A slice of Canadiana — serving a unique taste
of the culture in Northern British Columbia.

Readers quickly become immersed in the comical, quirky, and irreverent stories which chronicle the life of Maggie Mulvaney and her pioneer grandmother Nana Noonan, somewhat of a local legend in the town of Telkwa, British Columbia, Pop. 852.

Margo Bates has captured the idioms, slang, and expressions—the very nature of northern life—because she lived it. She got an early start to her writing career when she was ten-years-old. Nana Noonan began a correspondence with her that lasted for over thirty years. 

The results? P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother, A Queen of the Gated Community, and The Funeral Follower.

Margo, a darn good cook, is updating a cookbook she wrote for her family and friends a few years back. Some of the recipes were discovered in a box left by Margo's late mother Frankie, who owned and operated a popular café in Telkwa, BC from the early 1940s. Recipes from Marge's Diner Cookbook of Darn Fine Recipes are heating up and will be served soon.

Margo is a professional member of Canadian Authors, and is Past President of the Metro Vancouver branch. She's an alumna of Erma Bombeck Humor Writers Workshop, University of Dayton, Ohio.








Pitching Your Story - Wed Jan 10 at Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver

How do you balance the need to convey the essence of a story with the need to avoid bogging down in detail? Margo will show writers how to make the most of a ten-minute pitch session. read more...

TWS Community Workshops: Research for Fiction and Non-Fiction with Margo Bates

SFU The Writer's Studio Community Workshop: Research for Fiction and Non-Fiction. Location: SFU Vancouver Campus, Harbour Centre Date and Time: Sat Jan 13, 2018 from 10 am to 1 pm Cost: $30 read more...

Workshops & Speaking Engagements

Margo speaks to groups and students on a variety of topics. She's developed these workshops for authors: It's All About YOU - Marketing yourself and your work, Research - The key to writing fiction and non-fiction. What a Character! Humour Writing and Sto read more...

Book Clubs

Margo speaks to Book Clubs in person or via Skype. read more...

Review on PS Don't Tell Your Mother by Kathleen Schmitt

Anyone ... gets the real picture [of life in a small town] in this story of the petty quarrels, competitions, and surprising human tenderness that reveal the way life flows with lots of ripples in Telkwa BC. ... Fun and easy to read ... read more...

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