Writers for Wellspring

On Sunday, November 18, Sandy and I will be among the honored guests at the annual Writers for Wellspring benefit in London, Ont. This event will feature such well-known writers as Kelley Armstrong, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Heather O’Neill, Maggie L. Wood and Joan Barfoot.

We’re in esteemed company, but I hope the other authors will excuse me for specifically citing Joan Barfoot, who is honorary chair that day. In the 1960s Joan and I worked together on The Gazette, the student newspaper at the University of Western Ontario, and I have fond memories of her fine work way back then. We’ve followed her success with great interest since the 1978 publication of Abra, winner of the Books in Canada Award for first novels. More recently, Luck was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller prize and Critical Injuries was longlisted for the Man Booker prize.

The venue for the Wellspring event, hosted by London Free Press columnist Ian Gillespie, is the Bellamere Winery, 1260 Gainsborough Rd., London. There’s a meet-and-greet reception, brunch, silent auction and interactive panel of authors. A door prize and a raffle promise to make this a fun event for a great cause. Oxford Books will be on hand in case anyone gets the urge to buy a book. For tickets or more information call Wellspring at (519) 438-7379. See you there!

1 Response

  1. Hi Rod,

    I’m Maggie Wood (also one of the guest authors). I was just scouting around checking out the other authors’ books and was *thrilled* to see yours is all about Florence! Would you believe the next book I want to do after I finish my trilogy is a YA historical fantasy that takes place in Florence and centers around the Medicis? So, of course, I thought I should warn you that I will buy your book and totally monopolize all your time at the brunch inundating you with questions. Heh. Heh. Just kidding (not about buying your book, though). Will look forward to meeting you!

    Maggie 😀

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