Sunday, 16 July 2017

'Spirit of Canada' Update

Lutz and Antje Beranek with their gift.
As I've said a  few times now, one of my stories made it into the newly released Chicken Soup for the Soul, Spirit of Canada book.

My story, A Father's Stories Come to Life, is the one that made the cut. It was inspired, when Lutz Beranek, his son, Marcel and sister, Marianne came to Manitoba a few years ago. Lutz and Marianne's dad, Richard Beranek was a prisoner of war in the 1940's and they wanted to see some of the places he saw. Because their dad always spoke fondly of Canada and told them many interesting stories of his time here, they became fascinated with our country as well, and dreamed about visiting one day. (I wrote about that visit here.)

"Footprints in Canada!"
Their dream came true when they got the chance to walk where their dad walked, and my came true when Chicken Soup for the Soul published my story. Spirit of Canada relates that story, one of this family's many exciting experiences near Riding Mountain National Park. As soon as I learned that my story will be published, I knew one of my author copies will be heading to Germany to these dear friends. They proudly sent me this picture, when they received my very Canadian gift to them. Lutz even made sure he was appropriately dressed for the occasion.


I loved Lutz' thoughts on this: "We too left footprints in Canada, for our stories were published in the Parkland Newspaper, twice in the Winnipeg Free Press, and in two of your books." I mentioned Richard Beranek in my story about German POW in Hutterite Diaries, of which he got a copy as well.


Vielen Dank, Lutz und Antje! Viel Spass beim Lesen!


1 comment:

Linda Maendel said...

I have to add this. After reading this post, Lutz emailed me (He's tried leaving a comment, but somehow it never works for him.) and thanked me and how excited he is about the story in Chicken Soup for the Soul. He added, "I love Canada so much, I think my heart must be the shape of a maple leave."