This week, we talk with Mark Macmillan. Mark is a published author, award-winning newspaper editor, reporter and communications specialist. During the course of his career he has conducted province-wide advertising campaigns in print, radio, newspaper, digital, online and electronic billboards. He has also produced a dozen TV commercials. A full-time husband, father and grandfather, Mark is an avid angler, amateur chef, long-time Commissioner of a National Football League pool, home-grown hot sauce maker and avid book, art, comics and walking stick collector as well as a music lover and major league Toronto Blue Jays fan. He and his wife live in picturesque Quinte West, Ontario. His recently launched book, The Rankin Street Raiders, or Tom Sawyer times five, chronicles the exploits of young boys and their misadventures in a combined spirit of friendship and glee when times were simpler and the world was their pirating playground.
Meet Kathryn Corbett who with her husband Dan took over Lighthouse Books in Brighton in 2016. The store had been a fixture in town for almost 20 years. Kathryn grew up near Toronto but then lived and taught in Thunder Bay. Much of Kathryn’s teaching career there and then here in Northumberland was as an elementary Teacher Librarian. Kathryn has been a book lover since childhood, which led her to major in English Literature at the University of Toronto. While at university Kathryn worked part time at 3 different WH Smith bookstores in the GTA. As a mom and now a grandmother, Kathryn enjoys seeing first hand which children’s books have the most appeal but good murder mysteries, historical fiction and enlightening nonfiction are also favourite topics of conversation amongst her reading family. Besides reading, Kathryn has enjoyed traveling and makes visits to libraries and bookstores wherever she goes.
This week we talk to Jane Kelly. Jane grew up in Ottawa and graduated from Carleton University with a degree in Psychology before leaving for Toronto where she met her husband, John. They moved to Northumberland over 30 years ago where she and her husband still live on the 100-acre farm where she raised her two children. Since then, she’s had her fingers in a lot of pies but is always happiest when she’s building something—whether it’s a magazine or a log cabin on her property. In 2001, she started Watershed Magazine, now celebrating its 20th anniversary with the current Summer edition.
Erin Silver has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her work has appeared in everything from The Washington Post and The Globe and Mail to Harper’s Bazaar and Good Housekeeping, among many other North American magazines, newspapers and blogs. Her first book, Just Watch Me, is a middle grade novel about social media, video games and divorce. It won the bronze medal in the Uncommon Quest Writing Competition and a publishing contract with Common Deer Press. Her picture book, What Kids Did: Stories of Kindness and Invention in the Time of COVID-19 is about the ways kids around the world helped others during the pandemic. The book was highly recommended on two separate book lists from Mabel’s Fables bookstore. Erin has several other children’s books being published through 2023. She has a postgraduate journalism degree from Ryerson University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from King’s College.