ELIZABETH MUIR

Writer, Researcher, Editor, Speaker

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Liz Muir’s first published story  was in Child Life when

she was 10.  It was about the marsh hens that lived in the marsh in front of their Ottawa Valley farm home. The magazine sent her $1.  Since then, she has published non-fiction stories in magazines in Canada, the United States, Australia and Great Britain. And recently, she has written non-fiction books for adults. But her goal is to write children’s books and her first three picture books have recently been published – Air-Crazy, Fascinating Stories of Canadian Women in the Air, Libres Comme L'air and Air-Crazy Too.

When she’s not writing, she’s an active volunteer with the Royal Ontario Museum, having headed the 600-strong volunteer contingent at the ROM and the international travel program there, ROMtravel. She likes gardening – her backyard was featured one year on Toronto’s “Secret Gardens” tours.  Liz sails in summer and in the winter reads mystery stories and historical fiction and writes her own stories.  And she gives thanks for her two adult children who often dig her out of trouble in computer land.

Watch for Liz's new book!

An Unrecognized Contribution:  Women and Their Work in Nineteenth Century Toronto

To be published in October 2022 by Dundurn Press.  It tells the story of women’s work in the 19th century in the settlement days of early Toronto.

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“A treasure trove of incredible lives lived. Muir introduces us to an endless cast of women whose lives were marked by incredible bravery, innovation, and achievement against all odds.” — RICK MERCER

Celebrating women’s contributions to early Toronto.

Women in nineteenth-century Toronto were integral to the life of the growing city. They contributed to the city’s commerce and were owners of stores, factories, brickworks, market gardens, hotels, and taverns; as musicians, painters, and writers, they were a large part of the city’s cultural life; and as nurses, doctors, religious workers, and activists they strengthened the city’s safety net for those who were most in need.

Their stories are told in this wide-ranging collection of biographies, the result of Muir’s search of early street directories, the first city histories, personal diaries, and other documents, highlighting scores of women and the work they undertook during a period of great change for the city.

Available from Dundurn Press

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  THURS SEPTEMBER 22  

The History of Canadian Women Pilots

Power Point Presentation

7-8 pm

Brentwood Branch, Toronto Public Library

36 Brentwood Rd N, ETOBICOKE
416-394-5240

  OCT 21-22  

OWHN Annual Conference
OTTAWA

Details TBA

 

 THURS NOVEMBER 3  

BOOK LAUNCH

An Unrecognized Contribution:  

Women and Their Work in Nineteenth Century Toronto

5-7pm

Noonan's Pub

141 Danforth Ave, TORONTO

  SAT NOVEMBER 5  

Book Sales, Christmas Craft Fair

7am-5pm

St Barnabas Anglican Church

361 Danforth Ave, TORONTO

416-463-1344

 THURS NOVEMBER 10 

An Unrecognized Contribution

Power Point Presentation

7pm

Toronto's First Post Office

The Town of York Historical Society

260 Adelaide St. E., TORONTO

(416) 865-1833 ext.4

www.townofyork.com

  SAT NOVEMBER 12  

Book Sales, Jubilee Monthly Market

10am-4pm

Jubilee United Church

40 Underhill Drive, TORONTO

416-447-6846

  SAT DECEMBER 10  

Book Sales, Jubilee Monthly Market

10am-4pm

Jubilee United Church

40 Underhill Drive, TORONTO

416-447-6846

  MARCH 8, 2023  

An Unrecognized Contribution

Power Point Presentation

Delmanor Northtown

2:30pm

5351 Yonge Street, NORTH YORK

Liz at Book City's Authors for Indies
on April 29, 2017
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Check out the photos from Liz's most recent book launch at Snap’D

A Women's History of the Christian Church is on this list!
As featured on CNN, Forbes and Inc – BookAuthority identifies and rates the best books in the world, based on public mentions, recommendations, ratings and sentiment.

Writing A Women’s History of the Christian Church
Elizabeth Gillan Muir
Women Writers, Women[s] Books

Click above image to read Elizabeth's blog article about her new book