On Tuesday, August 2, at 7 pm, British Columbia author Donna Marie Lynch, visits the McConnell Branch of the Cape Breton Regional Library, to read from her second book, 50ish: A journey to 50 countries in 50 weeks interviewing women in their 50s.
At a crossroads in her life and coping with her mother’s cancer diagnosis and the earlier loss of a child, Lynch chose a unique path to mend her soul and journeyed around the world to meet other women her age and share stories and life experiences.
Lynch kept a blog on her website chronicling her journey.
One of the first questions she asked herself was: “How was I going to find women ‘around 50’ in 50 countries? I didn’t really have the answer before I left. I started out by writing to everyone I knew and asking them if they had friends in other countries. That helped in 13 countries, but I still had 37 other countries to go.”
In under a year, Lynch traveled to every continent meeting and interviewing women from every culture and social rank about their lives. Now she is looking forward to making it to the 100 country mark.
Lynch’s first book, printed in 1992 titled, I’m Bored, was an information guide for teenagers in Victoria, British Columbia. After having difficulty finding information for her teenage step-daughter, she decided to have the students of two high schools fill out surveys and then Lynch did the research (prior to the internet) to produce a guide of all activities and resources for teens in her city.
The McConnell event is free to the public and Lynch will have books available for purchase and signing. For more information on her journeys around the world, visit her website: 50ishthebook.com.
For more information on programs presented by the CBRL, visit their website, www.cbrl.ca, or call the McConnell at 562-3161.