Local author to speak at Blackberry House Cafe
By Tara Nelson
Willy Velthuizen doesn’t quite fit in. Through a diary kept for an imaginary friend June Willy tells the story of growing up on a farm in southern Ontario in the late 1950s.
The daughter of strict Dutch immigrant parents, Willy faces a clash of cultures. She seems to have one foot in the old world, and one foot in the new and struggles with her desire to become fully “Canadianized.”
She finds one method of coping is reading books under her favorite tree and later befriends an offbeat local librarian through which she develops a fondness for literature.
Ferndale resident Antoinette Tryssenaar Villa tells the quasi-biographical story in her new book “A Kaleidoscope for June,” published through AuthorHouse.com.
She will be speaking and signing books from 3 to 6 p.m. at Blackberry House Cafe Wednesday, May 28.
Villa was a long-time resident of Blaine and said she moved to Ferndale several years ago with her husband Nick but plans on moving back soon.
“We really do like Blaine and we plan on moving back,” she said.
She currently works as a real estate law professor in Canada and substitute teacher for Blaine school district.
She was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to Canada with her parents at a young age. They lived in southern Ontario on a farm, which she uses for the setting for the story.
Books will available for $15 paperback and $20 for hardcover at the event. Books are also available by visiting Villa’s website at www.kaleidoscopevilla.com and at www.AuthorHouse.com.
The Blackberry House Cafe is located at 321 H Street in Blaine.