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’.
The wonderful events listed below are in the past with the exception of Glenboro in September. 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.
April, Women’s Institute Spring Rally, Reston, MB
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
With no plans to travel overseas, I am open to participate in ‘readings’ and book club discussions. Contact me and we’ll have a conversation.
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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