Congratulations to Trish Cooper on Social Studies being #1 for McNally Robinson’s Paperback Fiction Bestseller’s list from February 19, 2017–March 1, 2017.
Click the link below to read our excerpt of The Enterprise‘s article, page 13:
Roger Newman’s interview with Gail Kreutzer, who researched material for A Tale of Two Divas: The Curious Adventures of Jean Forsyth and Edith J. Miller in Canada’s Edwardian West in collaboration with author Elspeth Cameron.
What started off as a chance correspondents with one of her favourite authors, turned into a captivating non-fiction novel for one Gimli woman.
Evergreen School Division teacher Gail Kreutzer, and Elspeth Cameron, well-known Canadian historical biography recently published the book A Tale of Two Divas: The Curious Adventures of Jean Forsyth and Edith J. Miller in Canada’s Edwardian West. The book chronicles the life of two Canadian singers, their philanthropic activity and for one, her famous performance for the King of England.
“In my lifetime, I never thought i would be part of a published book, never mind doing a book with Elspeth. I’ve been a great admirer of her writing for many years,” Kreutzer said to the Interlake Spectator, Feb. 8.
Her journey started when she read Cameron’s book Aunt Winnie. In the book, she read a section that featured Forsyth, stating she could have been the founder of the Winnipeg Humane Society in 1893. Kreutzer, who had spent many years working with the organization, even serving on its board, was impressed by Forsyth and wanted to learn more about her.
“So I started doing some digging, and the more I dug, the more I found on Forsyth,” she said.
She wrote an email to Cameron, asking her to write a book on Forsyth, to which Cameron was initially hesitant.
Kreutzer researched about Forsyth anyway, amassing heaps of information on the little-known singer, then sending it to Cameron. Cameron slowly made her way to reading the material and was hooked.
“She had said she was not planning to do anymore book writing, but she was prepared to do this project,” Kreutzer explained. The pair spent months corresponding via email, with Kreutzer doing the research and Cameron piecing together a cohesive narrative.
“It was one of these things, that once I got into it, I was so fascinated by it. I was just so obsessed with it that I couldn’t quit researching,” she said. The two later added the story of Miller into the book, after finding just as much on her, as they did on Forsyth.
Cameron and Kreutzer met for the first time in 2015, after years of sharing their correspondents.
“It’s been three solid years of work for me doing research on this, but I have to say, I loved every minute of it,” Kreutzer said.
She said the story was special, because it was an accidental discovery.
“Nobody would have ever thought about doing this story, because you would never think to dig up all of these connections, but their story really deserves to be told and it would have never been told otherwise. They lived quite a fascinating life,” she said.
In the book’s acknowledgements, Cameron thanks Kreutzer for bringing the book to fruition.
“This book owes its existence to Gail Kreutzer,” it read, adding they remained friends after the book’s publication.
For Kreutzer, the entire experience was rewarding.
“To finally get a hard copy and to see it, it’s indescribable, I am just thrilled that I can see all my hardwork come to fruition,” she said.
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Scirocco Drama invites you to celebrate the launch of Social Studies by Trish Cooper.
Join us for some comedy and refreshments and a chance to pick up your copy of Social Studies.
Date: February 25, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: McNally Robinsion, Atrium, 1120 Grant Avenue
More information of the event can be found here.
An American production of With Love and a Major Organ by Julia Lederer will be directed by Jessica Kubszanksy.
Dates: September 28, 2017-November 05, 2017.
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor Avenue Pasadena, CA
Event listing can be found here.
Come on down to meet Jane Harris, who will be at the Moonlight Madness event, ready to sign your book copy!
Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 6:00–9:00 pm
Location: Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, Pincher Creek
Congratulations to Mary Vingoe for the Governor-General Literary Award shortlist nomination!
Refuge by Mary Vingoe has been shortlisted for the English-language drama category.
Check out the play here: https://www.jgshillingford.com/shop-books/refuge/
Event: High Stakes Havoc 3 – Canada vs. Mexico
Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: Doors open at 6 pm
Location: Club Regent Event Centre (1425 Regent Avenue, Winnipeg, MB.)
This event is open to ages 14+!
Find Roland Vandal at his booth to purchase a hard copy of Off The Ropes and get it personally signed!
Roland was invited to speak about his book on Sunday at Reid’s Fight for Life rally about his experiences with mental health and the Winnipeg healthcare system.
Purchase the ebook directly from Signature Editions: www.signature-editions.com