Here’s what’s happening:

1. “Loose Woman” is one of three finalists for the Whistler Independent Book Award, a juried award sponsored by the Writers’ Union of Canada. The winner will be announced in October.

 2. My article “Portrait of the Artist: my visit with Alice Neel,”about the famous painter, will appear in the fall issue of The New Quarterly. We’re just choosing photographs to go with it.

 3. “Two old guys talking” – here’s a Zoom video made by two not so old guys who asked to interview me about my new memoir and the life of a writer. It’s fun! Everything you ever wanted to know…

4. I’m doing a Zoom book club meeting with members from across the country – all men. It’s wonderful that men enjoy this book as much as women. Max Beck, a book club member, just emailed, “I loved your book!”

 5. The audiobook of “Loose Woman” read by my humble self was picked up by Barnes & Noble for its NOOK app. It’s also available at Audible. The print and e-book can be ordered from your local bookstore, such as Ben McNally Books.

Best wishes and stay strong, my friends. It’s summer, the garden’s flourishing, Canada is 50% vaccinated, and the world is opening up again.




Announcing my new memoir: Loose Woman: my odyssey from lost to found. Now also available as an audiobook, read by the author.

Martha Henry, Canada’s leading actress, said, “I loved it! Fascinating reading. Beth’s journey from actor to writer is highly intriguing; the sojourn in France, the heart and soul of the book. Beth is a brilliant talent.”

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In 1979, Canadian actor Beth Kaplan surprised herself by agreeing to live and work for four months in a community of intellectually disabled men in Provence. Her memoir Loose Woman, an intimate, sometimes hilarious tale with an unforgettable cast of characters, tells of her astonishing transformation from sexually adventurous, quasi-alcoholic actor into a resolute young woman embarking on a brand-new life.


“I loved reading this hugely enjoyable book, page turning and honest. And it’s funny! Any woman torn between motherhood and career will identify with this.” DAME HARRIET WALTER

“An amazing journey of the self. The writing is a joy, full of insight and humour. A beautiful, heartbreaking/heart-mending story.” SUZETTE COUTURE, screenwriter and producer

“Compulsive reading with very funny moments. Highly readable, entertaining, very moving.” ALAN STRATTON, multi-prize-winning author

“How very much to admire in these pages from a writer of such ability, who recreates ordinary moments from her experience with exacting clarity, ease and grace.” WAYSON CHOY, multi-prize-winning author

The print book can be ordered by your local bookstore, like Ben McNally or Chapters/Indigo, which will in turn order it from the distributor Ingram. Or: order your copy here.

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True to Life: 50 steps to help you tell your story by Beth Kaplan

True To Life
50 steps to help
you tell your story


All My Loving

All my Loving
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