The book launch for The Nine Lives of Travis Keating took place on November 6th at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia – a neat space down by Pier 21 in Halifax. Trudy Carey was the host; she’s the manager of Woozles, Halifax’s independent children’s bookstore.
I invited a whole lot of people and – wonderful! – a whole lot of people came. Somewhere between 65 and 70 people, to be exact, including 9 kids. I’d really wanted some kids to be there – after all, it’s a kids’ book!
Books were available for people to buy – and every book that Trudy had brought with her sold.
I read short sections from the first three chapters. If you’ve started the book, you know that in Chapter Three I had to howl like a ghost from Gulley Cove. I’d practised the actual reading at home – but I was afraid if I practised howling in my apartment, men in white coats would come and take me away. So driving alone to the airport one day, I was howling away to myself when a guy passed me, giving me kind of a weird look. Buddy, I thought, never in a thousand years would you guess why I’m doing this.
My grandson and his family came to the launch from Port aux Basques, Newfoundland – Stuart is the reason there’s a book, and therefore a launch. A poet friend from Manitoba who happened to be visiting in Halifax dropped by, friends from New Brunswick and many more friends and family from Nova Scotia were there – the whole occasion was truly celebratory. Which, I believe, is what a book launch should be.