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Béa Gonzalez

I was born in Spain and immigrated to Canada as a child. Following studies in Spain and Toronto, I pursued postgraduate studies in England where I earned an M.A. in Literary and Historical Studies from the University of London.  


My first novel, The Bitter Taste of Time, was published in Canada by HarperCollins and tells the story of three generations of women living through the great historical upheavals of twentieth-century Spain. My second novel, The Mapmaker’s Opera, was published in 2005. Since that time, my novels have been published in seven countries.


In 2007, the rights to The Mapmaker's Opera were acquired by the Australian composer, Kevin Purcell, to be made into a musical. In 2014, I had the privilege of attending a performance of the musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. It was a magical experience.


I am also a lecturer and educator, passionate about teaching people of all ages about the importance of a metaphorical approach to life.  I have led literary tours for Classical Pursuits to Mexico and Spain and taught classes on the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell in Toronto.  I have been invited to speak at the Walrus Foundation, York University, Sheridan College, London House, UK, and De Nieuwe Universiteit in Amsterdam.  

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