I’m extremely proud to announce the release of my aunt Grete Hale’s memoirs, entitled “Baker’s Daughter: The Story of a long, rich and very Canadian Life“. I have been reading my copy all weekend and savouring details of stories I’ve heard bits and pieces of throughout my life. I hope you’ll consider joining us at upcoming book signings or at the book launch itself.
Speaking not only as her niece, but as a fellow Ottawan, you’ll find the book is full of great stories that will amuse, entertain and inspire. As further incentive, please know that net proceeds from the sale of the book go to CANHAVE Children’s Centre, an organization Grete is deeply involved with. More specifically, your purchase will go to the construction of a dormitory that will provide a home for 96 young women learning a trade at the five-room trade school CANHAVE has built.
To learn more, I’ll let Grete to speak for herself – listen to Grete Hale’s interview with Hallie Cotnam of CBC Morning (8 minutes, 36 seconds). Or, read these stories published by the Ottawa Citizen newspaper:
- Ottawa icon Grete Hale publishes life’s saga in Baker’s Daughter by Chris Macknie
- ‘Horse sense’ and dedication: Grete Hale’s engaging memoir captures a tasty slice of Ottawa’s history by Bruce Ward
- A life well-lived: Grete Hale forged her own path by Jennifer Campbell
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Upcoming Baker’s Daughter Book Signings with Grete Hale
- International Women’s Day Celebration 2011, Thursday, March 10th, from 05:45 PM – 09:00 PM at the Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa ON K1A 0N4
- Perfect Books on Sunday, March 6th, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
- University of Ottawa Bookstore, Jock Turcot Building, 85 University Private, Ottawa, Ontario, on Thursday February 17th, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. For information, tel: 613-562-5353, ext. 10.
- Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeebar on Sunday, February 6th, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
- Books on Beechwood on Saturday, January 29th, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
- Perfect Books on Sunday, January 22nd, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Purchase or Order Your Copy of Grete Hale’s “Baker’s Daughter”
The book is available at the following stores in Ottawa:
- Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeebar at 1241 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, Ontario, (613) 722-1265
- Books on Beechwood, 35 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, (613) 742-5030
- Perfect Books, 258A Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario, (613) 231-6468
- Nicholas Hoare Books, 419 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, (613) 562-2665
Or, you can order “Baker’s Daughter” from the Ottawa Citizen via email, by telephone at (613) 829-8093 (weekdays from 9-4pm EST) or by mail at 1101 Baxter Road, Ottawa Ontario. For book mail orders, the cost is $19.95 CAD plus shipping, handling and taxes. Please allow up to six weeks for delivery.
“Baker’s Daughter” in the words of others…
“If you have a treasured place where you keep precious delights, then you will experience an instant appreciation for the treats that Grete serves up in this delightful and heartwarming book.” -Jim Orban
“Reading these stories is much like being in Grete’s presence – having a thoroughly entertaining time while learning about the past and being inspired for the future. Generations after us will be grateful that she has taken the time to write down the tales she tells so well.” -Barbara McInnes, CM
“Grete Hale is a wonderful storyteller with a penchant for colourful detail that invites you to read on as she shares a unique perspective to the life of a city and the intrinsic family bond that has remained steadfast for nearly 100 years. Grete has worked hard for everything she has accomplished and she takes neither her family or the community for granted.” -Roger Greenberg
“I’ve always enjoyed the family stories that Grete has shared in her presentations over the years, and I am delighted that she has chosen to share those stories with all of us. Thanks Grete for the warm way you share the history of your family and of the many things you have done to make this a better world. Well done.”. – Shirley Westeinde, CM
“Baker’s Daughter” Book Launch Event Details
The official book launch was held Sunday February 13th, 2011 from 2-4pm at the Library and Archives of Canada at 395 Wellington Street (at Bay Street) in Ottawa, Ontario. There were refreshments — including the famed oatmeal cookies referred to in one of Grete’s stories — and the book itself was be available for sale — cash or cheques only — for $19.95 plus tax.
Thank you to everyone who attended — Grete was thrilled and thoroughly enjoyed herself!