The Kawartha Lakes Public Library is bringing author Gabriele Wills back to her ‘hometown’ as part the Canada 150th Author Series.
The author will be in town on April 26th at the Lindsay Library at 2pm to talk about her trilogy set in the nearby Muskokas.
Gabriele Wills was born in former army barracks in Germany. Her family emigrated to Canada when she was three, and she grew up in Lindsay.
Wills’ presentation, “The Muskoka Novels: Fact in Fiction”, includes 118 vintage and other photos to illustrate her process of turning history into story, particularly from the perspective of women. The Muskoka Trilogy covers 20 years of unprecedented changes, from the Edwardian Age of Elegance through the cataclysmic Great War and the social upheaval of the glittering Jazz Age. They are stories about a generation tested by extraordinary times.
Her first novel, A Place to Call Home, was inspired by the rich but neglected social history of her hometown, and pays homage to the indomitable pioneers who carved thriving communities out of the inhospitable backwoods of early Canada.
Her “Muskoka Novels” sprang from her love for that magical land of granite, pines, and water, which speaks to her soul. She is currently working on Book 4 in the saga, set during WWII.