Lots of exciting new things are happening this fall in addition.

The Nanaimo Art Gallery has asked Lynne to conduct some workshops which will take place in the new educational department of the downtown gallery site (the door on the left as you face the building); check the website for more details.

Exploring Writing:

Finding Your Voice; September 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Writers’ Lab:

Refining Your Voice; October 16th, 23rd, 30th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Nanaimo Art Gallery is mounting a major exhibit this fall entitled Black Diamond Dust from September 20th to December 13th at both the downtown and campus galleries. Besides writing an essay to be included in the publication associated with the exhibit, Lynne will be conducting tours of the exhibit with curator Jesse Birch on October 18th from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Downtown Gallery and from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Campus Gallery.

Lynne will be speaking about her most recent book, Those Island People, to the Departure Bay Neighbourhood Association History Night, October 23rd, 7:00 p.m. at the Kin Hut in Departure Bay.

On December 6th, Lynne Will be speaking about Those Island People at the Victoria Historical Society Christmas Luncheon at the Embassy Motor Inn at noon.

Lynne will be teaching a course at ElderCollege from October 27th to December 1st each Monday from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The course will be entitled "Italian Immigration to BC: 1858 - 1970". Check the ElderCollege website under History.








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.


Coming "home" to our apartment in
Penne, Abruzzo.

Lynne contemplating the ruins of a castle amid an olive grove near
Spoleto in Umbria.

Italians are very frugal. They even recycle rocks from old buildings when they're building
a new one