Around the World, the City, the Year

Osoyoos Homecoming

Sunlight path through vineyards.
Osoyoos vineyards at sunset, August 2022 (Author photo).

Not gonna lie: I’m extra proud of my latest writing credit! My first piece of travel writing, an essay on my hometown of Osoyoos, British Columbia, is out now. In fact, it’s a feature in Issue 6 of Rivanna Review, a journal out of Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s a paid publication and the content isn’t online, so you’ll need to visit their website to buy a copy. I (and they) would appreciate it!

From their website:

Rivanna Review is a print quarterly and cable TV monthly in Charlottesville, Virginia, on the Rivanna River. The content is general interest—stories, features, and book reviews. The format is 8.5" x 11", black and white, stapled.

The single issue price is $8.00, and a one-year subscription is $32.00, within the United States. International prices are $12.00 and $48.00. Please send a check with your name and mailing address to: Rivanna Review, 807 Montrose Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

The television program they produce is a half hour of excerpts read aloud with illustrations. It is broadcast on the Charlottesville community channel, but episodes are also available on Vimeo. (Search for “Rivanna Review”.) Watch for an excerpt of my essay in the next episode!

Line drawing of attached buildings (row houses).
Rivanna Review logo.

Book Mail

Merry Christmas to me! This week, I received a package in the mail—and I had a pretty good idea of the contents. Believe it or not, I actually did not rip the parcel open right away … I was too nervous. (Watch the unboxing reel on my social media channels.)

Copies of Provenance Unknown under the Christmas tree. (Author photo)

It’s an indescribable feeling to hold a physical copy of my debut novel in my hands. The imposter syndrome is real, but I’m going to try my best to cherish this moment.

Next on my wish list? Having someone in Paris—or, someone from elsewhere who’s travelling to Paris—take photos of the book in various locations there. If you’re willing and able to make this happen, please reach out!

Hooray for Little Free Libraries!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll already know how thrilled I am to have my Provenance Unknown postcards going into Little Free Library locations across Greater Victoria! A huge thanks to Dr. Teale Phelps Bonderoff (Greater Victoria Placemaking Network’s Pocket Places Project) for supporting local authors and delivering this promo swag all over the city.

They’re beautiful cards, if I do say so myself. Of course, it’s easy to make them look good when my publisher, Sands Press, provided such a lovely cover. And because part of the story takes place here, the little book boxes are a great fit for spreading the word.

I still have some cards available, so please reach out if you’d like one—or more to share. And let me know if you spot any “in the wild”! Bonus points for photos.

Year in Review

I’ve been writing off and on for most of my life, but started putting my work out there publicly only recently. A blitz of credits defined 2022, and that blows my mind! Of course, now I’m paranoid that I’ll never repeat this accomplishment to the same extent. (So. Much. Pressure. From myself, but still.)

Screenshot from Credits page listing 2022 published work.

If you missed any of my work this year, or just want to read it again, the links are on the Credits page of my website.

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful holiday season!

Published by Sonia Nicholson

Sonia Nicholson is an archivist, executive assistant, and writer. She was born and raised in Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada and studied French and Spanish at the University of Victoria. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia with her husband, two children, and two rescue dogs. Follow her on Twitter @nicholsonsonia_

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