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'Tenacious' female authors highlight NOTL literary series
Kim Fu kicks off the Niagara Parks literary speaker series on Sept. 12. (Supplied)

Four female Canadian authors are coming to NOTL this fall for Niagara Parks’ literary speaker series, Canada’s Tenacious Women.

The popular series will be held at the Laura Secord Homestead in Queenston and will take place on the second Thursday of each month from September to December.

The award-winning authors will offer their unique perspectives and published works at the home of one of Canada’s most well-known heroines – Laura Secord.

Here is a list of the various authors and when to see them. Each event is at the Queenston Chapel and runs 7 to 9 p.m.:

Sept. 12: Kim Fu – The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore

Fu is a west-coast author whose debut novel, For Today I Am a Boy, won the Edmund White Award and the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award. Her most recent novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, has received critical acclaim from the New York Times, and her writing has appeared in Granta, the Atlantic, enRoute and the Times Literary Supplement.

Oct. 10, Sharon Bala – The Boat People

Bala writes from a “cold rock in the North Atlantic” – St. John’s, Nfld. Her bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018 and the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award. In 2017, Bala won the Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her short story Butter Tea at Starbucks.

Nov. 14: Lynne Marie Sherry – Where Mary Went

Indigenous author and Fort Erie resident Lynne Marie Sherry is a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River, with blood ties to the Alderville First Nations and Mississauga of the New Credit. Being an explorer, teacher and helper by nature, she finds expression and the opportunity to offer the healing properties of traditional knowledge, through her work as a writer, poet and speaker. Her most recent book, Where Mary Went, follows Mary Fisher through three decades, and events during the Second World War, the Depression, and years spent in the horrific residential Mohawk Institute.

Dec. 12: Emma Hooper – Our Homesick Songs

Hooper is a Canadian author who resides in the U.K., where she completed her PhD in music-literary studies and lectures on commercial music at Bath Spa University. Her first novel, Etta and Otto and Russell and James, was published in 18 languages, and her second, Our Homesick Songs, was longlisted for the Giller Prize in 2018. As a musician, she plays viola, violin, vocals, and a number of other small instruments for clients, including the BBC, The Heavy, and Peter Gabriel, as well as for her own solo project: Waitress for the Bees.

Admission to each night of the series is $10, with a series pass available for $30. Seating is limited. For more information or to reserve a seat, go to or contact the Laura Secord Homestead at 905-262-4851. There will be a wine and cheese reception with cash bar.