Meet Andrea Torrey Balsara, who is an award-winning children’s and young adult author/illustrator and motivational speaker. Her passion is to empower children to think for themselves, to learn about the power and beauty of our diverse human family, and to walk the “Hero’s Journey” in real life. Having struggled with mental wellness as a youth, she seeks to empower young people of all life experiences and diverse backgrounds through her writing, art, and presentations. She lives in an old Victorian manor house with her husband and fur-family, where she can often be found in her cold attic of a work room, pretending to be the heroine from Jane Eyre as she writes and draws with frozen fingers.
This week we talk with Liesje Wagner. Liesje is the oldest daughter of Corrie Gelauf – the Corrie featured in Leisje’s latest book, Corrie and the Rose Accordion: Dutch Girl, Hitler’s War, Symbol of Hope. Liesje was born in The Hague, Holland, in 1954 when Holland was still struggling to provide food, shelter and work for its citizens. Her young parents were sponsored by the Dutch Government to immigrate to a new and grand country called Canada from where their liberators, Canadian soldiers, had come. In 1957, they arrived in Toronto, Canada after crossing the ocean to New York where the Statue of Liberty lit up in the night as if to welcome them to the new continent. Liesje is an actor, certified speaker, and author of two other books, but Corrie and the Rose Accordion is the first to be written under her real name. She lives in Brighton specifically to be close to her parents, Corrie and Rudy, who are 86 and 89 respectively.
Happy New Year to all our listeners! We begin 2021 by visiting with Daryl Sneath. Daryl was born in a small town by a lake. His poetry and fiction have been published in journals such as The Antigonish Review, Prism international, FreeFall, Filling Station, The Dalhousie Review, The Literary Review of Canada and many others. One of his short stories was recently long-listed for the CBC Short Story Prize. He is the author of two previous novels, All My Sins (2014) and As the Current Pulls the Fallen Under (2017), both with BC publisher N/O/N, and holds an MA in Literature & Creative Writing from The University of Windsor. Daryl currently lives in another small town by a river with his wife, Tara, and their three children, Ethan, Penelope, and Abigael.