My Mother’s Story at the Library

I don’t know about you, but I have a million zany, heartwarming, infuriating and hilarious stories about my mom. Moms are good for that, don’t you think?

Jessie-award-winning actress Marilyn Norry does. Norry is the creator of My Mother’s Story — a project of plays, books, and a growing online community dedicated to telling women’s history one mother at a time. Norry has inspired and led a group of local women writers to pen their mothers’ stories, and nine of them will be transformed into a live production at the Presentation House Theatre this fall. In celebration of Mothers Day, we here at the library get a sneak peak of three of those stories this Wednesday, May 9. Join us at 6:30 pm in the G. Paul Singh Room for wine and snacks. The reading will begin at 7pm.

Read on for their bios:

Peggy Trendell-Jensen has revelled in the printed word since childhood – a ‘Writing’ badge was, in fact, her only achievement in an otherwise lacklustre career as a Brownie. After escaping Girl Scouts, she went on to wear hats ranging from newspaper columnist to environmental author to editor to writing coach. More and more she is being drawn into the world of creative memoir and personal essay, where she loves making meaning from the people and situations she encounters in everyday life.

Peggy is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio, founder of the Lynn Valley Literary Society, and editor of the community website, LynnValleyLife, where she enjoys writing about the many interesting people and happenings in her neighbourhood.

She is delighted to be taking part in this Mothership Stories Society project, and to be telling the story of her mother, Chris Trendell.

Marilyn Norry has 30 years experience in the Canadian film and theatre business. She is a Jessie award winning actress, and a writer, teacher, director and producer. She is a dramaturg at Playwright’s Theatre Centre, was a story editor on the television series Madison, played a continuing role on Battlestar Galactica, and is the creator of My Mother’s Story, a project of plays, books, and a growing online community dedicated to telling women’s history one mother at a time. My Mother’s Story: North Vancouver will open at Presentation House Theatre in October 2012. Marilyn will be introducing the writers and discussing the My Mother’s Story project.

Marylee Stephenson has various careers, occupations, and interests.  She has a Ph.D. in sociology, with a speciality in women’s studies.  She is a skilled amateur naturalist and has published a guidebook to the national parks of Canada and to the Galapagos Islands.  Marylee lives in Quayside Village Cohousing, in Lower Lonsdale.  She has a monthly feature in the “Monitor” publication of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and is both a standup comic and a story-teller.

Jhaleh Zaraweh was born in Abadan, Iran on February 4, 1945 – a month after her Dad died.  Her Mum was left with five kids and one on the way. Not long after, Jhaleh and her family moved to India. After going to school and working for IBM in East Pakistan she immigrated to Canada in 1974, where she has worked for the Ministry of Children and Family Development and as a teacher for the Capilano College Lower Lonsdale Literacy Program.

For details of the event, visit our webpage here. And for more information on the My Mother’s Story project, visit here.

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