Warmest greetings! We hope you’ve all been well. Over the last few months, we’ve been on a bit of a social media hiatus as far as our own posts and updates go. Life and work have been incredibly busy, and sometimes tending to both is plenty each day while also allowing for the morsels of stillness and self-care we need as well.
In the last year, amidst the cloud and concern of the pandemic, our family has experienced numerous significant life events; our son purchased his first property (very exciting), after forty-seven-plus years my mom sold the family home to another grandson and his wife (they also just had their first child, Mom’s first great grandchild, and our first great niece), and Mom moved in with us at Thanksgiving. There’s even more, I could probably write another book. Lol.
In the meantime, here’s a quick catch-up on the I C Publishing front including some excellent reading and awesome authors to follow and be inspired by.
The sixth publication of Our Lands Speak series by Bill Finlayson was released in October. The Archaeology, History, and Architecture of the Philip Eckardt Log House – The Oldest House in the City of Markham, Ontario, Canada is now in the ICBookstore.ca and on Amazon.ca. And we’ve updated Bill’s website with an introductory blog post about this terrific book which you can check out here. Bill is the senior-most archaeologist in Ontario with well over fifty years in this field of work. I encourage you to take some time to browse his website, check out his other books, and read what others are saying about Our Lands Speak series. It’s incredibly fascinating.
Next up is the fifth book in the Hearts Linked by Courage series by CAYR Community Connections, featuring the personal stories of people supporting people in York Region and their lived experiences with HIV/AIDS, drugs and substance use, and the 2SLGBTQ+ community. I truly admire the story contributors for baring their soul each in their own way, because they were ready, and because they knew it could inspire someone else who might be walking a similar path.
I’ll be doing a separate post on this book sharing my written interview with the CAYR Peer Links team, and The Hearts Linked by Courage – People Supporting People volume will be available for purchase sometime in early December. Stay tuned!
Remembering – A Time of Great Purpose by Wendy Poole is another new publication coming soon. Woven together are profound and often heartbreaking stories about those who lived during World War II, inspired in part by Wendy’s mom who spent time in the Canadian Navy, her father who was enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and her uncle who had joined the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment which was part of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division.
Wendy is a retired educator and author of several stories featured in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She has published two children’s books and has written and piloted programs on parenting for newcomers to Canada and preschool literacy. In 2020, Wendy’s short story based on her own experience with her mother was included in the book Hearts Linked by Courage – Honouring Loved Ones and Caregivers on the Dementia Journey. We look forward to sharing Wendy’s newest writings in Remembering just in time for the holidays.
You’ll also be hearing a lot of about this next book in January, Breaking Free of Depression’s Grip, by Bruce Ross. Watch for media appearances and more during the lead-up to Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 26.
Bruce knew something was wrong. He felt displaced and isolated from friends, family, and society. He had no one to turn to, and so he tried to cope with it himself. That he had a disease called depression never entered his mind. He, like so many people, thought that only other people suffered from depression, not him. Breaking Free of Depression’s Grip is the candid and revealing story of the trials and tribulations of living with depression and anxiety, and the many treatment options Bruce has attempted. But most of all, it’s a message of hope that a person can ultimately succeed in their personal and business life—despite living with the heavy and constant weight of mental illness—something Bruce found a way to do.
There’s two more very special publications worth mentioning for now that are slated for an early 2022 release. Delicious & Doable – Recipes for Real and Everyday Life is a fun and family-focused cookbook by the terrific host of In Char’s Kitchen, Charmaine Broughton. Charmaine’s passion and personality shines through each page as if she’s in your kitchen cheering you on to get messy, try stuff, and enjoy.
Where the Roses Grow by Nikolina Ivankovic takes the reader on an intense but hope-filled journey of survival as Nikolina, her mom, and sister, escape from Sarajevo, a city under siege in the middle of the Bosnia war in the 1990s. This book is a timeless tale of humanity, empathy, and friendship; an ode to love and family, and a call to overcome our differences and see others for who they are, fellow humans.
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