Category Archives: Winnipeg

Book Club Questions for the Author of Ravenscraig

One of the greatest pleasures of being a writer is the chance to meet with readers who want to talk about the story you invented. I am fortunate to be  invited both in person and on Skype to talk with … Continue reading

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Ravenscraig Ranked #4 in McNally Robinson Bestsellers 2012

John Toews, the ever charming special events coordinator at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg, wrote to me with big news last week: “I can happily announce that Ravenscraig is Number 4 on our 2012 Manitoba Bestseller list.” The list is called the … Continue reading

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Canadian New $20 Can’t Be Laundered

So those fancy new $20 bills in Canada are pretty snazzy.  I laughed out loud when a grocery store cashier in Winnipeg gave me an impromptu review and a warning.  She jabbed a finger at the new bill and stared … Continue reading

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The Manitoba Archives – Destination Vacation

I went to Weston Elementary School when I was little and living on Gallagher Avenue in Winnipeg.  One of my strongest memories from grade three was the start of creative writing.  Our teacher would cut out pictures from magazines and … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Early History of Winnipeg’s North End

I am delighted that Jewish Book Month will bring me back to Winnipeg for a special evening of stories, music and nostalgia.  Join me and the fabulously talented singer, Jane Enkin, on Nov. 22nd at the Rady Centre for the … Continue reading

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Ravenscraig: The Freebie on Kindle

I am excited to let you know that Ravenscraig will be offered as a special promotion this week.  From Oct. 10-12 it will be available for free download on Amazon.  Click here to download the book….but wait until Wednesday, Oct 1oth, … Continue reading

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Ravenscraig: Questions for the Author

I had a most unusual experience the last time I was in Winnipeg. It started with a wonderful event arranged by the Armstrong’s Point Residents Association, where I spent a lovely Saturday afternoon in September talking about the early history … Continue reading

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Armstrong’s Point: Home to Ravenscraig Hall

Armstrong’s Point is among my favourite neighbourhoods in Winnipeg and was the ideal choice for the location of the fictional home Ravenscraig Hall in my novel Ravenscraig. Tucked into a bend in the Assiniboine River, the lush landscape and expansive lawns … Continue reading

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Family Research Leads to Writing Ravenscraig

I have a real fascination with old black and white pictures.  I am especially interested in photos of people I know, but can spend days looking into any antique photo collection to learn about how people lived their lives generations … Continue reading

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Celebrating Winnipeg’s Past

Ravenscraig,  The Blog This blog celebrates the history of Winnipeg, my hometown, and occasionally allows me to indulge in some wider observations of the world that catch my interest. Here you will find stories about Winnipeg at the turn of … Continue reading

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