For author, Linda Foubister, it's all about mythology. As a writer, researcher and public speaker, Foubister is interested in the interplay between mythology and popular culture. Her works include "The Key to Mythic Victoria" and "Goddess in the Grass: Serpentine Mythology and the Great Goddess," as well as numerous articles in community magazines, encyclopedias, ezines and anthologies.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in elementary school. One of my first poems was an ode to a tabby cat (who sat on a mat). When I was a teenager, I won a national writing competition that celebrated a milestone in Canada’s history. High school allowed for many writing opportunities. I wrote, produced and performed in a Greek play about King Admetus and his Queen who had been transformed into a serpent. Then came my venture into writing murder mysteries. In the last ten years, I have been writing about mythology and its transformative power.
Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy mystery novels by Reginald Hill, Sue Grafton and Marcia Muller. In the mythology area, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Maria Gimbutas and Barbara Walker provide great insight into myths. I also like Malcolm Gladwell and Niall Ferguson.
The "Key to Mythic Victoria" unlocks the secret to understanding the myths that define Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. From the distant past when Hayls the Transformer changed the landscape through the more recent past when modern Argonauts searched for El Dorado to the present day, the myths and symbols surrounding Victoria bring its underlying layers to life.
The serpent – is it a symbol of evil or a form of the life-renewing Great Goddess? This fascinating investigation unlocks the archetype of the Serpent Goddess that lies hidden in the world's myths, fairy tales, and images. This updated edition includes additions to the dictionary of over 125 forms of the Serpent Goddess.
Us and Them
on Nov. 16, 2013
Like Martin Luther King, Sid Tafler has a dream – a dream that people of different backgrounds will coexist and find solutions together, “not tighten the circle around their own group to exclude outsiders.” His memoir, “Us and Them: A Memoir of Tribes and Tribulations,” explores the concept of tribes, that is, of Us - our own group, and Them - everyone else.
In his memoirs, Tafler tells his story of Us and Them beginning with his birth in Montreal and life as a Jewish anglophone living as a minority within a minority among Catholic francophones. He spent over a year in Israel in his youth, and again felt different as a Canadian among Israelis. When he moved to Calgary in the mid-1970s, he lived as everyman in a city where a person’s background did not matter. With a move to Victoria, he re-discovered Jewish traditions and realized that he could be both everyman and Jewish at the same time, integrating all his identities. His book ends with his visits to First Nation communities on the west coast, where he celebrated native traditions.
Tafler brings his skills as journalist to create a compelling memoir in which the life of an individual is set within the world at large. Now available as an EBook, “Us and Them” is an inspiring read that teaches us how to integrate our longing to be accepted within our tribe with our role as citizens of the world.