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Watters’ culturally modified grad cap in permanent NYC museum display

It was a delight to interview shíshálh cedar weaver Shyanne (“Shy”) Watters for Sunshine Coast Life magazine. Shy’s unique cedar hats range from a sasquatch version with long black hair to a red-dress-themed one honouring Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. Shy is perhaps best known for her culturally modified graduation cap whose pattern reflects ocean…

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My memoir on KaleidoSoul’s Top Ten List for 2023 nonfiction books

I’m honoured and flattered that Anne Marie Bennett, creator of Massachusetts-based online company KaleidoSoul, has included my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket in her list of Top Ten Nonfiction Books for 2023. I’m in great company, along with Michelle Obama’s The Light We Carry and titles like The Soul of Place by Linda Lappin…

Thanks to Port Moody Library for supporting local authors
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Thanks to Port Moody Library for supporting local authors

I was one of 34 authors at the Writers Fair hosted Nov. 5 by the Port Moody Public Library in Port Moody, BC. It was great to share a table with one of my writing students, Doug Matthews, and to meet new authors and readers plus writing students past and present. Former student Erik D’Souza…

‘Incest still considered shameful secret’: see my full interview
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‘Incest still considered shameful secret’: see my full interview

“Sexual violence is still, to a certain degree, a hidden issue for the average woman,” I told Meggie Royer, editor of the U.S. publication Persephone’s Daughters, during a recent interview. “The #MeToo Movement has been predominantly embodied by very privileged white women. I think it’s wrong that it was a Black woman who came out…

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Read editor’s interview with me in Persephone’s Daughters

It was a delight to discuss my memoir, the #MeToo Movement, toxic masculinity, forgiveness, and more with Meggie Royer, editor of the feminist publication Persephone’s Daughters. Meggie asked me if I felt comfortable using the term “toxic masculinity” and I said yes. Since then, I’ve learned that it can alienate some men. To me, it…

Free author reading Oct. 18 in Gibsons
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Free author reading Oct. 18 in Gibsons

Interested in a stimulating discussion about toxic masculinity, healing from trauma, and finding inner peace and forgiveness? Come to my free author reading on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Gibsons Public Library in Gibsons, BC. I’ll read short excerpts from my incest memoir No Letter in Your Pocket (Guernica Editions, 2023) and encourage attendees, who have…

Author reading at Seaside Centre Book Fair Aug. 19
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Author reading at Seaside Centre Book Fair Aug. 19

I’ll be reading brief excerpts from my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket at noon on Aug. 19 at the Seaside Art, Photography and Book Fair in Sechelt, BC. This new free event, held Aug. 18-20 at the Seaside Centre, will feature visual arts, workshops, readings and live music by local creatives. Check it out…

Karen and Heather win Audience Favourite award
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Karen and Heather win Audience Favourite award

It was a delightful surprise to win the Audience Favourite Award at the 2nd Annual Art and Words Festival, held Aug. 10-13 at the Gibsons Public Market. Photographer Karen Morgenstern‘s evocative image, which became the event’s PR centrepiece on T-shirts, posters etc., inspired my accompanying poem Solo Writing Retreats. Many thanks to all who voted…

Speaking from the heart: ch’elkwilwet (Raquel Joe)
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Speaking from the heart: ch’elkwilwet (Raquel Joe)

I interviewed and photographed ch’elkwilwet (Raquel Joe), shíshálh Nation councillor, teacher and weaver, for the summer 2023 issue of Sunshine Coast Life magazine. It was fascinating to learn more of the history of the shíshálh people through their museum artifact kikilim lhe tan (The Grieving Mother), the burial site containing 4,000-year-old remains of a chief…

Podcast interview highlights healing from childhood trauma
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Podcast interview highlights healing from childhood trauma

It’s rare to be asked, in an interview with a businessman, about your spiritual beliefs and how they’ve influenced your life choices. Thankfully, author and executive Ken Hannaman is no ordinary businessperson. He’s the author and host of the podcast Ungraduated Living and like me, drawn to eastern philosophies and religions. That’s part of what…

Short readings at 2nd Annual Art & Words Festival
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Short readings at 2nd Annual Art & Words Festival

I’m pleased to be appearing again at the Annual Art & Words Festival. I’ll be sharing the poem I wrote inspired by local photographer Karen Morgenstern. Her image appears on this year’s festival T-shirts and I love it. Come out and hear dozens of writers read and discuss their collaborative team work with a local…

Interview highlights two books on separate parental secrets
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Interview highlights two books on separate parental secrets

Bill Arnott, author of B.C.’s best-selling Gone Viking trilogy, has just gone live with his Summer Showcase interview series. This month, he’s featuring me and my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket, and Roxanne Davies, author of The Blue Riviera: A Daughter’s Investigation. Roxanne delves into the mysterious death of her mother while exploring her…

Author grateful for Coast Reporter coverage and book launch presence
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Author grateful for Coast Reporter coverage and book launch presence

Many thanks to Michael Gurney, Coast Reporter arts and culture writer, for introducing me at the April 15 launch of my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket. He provided insightful Q&A questions and I appreciated his understanding and sensitivity. About 50 people attended the event, held at Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt, expressing gratitude and…

Ah, This is the Life: my feature on Secret Cove Marina
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Ah, This is the Life: my feature on Secret Cove Marina

