Lynne’s essay, “Thinking Backward”, has been published by the Nanaimo Art Gallery in a book entitled Black Diamond Dust, which was launched at the gallery on Commercial Street in Nanaimo.


Seniors interested in the Vancouver Island coal mining story can enroll in Lynne’s ElderCollege classes at the Nanaimo Museum in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in downtown Nanaimo. There will be a two-hour class every Monday beginning at 10:30 a.m from March 4th to April 8th inclusive.


Check out BC Booklook online for the Ormsby Review where academics and non-academics are writing book reviews and commentaries on historical characters and topics. Lynne’s review of The Rise and Fall of Emilio Picariello by Adriana A. Davies is posted on the site.


Lynne’s biography of Angelo Calori has just been published on line on the Dictionary of Canadian Biography website. Her biography of Isaac Barr is in the midst of the editing process. Both biographies are in Volume XVI of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.






After three of the best weeks we’ve ever spent in Italy, we brought the Italian weather home so we could all enjoy it here. We attended La Festa del Nodo d’Amore (Festival of the Lovers’ Knot) at Valeggio sul Mincio in the Veneto Region on June 17th with 3,300 other people. We were all seated at long tables set up across the bridge that spans the Mincio River and were fed 600,000 tortellini made fresh that morning by the women of the town.

Later in the holiday we spent three days in Castelvetro di Modena in the Emilia Romagna region which, according to the chef who gave us a tortellini-making lesson, is the pre-eminent centre of the tortellini and produces a much superior tortellini to those made in Valeggio. This rivallry will be examined in detail in my new book, which will be entitled “The Tortellini Diaries”.

Until then, I will be working diligently to learn the truth.


Women between the ages of 30 and 50, who were hired because they are most likely to have an expert but gentle touch, prepare their share of the 600,000 tortellini which will be served later the same day at the 2014 Festa del Nodo d”Amore (Festival of the Lovers’ Knot) in Valeggio sul Mincio, Veneto


Various forms and sizes of tortellini, tortelloni and capilotti in the style of Modena


One section of the long banquet table on the bridge that spans the Mincio River for the Festa del Nodo d’Amore


Lynne's husband, Dick, dining at the Festa del Nodo d’Amore


Lynne dining at the Festa del Nodo d’Amore


Tortellini in the style of Veneto



Roberto Rossi, chef and co-owner with his brother Andrea of Locanda del Feudo in Castelvetro di Modena, gives the Bowens a tortellini making lesson