Our book “Beads in a Necklace” launches today!
I’m so excited. Our book comes home from the printer today and we’re planning a fun celebration of its existence tonight.
Here’s how we’ve described our creation on the backcover:
A Fun Collaboration
This work came to shape slowly over time. Lucy Anglin, Barb Angus, Marian Bulford, Janice Hamilton, Claire Lindell, Sandra McHugh, Dorothy Nixon, Mary Sutherland and I have been gathering monthly for five years. Together, we’ve learned how to craft our research into our ancestors into compelling literary non-fiction that anyone might enjoy reading.
Late last year, we began speaking about the possibility of putting our favourite stories together into a book.
Today, our dream takes shape. In this work, you’ll meet several of our ancestors, including:
- Fille du roi Anne Thomas, who married master carpenter Claude Jodoin in Montreal way back in 1666;
- Felicité Poulin, 18th-century career woman, Ursuline nun and matchmaker;
- Stanley Bagg, Massachusetts-born merchant who helped build the Lachine Canal in the 1820s;
- Gospel singer Edward McHugh, whose 1910-period debut at the Montreal Hunt Club launched an international career; and
- William Anglin, respected Victorian-era Kingston, Ontario surgeon and wannabe thought-reader.
For more information, refer to our book webpage.
Official Book Launch Tonight
Tonight from 7 until 9 p.m., we’ll be celebrating our creation in the hall of the St. John the Baptist Church, 233 St. Claire Street in Pointe-Claire. If you’re in Montreal, feel free to join us for wine, cheese, sandwiches, home-made treats and a couple of readings from the book.
We’ve also put together some photographs and heritage items for a display to highlight some of the stories.
A self-published limited edition paperback will be on sale for $20.
To Get Your Copy
It’s on sale for $20 in Montreal at
- Livres Presque 9/Nearly New Books, 5885 Sherbrooke O; Montreal, Quebec H4A 1X6, (514)482-7323;
- Coles, 366 Avenue Dorval, Dorval, QC H9S 3H8;
- Clio, Plaza Point-Claire, 215 N. St. Jean, Pointe-Claire, Quebec H9R 3J1; and
- May’s Studio, 459 Main Road, Hudson, Quebec.
The Ontario Genealogical Society has a digital copy available for $3.80.
An Amazon Kindle edition is also available for $3.89.
Hope you enjoy reading our work as much as we enjoyed writing it. I’d love to hear your comments below.
About the Author
Tracey Arial helps Canadians grow with notable nonfiction and urban agriculture.