Thank you letters encourage me to think that someone else, not yet introduced to my great-grandmother, may appreciate her story. And so, I continue to respond to invitations. How fortunate I am to have the health to travel and meet with such enthusiastic readers.
March 2016, I bravely sent my book off to compete in the Whistler Independent Book Awards and learned in July it was one of three finalists. Although we did not win, For Elise is honoured to display the finalist medal. It was an amazing experience to attend the Whistler Writers Festival and meet best selling Canadian authors.
Home again, I met with two book clubs and was blown away with several reader’s insights into ‘Trauma-bonding ‘ which explains how Elise was caught and held hostage.
Feb. 21-March 7, 2018 (3 Wednesdays) Creative Retirement
100 Years of Shame: What Really Happened & How it Became a Book
Lecture Room, 101-1075 Portage Ave. Winnipeg, MB
Members $38.00, Non-members $53.00.
Oriole’s creative non-fiction book For Elise; Unveiling the Forgotten Woman on the Criddle Homestead, was written to expose a family secret. While the Criddle descendants grew up believing in the mystique created around and by Percy Criddle – doctor and healer, administrator and justice of the peace, agriculturalist, and talented musician; his first family was saddled with a burden of shame. The research and completed book accomplished more than bring healing to her family. Oriole’s three-part series will begin with the secret and the decision to look for the truth. She will go on to explain how and where she found the information, and describe the stages of researching, writing, and publishing her book. She will conclude with insights from the Elise’s life that apply to today’s missing and trafficked girls and women. For Elise resembles an iceberg. There is much information below the surface supporting this narrative.
April 27: Selkirk, Seniors at Public Library
Recent past: October 3, Creative Retirement Bus Tour to Points West, Carberry, The Criddle/Vane Homestead, and Wawanesa. Forty-five people had a great time. See my blog. I already have requests to do it again next fall. If you missed it you will have another chance.
Sept 19, 1:30 pm. Legion, Glenboro, Manitoba. Sponsored by the Glenboro Book Club with invitations to surrounding towns.
This homecoming in Glenboro, was indeed a celebration. My original launch there in 2012 is a blurry memory due to emergency surgery that night to insert two pins to hold my smashed heel together. I’d had an accident the day before when a set of steps collapsed and caught ‘only the tip’ of my heel, “Thank Goodness.” With the doctor’s support I got out of the Brandon hospital in a wheel chair to attend the event. My husband arrived from Winnipeg and drove faster than I’ve ever experienced him driving and we arrived only 10 minutes late. I couldn’t talk because of the tube down my neck during the surgery, but my son and brother-in-law read my talk. I signed 60 books and was back in my hospital bed for a late supper.
With no plans to travel very far, I am open to participate in ‘readings’ and book clubs. Contact me and we’ll have a conversation.
Highlights from Overseas
Visited Stockach, Germany, in June of 2015—home of Elise’s ancestor’s. I presented a book to the archivists who helped me research the Harrer family. The earliest record of Harrers in Stockach was 1790 and from then on they were often mentioned as making a positive contribution to the community. A newly discovered cousin, Roland and Dorothea Harrer hosted us during our visit.
Hadleigh, England, April 2014, gave a short presentation at Alabaster Gathering.. Percy’s mother, Mary Ann Alabaster Criddle, was an artist in London. Members of the Alabaster Society have been very supportive, assisting my research and my writing of For Elise. Read more Alabaster Society