The Fruitful City wins Heritage Toronto Book Award

Most writers don’t put words on screens for the laurels that might come their way. We write to say something; to explore an idea; or  to capture a feeling, a moment, a place. Still, when those laurels come, it is sweet.

I spoke at a speaker’s series recently and a member of the audience waited to  talk with me after the event. She wiped tears from her eyes as she told me about her father and his fruit trees. What I had read had touched her deeply, had dug up old memories that, while sad, she was happy to have. That is a writer’s trophy — to connect.

To be recognized by an organization that understand the importance of connecting with and honouring our past is the cherry on top.

I am very grateful to Heritage Toronto for this 2019 Book Award.

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