My husband Robert Mackay and I had such fun in Kelowna this past Thursday speaking to an enthusiastic writers’ group about the pain and gain of traditional versus independent publishing. The audience of about thirty stayed glued to their chairs for the full two hours which we like to think was because of our dynamic presentation and not because they had fallen asleep. They had so many thoughtful questions and it was lovely to share their enthusiasm about writing and literature.
This is a relatively new but growing writers’ group that meets in and receives positive support from the West Kelowna Library. Blair Jean, entertaining raconteur and author of a number of Northern books, and gracious Geneva Ensign manage the group and were our hosts. Blair spent 50 years in Northern Alberta collecting local – including indigenous – history and stories, and his books, including Clearwater Memoirs, are treasures for their preservation of Canada’s past. Geneva is awaiting the publication of her book Community Healing: A Transcultural Model that draws on her extensive work experience, and is a guide for healing of individuals and communities.
Bob and I will treasure Blair’s hand-crafted, locally and sustainably-harvested charcuterie board which we received as a gift. Thanks to a great group! Now some photos of beautiful BC snapped from our car as we returned to the Coast.
Last but not least is the Kekuli Cafe, a charming coffeehouse in Merritt, where I picked up coffee and cinnamon dusted bannock bites. Tim Hortons, watch out! These were delicious.