Yvonne Blackwood is an author, columnist and speaker. Published books include: the very successful "Into Africa A Personal Journey." It ranked in the top five best-selling books under Ghana on the Amazon.com web site in 2002; the hilarious "Will That Be Cash Or Cuffs?" and the newest offering, Into Africa: The Return. She is a contributing author to Canadian Voices, an exciting new anthology.
Yvonne has published several short stories and won the millennium short story contest held by the Canadian Authors Association, Toronto Branch, in 2000. The story, "Best Friends," is published in an anthology called In all Directions. She has written numerous articles for several newspapers including Canada's largest newspaper, the Toronto Star. Yvonne is an eloquent speaker and has addressed thousands of Canadians and Americans on topics that include "Pursue your dreams with gusto," and "Economic power, the key to success." Besides being an accomplished writer, Yvonne is a retired career banker and has held several managerial positions with Canada's largest bank, the Royal Bank.
Into Africa: The return
Paperback: 184 pages
Blackwood's remarkable story, articulated in Into Africa: a
Personal Journey, told about her first journey to West Africa,
land of her ancestors. She travelled alone and her exposure to
Nigeria's tight military control caused her to experience fear
as never before. In Ghana, destiny led her to meet Adamson, who
became her guide, doctor and more....The story left you
breathless, wanting more.
That Be Cash or Cuffs?
Laughs about a young supermarket security guard telling who steals what and how.
"Blackwood tells an engaging tale that will surprise readers and have them
smiling over the strangeness of human behaviour."
A hilarious, true story with a bizarre cast of characters that appear and disappear like Extra Terrestrials and their ingenious methods of stealing in a large supermarket chain. The personal conflicts and challenges of staff who work for the organization don't make their lives any easier.
We laugh on one hand and empathize on the other when we meet Mrs. Johnson, the little old lady who wants to be "soft and smooth", and will stop at nothing to do so; or Mrs. Euphima Clarke who is as tall as she is wide with a voice to match.
Meet Wilbert Wiley, an aged but modern day Don Juan who is obsessed with every female he sees.
They all collide in the supermarket ' everybody's meeting place. Interwoven
within the fabric of the story is the coming of age of Bobby Blackwood, a six
foot five college student who works part-time as a security guard to pay his
Africa: A Personal Journey
Format: Paperback, 193pp.
A remarkable and intriguing story about a journey by Yvonne Blackwood, Banker and Community Activist, to West Africa, the land of her ancestors. It begins in Nigeria with exposure to the tight control by the military that causes Blackwood to experience fear as never before. In Ghana her respect for human beings and sense of adventure along with destiny, lead her to meet Adamson. Determined to see it all, she finds herself in desperate situations, each mysteriously resolved by strangers. Peppered with nostalgic flashbacks to Blackwood's native Jamaica, Into Africa A Personal Journey resonates with unique poignancy, a love of people and her growing spiritual quest for her African roots among the proud Ashanti people. A story about determination and pursuing dreams, it transcends race and will appeal to adventurers, travelers, male and female from teenagers to 90 year olds.
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directions: 16 short stories from members of the Canadian Authors Association
across the country
The Canadian Authors Association has assembled an anthology of the best short stories from their talent pool of 650 writers. These stories resound with great topics, characters and diversified writing styles in an exciting compilation of well-known, experienced, and up-and-coming writers. This anthology is a way of sharing, with short story readers, the Canadian Authors Association's celebration of a new millennium of writing.
Contributors include: Sylvia Adams, Jean Barnard, Janet Blachford,
Yvonne Blackwood, Bill Crowell, Margaret Deefholts, Delia De Santis, June
Frost, M. Jennie Frost, Donna Gamache, Kelly Lynn Parsons, Sheila Paynter, Bruce
Smith, Joan Tovanati, Diane Wey, and A. Colin Wright.