Novelist Laurie Scott has always had a creative drive that compelled her to pursue many interests. Writing and painting are high on that list. Recognizing the importance of establishing a secure future, she chose to earn a degree in Education and spent the next thirty-two years enjoying a busy and rewarding career as a teacher. Following her retirement she turned more of her attention to the goals that had been sidelined for so long. As an artist, she had been exhibiting and selling her work for many years, and she continues to do so. As a writer, she has now published two mystery/crime novels and she returns to Word on the Hills to talk about her recent release A MURDER OF CROWES.
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than forty books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Catskill Summer Resort mysteries for Penguin Random House, the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane. Her latest novel A Three Book Problem, the seventh in her Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, was released this past week.
Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards. Vicki is the recipient of the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Terry Fallis is a two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, the award-winning author of seven national bestsellers, including his most recent, Operation Angus, 2021 all published by McClelland & Stewart. His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans (2008),won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.“ . Terry’s fourth novel, No Relation (2014), hit bookstores in May 2014, opened on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and won the 2015 Leacock Medal. Terry has written for many publications including Maclean’s, Canadian Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and the Toronto Star. Terry earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University (1983) where he became engulfed in university politics and somehow persuaded the undergraduates to elect him President of the Students Union.
Today we are rebroadcasting one of our favourite conversations from 2021 with Carol Anne Judd. Carol Anne is a mother, poet, fine arts photographer, multi-faith minister, nurse, and a person with a disability, searching for truth and beauty. She has collected a number of degrees in her travels as well as a voracious appetite for poetry. She has published her poetry in various anthologies and other publications, including her first book of poetry, Sleeping Naked.
Join us this Boxing Day for our second and final holiday show this year. Jessica Outram sings her special version of We Wish You a Merry Christmas, then you can enjoy Tom Pickering’s story of a sledding adventure, which had unexpected results. Felicity Sidnell Reid shares a holiday poem and Les Robling his account of his childhood Christmases in Wales. After the break, Anne -Marie Burrus reads her beautiful poem, Advent and Ronald MacKay closes the programme with his story of a visit by angels on Christmas Eve in a remote part of Tenerife. We hope you enjoy the show. Gwynn, Chris and Felicity send all listeners their best wishes for a happy New Year and good fortune in 2022.
Today we are airing the first of our holiday shows and sharing with you some of the stories and poems about Christmas and winter by local writers. You’ll hear stories from René Schmidt, Pat Calder, and Chris Cameron, interspersed with poems by Antony di Nardo, Katie Hoogendam and Gwynn Scheltema. We hope you enjoy the show.
Karin Wells is an author, journalist, and lawyer. She is also a sometime actress and worked – briefly – in a pea canning factory. Her recent book “The Abortion Caravan: When Women Shut Down Government in the Battle for the Right to Choose” (Second Story Press, 2020) is the winner of the OHS (Ontario Historical Society) Alison Prentice Award and was short listed for the 2021 Shaughnessy Cohen prize, Canada’s premier award for political writing. She has been recognized as one of this country’s leading radio journalists. A three time winner of the Canadian Association of Journalists’ Award for investigative journalism, she regularly won international awards and was twice recognized by the United Nations. Karin lives in Port Hope with her little dog Mimi. She is currently working on a new book for Second Story Press: More than a Footnote: How Ten Women Reshaped Their World, due out in Fall of 2022.
Melody Crowe is an elder of Alderville First Nation. She studied at Trent University, earning not only her Honours BA in Native Studies, but also numerous prizes. And she has been the recipient of many other awards over the course of her career. She has worked tirelessly for the preservation of Ojibway culture and language for more than 25 years and is currently First Nations Education Liaison for Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. Through her company, Aandeg Productions, Melody has produced a variety of materials, dedicated to creating a deeper understanding and appreciation of First Nation culture, knowledge, language and wisdom. And she has published a number of books for young readers learning Ojibwe. In this episode, Word on the Hills is honoured that Melody shared a poem she wrote this past summer.
This week we welcome prize winning writer Paul Nicolas Mason. Paul is the author of four novels. HIs first Battered Soles, nominated for the Stephen Leacock Award in 2005, his latest The Rogue Wave, hailed by Canadian librarians as one of three most anticipated Canadian books published in April of 2021. A successful playwright Paul has written six plays, five of which have been produced and won awards in the USA, and some in Ireland and Canada. Since he retired from teaching Paul has embarked on a new career in voice-acting, film and television. As of October of 2018, he has been involved in some fifty projects, including fifteen feature films and seven network television series. Paul became a member of ACTRA in late 2017.
This week our guest is Donna Wootton. Donna is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her nonfiction book about her father, MOON REMEMBERED, was published by Ginger Press. Her novel, What Shirley Missed, was published by Hidden Brook Press. Her poetry about Cuba was published in the anthology The Divinity of Blue. She has a poem and a short story coming out in an anthology called Musings. Her latest novel, Isadora’s Dance, is published by Blue Denim Press. Find out more about Donna at her website https://www.dmwootton.com