Saturday, May 21, 2016

Lynda Archer invites you to a Reading from her new book: Tears in the Grass

Hi, Brian: 
The courses I took with you years ago were a great encouragement for my writing. I have been living in BC for the past eight years and still appreciate getting your newsletter. I’m writing because my debut novel, Tears in the Grass, was recently published by Dundurn Press.

Tears in the Grass is a story of three bold and courageous indigenous women, each in her own way, fighting personal demons and the racist attitudes of Canadian society in the late 1960s. 
At ninety years of age, Elinor, an artist and inveterate roll-your-own smoker,  speaks of the child she bore in a Saskatchewan residential school, a child who was taken from her just hours after her birth. Elinor tasks her daughter and granddaughter with finding the child/woman, before she, Elinor, dies. 
While Elinor has never given up her Plains Cree language and culture, her daughter, Louise, ran from the reserve as an adolescent and adopted white ways. Alice, who adores her grandmother, yearns to reclaim her aboriginal heritage.

Tears in the Grass is rich with descriptions of the prairie sky, animals and plants. The bison, revered by Elinor and her people, that once roamed the plains in the millions, is given voice through the character, Big Brown, enshrined in a local museum.

This book will appeal to those who have lost children, culture, language, land, and, to those seeking to achieve a deeper understanding of such hardships.

On a more personal note, I might add that after three decades of work as clinical psychologist, witnessing stories of grief and loss, betrayal, childhood abuse, I continue to marvel at the capacity of the human heart to find peace, kindness and forgiveness. And so it is with the three characters, Elinor, Louise and Alice, in my novel.

Yay, Lynda!
I have two readings coming up in Hamilton and I want to invite all your readers:

Wednesday, May 25
7:00 p.m.
at Bryan Prince Booksellers
1060 King  St, W, Hamilton, Ontario (in Westdale. Map here)
Saturday, May 28,
2:00 p.m.
at Concession St. Branch of Hamilton Public Library,
565 Concession St, Hamilton, Ontario (on the Mountain, by Upper Wentworth. Map here)

More information available on my website:

Many thanks for all you do.

Lynda A. Archer, Author

Note: If you can't make it to one of Lynda's readings, Tears in the Grass is available from Dundurn Press here or from here
For information about submitting to Dundurn Press, see here.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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