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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 - Vancouver, she's President and Program & Publicity Committee Chair. She also chairs Canadian Authors National MarComm (marketing & communications) Committee, and is an alumna of Erma Bombeck Humor Writers Workshop, University of Dayton, Ohio.








Art Bates: A Life Well-Lived

We'll celebrate Art's life on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at an old-fashioned family-style dinner (with lots of gravy) from 6 to 9 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Crescent Branch 240, 2643 128 Street, Surrey, BC V4A 3W6. Please advise if you plan to atte read more...

Book Clubs

Margo is available to speak 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...

Workshops & Speaking Engagements

Research - The key to writing fiction and non-fiction. What a Character! Humour Writing and Storytelling for Writers. 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...

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