Category Archives: Authors

King of Algonquin Park

Paton Lodge Lindsay’s book King of Algonquin Park was launched June 1st. It’s the true story of an exceptional and notorious wilderness man and his struggles to survive in the remote, rugged terrain of Algonquin Park in childhood, the Depression, and through the war years. It’s also a story of love between two rather unlikely people.

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Paton has lived in Northern Ontario since the late sixties. She runs the Good Knight Inn with her husband, Keith Hoback. King of Algonquin Park is, in additon to being a story of wilderness survival, rich in wilderness lore. Paton has always been drawn to the wilderness. Even as a child in Toronto, she explored the ravines and viaducts around her home. Northern Ontario has been both an inspiration for her writing and painting, and also a focus for her care and compassion for wild animals.

Markus Schwabe interviewed Paton on CBC’s Morning North at the time of the book’s release, and King of Algonquin Park has also been a featured book at General Store Publishing House.

Paton recently received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council to assist in the completion of this, her first book. She is now working on a second book.

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Spring Workshops and Show with Susie Moloney: She’s Come a Long Way Baby!

Susie MaloneyVisiting Author Susie Moloney Coming to Thessalon on May 4th, 2013 

Stories in the North is proud to announce it will be hosting Susie Moloney on Saturday May 4th, 2013 for a day of workshops and an evening performance of her work alongside jazz stylings from the Jeff Holmes Band.

Formerly a resident of Manitoulin Island, Moloney has worked her way from menial jobs to support her family as a single-mom to life as a successful novelist, (and mother!) who splits her time between Winnipeg and New York City. Tom Cruise’s production company scooped the rights to one of her novels and she has been published around the world.

Now you have a chance to spend a day with Susie and learn from her experiences. She has put together two great workshops for us:

10 am-noon

Back Story: Even the bad guy had a mama

For a character to be rich, full-bodied, and blood-pumpingly real, s/he has to have a rich, full-bodied, and blood-pumplingly real history. In this one-and-a-half hour workshop, participants will come with a character in mind, and work out a history, or “back story” that not only suits the character, but provides evidence for their actions in the plot. If someone was actually raised in a barn, would they leave the condo door open?

2-4 pm

The Six Rules of Writing

There are six hard and fast rules to becoming a good writer: read, read, read, and write, write, write. In this two-hour workshop, participants will write multiple scenes using fun, fast writing prompts. Bring your lap top if you have it, if not, bring a pad and a pen full of ink. Get ready to read your scene aloud.

Our workshops are popular and the size of the group is limited to 25, so sign up asap by e-mail or by calling 705-842-2451. Leave a message for Angie, with your name, e-mail, phone number and workshop preferences.
Workshop location: Zion United Church, 224 Main St. Thessalon.
Price: In advance = $25 or $40 for both. At door = $30 or $50 for both.

Jeff Holmes Jazz Band and Evening Reading

When the workshops wrap up, the fun has just begun. Be sure to come back in the evening. (Or stick around, Tina’s on Main has comfy couches and welcomes those who want to hang out.) Susie will be reading selections from her novels alongside the four-member Jeff Holmes Jazz Band. We include a fabulous snack buffet in our ticket price and offer a cash bar. What a fabulous opportunity to network with other writers in our area.
Time:Doors open 7 pm
Location:1OOF Hall, 146 Main St., Thessalon.
Price:$10 at the door or $8 in advance (For the advanced price, get on the guest list via e-mail or by calling 705-842-2451.

In the meantime:
Check out Moloney’s latest book, The Thirteen focuses on a group of suburban witches who lure a “good girl” protagonist back to her hometown in an attempt to recruit her.  Check out the hilarious book trailer. You can get your hands on a copy at our fabulous Thessalon Union Public Library.

Mark Your Calendars! Oct. 27

Author Jamie Zeppa has had an incredible writing journey

Join us for a day with Sault native Jamie Zeppa. Learn about her writing journey and share yours.

In 1988, Zeppa decided to postpone her master’s degree and apply for a two-year teaching position in Bhutan, even though she had none of the credentials.
At first, she was horrified by her new living conditions — the only way she could get hot food was to light a propane stove, of which she was terrified. But eventually she became passionate about the country and fell in love.
In 1996, her essay about her first month in Bhutan won the CBC-Canadian Literary Memoir Award — after it was faxed to Canada, re-typed, rushed to the CBC in a taxi and slipped under the door minutes before deadline. After that, her writing career took off with her latest book Everytime We Say Goodbye winning her a spot in the Knopf Canada New Face of Fiction program in 2011.
On October 27th, Zeppa is coming to Thessalon to teach two workshops and perform her work in an evening show. Sign up now to explore the Art of the Sentence and the Effect of Narrative Voice on your stories. Workshops will take place from 10 am to noon and 2 pm to 4pm in the basement of Zion United Church. Sign up in advance = $20 per workshop and $40 for both. Sign up on the day = $30 per workshop or $50 for both. To sign up, send a cheque to P.O. Box 124, Thessalon, P0R 1L0. To talk to somebody: Angie Gallop at 705-842-2451 or angiegallop@gmail.com.
Don’t miss the evening show! Jamie will read selections of her work alongside music from Bruce Beyer and Wayne Nott. You’ll have a chance to mix and mingle with other local writers as we always offer great snacks, a cash bar, and fun door prizes. Doors open at the IOOF Hall 146 Main St. Thessalon at 7 pm. Tickets $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
Stories in the North would not be able to do any of this without the support of the Ontario Arts Council. We are extremely grateful for the encouragement and financial support the Ontario Arts Council has given to our writing community for the past five years.

Mark it on your calendars! May 12th!

That’s the date for the next reading and set of workshops presented by Stories in the North.

