Elinor Florence



Explore ‘historic fiction with heart’ with Elinor Florence as she talks about her passion for Canadian history and the little-known people and incidents that have influenced her books. Her newest novel Wildwood, inspired by her own family history, offers you the chance to experience the homesteader life in Northern Alberta.
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Tuesday, October 9. 7pm. St. Albert Public Library.


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Elinor Florence grew up on a Saskatchewan grain farm, a former WWII training airfield near North Battleford. She launched her career at her hometown newspaper, followed by stints at numerous provincial newspapers, and as a regular writer for Reader’s Digest.

Florence turned a fledgling local newspaper in BC into an award-winning community weekly, then sold it to pursue her lifelong goal of writing fiction. Her first historical novel Bird’s Eye View tells the story of an idealistic young woman who joins the air force as an aerial photographic interpreter, spying on the enemy from the sky. The book was listed as a top ten in both The Globe & Mail and The Toronto Star.

In 2016 many of her original interviews with veterans appeared in My Favourite Veterans: True Stories from World War Two's Hometown Heroes.

Her new novel, Wildwood, was released in February 2018. It tells of a single mother who inherits an abandoned, off-the-grid farmhouse north of Peace River, where she must learn the pioneer arts in order to survive. Getting inspiration from the journal written by the original homesteader, she struggles on in her epic battle with the wilderness.


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