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Arts: Books at the Barn returns to showcase NOTL authors
Books at the Barn was a popular destination for book lovers last year. It returns on June 22, the day of the annual Strawberry Festival. SHARON FRAYNE

Paul Masson
Special to The Lake Report

Once again the Niagara-on-the-Lake Writers’ Circle will provide an opportunity to meet with local authors on the day of the St. Andrew’s Strawberry Festival.

I will host a book fair in front of my red barn at 322 Simcoe St., across from the church, on Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This year, eight local authors will be in attendance, their works spanning a number of genres and subjects. 

Sally Basmajian will be on hand to talk about her latest works, a psychological thriller entitled “Fountain of Evil” and “Apprentices in Magic,” a middle-grade (for kids 9 to 14) tale of wizardry.

Terry Belleville is the author of “Raising the Bar,” in which a young couple struggle to restore a ramshackle country pub in Australia in the 1930s; a collection of nine short stories, “Matters of Kindness;” a romantic comedy entitled “The printer, the actress, and the cat she couldn’t mention;” and “Things That Happened Or Might Have,” a collection of 15 short stories, many of them true.

Sharon Frayne has recently published a prize-winning young adults novel, “The Sound of a Rainbow.” She is also the author of “Caught Between the Walls,” a ghostly tale of the old Niagara Courthouse and Gaol.

Sarie Marais is the author of a memoir, entitled “Roodborstje.”

Diane Martin has created the “Medallion Mysteries” series featuring her four children. The chapter books are for ages 7 to 12. The first book, “When Time Stands Still,” will be available at the book fair and “Missing Pieces” (book two) will be coming soon.

Paul Masson will have copies of the mystery novels in the series, “The ABC Files.” These include the latest, “Memories of Evil,” in which long-ago events haunt the lives of several of the characters, with tragic results.

Kathryn Recourt, who writes stories for children ages 3 to 8, will have available all three books in her Sir Archibald Droolsalot series, including the latest, “Puppy Dog Blues.”

Richard West is the author of a series of fantasy novels (“Lightning People: Discovered,” “Lightning People: Entangled” and “The Hive Revealed”) and a collection of short stories based on Second World War experiences (“Recollections of War”).

Our group of authors will be easily spotted beneath a Writers’ Circle banner affixed to the barn.

We are looking forward to chatting with actual or potential readers of our works and, if desired, penning personal dedications on their title pages.

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