A smorgasbord of news and events.
In Belgrade, my publisher (left) and a representative of the Canadian Embassy (right) introduce the Serbian version of one of my books at a press conference at the Belgrade Book Fair. The Fair is the third largest in Europe, after Frankfurt and London.
In the clink in March 2006, during a Riverdale Historical Society tour of the old Don Jail, now closed to (most of) the public. I wouldn't be grinning if I were stuck in that wretched little cell for more than the few minutes it took me to examine and measure it. I was researching and writing a series of five articles, "Doing Time in Toronto," for my column in The Voice, a local newspaper.
Elizabeth Abbott Has Coffee with Maureen Jennings, Creator of Detective William H. Murdoch, Of #4 Police Station, Cabbagetown, late 19th century.
Elizabeth at Luminatoés Mille Femmes gala.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1986: vernissage of Tropical Obsession, signing a copy for Aubelin Jolicoeur.
April 21, 2011 – 7 pm. Bluestockings Bookstore Reading and Q & A,
April 20, 2011 – 7 pm. Paradigm Shift, NYC’s feminist community, presents “Marriage: PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE,” with Elizabeth Abbott at The Tank- 354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues).
April 16 , 2011 – Le Salon du Livre, Québec City 11:30 recontre d’auteur et 2-3 séance de signature
A History of Marriage has been nominated for the 2010 Governor General's award in non-fiction!
Oct. 2, 2010 – McGill University, Montreal: Speaker at Lunch et Livres. https://aoc.mcgill.ca/network/homecoming/events
Oct. 1, 2010 –Atwater Library, Montreal: Lunchtime Series speaker: “ The Good Wife, Her Husband, and Other Marital Tales”
Sept. 26, 2010 – The Word on the Street National Book & Magazine Festival, Toronto - to discuss historical non-fiction writing on the Scotiabank Gill Prize Bestsellers stage at 2:00pm http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/
Sept. 18 – Words Alive Literary Festival, Sharon Temple National Historic Site and East Gwillimbury Civic Centre at 11:00am http://www.wordsalive.ca/
July 2010 - Elizabeth will teach Literary Non-Fiction at the Humber School of Writers Summer Workshop.
June 16 – Presenter at IdeaCity 2010. http://www.ideacityonline.com/
May 29, 2010 - Guest speaker at St. Hilda's College Reunion Weekend luncheon. "The Angel in the House and other Old Wives' Tales."
May 28, 2010 - Guest speaker, St. Andrew's Society’s Spring Dinner.
May 15 – Interview with Mary Ito on CBC’s Fresh Air http://www.cbc.ca/freshair/2010/05/sat-may-15.html
April 22, 2010 - Guest author at Montreal's Blue Metropolis Literary Festival.
April 19, 2010 - Guest speaker at Engaging Ideas, a joint initiative of A Different Drummer Books and Burlington Public Library. 7 to 9 pm.
April 1, 2010 - Sugar: A Bittersweet History published in US.
Mar. 18, 2010 - The Riverdale Historical Society launched A History of Marriage.
Feb. 28, 2010 - Guest author at Globe and Mail/Ben McNally's Brunch and Books.
Feb. 27, 2010 - Mad for Marmalade, Crazy for Citrus, presented by the Culinary Historians of Ontario at historic Fort York. Elizabeth Abbott judged non-citrus marmalade (and couldn't touch the stuff for two weeks afterward.)
Feb. 11, 2010 - A History of Marriage launched.
Jan. 12, 2010 - Haiti Devastated by Earthquake. Elizabeth is media resource and guest speaker at Haiti fundraisers on an ongoing basis.
Nov. 14, 17, 2009 - Lectured at Dundurn Castle, Hamilton, and Campbell House, Toronto, for the Culinary Historians of Ontario. Topic: "Sweet Revolutions: The Economic and Social Importance of Sugar as Food."
Oct. 27, 2010 - Sugar: A Bittersweet History published in US.
