Canada's Literacy Women Event Hosted by Niagara ParksOctober 25, 2017

Some of Canada’s top female authors are stepping into the spotlight in a series of literary events in Niagara through to the end of December.

The series is called Coast to Coast: Canada’s Literary Women, sponsored by the Niagara Parks. The next two events feature Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of numerous books including The Day The Falls Stood Still, and Jessica Grant, who wrote Come, Thou Tortoise.

In an historic setting – the lovely, rustic Laura Secord Homestead which once belonged to the War of 1812 heroine, in Queenston, near the Niagara Parkway just north of Niagara Falls – guests can enjoy wine and cheese, then hear a lecture by the author followed by an open discussion that highlights the author’s novel of the night.

The Day the Falls Stood Still Novel

First up is Buchanan, on November 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. She’ll discuss The Day The Falls Stood Still, her debut novel published in 2009 that became a New York Times bestseller and one of the CBC Canada Reads Top 40 Essential Canadian novels of the decade.

It’s a love story set against the history of Niagara Falls, during the early 20th century. A young woman, Bess Heath, returns to her well-to-do family in Niagara Falls to find they have fallen from their place in society. Her father has lost his job in the hydroelectric industry and her mother is forced to perform sewing jobs for the society women she once mingled with.

Then Bess meets a young riverman named Tom Cole, and her life changes dramatically.

Cathy Marie Buchanan, from Toronto, is also the author of The Painted Girls and Devotion.

Then on December 7 – also at the Laura Secord Homestead – Canadian author Jessica Grant will lecture on and discuss her novel Come, Thou Tortoise, her debut novel. It won the 2009 Winterset Award and the Books In Canada First Novel Award. The Chapters website describes it as “a delightfully offbeat story that features an opionated tortoise and an IQ-challenged narrator who find themselves in the middle of a life-changing mystery.”

Audrey (aka Oddly) Flowers lives with her tortoise, Winnifred, in Oregon when she learns her father is in a coma back in Newfoundland. She leaves Winnifred with a friend, overcomes her fear of flying and jets to her father’s side.

The adventure starts with her quest to find out who her father really was, and to be reunited with Winnifred. This definitely isn’t stuffy Canadian literature.

Jessica Grant is part of the Burning Rock Collective in Newfoundland. She has also had numerous short stories published.

Each of the nights in the speakers’ series runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Laura Secord Homestead. There is no fee to attend but seating is limited. Seating can be reserved online at

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