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Thank you letters encourage me to think that someone else, not yet introduced to my great-grandmother, may appreciate her story. And so, I continue to respond to invitations.
How fortunate I am to have the health to travel and meet with such enthusiastic readers.

March I, 2016, I bravely sent my book off to compete in the Whistler Independent Book Awards and learned in July it was one of three finalists. Although we did not win, I am very proud to have For Elise  recognized as a finalist. It was an honour to attend the festival and I am enriched by the experience. More about the award under ‘Award’. 

See my new web page for more details of more coming events: An important one is included here.

Feb. 21-March 7, 2018 (3 Wednesdays) Creative Retirement
100 Years of Shame: What Really Happened & How it Became a Book
Lecture Room, 101-1075 Portage Ave. Winnipeg, MB
Members $38.00, Non-members $53.00.

Oriole’s creative non-fiction book For Elise; Unveiling the Forgotten Woman on the Criddle Homestead, was written to expose a family secret. While the Criddle descendants grew up believing in the mystique created around and by Percy Criddle – doctor and healer, administrator and justice of the peace, agriculturalist, and talented musician; his first family was saddled with a burden of shame. The research and completed book accomplished more than bring healing to her family. Oriole’s three-part series will begin with the secret and the decision to look for the truth. She will go on to explain how and where she found the information, and describe the stages of researching, writing, and publishing her book. She will conclude with insights from the Elise’s life that apply to today’s missing and trafficked girls and women. For Elise resembles an iceberg. There is much information below the surface supporting this narrative.

October 3 Creative Retirement Bus tour Points West to Carberry, The Criddle Vane Homestead and Wawanesa.  Contact Creative Retirement will be arranging another tour in the fall of 2018,

With no plans to travel very far, I am open to participate in ‘readings’ and book clubs. Contact me and we’ll have a conversation.

During the past spring, giving us all good memories.
April, Cartwrite, MB:  Lakeland Regional Library, Cartwrite Branch; Pilot Mound, MB, Louise Public Library; Melita, MB: SouthWestern Regional Library; Pierson, MB:  Southwestern Regional Library
Elkhorn, MB: Border Regional Library, Elkhorn Branc; Reston, MB, Reston & District Library; Headingly Municipal Library, 49 Alboro St.; Jake Epp Libary, Steinbach

See Listing of Past Events

Past highlights

Archivists Stockach 2015Visited Stockach, Germany in June of 2015—home of Elise’s ancestor’s.
I presented a book to the archivists who helped me research the Harrer family.
he earliest record of Harrers in Stockach was 1790 and from then on they were often mentioned as making a positive contribution to the community.  A newly discovered cousin, Roland Harrer, and Dorothea his wife, hosted us during our visit.

 Hadleigh, England, April 2014, gave a short presentation at Alabaster Gathering..
Percy’s mother, Mary Ann Alabaster Criddle, was an artist in London. Members of the Alabaster Society have been very supportive, assisting my research and my writing of For Elise.

Read more  Alabaster Society


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