Two Authors with Local Roots Visit Cornwall Public Library in February

Krystine Therriault - Seaway News
Two Authors with Local Roots Visit Cornwall Public Library in February
Mark Van Dusen

The Cornwall Public Library is excited to share that two authors, Marc Lafleur and Mark Van Dusen, will visit the library to promote their new books in February.

“The Library is thrilled to be hosting Cornwall success story Marc Lafleur for an inspirational talk about entrepreneurship and startups, followed by an ask-me-anything session,” said Charlotte Halstead, programming coordinator, “Later on this month, we are excited to bring famed journalist Mark Van Dusen back to Cornwall, this time as he makes his debut as an author.”

In 2016, local businessman Marc Lafleur founded truLOCAL, an e-commerce platform where consumers can purchase meat subscription boxes with products sourced from local farmers. By 2019, annual revenue had hit $20 million, and truLOCAL was acquired for $16.7 million the following year. Lafleur continues to serve as the company’s CEO.

On February 4, 2023, Lafleur will be launching his debut novel, True Founder, a practical guide for entrepreneurs with anecdotes from Marc’s own experiences sprinkled in throughout.

Back in the early 1970s, Mark Van Dusen was just starting out as a young journalist with local newspaper The Standard-Freeholder. Van Dusen went on to have a successful media career in large Ottawa newsrooms before working for the Government of Canada as a media advisor on major issues such as human rights, food safety, and refugees.

Now retired, Van Dusen is excited to have published his first novel, How to Stitch a Chicken, a compassionate, joyful and enduring retelling of one family’s reckless reboot as first-time farmers. Van Dusen will be visiting Cornwall Public Library during the afternoon of February 18 to engage with the public, reflect on his time in Cornwall, and promote his new book.

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