Oct. 22, 2009 - Guest speaker at Vanier College's Annual Social Science Festival, Montreal.
Oct. 20, 2009 - Guest speaker, Retired Women School Teachers of Ontario, Scarborough branch.
June 6, 2009 - Guest speaker at PawsWay, Toronto. Topic: "Rescuing Serbian Dogs."
May 23, 2009 - Guest author at Prince Edward County Authors' Festival, Picton, Ontario.
May 15, 2009 - Keynote speaker at Franklin College's "Exploring the Developing World: The Caribbean" Intercultural Honors Experience Symposium.
May 6, 2009 - Book signing and discussion at Best of Books, St. Johns, Antigua.
April 2, 2009 - Guest author at Toronto's Feast of Authors, St. Lawrence Market.
Feb. 9, 2009 - Benmergui in the Morning on JAZZ FM 91.
Feb. 7, 2009 - CFRB Newstalk 1010, with Lynn Russell.
Feb. 6, 2009 - TVO's The Agenda Round Table with Steve Paikin.
Feb. 2, 2009 - Breakfast Television, CityTV Toronto.
Jan 29, 2009 - CHYR Radio with Ashkon Hobooti.
Jan. 22, 2009 - Classical 96 Radio, Live on the Oasis, with Alexa Petrenko.
Jan. 21, 2009 - CBC's Ontario Today with Cathy Alexander.
Jan. 21, 2009 - CIUT Radio with Monika Warzecha.
Jan. 20, 2009 - CHRY radio with host William Doyle Marshall.
Jan. 15, 2009 - Lectured at Yale University Library's Public Speakers Series on the history of sugar production, Caribbean slavery and the West India Interest/ sugar lobby. Sugar: A Bittersweet History, was short-listed for THE CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE for Literary Non-Fiction.
Nov. 15, 2008 - Guest speaker at the Pierspective Entraide Humanitaire (PEH), a fundraising gala to support charitable initiatives in Haiti
Nov. 8, 2008 - Guest speaker at the Independence Day gala of the Antigua and Barbuda Association of Toronto.
October 2008 - Lectured on Sugar: A Bittersweet History at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies Lecture Series at the St. George Campus, Markham, and Oakville.
September 2008 - Le Sucre: Une Histoire Douce-Amère, the French edition of Sugar: A Bittersweet History, was launched by Éditions Fides.
Sept. 18, 2008 - Elizabeth was honored to be part of the official book launch of ZooCheck Canada Director Rob Laidlaw's new young adults book, Wild Animals in Captivity. She read from Sugar: A Bittersweet History, describing how the Caribbean sugar plantocracy pitted slaves against draft and farmed animals.
July 28, 2008 - Book signing of Sugar: A Bittersweet History at The World's Biggest Bookstore, 20 Edward St., Toronto.
July 19-29, 2008 - Guest speaker at a dinner at Auberge Georgeville, in Quebec's Eastern Townships, and signed books at artists' co-op Studio Georgeville.
June 28-29, 2008 - Guest author at the Bayfield Writers' Festival.
June 18, 2008 - Attended the Hamilton Book Club meeting, which featured Sugar: A Bittersweet History. Even as a writer, it's hard to find words to describe the camaraderie I found with these readers. A terrific evening I hope to repeat.
May 20, 2008 - Interviewed by Anne Lagacé Dowson, CBC News At Six. Tonic. All In A Weekend. Canada Live. C'est La Vie ... With Elizabeth Abbott author of Sugar: A Bittersweet History, Part One. Part Two ...
May 9, 2008 - Daybreak - Montreal's Anne Lagacé Dowson reviewed Sugar: A Bittersweet History.
March 17, 2008 - Interviewed by Anna Maria Tremonti on The Current, CBC radio, Monday about Sugar: A Bittersweet History.
Feb. 27, 2008 - Read from Sugar: A Bittersweet History at International Readings at Harbourfront, Toronto.