Monday, May 29, 2017

An amazing night with the CFUW! May 16, 2017

Over the years I have given a large number of presentations on Elsie MacGill and to a wide variety of groups.  Getting the story about Elsie out is something I truly enjoy doing, and having a truly engaged audience makes this endeavour that much more rewarding.  That was the case on May 16th with the Ottawa Canadian Federation of University Women.  In addition to a truly warm welcome, it was a pleasure to spend an evening with a group that was so keen to hear the story.  Moreover, a lively and intelligent question period followed and kept going right throughout the social time after the presentation.  


In a slightly different twist to this presentation, I explored Elsie's life from the concept of her being a banknote-able woman.  And, indeed she is - having made the shortlist for the new $10.  But, what does that mean?  It is relatively straight-forward to reduce any life to a serious of chronological facts - and when exploring historical significance at a surface level this degree of analysis is enough - however - as I argued that night this most interesting part is what happens before the facts, during the creation of the facts and after the facts - that my friends is where living occurs and those nuances contain the true richness of a life.  


There is nothing that warms an author's heart more than to spend time with readers and potential readers who are so excited to discuss a book.  It was a wonderful evening that left me truly energized!  Thank you Ottawa CFUW for a fantastic evening!    

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Queen of the Hurricanes at CFUW - Ottawa Book Club III - May 16, 2017!!

On May 16, 2017 at 7:30pm at Riverside United Church I will be giving a presentation about Queen of the Hurricanes.  This event is hosted by the Canadian Federation of University Women. 

Please RSVP by April 15, 2017 to Janet Riehm:  jriehm@sympatico.ca or 613-744-7305




 

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Queen of the Hurricanes featured on Canada History's Canadian Women's History List

It was recently brought to my attention that Queen of the Hurricanes is part of Canada History's  Canadian Women's History book list!  It is one of many fascinating books on women's history in Canada that should all be added to your reading lists for 2017!  It is a great year to do it too...Canada's 150th!  

For more information see:  Canadian Women's History

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Elsie is on the shortlist for the $10 bill!

As many of you may know, Elsie Gregory MacGill has been put on the shortlist - of five possible women to be featured on the new Canadian $50 bill!  She is in good company as the list also includes four other prominent Canadian women (see below).  The decision is pending December 8th, 2016!!  Looking forward to learning who the winner will be!  


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Queen of the Hurricanes & Second Story Press at the National Women's Studies Association Conference!

My publisher Second Story Press will be at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Montreal from November 10-13, 2016.  http://www.nwsa.org/conference2016
 
Of the books featured will be the Feminist History Society series, which includes Queen of the Hurricanes:  The Fearless Elsie MacGill and the newest book - a biography of Marion Dewar by Deborah Gorham!

The display will be at booth #401 in the Expo area.

Second Story will also be holding a reception in the booth on Friday, November 11th from 5:00-6:00pm. Anyone attending the conference is invited to join the press team for a glass of wine and to learn more about our books!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Excellent Time @ The 99s International Conference



Three days of book selling and networking at the 99s International Conference Trade Show have already come and gone.  It was an excellent opportunity to reach out to this community and to get to know some of the incredible participants.  Congratulations to Joy Parker Blackwood and all of the organizers! 

My thanks to all of those who re-connected, or shared their stories with me for the first time.  You are all living testimonies to the fact that the sky really is the limit when it comes to goal and dreams!  Thank you also to all who stopped by to let me know your thoughts about the Queen of the Hurricanes:  The Fearless Elsie MacGill, or to purchase a copy. 

If you enjoyed the book, please take a minute to rate it on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24953334-queen-of-the-hurricanes 

 Here are some of the photos from the final day of the Trade Show:

Photo with Kaye Combs Moore,
Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter 99s



Photo with Cheryl Marek,
 Southern Ontario Director
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA)

Photo with Marilyn Dickson,
First Canadian East Chapter 99s

Friday, July 8, 2016

Take off eh! @ The 99s International Conference



As of yesterday I have been at the 99s International Conference Trade Show selling the Queen of the Hurricanes:  The Fearless Elsie MacGill, and selling Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail's two aviation books:  Polar Winds:  A Century of Flying the North and For the Love of Flying.   









For more information on Danielle see:  http://www.daniellemc.com/ 
 

It has been two full days of connecting with talented women in aviation from every possible field and from all around the world!  I feel honoured and privileged to listen to their stories and experiences.  

Moreover, for many of the participants, attending a conference does not mean determining the quickest route overland on a highway or trying to determine the best flight deal, they just figure out their flight plan and fly directly to wherever it is they have to go!  

The Trade Show includes a wide range of vendors, and I have been happily sharing the author's corner with Elizabeth Muir, author of of Canadian Women in the Sky:  100 Years of Flight and Air Crazy:  Fascinating Stories of Canadian Women in the Air (which was recently released in French Libres comme l'air:  Histoires fascinantes des pionnières de l'aviation canadienne)




For more information about Elizabeth, see her website at:
http://www.lizmuir.ca/ 


Tomorrow will be the last day of the Trade Show - it is taking place in the Penthouse of the Delta City Ottawa from 12pm to 5pm - if you have time, you should really do a fly-by!  Hope to see you there!