REGISTERED AUTHORS/VENDORS FOR 2015 BOOK FAIR
When Lynn was raising her children, authors like Laura Levine (Jaine Austen Mysteries), and Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum series) saved her sanity. So it’s no mystery why her first novel had to be a funny who-done-it. It features 50 year old Lindy Sutton trying to solve a murder at the local retirement home. Seniors, swingers, murder, and a whole lot of fun ensues. “Dying For Sex” came second in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly International Book Awards, and was runner up in the 2014 Beach Book Festival Awards in the mystery category.
Harry B. Barrett
Address: PO Box 29, Port Dover ON N0A 1N0
Harry B. Barrett, born May 1922, grew up on a farm in Woodhouse Township. He served in Norfolk Militia and the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945. Graduated from O.A.C. in 1949 and farmed in partnership with his father. Harry taught Agriculture in Hagersville, 1959-1961, and Simcoe Composite School 1961-1968. He was coordinator of the Fanshawe Norfolk School of Agriculture, 1969-1980. Harry worked for the Ontario Crop Insurance Commission 1980-1986. As a practiced Naturalist, Conservationist, and Historian, Harry has written fifteen books on local history, including “Lore & Legends of Long Point” and “William Pope”.
Viga Boland is the author of 3 memoirs, the first of which, “No Tears for my Father”, won a gold medal in the 2014 Readers Favourite International Book Awards. Vida runs memoir writing workshops for the Hamilton Public Library and is the editor/publisher of “Memoirabilia”, a magazine for memoir writers.
David Richard Beasley, who is best known locally for “Sarah’s Journey”, a historical novel of a slave who escapes from Virginia to Simcoe in 1820, has recently issued “Episodes and Vignettes, an Autobiography” and shall be launching his volume of short stories “Hypocrites and Other Stories” in the Spring of 2015. Dr. Beasley received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his extensive writings on the arts and politics as well as his contributions to the documentation of International and local history.
In August 2012, Annaleise Carr became the youngest person to cross Lake Ontario. What was her motivation? To raise funds and awareness for Camp Trillium, a charity that provides a camping experience for kids with cancer. Teamed up with Deborah Ellis, they compiled “Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer”. Readers will meet an extraordinary fourteen-year-old girl in this book. As she tells her story, it becomes clear how idealism and an intense desire to help others can lead a young teen to almost unimaginable achievements.
Sandra was born and raised in Norfolk County. She is a local history and nature enthusiast inspired by beautiful Lake Erie and its surrounding areas. “Elizabeth’s Quest”, Sandra’s first novel, is a vivid adventure story about a fight for survival during the War of 1812. It is a reflection of her compassion and deep respect for the diverse, courageous, and determined people who established this area. Sandra is currently working on the sequel, “A Quest Renewed”.
Brenda has lived her entire life in Norfolk County. She started writing poetry about 15 years ago and accumulated her work over that time. The poems reflect times in her life when she was riding the emotional roller coaster. Writing seemed to help Brenda deal with these issues. The writing come from the heart and Brenda hopes her poems will help someone else through tough times.
K.S. Crooks has coached for 20 years in the sports of wrestling, soccer and basketball and has been an educator for over ten years. He has always found that knowledge is easier to gain when imagination is allowed to flourish. K. S. Crooks has trained in four different martial arts for over three decades, studied science and researched mythology from various cultures around the world. He has always dreamed of a world that contains the properties of all three. In his story, he has created such a place.
Teamed up with The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation local children’s author Jan Everett offers her popular “Never Give Up” book about little Johnny helping turtles cross a dangerous road. The book is based on the true story of her husband John’s efforts to rescue turtles crossing the Long Point Causeway, once rated the fourth deadliest road for turtles in North America.
Douglas Gagel’s book, entitled “Führer, Folk and Fatherland – a Soldier’s Story”, is the true story about his father, Albin Gagel, and his enforced service in Hitler’s Wehrmacht during World War II, including three stints on the Russian front. It is a very personal account of what life was like for Germans during and shortly after the War and what the average German citizen really thought of Hitler’s Third Reich. It is also a true love story, for in 1943 Albin found the love of his life, the lady that became his wife and mother of their two sons.
Salvina graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton with a Bachelor degree in Social Work. She has worked in various settings helping children and families face life’s challenges. The book “My Journey with Josie” is the author’s personal story of her sister’s diagnosis of terminal cancer and how she and the family’s struggle to cope led to hope and healing. Salvina considers her most important role as being a mother to her two teenage children from which she draws inspiration to write about family life. Salvina is currently working on her second book.
Suzanne M. Hurley
Happiness to Suzanne M. Hurley is curled up with her laptop, creating imaginary worlds that flow from her heart. Writing is her passion and dreaming up story lines is her love, along with, leisurely strolls on the beach with Mike and Rico. Suzanne writes mysteries, women’s fiction and young adult novels. She lives in Caledonia, Ontario, where on morning walks, she tries out her new plots on the cows, sheep, and numerous wild animals she greets along the way.
Be swept away in this honest, memoir-style Boomer’s fiction saga based on a true story set right next door! Follow Annie through Book 1 of a lifespan that brings her and hers ‘the usual’ ups and downs you would expect in any dramatic narrative that keeps you saying “NO WAY!” This manuscript brings it on in multiples. Murder, molestation, disfigurement, addictions, violent domestic breakdowns. Or windfalls, exotic locales, puppies on Christmas morning, found loves and tight family circles. Annie Bell and her clan can claim ownership to all 20 of those biggies. Or 30. Or more. Set in Brantford/Burford/Barrie, Ontario.
