March 2, 2013: Self-Publishing Workshop by Ann Elizabeth Carson and writer-in-residence Susan Viets

Come learn the latest about this fast changing area of publishing from two recently self-published authors. Ann Elizabeth Carson, a poet, writer and artist, will talk about her experience self-publishing through a traditional printer. Susan Viets, a former BBC journalist who recently published her memoir, “Picnic at the Iron Curtain“, will discuss print on demand (POD) books, e-books and book apps.

Special guests Mary Perdue who is a photographer and Margaret Lam who is a graphic designer will discuss their experience producing Centennial Portraits last year as an independent project at the Heliconian Club.

There will be refreshments, samples of books, and an opportunity for all participants to discuss topics such as:

  • self-publishing costs;
  • finding an editor;
  • options for cover design;
  • options for interior design;
  • distribution tips;
  • marketing tips; and
  • manuscript or print book conversion to an e-book.

Please RSVP by this Thursday for this event if you can, or simply drop-by at Saturday, March 2 from 10a.m. to noon! Admission is $10 to cover the cost of materials.

Centennial Portraits Exhibition & Book Launch: Nov 16

Centennial Portraits
Exhibition & Book Launch
Friday, November 16, 2012
6:00pm to 8.30pm

Leaders and members from our community and throughout the city will be attending an art reception of Mary Perdue’s portraits, and a public book launch event for “Centennial Portraits”. Heliconians will also be there to represent our club that evening.

The evening will feature showcase performances. Keiko Kitano will dance with Alison Melville flute and recorder; Ann Elizabeth Carson will read her poetry accompanied by Margaret Lam on Piano; Laura Newland will share a story with her puppets and Barbara Fris will sing with Jane Blackstone accompanying. Pianist Dorothy Deval and Violinist/Violist Emma Vachon-Twney will also be playing music throughout the evening.

Please RSVP by November 9, 2012 by calling 416 922-3618 or email us at

Elizabeth Mittler: 1909-2012

With the death of Elizabeth Mittler on March 12, the Heliconian Club has lost another of its Honorary Life Members and a staunch supporter of the Club for many years. A member of the Music Section, Elizabeth was a violinist who took part in many Heliconian musical groups as well as helping with memorable Christmas dinners. Doreen Hall recalls Elizabeth helping cook turkeys in the years when the Club didn’t rely on caterers. Elizabeth played professionally with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Current Heliconians know Elizabeth best as the author of The Krupp Secret, a moving memoir of her departure from her native Holland in May, 1940, her sojourn in France and her escape to Spain just steps ahead of the Nazi invasion of both countries. She and her fiancé, Nicholas Mittler (who survives her) were married in France, subsequently fled to Spain and eventually made their way to Canada. While enduring the many hardships of life in wartime France, the book makes it clear that Elizabeth never lost her indomitable spirit and her love of humanity, art and the natural world.

(Submitted by Margaret Weiers)

Application for Writer-In-Residence now opened!

The Literature Section of the Toronto Heliconian Club seeks to appoint a writer-in-residence for a one year period from September 2012 until August 2013. Desirable applicants are women at the beginning or mid-point of a career in writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry), editing or journalism. A woman interested in applying for the post of writer-in-residence should submit a resume of her work experience with a complete list of published works (where and when) as well as some examples of her writing. Short excerpts of longer works will do. As well, applicants should explain why they are interested in the position, of what benefit the post would be to them and how they, in turn, can benefit the Toronto Heliconian Club and its members. Deadline for applications is May 1, 2012.

For more information, you can download the official announcement here.