Winnipeg launch of Mending Fences (Borealis Press Ltd.).
Mending Fences is a collection of short fictional stories, four of them award-winning, about relationships between ordinary people. Our lives are often filled with regrets over the past – harm we have done to others or missed opportunities to do the right thing. Many of these tales reflect a sense of retribution or reparation – making things right.
Esther Paul’s memoirs of her early years have been published under the title A Railway Kid: Stories of a Prairie Childhood in the Great Depression, which was followed by her second book, In Spite of All That: a work of fiction about an ordinary Canadian woman’s life.
Paul was born and raised in a small railroad town in Manitoba in the 1930s. She has been a Registered Nurse, wife, widow, mother and grandmother, artist, art teacher, entrepreneur, and community activist. In her mid-fifties she received a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counselling and worked as a psychotherapist/counsellor with a mental health agency and in private practice until her retirement. She then began to seriously study and practice writing poetry, fiction, newspaper columns, and her memoirs. Esther lives in Kanata, Ontario, and has been recently widowed from her second husband.