Author Leah Lindeman releases new book ‘Unborn Melody’

Author Leah Lindeman releases new book ‘Unborn Melody’
Author Lindeman at the Cornwall Public Library. (Photo : Jason Setnyk)

Local author Leah Lindeman is launching her newest historical fiction novel, “Unborn Melody,” with a series of events including one at the Cornwall Public Library on Saturday, May 25. The event includes a scavenger hunt, Q&A, and a charity fundraiser.

“Unborn Melody,” set during World War II in the Northwest Territories, follows Eleanor Mackenzie’s gripping journey as she contends with the harsh realities of constructing a secret oil pipeline for the Americans in Alaska. “My journey into writing this book began with a small yet intriguing section on the CANOL pipeline I found in a World War II book. It was a piece of history that seemed scarcely covered, so I dove into research,” Lindeman shared.

The Bainsville, Ontario-based author, known for her detailed research and engaging storytelling, has been writing since she was sixteen. “Unborn Melody” marks her fifth published book, a project that she describes as taking four years of diligent writing and research, influenced heavily by historical events and anecdotes of the era.

The library event, from 2 pm to 4 pm, features readings and a question-and-answer session, plus support for a noble cause. “The most important part of the event is that proceeds from the book sales are going to Rachel’s Kids Park of Hope. It’s Mental Health Awareness month, and I really wanted to contribute something that helps with mental wellness, especially for kids,” said Lindeman.

The day kicks off at noon with a ‘literary romance adventure’ scavenger hunt, based around the book’s theme of unconditional love, concluding with rewards for completion, and a book signing session after. Lindeman, amother of seven and a self-described “Feisty Latina—Lover of classic literature—History Buff—Queen of Canadiana,” also plans to bring local artists into the fold, with artworks being sold with proceeds going to Park of Hope.

Lindeman has a busy schedule. In addition to a few prior events, she will be signing books at Red Cart Books on Saturday, June 29, from 11 am to 3 pm. Additionally, Lindeman is actively involved in organizing a local writer’s festival slated for the fall of 2024.

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