Linda Hutsell-Manning’s writing career spans thirty-five years and includes an impressive variety of genres including poetry, plays, TV, short fiction and novels. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1940, she moved to Ontario at age nine and, after Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and Toronto Teachers’ College, taught for two years in a one-room school between Cobourg and Port Hope, Ontario. Following this, she attended the University of Guelph as a mature student, graduating with a B.A. in 1975. Encouraged by two of her university professors, she began writing full time in 1981.
She has worked as a free-lance journalist; taught creative writing at several community colleges and hosted an author reading series. In the first twenty years, she published primarily juvenile fiction including three picture books, three juvenile plays, two time-travel novels and scripts for TVO’s Polka Dot Door. During this time, she gave countless school/library workshops across Canada as well as in Germany and Luxembourg.
In 2011, her literary novel, That Summer in Franklin, was published by Second Story Press. Its sequel, The Tangling of Years, is waiting to be published. In 2017, a novella, Heads I Win, Tails You Lose, was short-listed in a Quattro Books novella competition. Her two-act comedy, A Certain Singing Teacher premiered in 2017. She is currently working on a novella/short story collection, Whatever Were You Thinking When You Did That? and a poetry collection, Falling into Light.
She has lived in many Canadian communities from Kamloops, BC to Cobourg, Ontario, where she now makes her home, writing in the attic office of a century farmhouse. More information about Linda’s publications can be found at www.lindahutsellmanning.ca
Read Linda’s interview with Cecilia Nasmith of Today’s Northumberland on Fearless and Determined at this link: Linda in conversation with Cecilia Nasmith
Linda’s Author Appearance Schedule in 2020
18 Jan Reading & Book Sales Spirit of the Hills Writers, Grafton Inn, Grafton, ON
25 Jan Reading & Book Sales Cramahe Township PL, 6 King St W, Colborne, ON
18 Feb Power Point Presentation, Reading & Book Sales A&LClub,Toronto, ON
27 Feb Memoir Writing & Book Sales Cobourg Family Y, 339 Elgin St W,Cobourg, ON
24 Mar 7PM Reading & Book Sales Warkworth PL, 40 Main St, Warkworth, ON
25 Mar 2PM Reading & Book Sales Port Hope PL, Hub Canton, 5325 Cty Rd 10, PH.
Mar 27 2 PM Rosewood Estates, 255 Densmore Rd, Cobourg, ON
Mar 31 11AM Centreton Public Library Hall, 2383 Northumberland County Rd, Grafton
Apr 25 2 PM PH Heritage Society, Panel discussion with Cecile Ross, Creemore,ON.
Apr 27 2PM Trinity book Club, Trinity United Church, Cobourg, ON
Apr 22 1PM Ladies of a Certain Age Book Club, 1176 Ashland St, Cobourg, ON
May 11 6PM Inner Wheel at The Buttermilk Café, 44 King St W, Cobourg, ON
Oct 13 2 PM 2020 Belleville Book Club, 191 Bleeker Ave, Belleville, ON
Grafton Library, Roseneath Library TBA
Trent Hills Probus Club, 50 Bridge St W, Campbellford, ON TBA
2021 East End Writers’ Group, panel member, TO, TBA