Tour de Forest Summer Studio Tour
Saturday, August 3 & Sunday, August 4, 2019

The authors of Haliburton County are pleased to host the 2nd annual Kaleidoscope,
in conjunction with the Tour de Forest Studio Tour. For the first time, local
authors will join local artisans at the 13th Annual Tour de Forest Summer Studio
Tour. This is an historic first for local authors and artisans to feature both
visual and literary media during the always popular Studio tour.
This year, Kaleidoscope will feature 7 local authors (see information below).
Drop by and learn “THE REST OF THE STORY” as you speak with the authors about
where their ideas came from. Looking for a unique gift? How about an autographed
book from a local author? This is a great opportunity to connect readers with
Haliburton writers.
WHEN: Civic Holiday Weekend, August 3 & 4, 2019

WHERE: Studio D – 1513 Eagle Lake Road

TIME: 10 am to 5 pm.

This year the Studio Tour will feature a total of 28 artists and 12 studios with
a wide variety of media.
Brochures with maps will be distributed around and beyond Haliburton Highlands.
Studio Tour Information is available on
Also visit their Facebook Page: “Haliburton Tour De Forest”
Kaleidoscope is pleased to provide you with the following information on the
local authors featured during this Tour.

Click for Map and Directions

Vivienne Barker 

Bio: Vivienne Barker started writing late in life and her first semi-biographical novel The Train Now Leaving was published in 2018. After much debate, she finally decided to self publish her second novel The Missing Room. She has had short stories included in several anthologies. Writing provides an escape during long Ontario winters, now that she is retired to Kawartha Lakes. Her other passion is gardening, trying to create the English garden of her childhood; not an easy task given the climate and rocky terrain of her home.

Books in Print: The Train Now Leaving and The Missing Room.

Marie Gage

Bio: Marie Gage, a retired occupational therapist, creates stories for adults and children from her lived experiences. Her fictional stories emanate from observations and insights gained from real people. Her grandchildren provide much of the fodder for her work but she is also writing a work of historical fiction loosely based on the lives of her grandparents. The stories are grounded in reality and have an appeal to other adults and children. 

Book Titles: Blake’s Monkey Adventure, Luke’s Christmas Smile, and Oliver and the Bee

Irene Davidson Fisher

Bio: Irene lives in Minden, Ontario, Canada. Throughout Irene’s business career, she put words in other people’s mouths writing scripts and speeches, to name a few mediums. Today, Irene uses this skill and puts words into the mouths of her real and imaginary characters. Irene is a published author including Robbie Raccoon and The Big Black Blob and The Best Present Ever. She is currently working on her third children’s book, Treasures from the Deep.

Books in Print: Robbie Raccoon and the Big Black Blob, and The Best Present Ever.

Sharon Lawrence

Bio: Sharon Lawrence is a retired educator, painter, textile artist, and wildlife rehabilitator. Sharon is working on her memoirs and a book of short stories about the unique animals at the sanctuary Wolf Hollow.  Shipwreck, a short story, was published in The Spirit of Canada in 2017. Sharon has co-authored two heritage cookbooks and updated and re-published several award-winning books by her late husband, R.D. Lawrence.

Book Titles: Paddy, Cry Wild, Secret Go the Wolves, In Praise of Wolves, The Ghost Walker, The North Runner, The Place In The Forest, Where The Waterlilies Grow, Christmas Culinary Treasures

Caroline Misner

Bio: Caroline Misner’s work has appeared in numerous publications in the USA, Canada, India and the UK.  She has been nominated for the prestigious McClelland & Stewart Journey Anthology Prize for the short story “Strange Fruit”; in 2011 another short story and a poem were nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  She lives in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands of Northern Ontario where she continues to draw inspiration for her work.  She is the author of the Young Adult fantasy series “The Daughters of Eldox”.  Her latest novel, “The Spoon Asylum” was released in May of 2018 by Thistledown Press and has been nominated for the Governor General Award.

Books in Print: The Daughters of Eldox Book I: The Alicorn; Daughters of Eldox Book II: The Other; The Spoon Asylum

David Skinner    

Bio: Dave Skinner lives in Haliburton County, Ontario, Canada. He has self-published three novels and a novella in the Warriors, Heroes, and Demons series. An eBook named The Ofnibus, is a collection of four short fantasy stories. Two of the stories, Of thieves and wizards, and Of Mouse, Man, and Monster received honourable mentions from Buzz and Roar Publishing and Writers of the Future contests respectively. He is currently writing his forth fantasy novel.

Books in Print: My Father’s Swords, Travellers, Confluence of Swords, Mystery at Whitetop

Ruth Walker

Bio: Ruth E. Walker is an award-winning writer and author of Living Underground, a top ten Canadian Authors’ Association novel in 2013. Ruth is a sought-after editor and partner in Writescape, offering creative writing workshops and retreats for writers in southern Ontario. She splits her time between her Haliburton cottage and Oshawa home.

Book Title: Living Underground, Seraphim Edition

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