The Comox Valley Writers Society is pleased to announce the launch of Crumblies do Paris. The author, Marlet Ashley, and the illustrator, Kate Brown, will be reading and signing books on Sunday, May 26th at 4058 Haas Road, Courtenay, in a launch with local author Carolyn Walton beginning at 2 pm.

Crumblies do Paris is a creative non-fiction travelogue picture book for grownups, and is the second in a three-part series about two elderly women who travel through Europe together. Meg and Peg get lost in Paris, miss a train in Normandy, and are aided by a couple of lovely young men who give them bus fare, clinching the fact that the women are indeed Crumblies (a Scottish word for old and decrepit).

Much like Crumblies do Skye, Crumblies do Paris is mostly true and tends toward creative non-fiction, heavy on the creative side of things.  

Marlet Ashley says, “The names have been changed to protect both the innocent and guilty. We thoroughly enjoyed Paris and felt we had to write about our misadventures even if they made us seem a little dotty.”

Paris is close to their hearts, and Marlet notes that she and Brown “were in Paris before the devastating fire that destroyed much of Notre Dame, and we wish to add our sympathy to those of many around the world for the people of Paris.”


Kate Brown and Marlet Ashley have a long history of collaboration with their children’s book series, Revelry on the Estuary which includes The Interlopers; Trumpeters’ Tribulations; Penelope Piper’s Great Adventure; Henri Sings the Blues; and A Pirate’s Life for Gabby as well as a children’s Christmas book, Must Be Christmas, along with Robin and Ruthie Ride the Bus.

Brown has additionally created prints, original paintings and ceramic ware depicting the books’ characters.

Marlet Ashley, author, has been a career educator with an M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing. She taught creative writing at the University of Windsor, and was a tenured instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, B.C. Her first novel is The Right Kind of Crazy (2018), and she is the author of the Canadian edition of Literature and the Writing Process. A member of the Federation of BC Writers, Marlet was a guest lecturer at Elder College at NIC and conducted fiction workshops for the Comox Valley Writers Society’s writing conference at North Island College (2018, 2019). Marlet lives and facilitates a fiction writing group in Comox, BC.

Kate Brown, illustrator, studied Art and Design in London, UK, and developed a career as an interior designer, product designer, and clothing designer. Kate has been involved in designing museums in which exhibited artefacts seemingly come to life to tell stories that enthral and capture the interest of visitors. Kate is president and founding member of Artsphere (formerly Art Group of the Comox Valley), an organization that encourages artists and also supports local charities through art. Kate lives in Courtenay, BC, on the Comox Estuary.


Marlet Ashley

Author, Comox Valley Writers Society