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Historical fiction author Elinor Florence of Invermere, B.C., a popular and entertaining speaker, will be the featured guest of the Kootenay Library Federation on Thursday, April 29 to discuss her bestselling wartime novel, Bird’s Eye View.

This event is part of the monthly Read Local Book Club, in which readers discuss a novel with the author via Zoom. It is not restricted to Kootenay readers, but open to everyone.

Bird’s Eye View tells the story of a Saskatchewan farm girl whose home town becomes an air training base. Fired with patriotism, she joins the air force herself – one of 50,000 Canadian women who enlisted to support the fighting men. 

Rose Jolliffe sails overseas to England and serves at a converted mansion in England as an interpreter of aerial photographs, spying on the enemy from the sky, searching out bomb targets on the continent. Homesick and lonely, she keeps in touch with the home front through frequent letters from her family and friends.

Bird’s Eye View was published in 2014 and became a national bestseller, listed in both the Toronto Star and the Globe & Mail newspapers.

Elinor grew up on a former wartime airfield near North Battleford, Saskatchewan; worked for newspapers in all four western provinces; and was a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest before publishing the Columbia Valley Pioneer newspaper in Invermere, B.C. After selling the newspaper, she turned to writing fiction.

Her second novel Wildwood, about a young woman who inherits an abandoned farm in northern Alberta, was published in 2018. Kobo listed Wildwood as “One of the top 100 Canadian novels of all times.”

Married with three grown daughters, Elinor writes a monthly newsletter titled Letters From Windermere. She is currently working on her third novel. Learn more about Elinor and sign up for her newsletter here:

You may borrow Bird’s Eye View from your local library or order it through any bookstore. To register for the event, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. PST on Thursday, April 29, please email: [email protected].