Eleanor Sam is a Toronto based novelist, born on a sugar plantation in Guyana, South America, with West and Central African ancestry. She has a B.A. from York University and a Master of Health Science (MHSc) from the University of Toronto, and has given invited readings at public libraries, bookstores and private book clubs. Eleanor's love for the arts was evident as a child. She wrote and performed plays in her neighbourhood. As a teenager she contributed to the Poetry Corner of the Weekend Post and Sunday Argosy newspapers in her native Guyana. Eleanor has worked in health care, health promotion, youth safety, equity and social justice fields in both governmental and non-governmental agencies. She's keenly interested in her cultural and historical heritage, and her stories reflect and express this legacy. Young women's empowerment and improving Black women's health are also her passions.
A snapshot of the beginnings of Demerara: a former Dutch colony conquered by the English, that left its mark on sugar.