Barbara Fradkin

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In Canada, weather is always on our minds. Mother Nature is a constant companion, sometimes charming, sometimes atrocious, but never taken for granted. When two Canadians greet each other, the first words out of their mouths, often before hello, are a commentary on the weather. “Lovely day, isn’t it?” “Isn’t this awful?” “Do you believe this snow?”

New People and Places

Posted on September 6 by Barbara Fradkin in Mystery

But fifteen years is a long time for a writer to spend with the same characters in the same place. I wanted to travel. I wanted to meet new people. So I put him, his long-suffering wife, and his loyal colleagues on the shelf, left the complex, subtly hued city of Ottawa, and set off into the wilderness, both literally and figuratively.

Barbara Fradkin

Literary Clarity with Barbara Fradkin

Posted on January 27 by Kyle in Interview, Mystery

Tell us about your book.

NONE SO BLIND examines justice itself, not in the abstract, but with all the flaws, biases, doubts, and best efforts of those who strive to carry it out. When a convicted college professor is found dead weeks after being released on parole, Ottawa Police Inspector Michael Green is forced to re-examine the case upon which his career and reputation were built.

 

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Each year, the Scene of the Crime Festival on Kingston’s idyllic Wolfe Island invites Canada’s top crime-writing talent for a day of presentations, workshops, and discussions on the finer points of the genre. Dundurn is pleased to announce that this year’s festival will feature two of its crime-writing luminaries, Gloria Ferris and Barbara Fradkin. Join them on August 17th as they share their expertise and experiences with colleagues and contemporaries.

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Our great northern book adventure is almost over. We arrived in Dawson City late Tuesday night after a very interesting stop en route to talk to a mixed group of school children and adults in the small rural community of Pelly Crossing. It was the first time we had spoken to children, and we enjoyed the added challenge.

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We've been to Yellowknife as invited authors at the NorthWords Literary festival, to museums, libraries, and bookstores in Whitehorse, Haines Junction, and Skagway.  With one week to go in the tour, we have more stops in Whitehorse,  and we're heading to Pelly Crossing to visit the library there, and to Dawson City for a talk at the museum.

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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.

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Vicki and Barbara arrive in Yellowknife

As we flew north out of Calgary, first the cities dropped away, and then the towns, then the farms, finally the roads.  We flew over endless forrest and lakes for hours.  Then in the far distance I could see an expanse of white. Clouds?

No. As we got closer, we could see Great Slave Lake, still iced over.  On the 29th of May.

Fortunately only the lake was still covered in snow - I've brought summer clothes.