Our guest author for the day will be Elizabeth Creith. Elizabeth was a regular on CBC Sudbury for many years, and also a featured writer/broadcaster on Richardson’s Roundup. She recently completed a book based on the “Shepherd in Residence” pieces she did for the roundup, to be released in April by Scrivener Press.

In the morning Elizabeth will teach “Make ‘Em Laugh”, a workshop on writing humour. Humour arises out of observation of an experience which may not, at the time, have been funny at all. Elizabeth will show how viewpoint, word use, comparison, simile, metaphor, detail, elision and timing all contribute to the creation of humour, and teach the rudiments of using these tools. Participants should come prepared to write, and with one or two incidents from their own experience they’d be prepared to share with other participants. Twenty participants.

In the afternoon, Elizabeth’s alter-ego, the Writer’s Dominatrix, will teach the technical aspects of writing. “You know what I mean” doesn’t cut it when your only means of communication is the printed word. Elizabeth will discuss and explain word use, punctuation and grammar with humour, and provide memory aids to help you avoid some of the most common writing errors. Twenty participants.

To register for workshops, call 705-842-3817 and leave your name and phone number and which workshop you’d like to take. Workshops are $25 each in advance, $40 for both. If you register on the day of the workshop, cost is $30 each, $50 for both.

The doors of the I.O.O.F. hall will open at seven for an evening of music, humour and delicious snacks provided by the Rebekahs. The show starts at eight; Elizabeth will read from “Shepherd in Residence” and other published works. We’ll have musical guests as well – still to be announced! Tickets will be available in advance. Watch this space for more details!

A new year for Stories in the North

We’re excited to announce our events and guest authors for 2012!

We’re planning another Open Mike event, with our usual cash prizes, date to be announced. For all of you looking for literary gifts as well as the thrill of bidding, we’ll be having our regular Silent Auction.

New this year, a writing competition. Although the details have yet to be worked out, we’re planning to have an adult and a youth competition, with cash prizes in both categories. The contest will be open to writers across Algoma. Watch for more details!

We also have not one, but two authors lined up for this year!

In May local writer Elizabeth Creith will be launching her humourous memoir “Shepherd in Residence”. She’ll also be teaching two workshops. The morning workshop, “Make ‘Em Laugh”, will be about how to write humour. In the afternoon Elizabeth’s alter-ego, the Writer’s Dominatrix, will give technical instruction on grammar, punctuation and diction.

In October Jamie Zeppa, author of “Beyond the Sky and the Earth” and “Every Time We Say Goodbye” will be here to read. The subject of her workshop has not yet been decided.

More details on all these events to follow!

Kateri and Shane a hit

Yesterday morning Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm led a workshop in writing with courage, giving the participants tools to deal with a story that stops you cold. In the afternoon, Shane Belcourt led a lively workshop on screenwriting. I attended both, and I’m glad I did!

The evening at the Oddfellows’ Hall also went well. The Rebekahs put on their usual lavish buffet of finger foods; no need to eat supper before turning up to this show!

Kateri read both with Shane’s musical accompaniment, and also unaccompanied. Judging from the enthusiastic applause, the evening was a hit. At one point Kateri looked out at the audience and said, “This is fun!” We like to hear that!

Pictures will be coming soon.

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm appears July 16th in Thessalon!

We’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time!

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is bringing her performance poetry to Thessalon on the evening of July 16th. She’ll be accompanied by musician Shane Belcourt.
The show will be at the I.O.O.F. hall, across from the Post Office on Main Street, Thessalon, at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are available at the door.

Kateri is a well-respected poet who has toured not only Canada, but also Europe and New Zealand. She has published two books of her own poetry, my heart is a stray bullet and bloodriver woman. She’s also released two CDs of poetry and music, standing ground and A Constellation of Bones: Soundtrack. On the latter she collaborated with Maori hip-hop artist Te Kupu.

Akiwenzie-Damm’s grandmother Irene Akiwenzie wrote for the Wiarton Echo and the Sun Times, and was also a wonderful speaker and storyteller. Her husband Joe was a quiet man, says Akiwenzie-Damm, “but when he spoke, his words had power. When he spoke, we listened.” Akiwenzie-Damm’s Polish grandmother Anna Damm, a talkative and animated woman, also loved to tell stories and jokes.
“It completely makes sense that as an Anishnaabe woman I would be drawn to poetry. It is such a simple, yet profound form of expression…very much part of a continuum with the songs and stories and invocations that are part of our traditions.”

Kateri established her publishing company, Kegedonce, in 1993. She has edited two collections of writing by First Nations authors from around the world.

Shane Belcourt,the son of Métis leader Tony Belcourt, is a filmmaker with a deep respect for the traditions and knowledge of aboriginal people. As a musician, he released one CD with his former band Woodrow, and three as a solo effort under the name The Shane Anthony Band. After making a number of short films, he made his first feature-length movie, Tkaronto, which was chosen as the Closing Night film at the 2007 ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Festival.

They remember the start of their collaboration slightly differently. Kateri remembers it as Shane inviting her onstage at an event. Shane remembers it as a wedding, with Kateri starting the action, “waxing it”, as he says, with friends improvising in the background.

Both agree that it was fun, and that they worked well together.

“Shane is a generous, easygoing, fun, and very talented guy,” says Kateri. “I enjoy performing with him because there’s no stress. Shane knows I’m not a musician and understands that I’m not going to instantaneously turn into a rapper or singer. ”

Shane says, “Collaborating with a poet is unique in that you follow a more percussive lead as opposed to tonal. It requires a bit more of a subdued supporting role as well; the poet can’t belt it out like Aretha as the music crests. Ya gotta keep it supportive in volume, variance, and intensity.”

On July 16th, we get to see that magic happen here. Don’t miss it!