Tragedy on the Twenty

Can you imagine raising four children under four during the depression—without a husband?

Author with book

Barbara will be doing author readings from her new historical fiction book at several libraries and meetings this fall. She will also have autographed copies available.
Concession St. Library on Sat. Jan. 16, 2016 at 2 p.m. Short reading describing what happened on Highway 20 with some trivia sprinkled in. 565 Concession St. in Hamilton.
Turner Park Library, 318 Rymal Rd. E. in Hamilton on Tues. Mar. 8, 2016 at 7 p.m. Short reading describing what happened on Highway 20 with some trivia sprinkled in.

Read the article in the Glanbrook Gazette newspaper on July 2. Glanbrook
Read the interview in the Grimsby Lincoln News on July 14. LincolnNews

Tragedy on the Twenty is available at these stores
in time for Christmas:

Natural Abilities,197 Griffin St., Smithville, Mon. – Wed. 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Gospel Lighthouse,213 Queen St., Dunnville, Mon – Thurs 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Bryan Prince Bookseller, 1060 King St. W., Hamilton, Mon. – Wed. 9 a.m – 9 p.m., Thurs. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
A Different Drummer Books, 513 Locust Street, Burlington, Mon – Thurs 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Write Bookshop, 285 St. Paul St., St. Catharines, Mon – Thurs 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tragedy on the Twenty is a historical fiction book based on an accident that happened on Highway 20 in April 1933—the worst year of the depression. The book includes other interesting news: the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second year in a row. Will they defeat the New York Rangers to win the coveted cup two years in a row? Famous bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde have another shoot-out with police. Will they get caught this time? German Chancellor Adolph Hitler is making changes in Germany that has the rest of the world taking notice.

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Book Barbara Fanson for a speaking engagement on traditional publishing vs. self-publishing or her newest book Tragedy on the Twenty, a historical fiction novel based on a real-life tragedy in 1933. Barbara lives in the Hamilton area: 905.679.9229 or  email:

Barbara PortraitAbout the Author

Graphic Designer and Author Barbara Fanson has written over 30 books, some traditionally published and some self published. This is her first historical fiction book.

While studying graphic design at Fanshawe College, she was the editor of the student newspaper Interrobang.

After working a few years in the print communications industry, she wrote Producing a First-Class Newsletter, published by Self-Counsel Press. Then, she wrote Start & Run a Desktop Publishing Business, also published by Self-Counsel Press.

While a professor for Seneca College, she wrote over 30 step-by-step computer books specializing in desktop publishing software programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Microsoft Word, etc. Since the publishing company did not want to get involved with computer books, she self-published them, selling about 100 a month at several colleges.

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Past speaking engagements:
Book Launch Party at Fulton Hall on Sun. July 19 at 1 p.m.
Smithville Public Library
 on Wed. Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.
West Lincoln Historical Society on Thurs. Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Grimsby Public Library in Grimsby on Thurs. Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.
Beamsville Library on Wed. Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.
Niagara Falls Library on Sat. Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
R&B’s Novel-Teas on Sat. Dec. 5 from 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Dunnville Branch, Haldimand Public Library, on Fri. Dec. 11 from 2 – 3 p.m.

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