(Hmmm...I originally posted this on the 18th, but it seems to have dissappeared. Weird. I'm re-posting it today and will post a play-by-play of my trip to Toronto in the next couple of days!)
This past week is a bit of a blur, but one thing I can say for certain is that I feel loved. After a two day media run in Halifax that included radio, TV and print interviews as well as a couple of drop-in signing sessions at local bookstores, I came back to the Annapolis Valley for the launch of The Birth House at the old Acadia Cinema in Wolfville, NS.
It was an incredible evening, hosted by Mitzi DeWolfe, proprietor of the wonderful and enchanting Box of Delights bookstore. In her opening remarks she recalled the time that she caught me staring at a spot on her fiction shelves. This was a few years ago and we didn't know one another very well at that point. She came up to me and asked, "is there something I can help you with?" I replied (quietly, but hopeful)...no, I'm just looking at where I hope my novel will sit one day. In the years that followed, she always asked about 'the book' whenever I came in to the store (and she always let me have my minute of hopeful visualization in the fiction section to myself.)
The theatre was completely filled...with old friends and many new faces and I felt that they were 'with me' every step of the way throughout the reading. Afterwards, I signed books for well over an hour, and even got to sign the book of a woman who had been born in my house as well as a book belonging to the great grandaughter of the midwife who once lived in my house. Magical moments that I won't soon forget.
I'm off to the big city tomorrow...to chat with midwives, and rub shoulders with friends, favourite bloggers and some of my Can. Lit. Idols. Toronto here I come!
Halifax Chronicle Herald Feature
This is an interview/review by Jodi DeLong. We had a wonderful afternoon just sipping tea and chatting in my studio. Birth of a Novelist
She also mentions The Birth House on her wonderful blog, Blooming Writer.
(and you can see a picture of me next to a painting/portrait by my dear friend Doretta.)
Winter Potpouri at Blooming Writer