Memoir as poetry

Sharon Thesen (l.) collaborated with wig-maker Janet Gallant to write a long poem about Gallant’s life after her mother left her with an abusive father at age three and later finding out she was bi-racial. FULL STORY

W is for Vanessa Winn

July 22nd, 2020

Vanessa Winn’s first historical novel, The Chief Factor’s Daughter (TouchWood 2009) imagines the life of a young Métis woman who lived in Victoria in the mid-1800s just as the gold rush was getting underway. Following in a similar fashion, her second novel Trappings (Oakheart Press $24.95) is also based on real people and events. This time her heroine, Kate Work, is born into the Western fur trade, her heritage in the Rocky Mountains. Married at 18, Kate knows little of her husband’s family in Nova Scotia or the reasons they fled its ruling elite. Her world becomes the boom-and-bust town of Victoria during its power struggle in colonial British Columbia. There, she must face the laws and ambitions of men to protect her only legacy — her daughter. 978-1-7770408-0-2

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