Book Signing Set for Saturday

Saturday, May 31, I will be appearing at Coles, Upper Canada Mall, 17600 Yonge Street, Newmarket, Ontario, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. I will be signing copies of my historical novel, Shadow Song, as well as my cookbook, Recipes of a Dumb Housewife. Critical Praise for Shadow SongLorina Stephens has proven herself an engaging author.The (Hanover) Post The book, Shadow Song is as diverse as the woman who wrote it.Susan DoolanThe Barrie Examiner It is…

Disappointing News

I didn’t mention it earlier because I didn’t want to place hype where there might not be any. Late last month I received a phone call from Chapters/Indigo HO. They were interested in carrying Recipes of a Dumb Housewife as a regular stock item, would I send along a review copy. I did. Received another phone call from them to discuss distribution problems: Ingram only offered 15% discount and no returns. (This is because of…

Working Spaces

Recently in one of the discussions taking place on Chapters’ Community pages authors have been sharing images of their work spaces, prompted by Gail Anderson-Dargatz who received an invitation from Hal Wake, artistic director of the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival. Each week the festival website will feature the writing room of a different BC writer, both in photograph and essay. Gail thought it would be nifty if we did the same sort of…

Dynamic Thinking

It strikes me that today it’s necessary to be a dynamic thinker, to not only think outside the box, but recycle the box. Dynamic thinking most especially applies to publishing, which is directly affected by the rapidly evolving world of communication. You’ve read my enthusiasm about the new Espresso printing machine. There’s some fascinating reading about the Espresso and what’s happening right now in publishing in a reproduced speech Mike Shatzkin, savvy publishing visionary, gave…

From the Historical Pattern File

As many of you know we used to carry historical sewing patterns. I remain in contact with a few of the remarkable people who research and create these patterns, designers who often work for little financial return in the face of overwhelming odds. One of these designers is Deb Salisbury of The Mantua-Maker. Deb has been a costumer for as long as I can remember, and now not only sells her patterns wholesale to other…