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Wine & Words series coming to NOTL in January

Cathy Marie Buchanan

What's better than sipping good wine and chatting with a Canadian author? The Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library has teamed up with the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake to accomplish just that, presenting Wine & Words, a new author series featuring celebrated Canadian authors paired up with Niagara wines.

The program starts in January and runs monthly through June, each time at a different winery in town. Ian Hamilton kicks off the series on Jan. 9. He will discuss his latest work, The Red Pole of Macau at Reif Estate Winery on the Niagara Parkway.

Cathy Marie Buchanan talks about her latest work, The Painted Girls at The Ice House Winery, Feb. 6. Terry Fallis is up on March 6, speaking about Up and Down at Chateau Des Charmes , Maureen Jennings on April 3 with Beware this Boy at Riverview Cellars , Helen Humphreys, May 1 with The Reinvention of Love at Stonechurch Vineyards , and Giles Blunt on June 5 talking about Until the Night at Coyote's Run Estate Winery .

Scene of the Crime bookstore in St. Catharines who will be selling copies of the authors' works at the different events so guests can get signed copies. Admission includes a glass of local VQA wine from the host winery that has been paired with the novel, additional glasses will be available for sale by the glass.

Tickets are $25 per person for each event or $125 for the series. Tickets are available for purchase in person at the library.

The Authors

Cathy Marie Buchanan is a Toronto-based writer. The Day the Falls Stood Still, her debut novel, published in North America in 2009 and Italy and the UK in 2010 immediately became a New York Times bestseller. Inspired by the life of Niagara's most famous river man, William "Red" Hill, the novel chronicles early hydroelectric development on the Niagara River. Buchanan holds a BSc and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. She was born and raised in Niagara Falls.

Ian Hamilton began his career as a journalist and wrote a non-fiction book in 1968, The Children's Crusade, which was a Canadian Book-of-the-Month selection. He has written for several magazines and newspapers in Canada and the U.S. He has been a senior executive with the federal government, and as worked internationally as a diplomat and businessman. Ian is currently working on the continuation of the Ava Lee series. He lives in Burlington with his wife Lorraine.

Terry Fallis is a writer and public relations consultant, whose debut novel The Best Laid Plans was awarded the Stephen Leacock Medal in 2008. The Best Laid Plans is a satire of Canadian politics, in which a burned-out political strategist's plan to get out of politics by managing an unelectable candidate in a federal election in order to kill off his own credibility is thrown into turmoil when the candidate becomes unexpectedly popular with the voters. Fallis originally released excerpts from the novel in podcast format, later turning to the print-on-demand company iUniverse to self-publish a paper edition. Fallis is a former Liberal Party strategist, who has worked on the campaign and legislative staffs of Jean Chrétien, Jean Lapierre, Robert Nixon and Michael Ignatieff. He is a partner in his own public relations firm in Toronto, Thornley Fallis.

Maureen Jennings, born in Birmingham, England, spent her formative years there until she emigrated to Canada at the age of seventeen with her mother. She is best known as the author of the Detective Murdoch series, which have been turned into a television series, Murdoch Mysteries.

Helen Humphreys is a poet and novelist, born in London, England, and now lives in Kingston, Ontario. Her first novel, Leaving Earth, and was a New York Times Notable Book in 1998 a winner of the City of Toronto Book Award.

Giles Blunt is a novelist and screenwriter born in Windsor. His first novel, Cold Eye, was a psychological thriller set in the New York art world, which was made into the French movie Les Couleurs du diable. He is also the author of the John Cardinal novels, set in the small town of Algonquin Bay, in Northern Ontario. Blunt grew up in North Bay, and Algonquin Bay is North Bay very thinly disguised - for example, Blunt retains the names of major streets and the two lakes (Trout Lake and Lake Nipissing) that the town sits between, the physical layout of the two places is the same, and he describes Algonquin Bay as being in the same geographical location as North Bay.

Cathy Marie Buchanan

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