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Canadian Club of Kingston

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Updated: 29 May 2023          SPECIAL NOTE: Webmaster's Message - 29 May 2023:

Happy June! I hope that you enjoyed the 11 May luncheon meeting with Guest Speaker Stephen Saideman, Director, Canadian Defence and Security Network!  The next luncheon, to start our 2023-24 Program, will take place Thursday, 14 September at 1:00 PM. As noted below, our next speaker is Merilyn Simonds, with her topic "Astonishing lives of Louise de Kiriline Lawrence. Doors open at 11:30 AM. Lunch will be served at 12 Noon. Please reserve NO LATER THAN Thursday, 07 September by email: rsvp@canadianclubkingston.org or by telephone: 613-699-3102. For Guests, please provide full name, email address, and telephone number. Luncheon fees are $35 (Members) and $43 (Non-Members), payable by cash or cheque at the door, or by Interac e-Transfer in advance: treasurer.cckingston@gmail.com. Thank you, Bruce Morris, for Gay Keithly, CCK President.

                         Next Speaker:

Merilyn Simonds, Author

Thursday 14 September 2023

Topic: " Astonishing Lives of Louise de Kiriline Lawrence"



NOTE 3: Members, Past Members, and 2022-23 Guests will be notified via email of the details of the planned luncheon meeting for Thursday 14 September 2023 at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club at 11:30 for 12:00 PM.


Membership Reminder - Former and potential-new members, please consider joining (see Membership Matters) for the 2022-23 Program, now that the details of the policy for the 2022-23 program has been confirmed. 

Membership Fee: $50 for an individual, and $90 for a couple.



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In 1935, Louise de Kiriline Lawrence, born into Swedish aristocracy and survivor of the Russian Civil War, escaped the hustle of Quintmania after a year as nurse-in-charge of the world-famous Dionne babies and retreated to her wilderness cabin on the Mattawa River. There, she discovered birds, the life history of many of them a mystery at the time. Training herself in the art of observation and ornithology, she published ground-breaking studies and wrote six books and almost a hundred scientific and popular articles, her "loghouse nest" in the boreal forest becoming a mecca for international bird scientists and avian aficionados alike.


Merilyn Simonds is the award-winning author of 20 books, including the novel The Holding, a New York Times Book Review Editors'

Choice, and the Canadian classic nonfiction novel, The Convict Lover, a finalist for the Governor General's Award and inspiration for the Judith Thompson play Hot House. With her husband, Wayne Grady, she wrote the travel memoir Breakfast at the Exit Caf, and for nine years, a books column for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her most recent nonfiction is Gutenberg's Fingerprint (2017), a meditation on reading, writing, and the future of the printed book. Merilyn divides her time between Kingston and Mexico, the setting for her most recent novel Refuge, a story of sanctuary. 

Woman, Watching: Louise de Kiriline Lawrence and the Songbirds of Pimisi Bay, a hybrid memoir/biography of a reclusive Canadian amateur ornithologist, was published in May, 2022 to great acclaim. Margaret Atwood called it a "lyrical, passionate, and deeply researched portrait." Helen Humphreys wrote, "This is no ordinary biography. Beautiful and powerful." And Kyo Maclear, author of Birds, Art, Life, exclaimed, "Woman, Watching is unlike anything I've ever read. It's radical, it's ravishing."  

NOTE 1: A copy of Merilyn Simonds' book was to have been available for purchase at the luncheon.  

The Canadian Club of Kingston is an apolitical community-based organization that arranges monthly meetings at which distinguished speakers address its members on subjects of national or international significance.  It typically meets on the second Thursday of each month, from October to May.  Each luncheon meeting features a speaker on a current topic of special interest to Canadians. To join the Canadian Club of Kingston, send email to rsvp@canadianclubkingston.org, or call 613-699-3102, or visit the Webpage http://www.canadianclubkingston.org / Membership Application. For each Guest, please provide the name, email address, and telephone number.

NOTE: For telephone information regarding luncheon-related matters, please call 613-699-3102.

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sl.on.ca/ (St Lawrence College)

http://royalmilitarycollege.ca/ (Royal Military College)

heritagekingston.com/ (Frontenac Heritage foundation)



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