A woman (me) whose life World War One created, not destroyed will chat with customers and sign copies of her family/social history books at Britton’s Glebe in Ottawa on Aug. 9. Bookstore owner Ted Britton, an avid supporter of veterans, Canadian history, local authors and events for his customers, is in sync with the start of the WWI Centennial Anniversary.
Canada, as part of the Commonwealth, was ‘in’ when Britain declared war on Germany on Aug. 4, 2014.The United States stayed neutral until three years later.The book signing at 846 Bank Street will go from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., when the vibrant neighborhood is alive with shoppers.
My father enlisted in the Royal Navy Canadian Volunteer Reserve and was invited to tea at my grandfather’s house in Portsmouth, England.Nine years later my mother started to write to him — but I wouldn’t want to spoil the story by telling you what happened next. They courted like a romantic hero and heroine and lived their life together like a book, as if what they did was for others. All I had to do was put the pieces together after I got into the letters, journals and photos they left behind.
Only 19 copies are left of the original edition of A Book of Kells: Growing Up in an Ego Void which went with me to the Frankfurt Book Fair and was exhibited as one of the earliest BookSurge POD books in 2003. I will also take orders for Kathleen’s Cariole Ride, the abridged e-book version of the story, with 12 authentic pictures and no subtitle.
Please come if you can. It will be nice to chat with you and the worst thing that could happen is that you might inadvertently buy a book — or maybe that would be the best in the long run!
Thank you for dropping by. This blog for all lovers of life and language aims to be useful and entertain. Topics vary from how to build a canoe to how my mom moved from “prince to preacher and fog to bog” as a war bride after world war one. Writing advice is squeezed in between. Find out more about A Book of Kells: Growing Up in an Ego Void, Kathleen’s Cariole Ride and Eating at Church on Amazon, Goodreads or my website.
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