Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Guesting at the Museum, by J.C. Kavanagh


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In last month's blog, I told you I'd be representing my township in a Simcoe County exhibition for local authors. Led by students at the local college in Barrie, (Georgian College), and in collaboration with the Simcoe County Museum, the exhibit featured famous and wanna-be famous authors who reside or were former residents within the County. According to Katherine Nelson, a student spearheading the exhibition, the "project is centred around the rich literary history of the county, aiming to spotlight prominent authors who have contributed significantly to its cultural landscape."

The exhibit showcased 16 authors, one from each township/town within Simcoe County. The setting for my Twisted Climb series is in New Tecumseth, while the dream world and un-world is fictionalized in areas around Tiny, Midland, Penetanguishene, and further north, Manitoulin Island. The legends and traditions of the Anishinaabe tribes, particularly the Ojibwe people, play a major role in the final book of the series, A Bright Darkness. 

Visitors were encouraged to leave a sticky-note with the name of their favourite book.
The Twisted Climb was on the wall!

One of the showcase authors was the Canadian legend, Margaret Atwood. I wasn't aware she lived in Alliston for a period of time and that her daughter, Eleanor, was born there. 

A bit of Simcoe County trivia: 

Established:  First in 1798 as the Home District and in1843, re-named Simcoe District in honour of the Lieutenant-Governor's father, Captain John Simcoe

Population of Simcoe County: 352,000 (2021)

Area: 4,819 square kilometres (1,861 sq. miles)

Location: central part of southern Ontario, Canada. The Niagara Escarpment mountains form the
                 western portion of the County. Bodies of water include Lake Simcoe, Georgian Bay and Lake

Features: Wasaga Beach, the longest freshwater beach in the world (14 kilometres or 8.7 miles), and
                Minesing Wetlands, classified by the Ministry of Environment as "one of the most diverse,
                undisturbed wetland tracts in Canada"

Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada

If you haven't read the Twisted Climb trilogy, I hope this blog arouses your curiosity. 

In the meantime, stay safe and don't forget to tell the ones you love, that you love them! 

J.C. Kavanagh, author of
The Twisted Climb - A Bright Darkness (Book 3) Best Young Adult Book FINALIST at Critters Readers Poll 2022
The Twisted Climb - Darkness Descends (Book 2) voted BEST YA Book 2018, Critters Readers Poll and Best YA Book FINALIST at The Word Guild, Canada
The Twisted Climb,
voted BEST YA Book 2016, P&E Readers Poll
Voted Best Local Author, Simcoe County, Ontario, 2021
Novels for teens, young adults and adults young at heart
Email: author.j.c.kavanagh@gmail.com
Twitter @JCKavanagh1 (Author J.C. Kavanagh)
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  1. Congrats on being one of the guests. Read the series and enjoyed.

    1. Thank you Janet. You have been so very supportive :)

  2. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on all the recognition.

    1. Thank you so much Vijaya! Your comments are always welcome :)


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