Sunday, June 12, 2011

Canadians at War: A Guide to the Battlefields of World War I by Susan Evans Shaw

Hello Brian,
My new book, Canadians at War: A Guide to the Battlefields of World War I, has been released by Goose Lane Editions. The book is a history of the Canadians in World War One, plus a guidebook to the battlefields and Commonwealth War Grave Commission cemeteries in France and Flanders.

The book has beautiful colour photographs of the battlefields and burial grounds as they look today accompanied by modern maps and the famous Nicholson maps of the battles.

This is my second published work of nonfiction. The first was Heritage Treasures (James Lorimer & Company), about the old houses of Hamilton and Region, in collaboration with photographer Jean Crankshaw who contributed many photographs to this new work.

As a former participant in your workshops, I am grateful for the guidance I received and the skills I acquired. Because my grandfather was killed in the Great War, this was a very personal odyssey as well as a challenge, based in my lack of knowledge about the war.

Research was a matter of starting from scratch and slowly coming to understand events clearly enough to tell the story. I hope I have succeeded.

All the best,
Susan Evans Shaw
Hamilton, Ontario

For more information about Canadian at War: A Guide to the Battlefields of World War I or to purchase a copy, see here. For more about Heritage Treasures, see here.
For information about submitting to Goose Lane Editions, see here. For information about submitting childrens' books to James Lorimer & Company, see here.

I'm leading "How to Get Published" workshops on August 27 in Woodstock, Ontario, (see here) and on September 24 in Guelph with guest Monica Pacheco of the Anne McDermid literary agency. Monica specializes in representing middle grade and YA authors (see here.)

See my full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Kitchener, Guelph, Orangeville, Barrie, Woodstock, London, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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