New mystery novel ‘Death beneath the Pines’ by Sonsie Meadows

Tired of big city life and fatigued by the flu, Molly Fraser arranges a quiet sabbatical in a Scottish village by the sea, hoping to finish writing her long-neglected novel. But her peaceful respite is interrupted when, while exploring the countryside with her dog, she happens upon skeletal human remains. Suddenly, Molly is thrust in the midst of a mystery the villagers thought they had put behind them.

She reports the sighting to her new friend, Gregor Balfour, and shows him a brooch she found at the scene; he reveals that his wife, Sarah, has been missing for twelve years and, more shocking yet, that the brooch is hers. As Molly attempts to solve the intriguing puzzle, she learns more about the victim, her relationships, subsequent disappearance, and murder—and soon wonders exactly whom she can trust. Worse yet, Molly soon realizes that someone is willing to do just about anything to stop her from solving the puzzle.

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Excerpt from
‘Death beneath the Pines’
Sonsie Meadows

‘Thurber was starting to go further afield, his nose to the ground and tail up, a miniature of the classic trailing hound stance. He’d caught the scent of something, likely another rabbit, and he was off, oblivious to Molly’s calls. She left the track and followed him through the woods, moving quickly to keep him in sight. By the time she caught up to the puppy, she was breathless and they were in a darker section of the wood she’d never been in before. It was a quiet, unsettling place. She felt inexplicably ill at ease. Then, suddenly, a movement in the air to her left startled her. An owl flew silently into a nearby pine.

‘Molly took a moment to calm herself. Thurber hadn’t even noticed the bird. His senses focused on the ground. A fence marked the edge of the tract as it abutted private land, with a big stone house some distance away. She clipped the leash to his collar while he snuffled around the massive exposed roots of a newly fallen pine.

‘“There, you brat! If you don’t learn to come when you’re called, you’ll have to be on a leash. What are you doing now?” Thurber was digging under the roots. “Oh no, what have you got now?” She grabbed his head and tried to pry open his jaws. “Leave it! Leave it!” She managed to pull the object from his mouth. It was a bone. She dropped it hastily. Some poor creature. The puppy lunged back at the ground. This time, his prize was something metallic. Molly retrieved it and brushed the dirt away. It was an old blackened brooch, probably silver, with an intricate Celtic design and a dark red stone in the centre. Thurber was digging frantically now. More bones. She dragged him away, fastened him to a tree, and went back for a closer look … and stood in shock, staring at a skull. Thurber whined, straining at his leash.’

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‘Out of Africa: Post-structuralism’s Colonial Roots’ by Professor Ahluwalia, Van, May 4/11

The Centre for Race, Autobiography for Gender, and Age Studies (RAGA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC)
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Langara College
Are pleased to announce
A lecture by Professor Pal Ahluwalia
Wednesday, May 4th
2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Room # 223
Jack Bell Building 2080 West Mall
Vancouver, UBC

Professor Pal Ahluwalia
FASSA, Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice President, Division of Education Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Australia. His main research interests lie in the areas of African studies, social and cultural theory, in particular, postcolonial theory and the processes of diaspora, exile, and migration.

Professor Ahluwalia will present from his recent book titled: ‘Out of Africa: Post-structuralism’s Colonial Roots’ (London Routledge 2010). He has also authored: Edward Said (London Routledge 2009), and with Bill Ashcroft, 2nd Edition updated and revised. Violence and non-Violence: African Perspectives (London Routledge, 2006).

The event is free and will be followed by light refreshments at the RAGA centre (in the same building).

For information please call Indira: (604) 323-5717
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Book Launch: ‘Pathways’ by Valerie Parks, New Westminster, April 17/2011

Poet Valerie Parks is launching ‘Pathways’, her second collection of poetry, this Sunday at Renaissance Books in new Westminster.’
Sunday April 17
2:30 PM
Renaissance Books
43/6th, New Westnmister
(Columbia Skytrain)

Valerie is a leading member of New West Writers group. Parks will present readings from the poetry collection. Candice James, the Poet Laureate of New Westminster, and Valerie D.-Taylor, the Coordinator of New West Writers Group will be present.

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To order a copy, contact Valerie Parks at the email address below.

Fauzia Rafique’s novel ‘Skeena’ to be launched in English and Punjabi

Vancouver Lower Mainland writer Fauzia Rafique’s novel ‘Skeena’ will be launched in English and Punjabi in Surrey and Vancouver on April 9 and April 10 at 2-4 PM. View event information:
Punjabi Gurumukhi and Shahmukhi editions, Surrey April 9
English edition, Vancouver April 10

‘Skeena is the story of a Muslim Canadian woman spanning thirty years of her life where she explores her changing environments, religious and cultural influences, and intimate relationships. Told by Skeena herself, it is a rare glimpse into the mind and perspectives of a Muslim woman. With the utter simplicity of style and expression, and a plot immersed in gripping realities, Fauzia has created a novel that is hard to put down even when it explodes some deep-rooted myths.’ (Libros Libertad 2011)

From a Punjabi village, ‘Skeena’ takes us to Lahore city, Toronto Ontario, and then Surrey in British Columbia.

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Book Launch: ‘Soldier of the Horse’ by Robert Mackay

Robert Mackay is launching his historical novel ‘Soldier of the Horse’ this Wednesday March 2nd, 7pm, at the Cloverdale legion (17567-57th Ave, Cloverdale).

The novel begins in Winnipeg in 1914. Tom Macrae, a law student from a secure, settled life on the Canadian prairies, is sent into the trenches, mud and horror of the Great War. As many men did, he leaves behind his sweetheart, Ellen, who has decisions of her own to face during Tom’s absence.

A member of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade, Tom serves in and out of the trenches, in the thick of the stalemated struggles on the Western Front. Along with the soldiers’ comradeship, there also lie strong bonds of trust between soldiers and their horses. Together, Tom and the Brigade face a hurricane of shells, machine guns and bayonets and discover the best and the worst of humanity.

Inspired by his own father’s story of fighting in Picardy, France, Robert Mackay’s novel pivots on the great military history and traditions of the Canadian Cavalry, while showing the human element, dedication and vulnerability of those who served in World War One.

Soldier of the Horse
TouchWood Editions, March 2011
ISBN: 978-1-926741-24-6
$19.95 CAD (Trade paperback)

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