Shane Joseph

Shane Joseph is an award winning novelist and publisher. REDEMPTION IN PARADISE, his first novel, was published in 2004. Since then he has published 3 collections of short stories, including CROSSING LIMBO (2017), as well as a number of prize-winning novels, among them AFTER THE FLOOD, 2009, THE ULYSSES MAN, 2011, and IN THE SHADOW OF THE CONQUISTADOR, 2015. Shane is also the editor and owner of Blue Denim Press (www.bluedenimpress.com).  The co-owner of two travel agencies he says that his travelling informs his writing. To-date he has visited 65 countries, one for each year of his life, with a few more to spare. Here he talks about his latest novel, MILLTOWN  to be released  at a launch in Cobourg on April 18th.

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Robert Mikel

This week Robert Mikel talks about his most recent book. Rob was raised in Cobourg, then studied history and architecture at the University of Toronto. He worked for the Toronto Historical Board for many years and works for the Government of Ontario today. When he lived in Cobourg he was one of the founders of the Cobourg and District Historical Society. He has been awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Lifetime achievement in Heritage work.  And in 2016, he received the Mary Millard Award from the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario for contributions to heritage. His first book published several years ago, is Ontario House Styles:The Distinctive Architecture of the Province’s 18th and 19th Century Homes.  His new one is Cobourg: the Spirit of the Place.

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Lana Pickering

Lana Pickering lives in Northumberland County, with her husband, son and crazy yellow lab, Mater. By day she diligently crunches numbers and provides support for many at the university in Oshawa. In her free time, she loves to write and fulfill her passion as a story teller. Lana reads and writes all she can, whether that is about romance, fantasy, or the things that inspire her. Rewriting Love is Lana’s first attempt at self-publishing, which she launched in June 2018. She wrote this story for her very first Nanowrimo writing project in 2016. Lana’s next romance novel is well underway and she is hoping to have that self-published in the fall of 2019. She also has a young adult and an adult fantasy novel in development.

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Melody Crowe

Gwynn and Felicity talk with Melody Crowe, who is an elder of Alderville First Nation and has lived in that community all her life.  She studied at Trent University. In 2007 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award for the preservation of Language and Culture from the Union of Ontario Indians.  She has worked tirelessly for the preservation of Ojibway culture and language for more than 22 years and is currently First Nation Education Liaison for Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. Through her company Aandeg Productions she has produced a variety of materials dedicated to creating a deeper understanding and appreciation of First Nation culture, knowledge, language and wisdom. One of her most recent projects is a documentary film called, What We Want You to Know. 
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