A healthy, creative 2022 to you!  Here’s what’s happening here:

1. Interviews: Here’s a half-hour interview with Traci Skuce about writing memoir, part of a week-long series of master classes on Zoom. I’ve had very good feedback about it, including someone who wrote, “What a lovely lady.” LOL!


Publications: I’m on a roll right now, folks. “Correspondence,” an essay that matters as deeply to me as anything I’ve ever written, will be out in Queen’s Quarterly any minute. They’ve produced it beautifully. Seeing it in print made me cry. Can’t post because it’s a PDF, but email me if you’d like me to email it back to you. [email protected]

“Secret,” another haunting story I’ve been working on for years, has just appeared in https://fullgrownpeople.com/, an online nonfiction magazine. And I’m working hard on a compilation of my essays, published and unpublished — a 60,000 word manuscript that came together in a month and a half. If only all writing were as fast and relatively easy.

2. The Beatles are much in the news lately because of the fabulous documentary Get Back. My first memoir, All My Loving: coming of age with Paul McCartney in Paris, tells what it was like to grow up in the sixties with Beatlemania and my crazy family.

I guarantee it’ll make you laugh and take you back, and bring the era to life for anyone unlucky enough not to have been there.

 3. Audiobook: A woman in Virginia listened to the audiobook of Loose Woman read by my humble self and mailed me a note: I loved it all… Your writing is musical, so a pleasure to hear. Thank you!

The audiobook was picked up by Barnes & Noble for its NOOK app. It’s also available at Audible and Findaway Voices. The print and e-book can be ordered from your local bookstore, such as Ben McNally Books, and of course from you know where.

4. Book clubs: This fall I’ve been a guest at three local bookclubs. Afterwards, one book club member, Heather Crosbie, wrote: If you’re in a book club, I recommend inviting Beth to join you. You’ll meet a woman who’s full of life, funny, painfully honest, and reflective. You’ll find yourselves laughing and crying as you share your own stories as well as dig deeper into Beth’s.

 Thank you, Heather. If you’d like me to join your book club for a frank and lively discussion, please get in touch.

5. AwardsLoose Woman was one of three finalists out of 80 non-fiction books for the Whistler Independent Book Award, sponsored by the Writers’ Union of Canada. 

 6. Video: Here’s a fun Zoom video made by two not so old guys who asked to interview me about Loose Woman and the life of a writer. Everything you ever wanted to know and more…


We’re in the cold, dark season, my friends. Let’s keep each other company with words.


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

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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
Coming of Age with
Paul McCartney in Paris

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