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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

November Achievements

Time for the monthly acknowledgement of PWAC member excellence.

The full Member Achievement Bulletin can be found at the following link:

November Achievements

and here are some highlights:

The New Brunswick Southwest (NBSW) chapter of PWAC took part in the first annual Kings County Word Day on Nov. 4 in Sussex, New Brunswick. The goal of the event was to make the local published authors more visible to the people in Kings County and to give them an opportunity to present their work through book displays and readings.

PWAC was well represented by several members from the NBSW chapter including (pictured left to right) chapter president Trudy Kelly Forsythe with chapter members Donna Spalding, Carmel Vivier, Dorothy Dearborn and Ross Mavis (image loaded through Flickr).

Toronto Member Noelle Boughton is excited to share her new spiritual biography of one of Canada's most beloved authors. Margaret Laurence: A Gift of Grace - A Spiritual Biography has been published by the Women's Press imprint of Canadian Scholars' Press Inc. Laurence died 20 years ago, but still offers writers and spiritual seekers critical lessons. Watch for Noelle's workshops and presentations to share those insights. She's been invited to speak at the Lakefield Literary Festival in July 2007.

Ottawa member Emily-Jane Hills Orford has published My Grandmother's Cane, a short story, in the new Ottawa literary magazine, The Voice. She has also published an article entitled The Sad Demise of Iqaluit's Igloo Cathedral in November's issue of Crosstalk. The article is a result of the author's recent visit to Iqaluit.

Prairies member Doreen Kerby has published an article on John Hus (1369-1415) in The Canadian Lutheran magazine. Hus was burned at the stake 65 years before Martin Luther was born. Says Doreen, "When I was in the Old Square in Prague, I was intrigued with the huge monument commemorating the 500th anniversary of his death. I was determined to write about this man."

Victoria member, Paula Wild has recently released The Comox Valley: Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland & Area (Harbour Publishing). The Comox Valley is a coffee table book chock full of photographs and information about the region. Color photographs combined with lively text capture the grandeur of the landscape, the flavor of the area’s distinctive communities and the larger than life characters who call this area home.


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