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Gabriele Goldstone Book Launch

Saturday Sep 07 2024 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube

Join Gabriele Goldstone as she celebrates the launch of Waltraut (Heritage House Publishing). Featuring a reading and a conversation hosted by Anita Daher, followed by a book signing.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a YouTube stream.

The latest middle grade novel from Gabriele Goldstone, Waltraut tells the story of a first-generation-Canadian girl growing up in the shadows of the Second World War and navigating two cultures while struggling to find herself.

Gabriele Goldstone writes the books she wanted to read when she was growing up in the Winnipeg suburbs. As the daughter of immigrants, she couldn’t find her family stories in any books and instead escaped into the world of Nancy Drew. She holds a masters’ degree from the University of Manitoba, focusing on German literature, and a BA in English. She is a critically acclaimed author of books for children and young adults, including Crow Stone, Tainted Amber, and Broken Stone.

Host Anita Daher is an author, screenwriter, producer, and actor. She has been entrenched in the publishing industry since 1995, and was integral in organizing writing communities in Yellowknife, NWT, and the Algoma region of Ontario before landing in Winnipeg in 2004. From 2019 to 2021 she served as Chair of the Writers' Union of Canada. Her most recent novel for young readers is Peanut Butter and Pandemonium and she is currently shopping around the film adaptation of her 2020 YA novel, You Don’t Have to Die in the End. She thinks too much, rises too early, and in her spare time enjoys renovating old campers.

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Waltraut

- Gabriele Goldstone

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The story of a first-generation-Canadian girl growing up in the shadows of the Second World War and navigating two cultures while struggling to find herself.

Eleven-year-old Waltraut wants to fit in at school, but it's not easy. Not only does her name rhyme with the ethnic slur that is often hurled her way, but no one can relate to her immigrant family and their complicated past. On weekends, however, she attends German school with friends who are just like her. They share a language, food, and customs--and they understand what it's like to live in two cultures.

As Waltraut navigates between her two worlds, she copes by reading and imagines how much easier her life would be if her name was Nancy, like the heroine of her favourite mystery series. So when her family moves to a new neighbourhood, Waltraut seizes the chance to reinvent herself. But she soon learns the price of pretending to be someone else. With support from an insightful teacher, a warm-hearted father, a tough-minded mother, and even her annoying younger brother, she embraces her true self, with all of its complexities and contradictions.