Stories in the North is the home baking literary festival in Thessalon.

Mark Your Calendar: Sept 26th

Mark Your Calendar: Sept 26th

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming author event on Sept. 26th with Lauren Carter. Lauren grew up in Blind River and has ancestors who lived on Manitoulin Island.


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Her first novel, Swarm, was long-listed for Canada Reads 2014. It’s a great read about a small island community (similar to Manitoulin Island) trying to survive after the world’s oil supply has almost run out. The tale is one-part post-apocalyptic tale, one-part homesteading/survival narrative, one-part personal story about a couple coming to terms with each other. We are looking forward to Lauren’s day-long workshop on character development followed by an evening show where we’ll hear her read from and talk about her own work.

Equally thrilling is the fact our evening musical act includes CASS English teacher Christina Foster. She’s a fantastic singer. She’s read and enjoyed Lauren’s book  and, along with her musical partner Greg Maclachlan,  has chosen songs to go along with it. We can’t wait to see what she’ll come up with!

So, mark your calendars and email us or call Pauline Clark at 705-842-3132 to reserve a workshop spot. (Location: Thessalon’s Zion United Church at 10 am). We’re having the wonderful Fred Falls cater lunch again. We’ll have gluten-free options available. Be in contact if you have any other food allergies.

For the evening, simply show up at the door for 7 pm. (Location: Thessalon’s IOOF Hall, across the street from the post office on Main St.) We’ll have snacks and a cash bar available.

In the meantime, visit Lauren’s great blog, where she shares updates on her novel-in-progress, interviews with other authors, and fun tidbits about her life in The Pas, Manitoba.

Wasn’t that a party? Latest author event a success

Wasn’t that a party? Latest author event a success

We’re still coming down from the “high” of our latest author event. How fun was THAT?

First off, we started out with 24 people enjoying a very informative workshop with Brian Henry. Brian’s workshops are always filled to the brim with oodles of information for all levels of writers from plotting your novel right through to what’s selling and how to attract agents.

Of course, we had a fab selection of morning treats to go with our delicious “Looming Deadline” coffee which is a blend created just for Stories in the North by St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters! After all, we are known as “the homebaking literary festival”!


That’s Brian Henry talking to the workshop participants.


…and here’s some of the participants…


…and a few more. Workshops are almost always held in the basement of Zion United Church. It’s a perfect, intimate setting for such events.

Our baking may just have been outdone by the wonderful lunch we had catered by Fred Falls and his able assistants from the Zion Ladies Auxiliary. Cream of broccoli soup, gourmet chicken sandwiches and the best roast beef dip sandwiches ever, all topped off with a yummy carrot cake! Whew…lucky the workshop presenter was Brian Henry — who was able to keep us all alert after that big lunch!

Despite all our hard work…there’s always room for a little fun. Check out Angie and Brian trying to pose for a photo.

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With just a couple of hours to spare, we got ready to welcome guest author Paton Lodge Lindsay  at the IOOF Hall. Paton did a wonderful job of setting the stage so to speak. (Dear Paton: We can hear you now and our words about setting the stage are in NO way a pun!)

Paton’s poster-size book covers and a natural setting only added to the evening of readings.


Paton, as you know, recently published her second book, The King’s Ransom and it’s already as popular as the first, King of Algonquin Park.


The book continues the true tales of Emmett (Trapper) Chartrand and Paton’s life in the wilderness with him. She did a wonderful job of entertaining the audience with her stories.

Of course, we could never forget our fabulous musicians who played between each of Paton’s reading sets. The O’Shraves are a local family with a world of talent! The group features Julie Schryer and Pat O’Gorman and their children, Zachary, Benoit and Áine playing everything from guitars, fiddles, keyboard, pipes and even bagpipes! You’ll often hear of them playing locally so be sure to watch for them. They’re not to be missed.

The O’Shraves also gave us a great show at the end of the night with a finale that included lots of clapping, toe-tapping and a cheer-filled standing ovation from the audience at the end! We were so busy listening, we didn’t snap photos of the O’Shraves on this evening but you can see a couple of video clips on our Facebook page.


Here they are in a photo they supplied for our advertising.

And we always have to say thanks to people like the Elizabeth Rebekah Lodge who prepare us the great spread, John Jackson who takes care of the bartending and Tom Carnahan who takes care of lighting and sound whenever we need him. We also send a shout-out to all who stayed behind to help with the clean-up.


That includes these three guys who ALWAYS help us out! Thanks Mark, Gerry and Gerry!

And finally, Ontario Arts Council; you make it possible by seeing our events are worthy of funding. Thank you! Your grants make it possible for us to not only bring talented writers and musicians to Thessalon, it also makes it possible for us to pay them. And everyone should be paid for their work!

So anyway…now that it’s all said and done…like we said before;

“Wow. What a night!”

We can hardly wait till our next event. If you want a little heads up on reading, be sure to check out Lauren Carter who is not only the author of Swarm, she’s another local, having been raised in Blind River, ON.

Watch also for our upcoming Summer Silent Auction and a possible Summer Open Mike Event.

And keep on reading and writing!

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