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Second printing for Writing the Land

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Writing the Land, in which one of my poems is published, has now been launched in Edmonton, Calgary, and Grande Prairie, Alberta. The anthology is in its second printing – quite a feat for a book of poetry! Buy your copy at any of the leading independent bookstores in Alberta.

Greetings from Cool Breezes one of top 16 titles: CBC radio

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

What a delightful surprise! I just found out that Greetings from Cool Breezes is included on the list of 16 top adult titles to buy as a Christmas gift on a recent airing of the CBC radio program Wildrose Country.  Check it out at and elsewhere on this website!

A coveted reader testimonial

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Celebrated and award-winning author Cora Taylor sent me these very kind words:

“Just finished Cool Breezes and loved every minute. What a great addition to my vicarious sailing shelf! Obviously it was an amazing year and you made it an amazing read. Thank you!”

A very short journey inspires a new kind of travel writing

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

A short and quirky poem, “Through Rose-Coloured Goggles,” was inspired by an enchanting ride with ten-year-old Meara on the Marmot Basin chairlift in Jasper, Alberta in January of this year. Back at the chalet, over a cup of hot chocolate, I spun the words that had swirled around us at the mountaintop into the first draft of a poem. I think of myself primarily as a CNF writer, but this piece of writing is a bit of a departure since it emerged as a poem, and the journey that inspired it was shorter than most!
Later this spring, I submitted the poem to a juried anthology called Writing the Land, a collection aimed at exploring “the magnificent and diverse landscape of our province, and how we interact with it.” When I learned in August that my poem was accepted for publication, I was thrilled – not only because I think of poetry as an exalted genre, but also because the anthology will contain the work of very talented and well-known poets.
All of the poetry accepted for the anthology will appear on the website in September 2007. My poem will appear on September 10th, so please visit the site that day (and every day!)  Click the tab Writing the Land to see the poetry collection. You’ll find the opportunity to provide commentary on each poem you read. Please don’t be shy – the website editor and poets crave your response!

Cool Breezes Climbing Local Bestseller List

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

Within a month of its release, “Greetings from Cool Breezes” started appearing on Edmonton’s bestseller lists! The book peaked at #2 on the non-fiction bestseller list on February 26 2006.

Please keep checking here for the latest updates as Jeananne’s newest book climbs the bestseller lists locally, provincially and nationally.

Did you know that a Canadian bestseller is defined as a book that has sold 5000 copies?

Help get Jeananne on Canada’s national bestseller list.

Have you bought your copy yet?

Calgary Sun – February 6, 2006

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

There was a review of Greetings from Cool Breezes in the Calgary Sun, February 6, 2006 by Joan Craven.  You can download the review here.

Globe & Mail December 2005

Saturday, December 10th, 2005

Click here to download The Globe & Mail review from December 10, 2005

Cool Breezes wins Author Association Award

Monday, July 4th, 2005

The Alberta Branch of the Canadian Authors Association was pleased to announce that Edmonton
lawyer and writer Jeananne Kathol Kirwin was the recipient of the 2005 Exporting Alberta Award
for her book “Greetings from Cool Breezes: A Family’s Year Aboard. ”

Exporting Alberta is given to an Alberta author to aid in promoting his or her work outside the
province. The award is valued at up to $1,000 and includes:

*paid fare to and from at least one Canadian location with an active Canadian Authors
Association branch

*exposure at any given destination consisting of a launch and reading at a Canadian
Authors Association meeting and/or a launch and signing at a local bookstore or library.

Previous winners of the Exporting Alberta Award include Margaret Macpherson (Nellie McClung:
Voice for the Voiceless), Wayne Arthurson (Final Season) and Shirley Serviss (Reading Between
the Lines).