Past Events

May 27, 2020, 7pm EDT
From the Road to the Writing Desk

Have you ever thought about travel writing? Join us for this Facebook Live event featuring three very different writers– including Gennie Gunn, Denise Roig, and me! We’ll talk about why we travel and how we go about turning our experiences into stories.

October 17 – 20, 2019
Whistler Writers Festival

I’ve been invited to the Whistler Writers Festival, where I’ll be participating in a panel discussion with several other writers who explore true events and experiences on Saturday, October 19th. You can find event details here.

October 17 – 20, 2019

Litfest, Edmonton, Alberta

Memoir Hour: Adventurers will feature a woman who has written a book of meditations on the countercultures and shifting landscapes of the American West, another who is an accomplished mountaineer–and me! The event takes place on Sunday, October 20th at 1pm.

November 1-3, 2019

Wordstock, Sudbury

I’m looking forward to sharing the stage with Kyo Maclear, whose book Birds Art Life I very much admire. We’ll be closing out the festival on Sunday, November 3 at 11am.

August 11, 2019
Island Yacht Club, Toronto

What a great way to spend a summer afternoon! I haven’t been back to Toronto Island for a while so I’m looking forward to reading and signing books at this private club.


August 12, 2019, 12pm
Novel Idea Bookstore
156 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario

At noon I’ll be giving a talk and signing books at Novel Idea, just one of the many unique shops in downtown Kingston. Plan to spend the day exploring boutiques, galleries, cafés, and restaurants or just strolling through “Limestone City” admiring the 19-th century architecture of Canada’s first capital.

August 12, 2019, 5-7pm
Naval Marine Archive
205 Main Street, Picton, Ontario

Located in a heritage building in the downtown core of Picton, the Naval Marine Archive is much more than a fine collection of maritime and nautical documents, books, images, charts, magazines, journals, and ship plans. Chris and I are planning to spend some time browsing through their art gallery, model ships, and other displays before I give a talk and sign books starting at 5pm. Join us if you can. There will be cookies and lemonade!

August 13, 2019, 2pm
Travel Writing Workshop
Kingston Frontenac Public Library
Isabel Turner Branch
935 Gardiners Road, Kingston, Ontario

There’s a lot more to travel writing than just providing an account of where you’ve been and what you’ve seen. In this workshop, I’ll show you how to craft a tightly constructed piece that brings the places you’ve been to life and explores their significance. The workshop is full but you can call 613-549-8888 if you want to go on the waiting list.


September 9, 2019
Reading at the
Eden Mills Writers’ Festival

Every September since 1989, the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival has been offering readers a showcase of established and emerging Canadian writing in the village in Eden Mills. A hamlet of 350 residents with century-old stone buildings nestled along the Eramosa River, Eden Mills is 15 minutes east of Guelph and 1 hour west of Toronto.  I will be reading on Festival Sunday, when the village streets are closed to traffic, and you can lounge on the grass, on blankets or in lawn chairs, to enjoy readings from some of Canada’s very finest writers and most exciting new talents. Hmmmm. Which one am I? Tickets are now available on the festival website. Come make a day of it! It’s a family event, so bring the kids. There’s something for everyone.

9am on July 25, 2019
Open Line, CFOS 560 radio, Owen Sound

I’ve been invited to join two other local authors on the morning phone-in show. Should be fun! Listen in if you can

Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7pm
Reading at the Ginger Press
Bookshop and Cafe

Located in downtown Owen Sound, The Ginger Press is a bookshop, a café and a publishing house.Readers and writers gather in this comfortable environment to exchange ideas, discuss their latest projects and connect over books and great food. I’m looking forward to reading here. Come join us!

The Ginger PressBookshop and Cafe is at 848 Second Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ontario



Ask me anything!

Friday, March 15, 2019, 11am – 1pm

AMA photo

An online forum on Reddit. Ask me anything about sailing across the ocean, about starting over again, about writing a book–anything at all.

To participate you’ll need to make a Reddit account then access the r/books page at  between 11am and 1pm EST on Friday March 15th, 2019.

Seminar and book signing at
the Toronto International Boat Show

Sat. Jan 19th to Tues. Jan 22nd

All seminars are in the Presentation Theatre. Visit the Toronto International Boat Show website for ticket information.

The boat is ready—are you?

There are few truly wild places left in the world. The middle of the North Atlantic is one of them. When Linda Kenyon and Chris Hatton set out from Antigua on their first ocean crossing, they didn’t really know what to expect. All they knew for sure was that once they were underway, there would be no turning back. Their first night at sea was gentle, magical almost. The moon was full, the winds light, the seas calm. But it wasn’t always like that. In this seminar, they will talk about the ways they were—and weren’t—prepared for the things they encountered at sea and provide practical advice on how to prepare yourself for a journey into the unknown.

Writing workshop at the Guelph Public Library

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019, 2-4pm

Telling your Story

There are many ways to tell your own story: autobiography, memoir, personal essay, letters, journals, blogs. In this workshop, we will focus on how to tell your story in a compelling way, using the techniques of fiction to create vivid scenes and bring the people you write about—including yourself—to life. Come prepared to do some writing—bring pen and paper, your laptop, whatever works for you—and to share your work.