Authors at Ginger Press
Maryann Thomas figures hundreds of published local writers have participated in The Ginger Press’s Authors’ Open House since the annual event’s inception 33 years ago.
This Saturday’s edition, set to run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the downtown Owen Sound bookstore, will add at least another dozen names to that list, including authors of new children’s books, historical publications and novels.
“The whole point is, writing is a solitary act and once a year I like to be able to bring all the writers together and they enjoy being together, but also to talk to their readers,” said Thomas.
Along with being an Author’s Open House, Saturday’s event will also feature the launch of local military historian George Scott Auer’s new book, “October 26, 1917: The Day the Ravebeek Ran Grey.”
A follow-up to “Soldiers of the Soil – Grey County Goes to War: 1914-1918,” Auer’s second book provides a comprehensive look at the genesis and local outcome of one of the most horrific battles of the Great War, according to The Ginger Press.
Oct. 26, 1917, was the first day of the Canadian Corps’ attack in the third Battle of Ypres, commonly known as Passchendaele. Thirty-seven Grey County men perished in that battle and a Victoria Cross was won.
The book will be available at the event and Auer will also be answering questions and signing copies.
Auer joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1976 and served with the First Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry. He participated in three United Nations’ peacekeeping operations.
Thomas said it was Auer’s final posting with the Grey & Simcoe Foresters in Owen Sound that led him to research the rich military history of Grey County.
Other authors that are planning to attend the open house include David Beverly-Foster, Cathy Hird, Bonita Johnson de Matteis, Har-Prakash Khalsa, Jenny Lee Learn, Alison Leonard, Kat McNichol, Barry More, Rob Rolfe, Ron Savage, Richard-Yves Sitoski, Richard Thomas and Jesse Wilkinson.