Author : Helen Walsh

Hola, City of Angels 😎 🌴

Well, that was fun. Meet ‘The Jane’ – a gin, cucumber juice, fennel-infused SoCal kind of cocktail, created by Jonathan the mixologist at Piccolo Santa Monica where I held my long Covid re-scheduled City of Angels (aka, Los Angeles) book launch. A drink as feisty and original as her protagonist namesake. It was wonderful to be back in LA, a city where I previously worked. Years ago, during a two-year run on a crazy entertainment project, I’d fly […]

The Cozy Mystery of Spirited Ex-Pats & Other Happenings

Recently, we watched the first episode of Murder in Provence, a cozy mystery series produced by ITV, airing on BritBox. A Cozy Mystery Worth Watching Set in Aix-en-Provence, France, the scenery will leave you drooling, nose pressed against the television, as cars wind through breathtaking lavender fields, or pull up in front of 16th-century chateaus. Then there’s the restaurant scenes where middle-aged characters (yay!) drink rosé and eat charcuterie during long lunchtime meetings, while the sun beams beatifically on the […]

AfterWords Literary Festival, Virtual – April 14, 2022, 6pm ET/7pm AT

This great Halifax-based festival takes place in the fall, this year Sept 28-Oct 2, with a hybrid line-up. But they’ve also launched off-season virtual programming; this spring that includes Stephens Gerard Malone, Michelle Good and me. You’re all very welcome to join us digitally when I’ll be in conversation with writer, journalist, and festival co-director Stephanie Domet. Free registration HERE. The festival bookseller is another great indie bookstore, BookMark, which has locations in Halifax and Charlottetown.

Los Angeles Launch, Piccolo Santa Monica – March 28, 2022, 5-7pm.

My US book tour dates last fall got postponed due to Covid restrictions. The LA date has been rescheduled for March 28th. It’s in-person, at an outdoor venue. Delighted to be partnering with Diesel Books, a great independent bookstore with locations in Brentwood and Del Mar. If you’re going to be in LA then, please email me, info@helenwalsh.ca, for details as would love for you to come. Many thanks to the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles for […]

Want To Get Away? Try The Turquoise Perfection of Exuma

The Exumas are a chain of 365 cays over 130 miles in The Bahamas, starting thirty miles southeast of New Providence. Great Exuma, at 60 kilometres long, is the largest and most populated island (about 7,000). Much of the beaches and sea in the area are preserved by the government under the Exuma National Land and Sea Park, protecting underwater limestone and coral reefs, drop-offs, blue holes, caves, and marine life. I snapped this picture […]

When Is Life Stranger Than Fiction? Let’s Discuss…

Recently I wrote about Anthony Broadwater, a man convicted of the rape of bestselling author Alice Sebold, the experience of which she wrote about in her celebrated 1999 memoir, Lucky, was exonerated. And in a stranger-than-fiction twist, the Executive Producer of the Netflix film adaptation of Lucky played a supporting role in the exoneration before he himself was fired from the production for raising questions. In a plot twist worthy of an Oscar, the project was then subsequently killed, […]

WOW – An Afternoon of Literary Entertainment, Sunday Dec 5, 2021, 2-3pm ET

Join us virtually for the annual Words the Orangeville Way literary event, produced in partnership with local independent bookstore, BookLore.  This year attendees are invited to enjoy an afternoon of literary entertainment featuring part-time Mono resident and author Helen Walsh and part-time Caledon resident and author Suzanne Hillier. The panel discussion will be moderated by Orangeville’s own freelance writer Bernadette Hardaker. It will dive into the powerful themes in each author’s most recent book: Pull Focus by […]

Toronto International Festival of Authors – Oct 22nd, 3:30-4:30pm

Toxic Truths: Lola Akinmade Åkerström & Helen Walsh Join us for this free, virtual event October 22 at 3:30pm. Registration HERE. Tune in to an engaging talk with authors Lola Akinmade Åkerström and Helen Walsh about their powerful debut novels, exploring important social issues, from racism, classism and fetishization; to contemporary feminism and toxic masculinity in the #MeToo age. In Nigerian-American writer and photographer Lola Akinmade Åkerström’s In Every Mirror She’s Black, three Black women are linked in unexpected ways to the same influential white man in Stockholm as they build new lives in the most open society run by […]

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