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Lynne Stonier-Newman

Photo: Aggi’s Photos 2019

Stonier-Newman’s books now include three BC histories, two creative non-fiction biographies, Peter O’Reilly covering 1858 to 1998 era and The Lawman, when BC grew from under 50,000 non-native residents in 1891 to over 320,00 in 1911. Her first book was a definitive history, Policing A Pioneer Province: BC Provincial Police 1858-1950 and it was runner-up for the 1991 UBC Prize for Non-fiction. She also has an audiobook, fiction short stories, non-fiction articles and two chapbooks. As well as working with conventional publishers, she self-publishes as Sun Country Chronicles.

She projects publishing Latin Legacy, her first mystery, in the fall of 2020.

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The Lawman: Adventures of a Frontier Diplomat. creative nonfiction, BC history, 1891-1911, TouchWood, 2006
Policing A Pioneer Province: BC Provincial Police, 1858 - 1950. Harbour,1991, definitive history, hard cover, 288 pages (Canada Council grant and runner-up in UBC 1992 book prize).
The Whys of Women Audiobook. Jackie Stonier- a tapestry of sound, recording 225 mature Canadian women’s opinions, pleasures and challenges, Sun Country Chronicles, 2001
Canadian-Eh?. chapbook: Stonier-Newman’s poetry combined with political cartoons by Roger Thompson, Sun Country Chronicles, 1997
PETER O'REILLY: the rise of a reluctant immigrant. TouchWood Editons, Heritage Publishing Group, 2010
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Presentation Description

Reading from my B.C. non-fiction books, Peter O'Reilly: the rise of a reluctant immigrant; The Lawman: Adventures of A Frontier Diplomat; and Policing A Pioneer Province: BC Provincial Police, 1858-1959, I aim to entertain my listeners. I use a combination of actual adventures and stories highlighting how law and order happened historically in BC. Each story runs from about 4 to 8 minutes, and I find that a presentation of 30 to 60 minutes with 30 minutes for discussion and questions works well. If I'm doing a reading of under 30 minutes, I read for 20 mins, allowing 10 minutes for a brief discussion.
I tie my readings together with explaining the background of what happened historically, where it happened geographically in B.C., and to who, separating the effects between native and non-native when feasible. I also briefly speculate about why, and point out that the information I am discussing actually happened, and where the information can be found in B.C.'s archival holdings.
I use power point photos (and can bring my own projector and computer on request) to illustrate my readings. I also have hard boards with archival materials, maps and photos for participants to view, read and discuss.

Presentation Length:
30 mins to 90 mins
B.C. history, 1859 to 1950
Audience size:
experienced with up to 80
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