Judy Toews will launch her debut crime novel Give Out Creek on May 17 at Touchstones Nelson.
In her first Stella Mosconi mystery, Toews tells the story of a newspaper reporter who leaves a comfortable life in Vancouver to return to Nelson, where – true to past experience – bad things happen to ordinary people.
A long-time resident of Nelson, Toews is a retired community nutritionist and former columnist for the Nelson Daily News and Trail Times. To get a handle on how a small-town paper operates today, Toews asked news staff at the Nelson Star to let her shadow them for a few days.
“The experience provided a terrific window into what goes on in the newsroom,” said Toews. “It was great to see how reporters develop and post their stories on sophisticated computer software. Back in the day, I hand-delivered my nutrition columns on floppy disks. If I wanted to include a photo, Bob Hall would roll a bit of black and white film onto a cassette for me, and develop the pictures himself.”
The book launch will take place at Touchstones Nelson, 502 Vernon St., on May 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Toews has invited Star reporter Tyler Harper, city councillor Anna Purcell, and Helen Lutz to read with her. The event is open to the public and free of charge.