Dear Readers

These Good Hands has been in bookstores for a while now and those who’ve read it have lots of great things to say. Just what a writer wants to hear! The novel has been recommended by CBC Ottawa’s regular Book Panel, the Toronto Star and the Halifax Chronicle Herald, and I’ve had a busy few months giving readings–in bookstores here and Toronto, at Word on the Street and the Saint Mary’s Reading Series–and visiting bookclubs. In November I’ll be giving a lecture at Toronto’s Heliconian Club on Camille Claudel and the novel’s fictional treatment of her life.
On a more personal note, I’m delighted to say that I’ve been honoured as one of nineteen women receiving this year’s Canadian Progress Club Halifax Chapter’s Women of Excellence Awards for achievement in a variety of fields. Mine is for contributions to arts and culture–a lovely recognition of my twenty-plus years as a writer.

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