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Professional: Currently writing the biography of a retired banker and Canadian philanthropist, who, at age 90, vividly recalls the challenges and excitement of the financial sector in Canada and abroad, experienced through the 50-year span of his amazing career.
Personal: Continuing to learn to play mandolin and banjo – but having fun with the eternal struggle!
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Fall 2011 News Release
Jailbird Kid, ISBN-10: 1554887046, ISBN-13: 9781554887040, a teen novel by Shirlee Smith Matheson, is published by The Dundurn Group, Toronto. "Angela Wroboski has recently moved with her mother from their small hometown into the city to rid them of a dark past. Now Angela must deal with the fact that her home will be anything but "normal". Her dad, the infamous Nick "The Weasel" Wroboski, is being released from prison on June 5th - Angela's 15th birthday."
January 2010 News Release
Amazing Flights and Flyers Price: $19.95. ISBN 978-1-897181-29-4, Frontenac House Publishers, Calgary
Book launch February 28, 2010 @ Aero Space Museum of Calgary.
"The latest in Shirlee Smith Matheson's popular Canadian aviation stories, Amazing Flights and Flyers, is a fascinating collection of adventures ranging from aerial hijackings to secret Nazi weather stations in Labrador, from the missions of the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association to an incredible aerial rescue expedition in the Antarctic. Every story is different, every story is astonishing, and every story is completely true!"
Available at bookstores including AeroWorks c/o Aero Space Museum (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), or contact distributor: Alpine Book Peddlers, email: email@example.com.
Artist Dan Ryan's painting (used with artist's permission) of this Canadian Pacific Air Lines' DC-4 (CF-CPC) has garnered much admiration in aviation circles. The original hangs in the south terminal of the Vancouver International Airport, and "shows" the airliner, with 37 persons aboard, about to disappear forever in the vicinity of Mount Fairweather near Sitka, Alaska, on July 21, 1951. Its whereabouts remains a major Canadian mystery, and is the subject of one of the stories contained in Amazing Flights and Flyers, titled "The Unfair Weather of Mount Fairweather."
Fall 2007 News Release
Published Fall 2007 a new book by Shirlee Smith Matheson - Maverick in the Sky The Aerial Adventures of WW I Flying Ace Freddie McCall
Fred McCall, son of Captain Freddie McCall, and Shirlee Smith Matheson, author
Aviation adventures are Shirlee Smith Matheson's narrative specialty. In her new book she paints a portrait of the fascinating life of WW I flying ace Freddie McCall. In so doing, she not only brings us back to place and time in one man's life full of risks, but she also recreates a moment in our own history. From his World War I combat victories, to his back-home stunt flying, Freddie McCall, a true Canadian hero, comes to life on every page.
price: $9.95 ISBN 978-1-897181 16-4
Review - Maverick in the Sky by Shirlee Smith Matheson (Frontenac House) by Major John Scott. Open review by Captain John Scott in the October 2007 issue of PX magazine
Fall 2006 News Release
Fastback Beach has been reprinted for the third time! Read this exciting teen novel about hot cars, and the price one is willing to pay to sit behind the wheel of a racy hotrod
Fastback Beach, 2003, (former working title Hotrods Forever) by Orca Publishers in their "Orca Soundings Series." This hard-hitting, high action, young adult novel is centered in the world of hot rod cars - those who own them and others who would do anything to sit behind the wheel of one of these high performance souped-up vehicles.
First review in for Fastback Beach - reviewer calls it "highly recommended"! Deanna Einarson, teacher at Springfield Collegiate Institute in Oakbank, MB, writing for CM Magazine (Vol. X, No. 2, September 19, 2003), states:
"Fastback Beach does a superb job of illustrating the struggles teenagers go through when there is a conflict between what they believe is right and what their friends are doing. This is the story of an adolescent becoming an adult, making decisions, and dealing with the consequences of his actions. Highly recommended."
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Book Release - A New Edition (2003) of This Was Our Valley Shirlee Smith Matheson and Earl K. Pollon (Detselig/Temeron Books).
This award-winning book was released in a brand new edition with an update that details the ongoing effects of a mega project, in this case the monstrous W.A.C. Bennett Dam and its Williston Lake reservoir on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia.
See details under book section. To order
April 2006 News Release<
Shirlee Smith Matheson is interviewed by Joanne Elves in Our World April 2006. To download article in acrobat reader click here article Our World
Fall 2005 News Release
Lost True Stories of Canadian Aviation Tragedies, Fifth House Publishers, (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Toronto) ISBN 1-894856-18-X
Sorry, this book is out of print
Thank you to all of you who sent me stories and contacts dealing with "unsolved mysteries of the air." Your help is greatly appreciated.
Open Review PX magazine, Retired Airline Pilots of Canada, October 2006, Vol. III, No. 3, p.26.
Please see Canadian Owners' and Pilots' (COPA) Newsletter Flight Lines, October 2005, p. B-17, interview with author by Lynn Fraser, titled "Do You Know Any Canadian Aviation Mysteries?"
March 2005 News Release
New Project Shirlee Smith Matheson has been hired by the Glenbow Museum to research the story of one of Canada's World War I flying aces, Captain Freddie McCall, DSO, MC and Bar, DFC, for the Glenbow's fabulous exhibition, Mavericks of Alberta, scheduled to open in 2007.
March 2003 - Shirlee Smith Matheson awarded Athabasca University 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award
May 2001 - Shirlee Smith Matheson awarded an Honorary Associate of Arts Degree.
June 2001 -Shirlee Smith Matheson a 2001 Emerald Award finalist
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