Free holiday download of For the Love of Flying (PDF)!

The holidays are here and I’m feeling extra merry, so I wanted to share a free download of my first book, For the Love of Flying for the next few days! Please click on this link  to be taken to the PDF and feel free to share the URL with your friends and family. (Please note: I had to make the images low-to-medium resolution for file size)

Happy Holidays!


Three authors talk stories and storytelling in Victoria Dec 4


Polar Winds Blow Westward

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be launching Polar Winds in several western locales. If you’re in the area, I hope you can make it out to one of the following!

November 20 @ 7pm in Calgary

What: An illustrated and engaging talk about the people and stories behind the book for the Canadian Aviation Historical Society chapter. It will be free and open to the public.

Where: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Art Smith Aero Centre, 1916 McCall Landing N.E.


December 2 @ 7pm in Vancouver

Turbulent Tales: The Ups and Downs of Writing about Canadian Aviation

What: Award-winning journalist and author, Carol Shaben (Into the Abyss) joins Edmonton’s Historian Laureate, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail to launch her new book, Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, in this engaging session. The authors will talk about their research and writing, and issues in the exploration of aviation past and present. They will then take questions and sign books. This event is free and open to the public and there will be free refreshments as well as drinks for purchase.

Where: Billy Bishop Legion in Kitsilano


December 4 @ 7pm in Victoria

What: Please join us for a special evening of readings and conversation feautring Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail (Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North), Lynne Bowen (Those Island People) and Christine Lowther (Born Out of This). Books will be available for purchase from Munro’s book store and personalized dedications (great for holiday gifts!). Register at or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information. Presented in partnership with Dundurn Press, Harbour Publishing, and Caitlin Press.

Where: Oak Bay branch of the Victoria Public Library.  1442 Monterey Ave.  Victoria, BC


December 5 @ 7pm in Sidney

What: An illustrated and engaging talk about the people and stories behind the book, followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and personalized dedications. Free and open to the public.

Where:  British Columbia Aviation Museum, 1910 Norseman Road, Sidney, BC


Taking Polar Winds Home

Earlier this month I was able to do launches in my hometown of Ottawa, and my alma mater McGill. It is always amazing to share my work and book parties with friends and family, and to reconnect with some of the people who encouraged me on this path.

Here are a few shots from those evenings! Thanks to Alexandra Leslie for being the photographer in Ottawa, and Alexandre Claude for snapping the lovely pics in Montreal.


It is always such a pleasure to personalize books – really one of the best parts of the job!


The Canada Aviation and Space Museum generously hosted us in the foyer and theatre. What a perfect location!


Perfect Books was on hand to sell our books. Thanks, Jim!


Me and my co-launcher, Crystal Sissons (author of bio on Elsie MacGill) took advantage of the great “props” to take a few photos.


My home base at McGill, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, hosted a multi-author launch for Polar Winds and two other new works of history (from McGill-Queen’s University Press) at the gorgeous Faculty Club.


One of the first professors to encourage me on the path of History – and one I’m still in touch with – Desmond Morton.


After corresponding for years, I finally got to meet my online friend Jean-Claude and his lovely wife Lucille.


Our short talks focused on the challenges and joys of the research process for our books. I love words, but pictures are pretty effective too!


Will Straw from MISC and Michael Darroch, one of my co-launchers. We all hung out at dinner afterwards, which is always half the fun!


The Wonders of LitFest and Words on the Park


LitFest: a fabulous evening of stories, friends, wine, and planes!



At the LitFest kick off event at Alberta Aviation Museum on October 17 with author Ted Barris.


Robert from Belgravia Books shows off titles from Edmonton author Gwen Molnar at Words in the Park.



Me and book table buddy, Karen Spafford-Fitz, at Words in the Park!


And the yummy treats (and adorable puppies) to make happy customers!


It was great seeing Bob McDonald, host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, again at LitFest’s Brunch of Writers. Hope he likes the book!








#YEG Word on the Square

It was so neat getting to chat with Michael Hingston at Churchill Square today as part of the Edmonton Arts Council/LitFest pilot project, Word on the Square. You never know what you’re going to get out on the street like that but we met some wonderful people and hung out with the City Hall School kids for a bit! They answered some tough questions to win prizes and helped me eat some treats too.

Polar Winds debuts in #1 nonfiction spot on Edmonton Journal bestseller’s list!

The War Birds hit Red Deer

War Birds: Western Women Talk About Their WWII-Era Aviation Books and the Stories that Inspired Them

Anne Gafiuk, Elinor Florence, and I will each read and speak, then take questions from the audience before signing books and speaking with students, faculty and staff, and community members one-on-one. This event will appeal to people from across a variety of disciplines at Red Deer College, including History, Political Science, English, Communications, Education, and the Trades. The event will also appeal to anyone in the Red Deer community who is interested in writing, storytelling, and the history of aviation and the Second World War.

Date and Time: Friday November 7, 2014 from 1-2:30pm at Red Deer College

Then, on Saturday, November 8 from 12-4pm, the War Birds (as we’ve dubbed ourselves) will be at Red Deer Chapters. Come stock up on personalized holiday gifts and chat history, writing, and publishing!



Elinor Florence Photo

Bird's Eye View






Elinor Florence grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and worked as a newspaper journalist for the next thirty years, including nine years at the Red Deer Advocate. She later became a regular writer for Reader’s Digest.

Her first wartime novel called Bird’s Eye View, about a young Canadian woman who joins the air force and becomes an interpreter of aerial photographs, will be published by Dundurn Press in October 2014.

Married with three grown daughters, Elinor lives in the mountain resort town of Invermere, British Columbia. You can sign up for her blog called Wartime Wednesdays and read more about her at






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 Anne Gafiuk has loved to write for as long as she can remember. She was an elementary school teacher for almost fifteen years, then started freelancing part-time while a full-time mom. She has become very interested in vintage aircraft, the people involved with them and their history, through her book Wings Over High River.  She is now working on a wartime scrapbook project from the Okotoks area as well as a WWII RCAF accident proneness report.  She also helps people write their own stories through her business What’s In A Story?

Support charity and get signed copy of Polar Winds – with free For the Love of Flying ebook!


The Canadian Aviation Historical Society will receive all proceeds from the sale of Polar Winds copies bought through the CAHS website; this will help the society carry on its important work preserving Canada’s aviation history. You will also receive a free e-copy (PDF) of For the Love of Flying: The Story of Laurentian Air Services (Robin Brass Studio, 2009) with each Polar Winds purchase.

Polar Winds $35 (includes taxes and shipping and handling for Canada and US).

* Order deadline is December 14th in order to have in time for Christmas. If you would like a personalized bookplate from Danielle included with your purchase, the order deadline is November 28th. If the dedication is different than the purchaser name, please include name in the “Add special instructions to the seller” area right under the shipping address when purchasing. Books will be shipped by December 15th in order to have in time for Christmas.

To be directed to the secure ordering page on the CAHS site, please click here.

McGill to host Montreal Launch of Polar Winds

Very excited to head back to my alma mater on November 4 to launch Polar Winds!



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