It was a treat to interview Andreas and Kendra Tize, owners of Secret Cove Marina in Halfmoon Bay, BC. I got to luxuriate, albeit briefly, in their 5,000-square-foot float home and discover the cozy seafood restaurant The Upper Deck. (I knew Andreas as the Roberts Creek rep for the Sunshine Coast Regional District.) Their marina…

My memoir makes silent appearance on Baldrey’s Global TV book shelf
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My memoir makes silent appearance on Baldrey’s Global TV book shelf

I’m lucky that my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket recently appeared on air on the book shelf of Keith Baldrey, Global TV’s bureau chief in Victoria, BC. Keith tells me that this means a viewership of approximately 400,000. What great free promotion! Each year, Keith gets hundreds of books sent to him from publishers…

Memoir book launch April 15 in Sechelt, BC
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Memoir book launch April 15 in Sechelt, BC

I look forward to introducing my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket to my local Sunshine Coast, BC community on Saturday, April 15. My informal book launch (not the official one in Toronto on May 28) will be held at 7 pm at the Sunshine Coast Cultural Centre in Sechelt. I’ll discuss the book, its…

Writing as a Transformational Tool: my podcast chat with host Nelia Hutt
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Writing as a Transformational Tool: my podcast chat with host Nelia Hutt

I enjoyed my recent chat with Nelia Hutt, host of the Apple podcast Giving Starts With You, based in Barrie, Ont. Under the topic Writing As a Transformational Tool, I discussed how I help others find their voice when writing about traumatic events. I shared my experiences writing the incest memoir No Letter in Your…

Mini-book reading April 7 at Artesia Coffeehouse
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Mini-book reading April 7 at Artesia Coffeehouse

Artesia Coffeehouse attendees will get a sneak preview of my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket on April 7 at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt, BC. I’ll be giving a seven-minute reading from my memoir about my visit to the erotic sandstone temples in Khajuraho, India in 1991. This will be from chapter…

Featured guest on podcast How to Survive Society
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Featured guest on podcast How to Survive Society

  Listen to the podcast here.   I enjoyed my chat with Abby Ayoola, host of the Toronto podcast How to Survive Society. We discussed my incest memoir No Letter in Your Pocket and my work coaching authors of trauma memoirs. We talked about how to stay resilient, and find the courage to share your…

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Heritage Week event goes ahead despite snowstorm

A snowstorm didn’t stop our Feb. 25 Heritage Week literary event, held at the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives in Gibsons. I enjoyed giving a presentation about Muriel Wylie Blanchet, author of the classic West Coast boating tale The Curve of Time. Many thanks to Michael Gurney of The Coast Reporter for his coverage of the…

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Delivered BC Heritage Week talk Feb. 25 on author Muriel Wylie Blanchet

As part of BC Heritage Week, I enjoyed sharing readings from The Curve of Time on Feb. 25 and telling a Gibsons, BC audience about some of the eccentricities of author Muriel Wylie Blanchet. For instance, she had emphysema and defied her doctor, who wanted her to move out of her cold, drafty house near…

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Official book launch May 28 in Toronto

      I’m delighted that I’ll be joining seven other authors from publisher Guernica Editions on Sunday, May 28 to launch my new memoir in Toronto. Join us at Supermarket Bar in the city’s Kensington area at 3:30 pm. You’ll hear me read short excerpts from No Letter in Your Pocket: How a daughter…

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Om By the Beach

I really enjoyed being interviewed on Om By the Beach, a European podcast hosted by Josef Schinwald. Our one-hour discussion about Being on a Spiritual Path covered many areas, from Buddhist concepts of compassion, forgiveness, and no-self to writing about trauma, coaching others about writing about their trauma, and my memoir No Letter in Your…

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A shishalh Nation Knowledge-keeper shares poetry and stories

  Before xwu’p’a’lich Barbara Higgins was born in 1933, members of the shíshálh Nation were waiting for her to take on the role of Rememberer or Knowledge-keeper (her ancestral name means “she weaves”). Since then, she has voiced the importance of preserving Nature, her people’s land, language, and culture through her stories, poems, and activism….

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Online memories shared regarding my Ubyssey editing days

What influence did university journalism and the UBC student newspaper The Ubyssey have on my life and career? I explain, and reminisce, in a new online series of Q&As, part of the Hundred Year Trek project. (The Great Trek was a huge event in Vancouver, BC in 1922, whereby hundreds of students, supported by many…

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Creative nonfiction reading Oct. 21

I was one of eight writers who read as part of the Oct. 21 event “Good Stories Live Here” in Sechelt, BC. This free presentation of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society (SCWES), kicked off the Sunshine Coast Arts Crawl. I read my creative nonfiction piece “Navigating the…

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Webinar “Trauma and truth-telling in memoir” offered Nov. 16

I’m delighted to be offering the webinar “Trauma and truth-telling in memoir: the risks and rewards of revealing secrets” on Nov. 16 from 2:00 to 3:15 PST. I’m doing it through the U.S. foundation and magazine Creative Nonfiction. I’ll be drawing on first-hand experiences from writing my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket and will include…

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Pre-sales available for my 2023 memoir No Letter in Your Pocket

Pre-sales have already started for my incest memoir No Letter in Your Pocket, which will be published in May 2023 by Guernica Editions of Toronto. See sales links below. Price: $25 CDN OVERVIEW: Incest denial and sexual assaults disrupt a young woman’s solo spiritual quest and her two romantic adventures in India in 1990-91. Two…