Articles By Heather Conn

My memoir makes silent appearance on Baldrey’s Global TV book shelf

I’m lucky that my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket recently appeared on air on the book shelf of Keith Baldrey, Global TV’s bureau chief in Victoria, BC. Keith tells me that this means a viewership of approximately 400,000. What great free promotion!

Each year, Keith gets hundreds of books sent to him from publishers and does his best to promote them on his TV book shelf. Keith and I know each other from our university student media days. On a recent trip to Victoria, he gave my friend Chris and me a private tour of the legislature, press room, media offices, his broadcasting studio, and the legislative library, which has Shakespearean books from the 1600s. We got to hear entertaining insider anecdotes and even watched his live broadcast sitting next to his desk. A wonderful surprise and treat. Thanks, Keith.

Official launch of memoir May 28 in Toronto

For people in the Toronto area, don’t miss Guernica Editions‘ group book launch on Sunday, May 28. I’ll be one of eight authors introducing my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket to the public in central Canada. The event will start at 3:30 pm at Supermarket in the Kensington area.

I’m hoping to include a four-minute video I wrote and that Velcrow Ripper directed. Really looking forward to launching my book in the publishing capital of our country. This will be a great mix of presenters in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

Memoir book launch April 15 in Sechelt, BC

I look forward to introducing my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket to my local Sunshine Coast, BC community on Saturday, April 15. My informal book launch (not the official one in Toronto on May 28) will be held at 7 pm at the Sunshine Coast Cultural Centre in Sechelt. I’ll discuss the book, its controversial responses, and read three excerpts. Books will be on hand for sale and signing. Free refreshments will be available.

Mini-book reading April 7 at Artesia Coffeehouse

Artesia Coffeehouse attendees will get a sneak preview of my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket on April 7 at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt, BC. I’ll be giving a seven-minute reading from my memoir about my visit to the erotic sandstone temples in Khajuraho, India in 1991. This will be from chapter seven, “Family.”

I’ll be opening the second set, followed by the five-piece group Wildflowers. The first set will feature the Balkan singers Sokole and jazz duo Karen Graves & Budge Schachte (I’ve seen the latter two and they’re great).

Featured guest on podcast How to Survive Society


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I enjoyed my chat with Abby Ayoola, host of the Toronto podcast How to Survive Society. We discussed my incest memoir No Letter in Your Pocket and my work coaching authors of trauma memoirs. We talked about how to stay resilient, and find the courage to share your trauma story. Abby told about an incident of sexual assault from her childhood, plus the domestic violence of her first marriage. I applaud her courage and willingness to divulge these secrets. We need more survivor stories. Abby’s How to Survive Society Academy offers online workshops and courses to address healing from trauma, finding self-esteem, relationship health, and more.



Heritage Week event goes ahead despite snowstorm

A snowstorm didn’t stop our Feb. 25 Heritage Week literary event, held at the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives in Gibsons. I enjoyed giving a presentation about Muriel Wylie Blanchet, author of the classic West Coast boating tale The Curve of Time. Many thanks to Michael Gurney of The Coast Reporter for his coverage of the event and to the Museum for hosting. Click here to see a group photo and read his article.


Delivered BC Heritage Week talk Feb. 25 on author Muriel Wylie Blanchet

As part of BC Heritage Week, I enjoyed sharing readings from The Curve of Time on Feb. 25 and telling a Gibsons, BC audience about some of the eccentricities of author Muriel Wylie Blanchet. For instance, she had emphysema and defied her doctor, who wanted her to move out of her cold, drafty house near Sidney on Vancouver Island. Her solution? She stuck her head in the oven every day for 20 minutes. She died at her typewriter at age 70, only six months after The Curve of Time came out.

It amazes me that Blanchet spent 15 summers touring the BC coast with five kids, ages two to 13, and a dog in a 25-foot boat that wasn’t super seaworthy. They all survived and had many adventures. The Curve of Time is considered one of the leading books on cruising the Inside Passage from the southeast coast of Vancouver Island to Cape Caution on the mainland coast. It became a national bestseller, received international attention, and has had 30th and 50th anniversary issues published.

Unfortunately, when it came to exploring First Nations settlements on the coast, Blanchet reflected colonialist views of entitlement and disrespect that were common in the 1940s and 1950s (and sadly, continue today). She and her family trespassed on Indigenous communities when residents were away and viewed them as part of a soon-to-be-lost culture rather than a vibrant, continuing one. She also confiscated items such as a weaving spindle without permission.

Author Dr. Nancy Pagh explains: “When Blanchet constructs Native people as the embodiment of ‘the Past’ [sic], she refuses to allow that these very real people are her contemporaries, alive and working in the summer fishery while she is fantasizing about them from their winter villages.” (Source:

Thankfully, many current museums, such as the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives, where this Heritage Week event was held, are involved in repatriating First Nations artifacts back to their rightful homes and lands.

Official book launch May 28 in Toronto




I’m delighted that I’ll be joining seven other authors from publisher Guernica Editions on Sunday, May 28 to launch my new memoir in Toronto. Join us at Supermarket Bar in the city’s Kensington area at 3:30 pm. You’ll hear me read short excerpts from No Letter in Your Pocket: How a daughter chose love and forgiveness to heal from incest.




I really enjoyed being interviewed on Om By the Beach, a European podcast hosted by Josef Schinwald. Our one-hour discussion about Being on a Spiritual Path covered many areas, from Buddhist concepts of compassion, forgiveness, and no-self to writing about trauma, coaching others about writing about their trauma, and my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket. You can listen to it here:…/