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P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother audio
Price: $20.00 USD
Audio Book
ISBN 0-9813720
4 CDs - Total 4 hrs 17 min Narrated by the author, Margo Bates.


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Telkwa in the late 50's and early 60's is not much different from other small towns or tight-knit neighborhoods across North America.  Except for one person: Nana Noonan.  Her granddaughter Maggie Mulvaney learns first-hand that a lot of things get her Nana going.  Telkwa's only Jehovah's Witness tops the list.

"That Damn Jehovah" is the incessant phrase in the hundreds of letters Nana sends Maggie.  They live 150 miles apart, and Nana and her letters show Maggie the human aspects of life.  The Jehovah's Witness is hell-bent on saving Nana.  His high hopes on salvation equal her intent to remain as she is: hell-bent on being herself.  After all, she is an Anglican. To Nana, the Jehovah's Witness is not just trying to impose his religion - he also represents an ugly undercurrent in northern and rural Canada in the 1960's - prejudice. He doesn't like Nana's best friend, a native Indian named Tyee Mary. 

In this humorous and touching tale, Margo Bates shows how her Nana stands up to prejudice in the north.  She does it the only way she knows how - using her Irish temper and some fine-tuning from a shotgun.

Nana tells Maggie that it is important to be fair to your fellow humans.  As long as they don't drive you to do something foolish.  Maggie thinks about the lessons learned at Nana's knee.  She writes back and offers suggestions on how Nana might better deal with the Jehovah.

The townsfolk place bets on Nana and the Jehovah and when they will have their next set to. Cash exchanges hands on a fairly regular basis.

Only two people visit Nana more often than her family: Constable Reems of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and her ill-fated devotee, who visits every Saturday, rain, shine, sleet or snow.

Nana and the Jehovah reach a stalemate one fall day in 1960.  Her Irish temper and accuracy with a gun is what gets Nana into trouble. And Telkwa isn't the same without Nana ... or that Damn Jehovah.


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

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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...

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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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