Cheryl MacDonald has written on numerous topics but her passion is history. For more than 25 years she wrote a weekly heritage column for the Simcoe Times Reformer and now publishes a weekly column in The Haldimand Press. Along with hundreds of articles in Canadian and American magazines and newspapers, she has written 40 books, including “Lethal Ladies”, “Isaac Brock”, “Norfolk and Haldimand in the War of 1812” and “Mostly Murder: True Crime from Norfolk”. In 2012 she received a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for “decades steadfastly dedicated to documenting and promoting the importance of our local historical roots.”
Carol is a published author of fiction and the creator of a family Board Game. Events relating to youth and the special relationship of family inspire much of her writing. In her illustrated children’s book “When Pigs Can Fly!” the animals show how to get along despite their differences. She has a short story and a poem published in their respective anthology. “With FlyBreing Colours” is her short story about friendship and dreams coming true. Her board game, “Balancing Act Challenge” is a fun game which reminds us about healthy eating by using Canada’s Food Guide.
Eva Marsh has lived with the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis since she was eight years old. Diagnosed in 1967 at age 22, she found evidence that recovery is possible and did not accept what the system had to offer. As a single parent, she has raised her two children, completed degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering, done Neuroscience research and worked as a computer system analyst. Eva has spoken to many about her life experience and the research that enabled her to recover and live life as she chooses. Author of “Black Patent Shoes Dancing with MS”©1989
Norfolk County Sports Hall of Recognition
The Norfolk County Sports Hall of Recognition has a purpose to recognize outstanding athletes, sport builders and provincial winning teams from our County. They accomplish this task by hosting Induction ceremonies for individuals and teams. Booklets of Provincial and National winning teams from 1900 – 2014 for Port Dover, Simcoe and Langton/Walsingham will be available for sale. These are great for collectors of sport memorabilia or if you just want to wander down memory lane.
Norfolk County Tourism & Economic Development
The 2014-2015 edition of the Norfolk County Cookbook is a celebration of farm families and the food they grow: New recipes, stories about our farmers, info about our food, wine and beer, restaurants that support local food … and more!
After an award-winning career as an advertising copywriter in Toronto, Jody Overend flew the coop, going on a sabbatical to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Three months turned into three years of glorious sun-soaked freedom and time to follow her dream of writing a novel. She has since published “UpHill” – a romantic comedy for the young at heart, and “Bessie: Lost & Found” – a New Age mystery. Currently Jody is working on the second of three books in the Bessie trilogy.
Thomas A. Ryerson
Thomas A. Ryerson’s family roots originate in Norfolk County, and therefore in 1994 he co-wrote and published the Ryerse-Ryerson Family Book with P.A. Ryerse. After the book sold out in 2007, Thomas thought he’d put his imagination to work and began writing fictional novels. He currently has eleven books under his belt; his 11th and newest one is “Castle Lake Grave Reckoning”, the 3rd volume in the Castle Lake series of nineteenth century ghost stories. His author blog is http://a-biggerworld.blogspot.ca and he can also be found on Facebook and YouTube. Contact the Isis Press: 519.788.6363.
Greg has been a poet since he was introduced to the imagery of T.S. Eliot, and Robert Frost in high school. Some poetry in my “Footprints” book dates back to his student days at Eastern Michigan University. There he wrote for the newspaper. In the eighties he turned to song writing, but found no avenue for publication.
Greg has written more prose recently, and feels the quality of his prose approaching that of his poetry. He tries to place good ideas into the form they fit best, thus writes in several genres. His six books include poetry, children’s books, science fiction and short stories.
The Schweyer Family
As a family effort, the Schweyer’s in Jarvis, Ontario, have been able to complete the publication process on behalf of their late husband and father Robert Schweyer (1953-2010). His manuscript accurately portrays the final flight of American Airlines Flight 1 of AM-7, the Flagship Erie, which crashed mysteriously outside Lawrence Station near St. Thomas, Ontario in 1941. Schweyer begins the book with the plane taking off from Buffalo; its last radio transmission above the radio range station at Jarvis, ON; provides background on crew and passengers; describes in detail the crazy eight minute descent; includes the terrible hours immediately following the crash and concludes with the findings of the investigations.
As a native of Delhi, Ontario, Grant Smith compiled “Norfolk Remembers, The Great War 1914-1918” with the help of online resources, archives from the Norfolk Historical Society, and the local Legions. Based on newspaper accounts, primary documents, official records, photographs and family histories, the book tells the stories of the 249 men and one woman from Norfolk County who made the supreme sacrifice in the First World War.
Lori-Anne Sparks is a new novelist. She has appeared in The Expositor announcing her first paranormal mystery novel “Death of Winter”. When she is not frightening the locals with her stories, she is trying to convince her fiancée that there are ghosts living in the 160 year old house they live in.
Dr. Robert Thompson
Rev. Dr. Robert Thompson is a graduate of Ryerson University, Queen’s University, Queen’s Theological College and the Toronto School of Theology. He has served in the out ports of Newfoundland, both small towns and a city church in Ontario. He has also served as a Chaplain in a general hospital and as adjunct faculty of the Toronto School of Theology. He has an accredited supervisor with C.A.P.E., the Canadian Association of Pastoral Education. He also served on the International Board of Habitat for Humanity and was the initial board chair of Habitat Canada. Robert presently serves the South Cayuga Community Church.