Bookapalooza Mass Book Launch and Sale November 25 2017: Local authors… great Christmas gift ideas… :)

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  • Event: Book-a-palooza The Writers’ Community of Durham Region’s Mass Book Launch and Sale
  • Date: November 25 2017
  • Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Location: Durham College, Centre For Food/Bistro 67 Building, 1604 Champlain Avenue, Whitby (just off Thickson Rd/401)
  •  What’s it all about:  “Book-a-palooza will be a one day gathering of authors, writing craft facilitators, and industry professionals. and the community which is sure to benefit all involved! BUY LOCAL isn’t just good advice for strawberries and automobiles! Readers will have the opportunity to meet and buy books from the local authors living in their backyard.”
  • For More Information: Click Here to go to the Book-a-palooza website
  • Notes: Thanks to local author and artist Margaret Hefferman  for letting us know about this event… You could find that perfect gift for the upcoming Christmas Season here… 🙂 Say hi to Margaret from us if you go 🙂 





New book available in paper back from one of SGC’s long time supporters… “Maighread MacKay” September 8 2015

SGC Admin: We are pleased to share the following fabulous news from local author and artist “Maighread MacKay” 

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copyright: Margaret Hefferman

Known for her children’s novels under the name of Margaret Hefferman, “Maighread” has a new and exciting Adult Fiction novel to share. “Stone Cottage”, is already available on Kinder, and will be available in paper back on September 8 2015… Please see Maighread’s description below… 🙂 

It is paranormal fiction and deals with life, death, reincarnation, past life regression and second chances. Here is a short synopsis:

Victoria Anne McBride is dead, mourned and buried. Unfortunately, she doesn’t see it that way and refuses to move on. There’s something she needs to tell her husband, Will. Until she does, she will wait for his return to their home, Stone Cottage. For as long as it takes, she will wait…wait…wait.

Rebecca Wainwright is a 21st century woman. Determined, her world is perfect and in control. Just the way she likes it. Tragedy strikes and she descends into chaos. Trying to heal, she searches for a sanctuary…a place of her own, away from the burdensome concern of her family and best friend. A place where she can lick her wounds without anyone watching. She stumbles across a lovely stone home located off the beaten path and feels completely at home, as if she’d been there before. Why is she so drawn to this place? How can it help her to heal?

Perhaps, Victoria Anne can help.

Posted on July 13, 2015 by A. B. Funkhauser, Author: Please Click Here for the rest of the interview. 


About Maighread…

Maighread MacKay is an author and visual artist from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada.  She is a member of the Writer’s Community of Durham Region (WCDR), and the PRAC (Pine Ridge Arts Council).

Her publishing credits include three books for children:   Bedtime Treasures, The Mysterious Door and the Crystal Grove written under the name of Margaret L. Hefferman. Her novel Stone Cottage is her first foray into adult literature. She has also published articles for a variety of magazines, including most recently, the Durham Region online magazine – More 2 Life 4 Women and the WCDR publication Word Weaver.

Posted on July 13, 2015 by A. B. Funkhauser, Author: Please Click Here for the rest of the interview. 


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Copyright: Margaret Hefferman
The mysterious door
Copyright Margaret Hefferman
They Crystal Grove
copyright: Margaret Hefferman

Summer Artfest in Brooklin July 19 2014

 SGC Admin: Thanks to Margaret Hefferman, author and artist, for letting us know about the following event.

Margaret will be there with her artwork for sale…Including this cute little guy… 🙂 

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  • Event: Summer Artfest
  • Date: July 19 2014
  • Location: Grass Park, 41 Baldwin Street, Down-town Brooklin
  • Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm: 
  • What’s There:… “Juried Art Show, interactive arts & crafts, live musical entertainment, poetry readings, learn to cartoon, have a caricature done, enjoy a BBQ, do some shopping & more”
  • Admission: FREE… 🙂

Looking for more information on this event please go to:


Art Fest July 20 2013 Durham Region

SGC Admin: A lovely lady, who is an author and artist Margaret Hefferman sent me an email recently regarding the following event… 

If you are into art, music and fun times, check out the following,  Margaret will be there with her art work, books and cards for sale… If you see her, please tell her we say hi… 🙂 

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, Illustrator: Pinnacle Animates

Date: Saturday July 20 2013

Location: Grass Park: 41 Baldwin Street, Brooklin, Whitby, On, L1M 1A2: 

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm:

Cost: FREE: For all ages…. 🙂 



New Links Added…

From the Editor: Hi Folks, It’s a new month of a new year, and we have two exciting new links to share with you… 🙂 Both links have been added to our Links and Connections Page and may be accessed via this post or through our L&C page.

SGC encourages you to purchase directly from the sites we link with, however we are happy to facilitate sales if needed. Just click here to send us your request… 

1) Welcome to the Garden Sanctuary… this is where Margaret Hefferman invites you to come and sit for a while, relax and smell the roses.. While she gently tells you a short story… Margaret is a natural story-teller along with being a wise woman, currently, Margaret has 3 children’s books to her name. These books are available for sale on her website, the book shown is  The Mysterious Door, it is the first in the Emma and Charlie series. 

Margaret is also an artist and has art for sale on her website.

(Following excerpt is from the Garden Sanctuary website)…

Join Emma and Charlie, who are BFFs, on their incredible adventure to another world…. While practising in Emma’s backyard for the school baseball team, Charlie hits a ball into the woods. When Emma searches for it, she finds an old oak tree that is very unusual. Calling Charlie, she asks if he notices anything different about the tree. “Oh, my gosh,” he says. “Do you mean the door?” “Okay, so you do see it. I thought I was seeing things,” replies Emma.


Magical Dreams - Brantford, ON

2) Magical Dreams is a local Brantford business run by Tammy. Tammy is passionate about her business and aims to produce quality items which may be enjoyed by all. Her prices are reasonable, especially for hand made items. Magical Dreams sells, soy candles, (hand dipped) Incense (some made to order) Dream Catchers (hand made) leather moccasins (hand stitched) little leather purses (hand stitched) and lots of other wondrous things… 🙂 Visit Magical Dreams Face Book Page…