My friend Meghan Marentette and I had a joint launch at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia of her first children’s novel, The Stowaways (Pajama Press) and of my fifth novel, The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden (Fitzhenry & Whiteside).
A terrific event – a sandwich board outside the door, children sitting on a rug near the podium, delicious nibblies prepared by us (yes, I’m boasting!). Lisa Doucet was there from Woozles,
selling books. My great-grandson Logan was in the front row (his first book launch) with his mother Jessica, my granddaughter, to whom my book is dedicated.
Carmen Klassen of CBC Radio did a wonderful job of introducing Meghan and me, thank you, Carmen.
And many friends came to help us celebrate as our two new books make their way into the world. Thanks to everyone who made this event so successful.
I was in Toronto from November 4-10, for the launch of all Pajama Press’s 2013 titles – including Nix Minus One. Meghan Marentette was also there from Halifax, with her first novel for children, The Stowaways; and I stayed with my friend Sue MacLeod (thank you, Sue!), who launched her contemporary/historical YA novel, Namesake.
It was a fun event, familiar faces (Alma Fullerton among them) and new ones (Karen Bass, whose novel, Graffiti Knight, I very much enjoyed) – and Gail Winskill introduced us all. Books for sale, great grub prepared by Alma’s husband, and good “shop” talk.
Then we hopped the #509 shuttle through the wasteland near Harbourfront (construction, construction, construction) to Bay Street Station, and caught the subway. I felt like a pro on Toronto Transit by the time I flew home.
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The wonderful Authors’ Booking Service arranged a visit to the Pleasantview Library (take the Bloor Line east and the bus north).
One hundred grade 8 students sitting on the floor of the auditorium at 9 a.m. My first time to read Nix Minus One in junior high, and my first (gulp) Powerpoint presentation. Everything went super-smooth – Powerpoint really helped, because none of the kids were from Newfoundland or had ever been there. So I could show them fishing villages and shots of the barrens and the mountains on the northern peninsula.
And they loved Nix!!! So wonderful to meet with that response, with such close attention. Thank you, every one of you!
This has nothing to do with writing – other than that anything at all can have everything to do with writing.
A friend of mine and I completed our five-stage walk from Upper Tantallon to Hubbards along Rails to Trails – an abandoned railway track on Nova Scotia’s south shore. We figure we covered about 50 km.
We hiked from the wonderful Bike and Bean Café in Tantallon to St Margaret’s Bay Community Centre, then back to the Bike and Bean (where the inevitable reward is a banana-chocolate-chip muffin and a latte). Next time we parked at the community centre and walked to the yellow church and back – you get the picture.
The last stretch from Queensland Beach to Hubbards brought us out on Route 3 within five minutes of The Trellis Café, known for its gingerbread.
Did we lose weight from all this walking? Let’s not go there.
No bugs. Beautiful fall foliage. Ocean views, streams and rivers to cross, the scent of pine and fir – and good conversation enroute.
I’ve decided to attend the Pajama Press launch in Toronto – for all their titles (ten altogether) published in the spring and fall seasons of 2013. So I’ll be there on November 7th with Nix Minus One.
My flights are booked on Porter Air – I love flying into Toronto Islands airport and taking the ferry to the Harbourfront area.
And I can stay with my friend Sue MacLeod, who will also be at the launch with her wonderful present day/historical teen novel, Namesake.
The six-month “sabbatical” I’ve been trying to take from the world of kidlit? With two new titles published this year – Nix Minus One and The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden – I’m out of luck!
Obviously, I really care about both books, and want to do everything I can to introduce them to potential readers. So…I’d better go prepare my presentation for the Pleasant View Branch of the Toronto Public Library on November 6th….
The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden is now in print and available at your local independent bookstore (Woozles and Bookmark, in Halifax, Tattletales in Dartmouth), and at Amazon.ca. It can be ordered at Chapters.
I love the cover, and the design – and, as always, it’s such a thrill to have the real book in my hands!
I hope you’ll enjoy Sigrid’s adventures – and the continuation of Hud’s story from The Nine Lives of Travis Keating.
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Word on the Street on September 22nd on the Halifax Waterfront was blessed with sunshine and good crowds.
I took part in a panel with Jan Coates (The Hare in the Elephant’s Ear and The Power of Harmony) and JoAnn Yhard (The Fossil Hunter of Sydney Mines, Lost on Brier Island, and Buried Secrets at Louisbourg) – and we had fun with discussing the role of empathy in books for kids and teens.
Does a reader feel empathy for the characters? Do you, when you read a book you really like?
This book is the completion of the Newfoundland trilogy which started with The Nine Lives of Travis Keating, followed by The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy.
Pick up your copy today!
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- White Ravens Selection 2014 – Nix Minus One October 8, 2014
- Atlantic Book Awards – Ann Connor Brimer Award for Nix Minus One! May 26, 2014
- Festival of Trees May 26, 2014
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