Nelson author Judy Toews will launch her novel Give Out Creek on May 17 at Touchstones Nelson. Photo submitted

Nelson author launches Kootenay crime novel

Judy Toews will debut Give Out Creek on May 17 at Touchstones


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.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

MP Cannings’ long-awaited wood-use bill passes in House vote

The private member’s bill is his first to pass the House, a rare feat for rookie MPs in opposition

Grease comes to the Capitol Theatre

The production runs Thursday to Sunday

COLUMN: Watching water, thinking about elections

Columnist Donna Macdonald spoke to Prince George councillor Jillian Merrick about inclusiveness

UPDATE: City opens emergency operations centre

Lakeside Park, its sports fields, and parts of the waterfront could soon be underwater

Canada, U.S. to begin Columbia River Treaty negotiations on May 29

B.C. MLA Katrine Conroy will represent the province in the talks

Police release video on how to ‘run, hide, fight’ if there’s an active shooter

Vancouver police offer video with input from E-Comm, BC EHS, Vancouver Fire and Rescue

Study recommends jurors receive more financial and psychological support

Federal justice committee calls for 11 policy changes to mitigate juror stress

Research needed on impact of microplastics on B.C. shellfish industry: study

SFU’s department of biological sciences recommends deeper look into shellfish ingesting microbeads

B.C. dad pens letter urging overhaul of youth health laws after son’s fatal overdose

The Infants Act currently states children under 19 years old may consent to medical treatment on own

Singh sides with B.C. in hornet’s nest of pipeline politics for the NDP

Singh had called for a more thorough environmental review process on the proposal

VIDEO: Campers leave big mess at rural Vancouver Island campsite

Vehicle parts, garbage, a mattress, lawn chairs, beer cans, and even fecal matter left in the area

VIDEO: B.C. woman gets up-close view of Royal wedding

Kelly Samra won a trip back to her home country to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say ‘I do’

30 C in B.C., 30 cm of snow expected for eastern Canada

It might be hot in B.C., but the rest of Canada still dealing with cold

Horgan defends fight to both retain and restrict Alberta oil imports

Alberta says pipeline bottlenecks are kneecapping the industry, costing millions of dollars a day

Most Read