October 2015

Word Vancouver

Thanks for another great event, with a special mention of Lonnie Propas for moderating the panel Constructing Mysteries for the 21st Century. It was an hono
ur to be included with such an illustrious group of crime writers.

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June, 2014

I headed to Toronto for the final Bloody Words Conference at the Hyatt on King Street West and was tickled to be included on the panel "Breaking In -- The Low-down from Debut Authors". A NOSE FOR DEATH was available from Scene of the Crime Books in the dealers room. Thanks Don Longmuir (proprietor) for your kind and generous words about A Nose For Death. The highlight of the weekend was meeting so many Canadian crime writers. I left Toronto with a suitcase full of books, and can't wait to be transported into the stories between the covers.

March 2014

It was a frosty evening in Airdrie, Alberta, but that didn't stop folks from heading to the AIRDRIE PUBLIC LIBRARY for an author visit. It was a particularly rewarding evening, since Staff Sergeant Kevin Morton, the RCMP commander who advised me on A Nose For Death, was able to attend. Audience members stayed to mingle and we were fascinated by his stories. Thanks so much, Kevin!

Ten days later, spring had sprung in Alberta when I arrived at the
Hinton Library, on the Yellowhead Highway between Edmonton and Jasper. I felt a wave of nostalgia being so close to the area where my grandfather, Peter Addison Robb, had been a pioneer over a century earlier. Thanks librarian Pam Stewart for adding A Nose for Death to your stacks.

April 24, 2014

Author Reading, Merritt Library
It was an entertaining evening that included many friends of the Merritt Library. If you're ever in the area, it's worth stopping to see the model train that's been installed on a track around the ceiling, in keeping with the heritage building design. Thanks, Deborah, for your kind hospitality.

April 26, 2014

Chapters - Kamloops
Peter Pagnotta is among the most creative, engaged booksellers I've ever met. Between signing books and chatting with mystery-lovers, I observed him as he interacted with customers. Didn't know I was spying, did you Peter? It was a lesson, for me, in grace. He treats everyone who walks through the doors of his store with kindness and sincere interest. Thank you, Peter, for a wonderful experience.

And thanks to CFJC-Kamloops for making me so welcome on your morning show.

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November 2013
I joined Miriam Clavir, author of Insinuendo, on a Mystery Panel at the McGill Branch of the Burnaby library. The room was packed and it was a cosy and inspiring location on a blustery Thursday night; perfect for the subject of murder.

October 2013

No better place to be in the autumn than BC's wine country. Working the table for the
Reach a Reader literacy program gave me the opportunity to get to know the Revelstoke community through the eyes of Grizzly Books' proprietress Vanessa Smith. Later that evening, librarian Kendra Runnalls hosted a reading at the local branch of the Okanagan Regional Library, where I met some passionate readers and writers.

At the
Salmon Arm Branch, librarian Roswitha Klawitter and the Friends of the Library extended a warm welcome. The intelligent questions and friendliness at these OK libraries is unsurpassed. I look forward to returning. The Okanagan trip ended with an author visit to Mosaic Books. The autumn weather in the area was stunning, and the wine tours were a bonus. I also had a chance to visit Okanagan Spirits Distillery, where master distiller Peter answered questions relating to the next Nosey Parker Mystery.

On Saturday, October 5, I met with a group of writers at the
Coquitlam Public Library, Portier Branch for a meeting of Wordsmiths. This group of writers meets regularly to host authors and discussion on the art of writing. After reading from A Nose For Death we had a great conversation about developing believable characters. Thanks Pandora for organizing the afternoon.

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Later in October, Bowen Island Library and Bowen Island Arts Council hosted a reading in their gallery, with a backdrop that included beautiful paintings and chocolate sculptures. A perfect setting for Dr. Parker. If you visit Bowen Island, make sure to see the gallery in Artisan Square.

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A Summer 2013 Tour

With A NOSE FOR DEATH tucked beneath my arm, I traveled to Southern Alberta in late August 2013. Before reaching the British Columbia-Alberta border, I stopped at the
Nelson Public Library. It was a pleasure to return to this picturesque Kootenay city. It was the first time I'd been back since shooting the NFB documentary Born at Home over twenty years earlier. Librarian and novelist ANNE DEGRACE created a welcoming environment. As so often happens, audience members were initially shy about speaking up, but by the second question, an entertaining discussion had been sparked. If you haven't read Anne's novels, treat yourself.

The next stop was Cochrane, Alberta, which has become a second home to us, so it was fun to spend an evening at the gorgeous
Nan Boothby Public Library. You can now borrow A Nose For Death from its shelves.

The following evening I was a guest of the Sundre Library, which also hosts a dedicated writing group. Their library is a true centre of culture in town. With all the talk about diminishing activity in libraries, it gave me hope to see so many patrons, of all ages, on a warm summer night.

The last day of this mini-tour ended in Calgary, where the
Self-Help Association Writers Club hosted me at their gallery downtown. Surrounded by a group of writers, we did a brief interactive exercise on creating character. I was also treated to readings by some of the students of their own work; what a room full of talent! Thank you Louise Walker and Marion McGrath for inviting me to join you for the afternoon and to the writers for making me feel so at home.

In the evening, I finished off with a reading and signing at one of my favourite bookstores,
Pages on Kensington. I'd happily live in that store. Thanks, Simone, for your caring attention.


Thursday, April 18, 2013
Official Launch in Vancouver

Thanks to all who turned out on a rainy Thursday. It was wonderful to share the evening with so many friends, family, and mystery lovers.

What a privilege it has been to visit libraries, bookstores and book clubs over the past year.

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Sunday, April 14
Port Moody Art Walk

My very first public reading was at the newly renovated Gallery Bistro during the Port Moody Arts Festival. I was hosted by Helen and Rainer Daniels, artists and generous supporters of the arts. artsconnect.ca

Tuesday, April 2nd
Evergreen Cultural Centre

The Coquitlam PechaKucha presentation was so much fun! Hearing speakers from such diverse backgrounds was fascinating. If you haven't attended a PechKucha it's worth checking out. Held in hundreds of locations internationally, this tradition had celebrated ten years of activity.

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Sunday, May 19, 2 P.M.

Audrey's Books, Edmonton

Despite the lovely weather, people came indoors for the reading and book signing in downtown Edmonton. Thanks to all who came and to Sharon and Steve for their hospitality.


Saturday, June 8, 2013
Local Updates
Edmonton Journal
Published: Friday, May 24
Edmonton Fiction
1. A Nose for Death - Glynis Whiting
2. You Haven't Changed a Bit - Astrid Blodgett

3. Belinda's Rings - Corinna Chong
4. Paradise Engine - Rebecca Campbell
5. Inferno - Dan Brown
6. Open Pit - Marguerite Pigeon
7. The Unfinished Child - Theresa Shea
8. 419 - Will Ferguson
9. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson
10. Dance, Gladys, Dance - Cassie Stocks
Kelly Oxford

© Edmonton Jo

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Tuesday, May 21, 7 P.M.

Alice B. Donahue Library & Archives
Athabasca, Alberta

It was magical to do a reading in the town that inspired Dr. Parker's home. An appreciative crowd asked intriguing questions that led to a lively discussion. Many thanks to Athabasca's librarian Cynthia for organizing a memorable event.