Lynne Golding Wins the OBPO’s What’s Your Story Award

Blue Moon Publishers Author Wins Literary Contest

We’re proud to announce that our new literary author Lynne Golding has been selected as one of the winners of the Ontario Book Publishers Organization‘s “What’s Your Story?” contest.

This writing contest selected a mix of four emerging, unpublished, and established writers from three Greater Toronto Area neighbourhoods. The winning pieces will be published online on and in a print anthology, and will be performed at events throughout the year.

“We’re thrilled that an author published by one of the OBPO’s newest member publishers was selected by the jury!” said Holly Kent, Executive Director of the Ontario Book Publishers Organization. “Lynne Golding is a deeply talented writer and we’re so excited to work with her; we know that our partners at Arts Etobicoke are, too.”

About Lynne Golding

Lynne Golding was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario, and is currently preparing for the release of her debut novel, ​The Innocent​, set in her hometown. When asked what approach she took to writing for the What’s Your Story? contest, Lynne replied:

The contest created an opportunity for me to interview people, which is rare for me as a writer of historical fiction. While the story I wrote is a fiction and does not reflect the personal circumstances of my friend, her daughter, or the person they helped, I did try to capture their feelings at the various points in the experience.

The Innocent: Lynne’s Debut Novel

Lynne’s debut novel, The Innocent, will be published by Blue Moon Publishers in October of 2018.

In the year 1907, all of Brampton is present at the sod-turning ceremony for the Carnegie Library. At the end of the event, the crowd rises as one to walk to the Presbyterian Church for a consecration service… Everyone except Jessie Stephens and her family. Her father will not allow them to enter the Presbyterian Church.

No one will tell young Jessie the reason, but she learns that it has something to do with her grandfather Jesse Brady, who built it. As she seeks to solve that mystery over many years, Jessie slowly begins to learn the history of the town in which she lives. Her tales of everyday life in small town Ontario combine to craft a vivid portrait of a life and a family that are, upon closer inspection, anything but ordinary.

What’s Your Story, Etobicoke?

Lynne will be presenting her award-wining work at What’s Your Story, Etobicoke? in partnership with Arts Etobicoke on Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at the Assembly Hall. She will be joined by fellow winners Teri Vlassopoulos, Mary Breen, and Andrew Anthony, and host Alissa York.

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