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Grandmothers’ Necklace Patricia Anne ElfordGrandmothers’ Necklace is an anthology created in honour of grandmothers.

Over 60 professional, and some gifted non-professionals, writers and poets of multiple racial and socio-economic backgrounds from across Canada, the United States and Ireland have contributed to it. Joyous and wistful, hilarious and serious, the collection is too rich to be scanned all at once. Appreciate it a few gems at a time.

Through Patricia Anne Elford, of the Petawawa Grannies , the Editor and Compiler, ALL profits go to Grandmothers to Grandmothers of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, to assist the grandmothers of Africa, aged anywhere from their 40’s to their 80’s who have lost their adult children and are raising their grandchildren, alone, under unbelievably impoverished circumstances. These children were orphaned due to the death of their parents from AIDS and AIDS-related illnesses.

The first book launch was on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at the Petawawa Library, Petawawa, Ontario, the second, on Monday, February 22, 2010, at The Bean House Café, Deep River, ON, the third in Belleville on February 27, at Greenley’s Bookstore. Readings, signings and launches have followed in Ottawa, Smiths Falls and Kitchener, Stittsville, ON and in Truro, NS. 25 copies were sold at the exciting June 24,25th GranAfriCan Gathering in Toronto. Copies for selling went with Grannies from BC! Plans continue for Grandmothers’ Necklace events in other provinces and the USA.

Keep alert to learn of other launches, reading nights and signings; opportunities to hear some of the first- class writers, new places to buy a copy or more of the book and help the grandmothers of Sub- Saharan Africa as they selflessly, determinedly, fight to meet the daily challenges.

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Where to Buy Grandmothers' Necklace

If you live in the area of one of the businesses providing hands-on book-buying opportunities, or are travelling nearby, even if you’ve already bought copies of the book, please consider thanking them on our behalf by dropping in.


to arrange purchases or consignments for selling on the Petawawa Grannies’ behalf.

Thank you most sincerely for your co-operation.

Patricia Anne Elford
(Rev.) Patricia Anne Elford, OCT, B.A., M.Div., Editor
Grandmothers' Necklace


In 2015, a special reading event including selections from Grandmothers’ Necklace and from other works by Heather Campbell, Daniel Elford and Patricia Anne Elford occurred in Janna’s Café in Pembroke. More reading events are in the works for Pembroke and Arnprior sites in 2016.

Sub-Saharan Africa had an estimated 13 million children orphaned by AIDS in 2006; this number is expected to reach 18-20 million in 2010. Amidst the overwhelming needs, grandmothers have stepped up to take on the care of children left destitute and alone. With hardly any resources, the grandmothers of Africa are at the heart of the community response to the AIDS pandemic. In some countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, between 40% and 60% of orphans live in grandparent-headed households; the vast majority of them are cared for by grandmothers.

Grandmothers’ Necklace Patricia Anne Elford

Grandmothers' Necklace - now available at the Valley Artisans' Co-op

Why a BOOK? Because, unlike the rest of the Petawawa Grannies, I don’t knit, sew, crochet or make patchwork quilts. I don’t golf or do crafts, except as a teaching device or with my grandchildren. I do write and I do edit…that’s what I have to give. The call for submissions went out. Wonderful, wonderful material came in. I was, and am, very grateful for its quality. It’s one thing to have people buy something for a “good cause”. It is a great bonus to know that this something is really worth the price, and more.
--Patricia Elford

From Epic Press, Essence Publishers Site

Grandmothers’ Necklace Patricia Anne Elford
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Grandmothers’ Necklace
Patricia Anne Elford


5.25 x 8 - 200 Pages

Read! Enjoy! Share the wealth!

This is a rich gem collection—by, or in honour of, grandmothers, worldwide. Just look at that contributors’ list! Serious or humorous poetry and prose by professional writers such as Phil Callaway, Winona Baker, Theodore Christou, Dr. David Schwartz, and CBC broadcaster, Judy Maddren, linked with memorable pieces by gifted non-professionals and personal narratives by grannies of the sub-Sahara.

Rev. Patricia Anne Elford is an editor, educator, guest speaker, clergyperson and award-winning professional writer in a variety of serious and humorous genres with a present emphasis on poetry. Her work appears in local, national and international, secular and Christian publications, anthologies, periodicals, newspapers, literary journals and on-line.
ISBN: 978-1-55452-462-4  72 Units in Stock   Published By: Epic Press

The Grandmothers to Grandmothers organization raises funds for Stephen Lewis Foundation projects to fight the wave of AIDS and HIV in Africa.