VWC Newsletter – June 2021

Lockdown ends on June 2! Most upcoming local literary events are still virtual, but maybe now you can have a friend over to join you as you participate.

As always, you can find more information about upcoming events on our Calendar – https://vocamus.net/community/calendar.


  • The Bookshelf presents the free virtual launch of Kathy Stinson's newest picture book, The Girl Who Loved Giraffes, on Wednesday June 2, at 7:00 PM. Please contact tdettman@fitzhenry.ca to RSVP.
  • The VWC Genre Fiction Group will meet via Zoom on Sunday July 11, at 2:00 PM. Joanne Paulson, author of the Adam and Grace mystery series, will be discussing aspects of mystery development. Email vocamusgenregroup@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.

  • The Eden Mills Writers' Festival presents a free virtual event with Canadian children's authors Basil and Kevin Sylvester on Tuesday, June 15, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Register here  – https://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/the-fabulous-zed-watson/.

  • The Bookshelf presents Les Stroud in conversation about his children's book, Wild Outside: Around the World with Survivorman, on Tuesday June 15th, at 6:00 PM. The event is free. Tickets are available here – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/survivormans-wild-outside-at-the-bookshelf-tickets-154421106687.

  • The ArtsEverywhere Festival presents a virtual interview with Angel Abreu on his history with Tim Rollins’ “Kids of Survival” program, and his practice as a youth mentor and arts educator on Friday June 18, at 3:00. Register here – https://festival.artseverywhere.ca/program/.

  • The Eden Mills Writers' Festival presents a free virtual event featuring author Linda Rui Feng and host Ann Yu-Kyung Choi on Thursday, June 24, 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Register here for a Zoom invite – https://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/swimming-back-to-trout-river/.


  • We welcomed local authors Vaughan Pruden, Gloria Nye, and Kate MacDonald to Vocamus Writers Community this month. Check their profiles here – https://vocamus.net/community/authors.

  • We posted poetry by Sandie Bassie and kate MacDonald this month. Check it out on our Writings page – https://vocamus.net/community/writings.

  • Guelph poet James Clarke has released his latest book of poems, The Haiku Parade, a collection of haiku sequences. You can find more here – https://vocamus.net/community/blog/james-clarke-releases-new-book-poems.

  • Guelph Author Gloria Nye has released her new novel, The Forbidden Path, the third in the Dragonfly Series. You can find more here – https://vocamus.net/community/blog/gloria-nye-launches-new-book-today.

  • Guelph author Marian Thorpe's historical fantasy novel, Empire's Daughter, was a finalist for the 2021 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Congratulations Marian!

  • The submission deadline for stories about pets/animals and mental health to be included in the forthcoming SHARING Anthology: Pets Edition is July 1. Email your submissions to Lisa at lisa@onethousandtrees.com.

  • Vocamus Writers Community is always looking for poetry submissions to its annual Rhapsody anthology. Email submission sto Michael at kleizam@hotmail.com.

Let us know if we’ve missed anything, and we’ll post it through our media and in our calendar. If you’re planning something for next month, let us know that too, and we’ll include it in the next newsletter.

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