Kelowna writers’ group is flourishing

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.

Such good friends. I am holding a beautiful handcrafted charcuterie board courtesy of Blair Jean.

This is a relatively new but growing writers’ group that meets in and receives positive support from the West Kelowna LibraryBlair 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.

Reminders of how stunningly beautiful our province is.


Fall colour blaze





Racing the train back home

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.

Great place to stop for coffee and a bite to eat in Merritt

Author: Patricia Sandberg

A former mining and securities lawyer, Patricia relied on her family’s history and interviews of over 150 people to write about the Cold War uranium mining town in Northern Canada that residents said was ‘the best place they ever lived’. She is now working on a novel. Sun Dogs and Yellowcake has won two international awards, was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Fred Kerner award, and was finalist for Whistler Independent Book Awards 2017.

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  1. Sounds like you had a great time and trip Pat! Sorry we could not attend but things got in the way.
    Leaving for Sayulita,Mex on Friday for two weeks for wedding.

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