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UEL Kawartha Branch February 2023 Meeting (Virtual): Jean Rae Baxter on “The Knotted Rope”

February 19, 2023 @ 2:00 pm

Featuring guest speaker, Jean Rae Baxter, UE, who will be talking about her latest book, The Knotted Rope.

The Knotted Rope, the sixth and final novel in what has become known as the “Forging a Nation” series, is set in Niagara in 1793 during the last days of slavery in Upper Canada. It returns to the subject of Jean Rae Baxter’s third historical, Freedom Bound, in which she told the story of the Black Loyalists’ escape from slavery during the American Revolution. In The Knotted Rope, Jean Rae Baxter unravels another strand of the complicated, sometimes tragic, but ultimately victorious, history of the fight to end slavery.

In this presentation, she examines the paradox at the heart of writing responsible historical fiction. To honour our history, we must be true to it.

But how can we tell the truth by means of made-up stories? That is the question. The answer, she explains, lies in the use of historical facts to trigger the action. The writer shows how people reacted to, and were affected by, actual events. Just such an event was The Proclamation of “An Act to Prevent the further Introduction of Slaves and to limit the Term of Contracts for Service Statutes of Upper Canada 33 George III.”

The Knotted Rope is available for purchase on


February 19, 2023
2:00 pm