What a lot of luminaries on this list! (And After Alice!) http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/canlit/crazy-for-canlit-2014/
Exciting to be mentioned by the Literary Press Group today!
This morning the amazing Canlit book blog 49th Shelf posted my list, Barefoot Girls and Wild Women.
My marking finished (more or less!); the sun came out; I walked to Gamble Pond and saw canvasbacks and scaups, buffleheads and wigeons, mallards, Canada Geese, coots, swallows, and both red-winged and yellow-headed blackbirds. Then a couple of hours of cleaning out flower beds - why does that feel like a privilege in April, and a chore by July? Violets growing everywhere in the lawn, and the two tiny girls next door picking them.
The launch was really successful - thanks to everyone who came! There were about 45 people there (not counting my own family members), so a great turnout - it filled the café. A pretty good turnout as well considering that the year-end show for the visual arts students was the same night, also there was a Mozart Mass, and Richard Wagamese was having his book launch just up the street at exactly the same time.
The Art We Are café provided a nice tray of desserts and tea. What a great place to do a launch - I love the old brick walls and the woodwork, the vintage tables, the high ceilings with the hanging lamps, the great food and tea selection, the art everywhere. The vibe seemed really great and we sold some books (thanks, Max!). Thanks as well to Liz Reimer for her introduction, which made me feel like a rock star, and to Lindsay Curry for managing the sound system so expertly! I read for just 20 minutes - it was hard to pick passages that were short enough to sort of tell a story in that space of time - and then there was HUGE applause. So it felt very successful.
Book signing at Chapters today at 1:30! I'm looking forward to meeting new readers.
I'm so excited to be the "H" in BC Bookworld this week - I've fantasized about that for years.
So exciting to have my copies of After Alice arrive in a big box on my doorstep!
They are available right now at bookies, the TRU campus bookstore, 900 McGill Drive, in the Campus Activity Centre (building 7 on the map).
Save the Date!
Meet Karen and have your copy of After Alice signed by the author.
There are two upcoming free events in Kamloops BC: