On November 9, Kingston, Ontario authors gathered together for an afternoon event at Chapters. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world, but — my goodness — it was a busy day for me. Bobbing between an outlying swimming pool and Kingston’s Chapters — whilst a large family get-together occurred in my home — proved to be exhausting. But hey, when book promotion and exposure beckons, who would dare refuse?
A sizable table boasted stacks of familiar titles by Young Kingston authors Y.S. Lee, Mary Alice Downie, Ann-Maureen Owens, and me. We were joined, too, by acclaimed novelist Leanne Lieberman. Young Kingston member Christine Fader snapped these lovely photos and welcomed shoppers to investigate our books and ask questions. We greeted some friends, met avid readers, signed books, and handed out bookmarks. All in all, it was a fun afternoon. And later, when I got home, there was a delicious meal and decadent desserts awaiting me. Ahh!
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I’ve been busy planning for my upcoming book launch. Save the date: Wednesday, September 18 from 7:00 to 8:30 at Novel Idea Bookstore in Kingston. I’ll have some activities for kids of all ages and you can enjoy some light refreshments. Book launches are a great way to celebrate all the hard work that goes into creating a book. In some ways, it feels like a way to mark the occasion where said writer emerges from the solitary writing cocoon and joins the ranks of bubbly socialite once again — that is, if the writer in question can remember how to, er, uh, socialize — yeah, that’s it.
If you’d like a peek at the post for the event, click on the link below:
Hope to see you there!
Teachers and Librarians: Are you interested in having an author visit your school this year? Are you in Ontario? If so, take five minutes to fill out the application on The Writers’ Union of Canada website, which describes the Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools Program and contains a link to a one-page application form. The funding is available on a first-come first-served basis, so now is a great time to apply for an author to visit this fall. I’d be delighted to visit your school! Contact me for more information.
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