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Laurel Deedrick-Mayne

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The author Laurel Deedrick-Mayne discusses her first novel, A Wake for the Dreamland (Friesen Press, 2015), with Joseph Planta.

A Wake for the Dreamland by Laurel Deedrick-Mayne (Friesen Press, 2015).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: A Wake for the Dreamland

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

A wonderfully written new novel recently published is A Wake for The Dreamland. Its author Laurel Deedrick-Mayne joins me now. She’s crafted a wonderful love letter to what has been described as the ‘Greatest Generation,’ those who fought in World War II. In her book, Ms. Deedrick-Mayne give us three characters, William, Robert and Annie, who we meet in Edmonton in 1939, just on the cusp of war. Robert makes William promise to take care of Annie, and from there the book takes us from the Canadian home front to the battlefields in Europe, the underground of queer London, and the aftermath of war and love. Laurel Deedrick-Mayne was born and raised in Lacombe, Alberta, and lives in Edmonton now. She is a writer, and was once an arts administrator, a manager of a private massage therapy practice and more. I’ll get her to tell us the genesis of this, her first novel, and the lessons in remembrance that we all should heed. The website for more is at www.awakeforthedreamland.com. I understand that the book’s sold well in Edmonton, hitting the bestseller list there. The book is published by Friesen Press. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Laurel Deedrick-Mayne; Ms. Deedrick-Mayne, good morning.