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Have you ever wondered what Canada was like in years gone by? Join us as we take a trip back in time at the Stratford Writers Festival!

Lynne Golding writes about Brampton, Ontario, in the early 1900s in The Innocent, while Joanna Goodman focuses on 1950s Quebec in The Home for Unwanted Girls. Both of these authors base their novels in fact, and seek to guide their readers through a familiar Canadian place, albeit in a historical setting with which many readers may not be familiar. Join them as they discuss their approaches—Lynne spent years interviewing her great aunt in order to do her story justice, while Joanna’s tale is based on her mother’s experiences—and styles in this uniquely Canadian historical fiction panel discussion.

About the authors

Lynne Golding, winner of the Ontario Book Publishers Organization’s “What’s Your Story” competition, was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario, where she currently lives. Lynne spent eight years visiting her great aunt Jessie and listening to the real-life tales that would inspire her debut novel, The Innocent, the first book in the Beneath the Alders series.

Joanna Goodman is the author of four novels, including Canadian bestseller The Finishing School. Originally from Montreal, Joanna now lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids. Her latest novel, The Home for Unwanted Girls, was inspired by the story of Joanna’s mother, who was the daughter of an Anglo “Seed Man” and a French-Canadian mother.

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