Laura Secord Homestead, Queenston

Coast to Coast 2023

This four-part speaker series highlights Canadian female authors, their unique perspectives and published works, inside the home of one of Canada’s best known heroines, Laura Secord. Enjoy wine and cheese as we celebrate these extraordinary Canadian authors.
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Coast to Coast “Canada’s Family Women” Literary Series

Our popular series returns September 14, 2023!

This four-part speaker series highlighting Canadian women returns to the Queenston Chapel for 2023! Learn about four Canadian female authors and their unique perspectives and published works. Join us in this engaging and interactive series. Tickets are just $15 per night or $45 for the entire series.

This year’s Coast to Coast Literary Series is delivered inside the Queenston Chapel, in Queenston, Ontario. Each session of the “Canada’s Family Women” series will be held on the second Thursday of the month, from 7 – 9 p.m. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served (Niagara wines available for purchase by the glass) in the Welcome Centre at the Laura Secord Homestead prior to the event.

The Authors

Once again, the Niagara Parks Coast to Coast speaker series features the stories of four incredible Canadian women. All sessions are at 7:00 p.m.

Charlene Carr

Hold My Girl
September 14

Sharon Frayne

The Sound
of a Rainbow
November 9

Amanda Peters

Berry Pickers
December 14

Gina Sorell

The Wise Women
January 11

Charlene Carr

Hold My Girl
September 14, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

CHARLENE CARR lives in Nova Scotia with her husband and daughter. She has published nine novels and recently received grants from Arts Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts to write her next one.

The Summer Of Bitter and Sweet Novel

Sharon Frayne

The Sound of a Rainbow
November 9, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

Sharon Frayne is a retired principal, artist and author. She is the 2021 winner of the Best YA/Juvenile Manuscript in the Muskoka Novel Marathon. Her writing has appeared in the Eden Mills Writers Festival Chapter Publication, CommuterLit, Agnes and True, The Ekphrastic Review, Uproar, The Local and The Lake Report. She spends her time in Niagara and Muskoka Lakes, Ontario with her family.

Daughters Of Occupation Novel

Amanda Peters

The Berry Pickers
December 14, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

Amanda Peters is the Globe & Mail and Toronto Star bestselling author of The Berry Pickers. A writer of Mi’kmaq and settler ancestry, her work has appeared in the Antigonish Review, Grain Magazine, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Dalhousie Review and Filling Station Magazine. She is the winner of the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for Unpublished Prose and a participant in the 2021 Writers’ Trust Rising Stars program. A graduate of the Master of Fine Arts Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Amanda Peters has a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She lives in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, with her fur babies, Holly and Pook.

Reasonable Adults Novel

Gina Sorell

The Wise Women
January 11, 2024, 7:00 p.m.

Gina Sorell returned to her first love, writing, after two decades of working as an actor. A graduate with distinction of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, she is the author of The Wise Women (HarperCollins), and Mothers and Other Strangers. Her writing has appeared in Good Housekeeping, LitHub, Dame Magazine, Refinery29, and the Globe and Mail. Originally from Johannesburg, Gina has lived in New York and Los Angeles and now lives in Toronto with her family, where she balances the solitary hours of fiction writing with work as a brand storyteller under the banner of her own agency, Words Make The Brand.

The Witches of Moonshyne Manor Novel