Local Author Series – Roger Morrison [Lindsay]

Morrison R.H.On Thursday, September 26 at 7pm, the Kawartha Lakes Public Library is pleased to present local author, R.H. Morrison, in the Meeting Room of the Lindsay branch.

Visit the author’s website: http://www.rhmorrison.ca/

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For more information about the Autumn Local Author Series pick up a brochure at your local library.

If you are an author and interested in taking part in the Local Author Series, please contact Diane Lansdell at 705 324-9411 ext. 1265.

Advice to bookstores from Chuck Wendig: Symbiosis, baby.

blackbirds-144dpiAuthor Chuck Wendig has this advice for indie bookstores:

Help authors be awesome, and authors will help bookstores be the same.

In his post, Wendig brings up some very good points.

I’ve spoken with a few indie bookstores that treated me like I was, I dunno, bugging them. Like, “Oh, you’re… an author? Ew.” As if authors were not the people who helped fill that bookstore with crazy wonder. I assume it was because I wasn’t a bestselling author?

Cover charges for bookstore events. I was thinking about this recently– specifically I was thinking about how the book industry could learn from the music industry. The music industry has already had to deal with price drops and piracy, and the music industry handled these a whole lot quicker and better than the book industry. I got to thinking about how the music industry probably makes a bulk of their money on ticket prices for concert tours, and how authors (and bookstores) need to be doing the same. But mentioning cover charges for bookstore events brings up a hoopla of backlash. Some don’t think they should be charged anything to have an author sign their pile of books. But they’re forgetting the costs involved to the bookstore and author just to make that signing happen.

Wendig’s advice totally makes sense:

One book minimum.

Like, if I go to a comedy club, there’s a drink minimum.

Wendig also suggests authors partner with bookstores for more than just books.

No reason that an author/publisher and a bookstore cannot partner together to offer unique swag: this could be anything, really. Bookmarks. Postcards.

Also, a point Wendig didn’t cover but is totally worth mentioning, is having indie bookstores fill world-wide orders for signed books by local authors. I realize some booksellers may not want the hassle of shipping books around the world, but think about it: a signed book is a unique product. You get to be the only distributor. Exclusive content. Especially when the author adds a little value like a personal message or a doodle.

Lakefield Literary Festival – July 12 – 14 [Lakefield]

The Lakefield Literary Festival celebrates its rich literary heritage each July on the weekend closest to Margaret Laurence’s birthday, and showcases many current Canadian authors. The festival was created to celebrate the work of Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and Margaret Laurence, among others, all of whom lived and wrote in Lakefield.


Saturday July 13
9:30 am Cenotaph Park.

Admission: Free to all. Donations are appreciated.
We are excited to bring together the award-winning creators of the Stanley picture books and the Good Times Travel Agency series, author Linda Bailey and illustrator, Bill Slavin. Linda will also tell the story Toads on Toast, her newest picture book. Bill’s love of comics shines through in his graphic novel series, Elephants Never Forget. He is pleased to present the latest book in the series. Bill’s partner in life and work, Esperança Melo is the designer of this year’s Festival T-shirts. Her newest books include Mr. Dash and the Cupcake Calamity and Jojo the Giant, nominated for the 2013 Blue Spruce Award.

2:30pm Bryan Jones Theatre, Lakefield College School

Admission: $20.00
Join host and Trent University teacher, Lewis MacLeod, as we greet a giant in the Canadian publishing world, Douglas Gibson and many famous Canadian authors. The one-man show based on his most recent book, Stories About Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and Others, consists of Douglas telling stories about the authors he got to know well in the course of his amazing career as their Editor and Publisher. Each of the 21 authors he discusses at length appears on a central screen behind him in a lively caricature specially created by the mischievous Tony Jenkins of The Globe and Mail. Over 40 versions of the unique show have been given in eight provinces across Canada since October 2011 producing reactions such as “hilarious”, “moving” and “entertaining and informative.” This presentation could only come from someone who has had a long and fascinating career working behind the scenes with some of the most memorable literary men and women of our era.

And more events scheduled!
Purchase tickets on-line or by mail. See website for details.

Calling All Authors in Kawartha Lakes!

I’ve started a list of Kawartha Lakes authors, but I don’t think I have everyone yet. If you know of an author to add to the list, please contact me.

This list will soon be expanded so each author has his/her own page, which will include a biography and bibliography.

Authors in neighbouring regions (Peterborough, Haliburton, Durham and Muskoka) will also be added eventually.

Thanks, everyone!


Library Presents: Author Terry Fallis

On Tuesday, April 30, the Lindsay branch of the Kawartha Lakes Public Library will present author Terry Fallis at 2 P.M. and again at 7 P.M.

For more information, call 705-887-6300 or 705-324-9411 ext 1265

cover-with-Canada-Reads-winner-badgeTerry Fallis is the author of The Best Laid Plans, and The High Road, satirical novels of Canadian politics. His debut novel (TBLP) was originally self-published in 2007 and won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Then McClelland & Stewart published TBLP in September 2008. He also won theGold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Regional Fiction – Canada East category. In 2010, the Waterloo Region chose The Best Laid Plans as the One Book, One Community selection. In February, 2011, The Best Laid Plans was crowned the winner of CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.” In November 2011, CBC-Television announced that The Best Laid Plans is indevelopment as a six-part TV miniseries.

McClelland & Stewart published the sequel to The Best Laid Plans, called The High Road, in September 2010. It was a finalist for the 2011 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, in April, 2011. McClelland & Stewart published Terry’s third novel, Up and Down, in September 2012, and it debuted on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list.

Local Author Series – Jean Booker

Booker Jean booksThursday April 11 at 7 PM at the Bobcaygeon Library, meet Jean Booker, the author of several children’s books and short stories for both children and adults. Ms. Booker’s newest title STILL AT WAR is set in post-war England, as seen through the eyes of a teenage girl named Ellen.

Jean Booker was born and educated in the north of England. She came to Canada after a ten-year correspondence with a pen-pal in Montreal. She lived in Montreal for a year, then came to Toronto where she met and married Neil. She now has two daughters and two grandchildren. She had various office jobs to support her writing habit and graduated from Glendon College, York University, with a degree in English in 1993. She has written many articles and stories for children and is a longtime member of CANSCAIP.

Ellen’s Secret. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 1995.
Mystery House. Toronto: Ginn, 1988; Toronto: Stoddart, 1987.
Keeping Secrets (formerly Ellen’s Secret). Scholastic Canada, 2010
Keeping Secrets (formerly Ellen’s Secret). Scholastic Canada, 2010

Shortlisted, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People for Ellen’s Secret, 1995.


The Local Author Series is a series of presentations by the City of Kawartha Lakes Public Library in which local authors have an opportunity to share their writing experiences and books with readers.

For more information or if you are interested in taking part in the Spring Local Author Series, please contact Diane Lansdell at 705-324-9411 xt 1265.