Four years in the making, When the Bones Speak, a World War II novel written by Joan Clayton, will be launched Saturday, June 25th.
WHERE: The RCAF Wing Association, 2155 Crumlin Road (near the airport).
WHEN: Sat. June 25th. Book Launch/Cocktail Reception - 2:00 pm. Everyone welcome!
When the Bones Speak, written by Joan Clayton, is a work of historical fiction, in which one of the main characters is based on a World War II Air Gunner named Frederick, whose plane was shot down in Germany in 1943. Through a strange coincidence, Dr. Clayton was given his log book which contained a photograph of Frederick, a letter written to his mother in Nova Scotia telling her that her son is buried in a mass grave in Ohlsdorf, and a London FreePress article about a man who survived because he missed the flight that morning when someone offered to cook him a warm breakfast. With this information, and through much reading, research and interviews with Air Gunners who had survived the war, Dr. Clayton has written a fictional love story to honor Frederick's life and death.
Dr. Joan Clayton is a Psychologist and Trauma Expert who began writing ten years ago. She is primarily a poet and playwright. She received the Kobzar Scholarship from the Shevchenko Foundation in Winnipeg in July, 2012, to attend the Humber School of Writing Summer Workshop. It was there that this book began. Her Non- Fiction Chapter on Immigration will be published in the Anthology, Coming Here, Being Here, by Guernica Press this November.
When the Bones Speak is her first novel, and it will be for sale at the Book Launch. Dr. Clayton will also discuss with participants how to write a historical story when you have limited information, but
great enthusiasm and passion to honor the courageous decisions that people make in war time.
RSVP by noon Wed. June 22nd at this site: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ribbon-cutting-ceremony-for-living-guard-of-honour-at-427-wing-rcafa-tickets-25954164605, or contact Colleen at 519-870-9979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.