Blue Snow and Transformations

March 2015

Hello from New Brunswick, where we’ve had an unprecedented amount of snow!

Mrch 2015 bue snow

We make the best of it, with expeditions into the trackless wilds.

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I’d like to keep you abreast of our family’s artistic endeavours. My son, Jake, and my husband, Peter, collaborated on a cast bronze and glass reliquary called “Cephalopod Reliquary.” It will be featured at a show opening at the Sandra Ainsley Gallery in Toronto on March 7. Please do come see us at the opening if you’re in the Toronto area.

march 2015 cephalopod

march 2015 invite

Here are some of Peter’s breath-taking works that will be in the show.

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March 2015 Ps  piece 3


I’ve been working hard, along with a dynamic team of Sussex area people (we are SLICE—Sussex Literary Initiatives and Cultural Events) to launch my new novel, “A Measure of Light.” We are going to transform the Sussex Legion into a 17th century world, with candles, quilts, spruce tree, costumes, music, a Baroque duo and period food.

March 2015 cathy H sewing

March 2015 gnarly bread march 2015 succotash

Please come if you’re in the area! If you don’t have a costume, wear black and we’ll give you a cap, collar (men) or apron.

March 2015 poster for launch


Shortly after the launch, I’ll head to Toronto, where I’ll appear on Canada AM on the morning of March 17, and then do other interviews. I’ll be reading from “A Measure of Light”:

March 18, Words Worth Books, 96 King St. S., Waterloo, ON, 519-884-2665 [email protected]

Here are some early comments about the book –

A Measure of Light is a spellbinding work of biographical fiction, gorgeously written in spare, crystalline prose I found reminiscent of the finest writers of literary historical fiction today (Geraldine Brooks, Tracy Chevalier and Hilary Mantel come to mind). A brilliant evocation of seventeenth-century England and America, it’s the story of one woman’s search for faith and the horrific sacrifices she makes once she finds it. Grim yet luminous—as well as illuminating. In a word: enchanting.”

—Sandra Gulland, author of the internationally bestselling Josephine B. Trilogy


“In this exquisitely written, sweeping novel, Beth Powning gives a tantalizing exploration into the life of Mary Dyer. A complex and rebellious woman unwaveringly faithful to her own beliefs, Dyer struggles with guilt, estrangement, and the troubling ways of love as she fights for religious freedom. Powning is a confident, elegant writer. Her insightful, often tender prose creates layers of imagery that are both brave and poignant. No reader will remain unmoved by her rendition of Mary Dyer’s compelling story.”

—Linda Holeman, bestselling author of The Lost Souls of Angelkov and The Devil on Her Tongue


“This is a truly stunning novel—a gripping read. Powning creates a compelling heroine in Mary Dyer, who stands up for her beliefs against the rigid Puritan establishment. The New World of A Measure of Light is so vivid, so magnetic, that it keeps its hold long after the story has ended. A masterful achievement.”

—Anne Simpson, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize


You can preorder at any of these places, or from your local indie bookstore.


Amazon –

Chapters-Indigo –

Amazon Kindle –

Kobo –

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Meanwhile, my minds spins around an idea for a new novel, and we plan new expeditions.

With hopes that you are well, busy and content in the midst of this snowy winter!

Best wishes,


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