Aubrey now at Chapters

July 29, 2012 by  
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Aubrey now on sale at Chapters in Oshawa, Peterborough and Charlottetown…with more locations coming! Book signings soon to be announced …stay tuned!

Aubrey “Gets Wrapped”

May 16, 2012 by  
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If you want to know the best way to keep your teenage son from wanting to borrow your car, just wrap it from bumper to bumper! Contact me if you spot me driving around and I’ll send you a free copy of Aubrey! Thanks to the fabulous people at GetWrapped.

Book Review

January 14, 2012 by  
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Please check out new review for Aubrey – very nice! I appreciate the feedback, Kathryn http://bookflutter.blogspot.com/

Canadian Stamp to Honour Veteran – How Do we Do This?

December 17, 2011 by  
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Seasons Greetings All:

I know this is a bad time to ask for a favour, but I need your help. Recently, I posted a blog entitled “Do I look Courtice” to explain how I created the character Bob Siegel.  In this blog, I posted a painting by Canadian vet Mr. Gaston Lamirande entitled Road to Auschwitz. I am humbled to report this blog touched the hearts of many. Today, the family of Mr. Lamirande reached out to me to thank me for my blog. Clearly, it is I who should be thanking them.

I have an idea. Of course, I haven’t got permission yet from the family…. but, does anyone know how we could go about asking if this painting could be created into a Canadian Stamp to honour Canadian veterans? Wouldn’t this be a wonderful holiday gift to all!

Kathryn

Do I look “Courtice”?

December 2, 2011 by  
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 Not that long ago, I was sitting at a local Tim Horton’s in Oshawa with my trusted friend of over twenty years.  He had just finished reading Aubrey, which was about to go to print. One of the things I love most about Jeff is that I can always count on him to be honest- brutally honest – good or bad. As he began to speak, an irrepressible grin spread across my face. Before I knew it, 30 minutes had gone by as I fired a battery of questions at him. I was delighted and more than a little impressed that he was able to recall specific details – a few times he corrected me. He said he thoroughly enjoyed the read.

Jeff’s one critique was that he was intrigued by the character of Bob and wanted to read more about this character. Armed with his suggestion, I revisited this character by giving him Siegel as a last name. Mr. Siegel is Gracie’s kind-hearted albeit crusty retired postal worker neighbour. The name Siegel comes from one of my physician partners, Dr. Mark Siegel, who I had the pleasure working with while I was with the Unattached Patient Health Assessment (UPA) project near Peterborough, Ontario in 2009.  As with Dr. Mark Siegel, Mr. Siegel is intrigued by astronomy, aeronautics, ancient ruins and civilizations and is fabulous in the kitchen. That is where the similarity ends, however, as Dr. Siegel could never be described as crusty.

This past summer, Miranda and I visited Boston to research the geographical layout for the story. While I was there, I was completely caught off guard by the beauty and power of The New England Holocaust Memorial. So much so, that I wrote this memorial into one of the scenes. Please feel free to visit this site to learn more.  www.nehm.org   In addition, I respectfully direct you to http://holocaustcentre.com/About  and I thank Dr. Mark Siegel for his continued guidance.

I remember not that long ago I was having a discussion with a dear friend and he said something incredibly insightful that I don’t think I will ever forget. He asked me, “Do you look Courtice?” making reference to the fact that it was unlikely I would be discriminated against by virtue of my religion, ethnicity, address and appearance. History tells us, not everyone is so lucky. Thank you Cambridge for this life lesson.

This painting, entitled Road to Auschwitz, was painted by Gaston Lamirande in 2003 at the age of 84. Mr. Lamirande is a distinguished WW2 Canadian veteran. I understand he painted this artwork as a personal reflection of his wartime experiences almost 65 years earlier. He would have been barely 20 years old when he walked this road. Interestingly, the puddles have such clarity whereas the actual trees are more abstract. This painting is proudly hung in a private home likely rarely, if ever, exhibited for public display. I thank him for his sacrifice to his country and for granting me permission to show his art herein. It serves as a reminder for humanity to have tolerance for others and an intolerance to oppression.

Yesterday, I sold two copies of my novel to a stranger. With tears in her eyes, she told me that her father was a WW2 Canadian veteran. Leo was taken as a prisoner of war while his two buddies on either side of him were snipered. He did eventually come home to his family. I would like to dedicate this blog in the memory of Leo and his two fallen comrades as well as Gaston Lamirande.

Thank you for allowing me to explore the origin of the character Bob Siegel. If you would like to share your experiences, I would be pleased to hear from you. Please post your comments on the Aubrey Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aubrey-The-Trilogy/196510710361985  or on this posting just below.

Warm Regards,

Kathryn

2011 DEC 01

Canadian Author celebrates with Friends and Family

November 24, 2011 by  
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After close to 3 years, it was time to celebrate!  November 6th, 2011.  Check it out!

Holiday Inn, Bowmanville. Honda Goldwing look familiar?

Fabulous Donna and Andrea

Best guy ever, Jose!

 

 

 

My beloved niece, Kaitlin. Head of ALL departments for Aubrey.

Daughter Miranda: She’s special..shhh..don’t tell her!

Karen and I have been friends since Grade 5!  Lov’yah!

Kristopher, Macey Moo and Marjie

Woody and Donna

Macey Moo, my Best Friend Forever

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the nicest peope I know.. and Michelle has soft lips too!

Marlo, you are the best!

 

 

Jamie, Ryan,  Aubrey, Karen, Cameron, Colleen, Greyson, Macey Moo, Malcolm

Deborah, one of my best friends! Deborah is the most amazing person ever.

……. and she is absolutely gorgeous too!

Something is obviously funny 🙂 Andrea Al

Lovable Leisa!

Aubrey, the guy…not the book 🙂

Here is the little boy who had everyone smiling!

What can I say?  A big “thank you” to Lorne (photogapher)

June, Dick and Michelle

Marvelous Michelle Love you, June! Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ann is one of my oldest and dearest!  You are the best! 

Lorne and Michelle

Miranda  and Karen

Next Week:  Come back next week.  I am going to explore the character of Bob Siegel and the importance of a certain memorial near the Boston Harbor and Boston City Hall.  If you think you know what this is, send me a comment.

Nurse Practitioner’s Week

November 16, 2011 by  
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Please join me in celebrating the successes of all nurse practitioners in Ontario November 14th-18th

View this 3 minute video:

In addition, there is a 12 minute video that is most relevant to the political changes that need to occur to successfully incorporate Nurse Practitioners into collaborative practice in order to improve health care services for Canadians.

Aunt Laura’s Tea Room

November 9, 2011 by  
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Come enjoy a lovely cup of tea with me at Aunt Laura’s Tea Room, Bethany, Ontario on Sunday, November 20th.  I will be there to share with you the news of my new book entitled Aubrey – 2:30 – 5:30 pm.  See you there!  Kathryn       

Bethany, ON, Canada +1 705-277-2751