August author events tackle crime and the mystery of Tom Thomson’s death


What could be more perfect than the bringing together talented writers, fascinating books, and delicious food and beverages? Look no further than these two events:

Tea, Scones & Intrigue with author Debbie Levison
August 14, 2018 | 2 PM | The Annex
This is a free event but you must save your seat (and scones) in advance: call (705-789-5232) or visit Huntsville Public Library. Maximum capacity is 50 seats. Books will be available for purchase at the event: $23

After surviving the Holocaust – in ghettos, on death marches, and in concentration camps – a young couple seeks refuge in North America. They settle into a new life, certain that the terrors of their past are behind them. They build themselves a cozy little cottage on a lake and in 2010, they discover a body was found in a crate under her family cottage in Muskoka.

Journalist Debbie Levison took the facts of the case and created a true crime book. The Crate is described as ‘true crime at its best” and “hard to put down” by editors.

Intrigued? Stop by and enjoy a cup of tea and delicious scones while Debbie Levison shares the story behind the book The Crate, A Story of War, a Murder and Justice, the impact on her family, and also her writing process.

Books & Brunch with local author John Little
August, 19, 2018 | 10 AM | Hidden Valley Resort
Tickets: $27 for a delicious brunch followed by an intriguing presentation by John Little. Books will be available for sale at the event.
Call or visit any of these libraries for tickets:
• Huntsville Public Library | (705) 789-5232
• Dwight Library | (705) 635-3319
• Baysville Library | (705) 767-2361

Tom Thomson painted for a period of five years before meeting his untimely death in a remote wilderness lake in July 1917. He was buried in an unofficial grave, the coroner never examined the body but ruled his death accidental due to drowning. Thomson’s family hired an undertaker to exhume the body and move it to the family plot. This undertaker refused all help, and only worked at night.

In 1956, John Little’s father and three other men, influenced by the story of an old park ranger who never believed Thomson’s body was moved by the undertaker, dug up what was supposed to be the original, empty grave. To their surprise, the grave still contained a body, and the skull revealed a head wound that matched the same location noted by the men who pulled his corpse from the water in 1917.

In Who Killed Tom Thomson? John Little continues the 60-year relationship his family has had with Tom Thomson and his fate by teaming up with two high-ranking Ontario provincial police homicide detectives. For the first time, they provide a forensic scientific opinion as to how Thomson met his death, and where his body is buried. Little draws upon his father’s research, plus recently released archival material, as well as his own thirty-year investigation. He and his colleagues prove that Thomson was murdered, and set forth two persons of interest who may have killed Tom Thomson.

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