April 25-28, 2019
- Tracy and Kristen join the 1000 Islands Writers Festival in Gananoque, Ontario. On Friday, from 2-4 p.m., Kristen gives a workshop on Digging Up Stories; and on Saturday, from 9:45-10:45 a.m., Kristen and Tracy discuss their process of weaving intimate family tales with history. For full details about these and other events, see the festival’s program guide.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
- Kristen speaks to the London Middlesex Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, exploring the nuts and bolts of family research, and how to weave your finds into a compelling tale. 10 a.m., 615 Base Line Road East, London, Ontario. The event is free and open to the public.
Monday, May 27, 2019
- Kristen visits the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Lansing United Church, Poyntz Ave and Beecroft Road, Toronto. The event is free and visitors are welcome.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
- Kristen speaks at A Different Drummer Books Book & Author Series. The event is held in the main auditorium, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West in Burlington. Details to follow.
If the logistics work, we’re happy to visit with readers and writers as well as history and genealogy groups. We speak on a variety of topics related to the book, and to the Victorian, Edwardian and WW1 eras. Our favourite subject is “Digging Up Stories,” in which we share some of the fascinating resources we used to create The Cowkeeper’s Wish. We give specific examples of where we found ancestors “wandering insane,” charged with crimes, dying in workhouses, and fighting in the First World War. We also discuss the family archive, and talk about how personal resources can be helpful in building a story. Participants are welcome to bring questions about their research subjects, as well as letters, photographs, and ephemera they’re using in their own work.
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