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Authors Visit Collingwood (Posted On: Friday, October 07, 2011)

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The Great Lakes and The Holding - Collingwood enjoys enviable opportunities to show its appreciation of great literature and Canadian authors and this fall the bounty continues. As the leaves turn and thoughts turn to good books to get us through another long winter, two impressive literary lights are about to delight audiences in Collingwood again. Reading from their fiction and non-fiction works,

Merilyn Simonds and Wayne Grady are certain to draw a receptive crowd to The Collingwood Leisure Time Club on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 7pm.

Wayne Grady, one of Canada’s best-loved science and nature writers, will deliver an engaging and timely presentation based on his book The Great Lakes: The Natural History of a Changing Region. Exploring the richness of a region that has sustained human and wildlife populations for over 10,000 years, Grady’s book is an essential guide to appreciation and preservation of the region’s natural bounty for future generations.

Merilyn Simonds will be reading from The Holding, a novel of rich, enveloping prose that embraces two heroines, born a century apart, each drawn to forge new lives fraught with danger and hardship in the Canadian bush. One of the characters was inspired by Simonds’s real-life ancestor, Margaret Cornfoot, a Scottish émigré to Canada and a descendant of Jannet Cornfoot, the last woman stoned to death in Scotland for witchcraft, in 1705. The Holding is Collingwood’s choice of best Canadian read, as The Collingwood Public Library prepares to plays host to this year’s Georgian Bay Reads on October 22, 2011.

Between readings, guests will enjoy a casual atmosphere of fellowship, including a light lunch, (included in the ticket price) and a cash bar, while Merilyn and Wayne make themselves available to speak personally with guests and to sign books.  Don’t miss out on this special evening to meet two world-renowned authors right on Collingwood’s doorstep! Tickets are now available at Crows’ Nest Books and Gifts, 704-445-1900, or to reserve tickets, send your request here



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