Travels with Barbara Fradkin and Vicki Delany

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Travels with Barbara Fradkin and Vicki Delany

Posted on June 4 by Barbara Fradkin
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Yellowknife, NWT

It’s been an eventful, laughter-filled weekend at the NorthWords Writers’ Festival, with a perfect blend of work and play.  Friday began with a mystery panel discussion and readings at the local high school in an auditorium filled with attentive and enthusiastic teenagers. Friday evening , at the festival’s most popular event, the BLUSH open mic, Vicki and I both read short funny erotica spoofs that brought the house down. To get into character, I wore a red boa and Vicki a feathery white fascinator.

Saturday morning the festival hosted a Whodunit panel with Vicki, fellow guest author Giles Blunt and me. It was a lively, interactive two-hour session of readings and discussion about everything related to mystery writing, from research to setting to choices of theme.  The two hours flew by with sometimes funny, sometimes poignant moments.

Saturday evening before the gala Vicki and I ate al fresco at one of Yellowknife’s premier restaurants, Bullock’s Bistro, which proudly bills itself as frontier dining and has the deco to match. Wine is served in mason jars at picnic tables covered in flowered oilcloth tables ), and the interior is rough cedar with elk heads, fish and pithy signs on the walls. The wine and the arctic char were superb.

The fresh enthusiasm and optimism at this festival is contagious, and the mix of poets, non-fiction and fiction writers, performance artists, and First Nations storytellers has been fascinating. We will be sorry to leave after our presentation Monday night at the Prince of Wales Heritage Centre. (photo of Prince of Wales centre) The talk is entitled “Mounties, Miners, and Madams: the history of the north through fiction. But like everything up here, it will wander wherever we and the audience take it.

Tuesday, on to the Yukon!

Barbara Fradkin

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Barbara Fradkin

Barbara Fradkin is a retired psychologist who is fascinated with why people turn bad. She has written numerous short stories and novellas as well as the critically acclaimed Inspector Green novels. Two of these, Fifth Son and Honour Among Men, have won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. She lives in Ottawa.