Lynne will be the opening speaker at Fernie’s Chautauqua and Fall Fair 2016 on September 8th in Fernie B.C. After her speech about Fernie’s and BC’s Italian communities, there will be a spaghetti dinner with the Italian community followed by music by Garth Rizutto’s Band.


Once again John Barsby High School in Nanaimo will be presenting the Human Library on October 20th. Lynne will be joining other professionals in providing information to students about future jobs. On a one-to-one basis she will talk about the satisfactions of writing, the likelihood of writers becoming rich, and why making a lot of money doesn’t matter if you like what you’re doing.


At 7:00 p.m. that same day (October 20th) Lynne will be speaking to the Port Alberni Historical Society at the Alberni District Museum about Italian immigration to British Columbia.


Lynne’s essay “Thinking Backward” will be published in 2016 by the Nanaimo Art Gallery. She wrote the essay to celebrate the gallery’s 2015 exhibit “Black Diamond Dust”.


Lynne’s biography of Angelo Calori has just been published on line on the Dictionary of Canadian Biography website. Her biography of Isaac Barr is in the midst of the editing process. Both biographies are in Volume XVI of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.






After three of the best weeks we’ve ever spent in Italy, we brought the Italian weather home so we could all enjoy it here. We attended La Festa del Nodo d’Amore (Festival of the Lovers’ Knot) at Valeggio sul Mincio in the Veneto Region on June 17th with 3,300 other people. We were all seated at long tables set up across the bridge that spans the Mincio River and were fed 600,000 tortellini made fresh that morning by the women of the town.

Later in the holiday we spent three days in Castelvetro di Modena in the Emilia Romagna region which, according to the chef who gave us a tortellini-making lesson, is the pre-eminent centre of the tortellini and produces a much superior tortellini to those made in Valeggio. This rivallry will be examined in detail in my new book, which will be entitled “The Tortellini Diaries”.

Until then, I will be working diligently to learn the truth.


Women between the ages of 30 and 50, who were hired because they are most likely to have an expert but gentle touch, prepare their share of the 600,000 tortellini which will be served later the same day at the 2014 Festa del Nodo d”Amore (Festival of the Lovers’ Knot) in Valeggio sul Mincio, Veneto


Various forms and sizes of tortellini, tortelloni and capilotti in the style of Modena


One section of the long banquet table on the bridge that spans the Mincio River for the Festa del Nodo d’Amore


Lynne's husband, Dick, dining at the Festa del Nodo d’Amore


Lynne dining at the Festa del Nodo d’Amore


Tortellini in the style of Veneto



Roberto Rossi, chef and co-owner with his brother Andrea of Locanda del Feudo in Castelvetro di Modena, gives the Bowens a tortellini making lesson