Judith Silverthorne 2018-2019 Writer-In-Residence at Regina Public Library

Regina Public Library Release: Regina Public Library selects 2018-19 Writer-in-Residence

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Regina Public Library-Writer-In-Residence Program

For Immediate Release: June 19, 2018

 Regina Public Library Selects 2018-19 Writer in Residence

Regina Public Library (RPL) is pleased to announce the selection of Judith Silverthorne as its 2018-2019 Writer in Residence. Silverthorne will begin as Writer in Residence on September 24, 2018.

“We are excited to welcome Judith as our Writer in Residence,” said Jeff Barber, Library Director and CEO. “She brings a wealth of experience working and coaching other writers, and she has extensive knowledge of the Regina writing community, both as a published author and as a former Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild Executive Director. We can’t wait to work with her on her exciting ideas for the Writer in Residence program.”

Judith Silverthorne is an award-winning Saskatchewan writer. She has authored more than a dozen fiction books. Her most recent title, Convictions, was the winner of a Gold Moonbeam Award and of a Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and was a finalist at the Saskatchewan Book Awards and for the High Plains Book Award for Woman Writer.

Silverthorne has also written two non-fiction biographical books, and has authored extensively as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines. She has worked as an editor, evaluator, researcher, curator, book reviewer, television documentary producer and scriptwriter.

Regina Public Library was the first public library in Canada to offer a Writer in Residence program in 1978. Since then it has welcomed 29 additional residencies to provide services to the local writing community. For more information on the program, visit www.reginalibrary.ca.

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Regina Public Library Release – 2018-19 Writer in Residence Selected

Ghosts in the Garden – Available May 1, 2017!

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The sequel to Ghosts of Government House, Ghosts in the Garden follows Sam and J.J as they are again swept up in the supernatural world of Saskatchewan’s Government House.

ISBN: 9781550509052
eISBN: 9781550509076
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″ 168 pages
Ages: 9+
Price: $10.95 CDN; $10.95 USD

 

Available for purchase at:

More information can be found here.

 

Quill & Quire Review – Convictions

Quill & Quire Review – Convictions

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Reviewed by: Jennifer Foden

Set in the mid-1800s, the latest novel from veteran Saskatchewan author Judith Silverthorne follows 14-year-old Jennie – found guilty of stealing food from a garbage can – on her voyage aboard one of the few female-only convict ships headed from the U.K. to Australia. The conditions aboard the ship are horrifying: the sleeping berths – meant for one person but used for three – are akin to “shared coffins”; many women are seasick or otherwise ill; there is a lack of decent food and water; bed bugs and rats are rampant; and sexual assault and beatings from the guards are common occurrences. Fearing for their survival, the women (and girls) join forces to not only take care of each other, but also to battle the ship, staff, and sea.

Silverthorne’s engaging writing brings a real, mostly unknown part of history to life. Despite a large cast of characters, the author paints dynamic portraits of many personalities. It is also encouraging to see such a strong piece of historical fiction told from the point of view of women and girls.

Although the depictions of racism, prostitution, and religion are accurate to the book’s setting, parents and teachers should be aware that the language reflects these subjects, and references to God are especially frequent. Given the story’s strong example of female empowerment, it is disappointing that Silverthorne undermines her characters’ independence by including scenes when the women rely on the male guards unnecessarily, and even develop love interests. Readers will hopefully be able to see past these conventional crutches and learn from the more empowering themes of resilience and strength.

This article originally appeared in the Quill & Quire.