When asked what the highlight of 2014 was for her, Lynne said it was the experience of being the Dunsmuir Lecturer in November 2014. The title of her lecture was “I Am a Stubborn Scotsman.” This annual lecture which is sponsored by the Craigdarroch Castle Society, is held in Craigdarroch Castle and attended by members of the society and the general public.

The Creative Nonfiction Collective’s AGM will be held in Victoria this year from April 23rd to 26th. Lynne enjoys the opportunity to spend time with other nonfiction writers.

In the summer of 2015, the Nanaimo Art Gallery will publish a book of short pieces including Lynne’s essay (working title “Imagining the Past”) to celebrate its recent exhibit “Black Diamond Dust”.

On August 29th at a time yet to be announced, Lynne will present a paper to the delegates of the Italian-Canadian Archive Conference (ICAP) in Vancouver at the Italian Cultural Centre (Il Centro). Her paper  is entitled “‛I am always being faithful‛: Italian Women and the Perils of Immigration.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Tortellini in the style of Veneto

 

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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