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Meaford Public Library 2013

Meaford Defender WEBThe Defender

Stephen Vance is a journalist, editor and website developer based in Meaford, Ontario.

He is the editor and chief reporter for The Meaford Independent, a community newspaper he founded in 2009. He has also written for a variety of publications, including newspapers and trade publications.

Stephen is a strong supporter of re-localization and community sustainability. In addition to writing extensively about the topic, he’s involved in a number of community organizations, and serves as Vice President and Manager of the Meaford Farmers’ Market.

When he’s not writing, he’s reading, and when he’s not doing either, he enjoys adventures in the kitchen and spending time with his children and partner Jennifer.

Perdita WEBThe Book

The remote Bruce Peninsula on Georgian Bay is the setting for this rich, gothic tale of love and loss. Perdita by Hilary Scharper skillfully blends the modern and the deeply romantic. Fans of Jane EyreRebecca, and Possession will enjoy the rich pageant of conflicting passions, wild storms, and the mystery of the supernatural.

After a love affair that ends in tragedy, Garth Hellyer throws himself into his work for the Longevity Project, interviewing the oldest living people on the planet. But nothing has prepared him for Marged Brice, who claims to be a stunningly youthful 134. Marged says she wants to die, but can’t, held back by the presence of someone she calls Perdita.

Garth enlists the help of his childhood friend Clare to help him make sense of the mystery. As Garth and Clare unravel the truth of Marged and Perdita, they discover together just what love can mean when it never dies.

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