I am incredibly thrilled to share a Karma book trailer made by the uber talented students at Doncrest Public School in Richmond Hill. It's gorgeous! Thank you to Tiffany, Sonia and Ozra and their wonderful teacher Ms. Singh. xx

"The story of this devastating famine is hard to watch but knowing and seeing the truth is necessary and Bitter Harvest is rightfully bringing this overlooked U...krainian tragedy to the forefront of media in a way it never was at the time. I already am and will continue to recommend this film to everyone I see because it's honestly incredible. Truthful, painful, beautiful and powerful. The cinematography, story, acting and honestly make Bitter Harvest a must see. ★★★★"

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Reading this Friday at Loft 112 in Calgary. A work-in-progress -"The Girl Who Begged For Bread." Set in Odessa, Ukraine 1933.

Fri 7:00 PM UTC-07LOFT 112Calgary, AB, Canada
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A friend of mine sent along this photo. Karma on the Toronto subway.

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I used this fort as a setting in my novel - Karma. Very cool that son David Griffin photographed it 30 years later.

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"Golden Fort"

Jaisalmer, India

Being able to explore throughout this UNESCO World Heritage Site fort is incredible. This fort sits atop a hill surrounded by the desert city of Jaisalmer and is a site not to miss in Rajasthan.

Margriet Ruurs's new book Stepping Stones, A Refugee Family's Journey, published by Orca Book Publishers looks just beautiful.

The picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nazi Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Margriet. Stepping Stones tells the story of Rama and her family, who are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home. With only what they can carry on their backs, Rama and her mother, father, grandfather and brother, Sami, set out to walk to freedom in Europe. Nizar Ali Badr’s stunning stone images illustrate the story. Orca Book Publishers offers the book as a dual-language (English and Arabic) edition.

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What? Wandering Wombs? In the summer of August 20, 1922, a crowd of 20,000 spectators cheered at a rare sight: dozens of international women were running in fierce competition, throwing javelins and breaking world records. Alice Milliat, a French athlete who dominated rowing, soccer, and track and field competitions, was fed up with restrictions keeping women from Olympic competitions. So she organized a new Olympic Games—one for women only, the first of its kind.

But the women's-only Olympics of 1922 disproved doctors, doubters, and the IOC.

Letters of Note is a favourite blog that I subscribe to. In the spirit of the Olympics here is the last letter that German long jumper athlete Luz Long wrote to his friend Jesse Owens during WWII.

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Having spent some of my life living in a haunted hotel, I found Marina Crifo Cohen's novel "The Inn Between" wonderfully creepy. The book is marketed for middle-grade readers but there's a serious thread running through the wildness that makes the story stick in the heart, too. Teens and adults, check-in to this dark Inn. A desert, a road trip, a tragedy and a mystery. Perfect.

First sentence: “The sound was faint at first.” Never stop to rest in an old Victorian hotel in the middle of nowhere. You’ll end up losing people you care about. What kinds of things c…

This amazing man, Dennis Garnhum, changed my professional and personal life when he found a copy of my memoir Lost on a bookshelf in Vancouver. He took the story of David and Sarah, and along with Theatre Calgary, and Jan Smith brought it to life for theatre goers across the country. Dennis and I share a GG nomination for the playscript of Lost, which is a wonderful honour, but more importantly we are friends who share a desire for more Beauty in the world. I am sorry that Calgary is losing this dynamic supporter of the arts. I am thrilled for The Grand Theatre. I am happy that Dennis and Bruce Sellery have these London roots to expand upon. And I wish Dennis all the luck in the world though I think he makes his own.

We’re thrilled to announce nationally acclaimed Dennis Garnhum as The Grand's next artistic director! A former Londoner, Dennis comes home to The Grand!

London, ON, June 1, 2016 — Twee Brown, President of the Board of Directors, today announced the appointment of Dennis Garnhum as the next Artistic Director of The Grand Theatre in London. Garnhum, currently Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary, will officially begin his tenure at The Grand at the…

I will be teaching for two weeks this summer at WordsWorth Writing Camp in Alberta. Parents - this is a wonderful opportunity for your children to experience an art camp like no other. Students - beg your parents to let you register. It's life-changing! In week one (July 10-15) - for students ages 12-14 - I'll be teaching a class called Fractured Fairy Tales where we'll be rewriting well-known and not-so-well-known, though suitably creepy, classic tales. It will be fun and creative!

Very powerful.

In November 2012, Salvador Alvarenga went fishing off the coast of Mexico. Two days later, a storm hit and he made a desperate SOS. It was the last anyone heard from him – for 438 days. This is his story

Looking forward to being at Indigo Cross Iron Mills this coming Saturday afternoon with all these great writers!

According to Statistics Canada, over 3,300 women and their 3,000 children are forced to stay in shelters each night to flee abuse and domestic violence. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, many of these women have little or no money to spend on gifts for the kids. I'm so excited to shar...

"Today it belongs in my hand, more than the brushes — because today the dust enters me, absorbed into my gridlines until I am a map, a contour. I sketch."
Guest Writer Cathy Ostlere on #OscarOfBetween:

Oscar, Part 28 Excerpt with Guest Writer Cathy Ostlere Sep 7, 2015 | 3 comments Guest Writer | Featured Reader From Oscar of Between, Part 28 Excerpt by Betsy Warland Montreal 2013 – 1 – The Plateau. Instantaneous positioning. French-speaking (or not) seems to determine more of the what and the how…
carte blanche and the CNFC have teamed up again to bring you a Canada-wide contest sponsored by the University of King’s College.

I was honoured and excited when Betsy Warland invited me to be a guest contributor for the interactive Oscar's Salon. My short piece is excerpted from a novel on Georgia O'Keeffe.

Oscar, Part 28 Excerpt with Guest Writer Cathy Ostlere Sep 7, 2015 | 0 comments Guest Writer | Featured Reader From Oscar of Between, Part 28 Excerpt by Betsy Warland Montreal 2013 – 1 – The Plateau. Instantaneous positioning. French-speaking (or not) seems to determine more of the what and the how…