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Margo Bates Author

A slice of Canadiana — serving a unique taste
of the culture in Northern British Columbia.

Readers quickly become immersed in the comical, quirky, and irreverent stories which chronicle the life of Maggie Mulvaney and her pioneer grandmother Nana Noonan, somewhat of a local legend in the town of Telkwa, British Columbia, Pop. 852.

Margo Bates has captured the idioms, slang and expressions—the very nature of northern life—because she lived it. She got an early start to her writing career when she was ten-years-old. Nana Noonan began a correspondence with her that lasted for over thirty years. 

The results? P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother, A Queen of the Gated Community, and The Funeral Follower.

Margo, a darn good cook, is updating a cookbook she wrote for her family and friends a few years back. Some of the recipes were discovered in a box left by Margo's late mother Frankie, who owned and operated a popular café in Telkwa, BC from the early 1940s. Recipes from Good Cookin' at Marge's Diner  are heating up and will be served soon.

Margo is a professional member of Canadian Authors - she's President and Program & Publicity Committee Chair of the Vancouver branch. Nationally, she is a board member, is 2nd Vice Chair, and is on the MarComm & Program Committee. She's an alumna of Erma Bombeck Humor Writers Workshop, University of Dayton, Ohio.

 


 

 

 

 

 

NEWS + EVENTS

Workshop - Strategies for storytelling - Mission Literacy in Motion - Sat Feb 7

Margo Bates offers tips and walks you through hands-on techniques that give you tools to create stories, oral or written. read more...

Author's Open House at White Rock Library - Sunday, February 15 from 2 to 4 PM

Join Margo Bates and other local authors Robert W. Mackay, Sylvia Taylor, Lois Peterson, and Cristy Watson for an afternoon of literature and learning on Sunday, February 15. Door prizes and refreshments. Free event. read more...

Canadian Authors Vancouver Monthly Meeting

Canadian Authors Vancouver Open Mic Night is Wed Feb 11 from 7 to 9 PM features 25 local authors at this popular annual event, held at the Alliance for Arts and Culture, Suite 100, 938 Howe Street Vancouver. read more...

Workshops & Speaking Engagements

posted...Jan 16, 2015 Research - The key to writing fiction and non-fiction. What a Character! Humour Writing and Storytelling for Writers. read more...

Book Clubs

Margo speaks to Book Clubs in person or via Skype. read more...

P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother a story of love, tolerance and lessons learned between a 13-year-old girl and her Irish-Canadian Nana

Margo Bates' debut novel brings to life the rough-and-tumble world of Canada's frontier northwest in the late 50s and early 60s. read more...

Review on PS Don't Tell Your Mother by Kathleen Schmitt

Anyone ... gets the real picture [of life in a small town] in this story of the petty quarrels, competitions, and surprising human tenderness that reveal the way life flows with lots of ripples in Telkwa BC. ... Fun and easy to read ... read more...

Art Bates: A Life Well-Lived

Terrace, BC's favourite weatherman Art Bates passed away on October 19, 2014. read more...

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