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Peggy Dymond Leavey’s first book, The Movie Years, was published in 1989. It is the story of the early film industry in Trenton, Ontario. She has been a contributing editor for three books of local history.
Her numerous articles and short stories have been published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. Peggy is also the author of nine novels for young readers, including Sky Lake Summer, The Deep End Gang, and The Path Through the Trees, all of which were nominated for the Ontario Library’s Association’s Silver Birch Award. Growing Up Ivy, published in 2010 by Dundurn Press, was a starred selection in the Canadian Children's Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens.
In 2015, Dundurn Press published Peggy’s biography Molly Brant, Mohawk Loyalist and Diplomat, as part of its Quest Biographies series. Peggy had two previous Quest Biographies to her credit: Mary Pickford, Canada's Silent Siren, America’s Sweetheart and Laura Secord, Heroine of the War of 1812, which was a finalist for the Ontario Legislature’s 2013 Speaker’s Book Award.
A retired librarian, Peggy is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, The Spirit of the Hills Writers’ Group, and The Quinte Arts Council. She and her husband live near Trenton, in Quinte West.
One wonders what life in Trenton, Ontario might have been like today had predictions made in the early part of the 20th century come true. For Trenton was to be “Hollywood of the North.”
September 29, 2021
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