Daughter of Family G is still three months off, but there’s plenty happening behind the scenes in preparation for the September 24th launch. As the final touches are being added to the cover, I’ve been prepping to record the audio book, and my fabulous publicist at Penguin Random House Canada has been putting together an amazing fall tour. I’ve already posted the details for a few of the events and there will be more added in the weeks to come. So far cities include:

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First Impressions

It’s blurb season for this coming autumn’s books and I’ve been fortunate to have five stellar authors offer their thoughts on Daughter of Family G. I thought I’d share them here along with some of their recent work. (Props to author-friend Terry Fallis who is the first writer I’ve seen feature their blurbers and their books on a website. I loved the idea so much, I decided to follow suit. Thanks, Terry! ) Pauline Dakin is an author, journalist, and journalism professor who teaches at the University of King’s College in Halifax. Her first non-fiction book Run, Hide, Repeat: A

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Cover Girl

When I first saw the above image, it was a bit strange for me to see a quartet of little Ami-s staring out from the cover art of my forthcoming memoir. It didn’t take long though, to realize that with a handful of black-eyed Susans and a kindergarten portrait from the 1970s, designer Kelly Hill had perfectly captured the spirit of the book. (As she always does.) Who’s that girl? I’d just turned five when I started kindergarten at Perry-Worth Elementary. I couldn’t wait to start school. I was learning to play the piano like my big sister, Lori, and

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Before You Were Born

My mom mailed me that quote back in 2002 along with a beautiful red feather from a cardinal. I’d been working as a freelancer for CBC Radio, writing and producing radio documentaries for a couple of years and the stories I’d been making had been woven from interviews, personal experiences and archival research. Mom had sent me the two items after I’d confessed that I was thinking of writing a book based on a documentary I’d written about my house, a house that had once been home to the local midwife. The note and the feather were to serve as inspiration,

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