Who is Coming to the Next Lanark County Genealogical Society Meeting June 3?

Who is Coming to the Next Lanark County Genealogical Society Meeting June 3?




Roy MacSkimming –June 3rd  meeting!!- Canadian Novelist

Hosted by Lanark County Genealogical Society

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Brunton Community Hall
1702 9th Line, corner of Hwy 15 and 9th Line, Blacks Corners, Carleton Place ON.


Roy MacSkimming is a Canadian novelist, non-fiction writer and cultural policy consultant.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario and educated at the University of Toronto, MacSkimming broke into book publishing in 1964 at Clarke, Irwin and later co-founded New Press, one of Canada’s leading small presses of the 1970s. He has been books editor and literary columnist at The Toronto Star, and has contributed to a number of newspapers and periodicals, including The Globe and Mail, The Ottawa Citizen, Maclean’s and Saturday Night. MacSkimming has served as publishing officer with the Canada Council for the Arts, and policy director of the Association of Canadian Publishers.

MacSkimming has written two novels with European settings: Formentera (1972), set in the Balearic Islands, and Out of Love (1993), set in Athens and Crete. He has also written Gordie: A Hockey Legend (1994), an unauthorized biography of Gordie Howe; and Cold War (1996), a reassessment of the 1972 Canada-Soviet hockey series.

MacSkimming draws on his professional lifetime in and around the publishing industry in The Perilous Trade: Publishing Canada’s Writers (2003).[1] The title was nominated for the National Business Book Award, and was a Globe and Mail Notable Book of the Year. It was reissued by McClelland & Stewart in an updated paperback edition in 2007.

MacSkimming’s third novel, Macdonald, based on the final days of Canada’s founding prime minister Sir John A. Macdonald, was published in 2007.[2] His most recent novel is Laurier in Love (2010), based on the tangled love life of Canadian prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier.


Don’t Forget!!

Lanark County Genealogical Society Beckwith or Bust Bus Tour “Sing a Long”


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Lanark County Genealogical Society website–click here


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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