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.
Last March 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’.
September 19: Glenboro. That event will be a celebration, because in contrast to my launch in 2012, I will have a voice. I had accidently smashed my heel when steps collapsed the day before. The overnight surgery in Brandon, left me voiceless, but with the doctor’s support I did get out of the hospital to attend. I was back and in bed there where the kind nurses brought me a late supper.
August 6, 11 am- 4 pm. Memories at St Norbert Market’s Farmers’ Festival. I will have a table and two half hour times 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm to share my story and encourage folks to learn more about and record their own family story. See their Market web page.
August 12. Carberry Heritage Festival I will join other vendors on Main Street
August 13. Sunday 12-4 Criddle/Vane Homestead Summer Picnic
October 3 Creative Retirement Bus tour Points West to Carberry, The Criddle Vane Homestead and Wawanesa. Going to Press soon. Contact Creative Retirement.
Springfield Book Club is reading For Elise and will invite me when they have a date. (I haven’t heard from them, maybe they are weighed down in the poor harvest.)
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
April, Pilot Mound, MB, Louise Public Library
April, Melita, MB: SouthWestern Regional Library.
April, Pierson, MB: Southwestern Regional Library
May 2, Elkhorn, MB: Border Regional Library, Elkhorn Branch
May 3, Reston, MB, Reston & District Library
May 8, Headingly Municipal Library, 49 Alboro St.
May16, Jake Epp Libary, Steinbach
Visited 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.
The 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.
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