May 18, 2009

Wild thing, I think I love you...

Ever spot someone who has his/her head in a book? Ever let curiosity get the best of you and sidle close enough to note the title, or even grab a look-see at the text on the page?

A bookstore friend of mine has long made a habit of this kind of behaviour. She calls it "catching readers in the wild."

Two years ago, Toronto-based literary voyeur, Julie Wilson took the practice a step beyond and started a blog to document what she'd spied people reading in public. She called it Seen Reading, and I was hooked from the start.

What is Seen Reading?

  1. I see you reading.
  2. I remember what page you’re on in the book.
  3. I head to the bookstore, and make a note of the text.
  4. I let my imagination rip.
  5. Readers become celebrities.
  6. People get giddy and buy more books.
Why do you do this?
Readers are cool. Authors work hard. Publishers take chances. And you all deserve to be seen!
- Julie Wilson, about Seen Reading
I'm thrilled to announce that as of May 18, 2009, I'll be a regular contributor to Seen Reading! Every MONDAY I'll be posting my "sightings" on the Seen Reading blog, cataloguing the readers I've seen out and about in Nova Scotia.
(Tuesdays will be from Montreal’s Saleema Nawaz, Wednesdays from Julie Wilson in Toronto, Thursdays from Vancouver’s Monique Trottier and Fridays have been dubbed as a "Free for All.")

I come from a long line of birders - intense birdwatching folk with keen eyes and serious life lists. LBBs (little brown birds) are seen every day, but it's the rare bird that's always on my mind.
The indigo bunting that happens to stop in my yard on its migratory journey.
The motorcycle mama, leaning against a bent metal railing along side the road, reading The Grapes of Wrath.
- Ami McKay, thoughts on catching readers in the wild

This spring I'll be sticking close to home, moving between hikes along the beach and doctor's visits, farmer's market mornings and pot luck dinners, never wandering far from the Annapolis Valley. Where do you do your reading?

My first sighting is up today!!! (If you've ever brought a puppy into your life as practise for parenthood, this one's for you...)
Before and After Getting Your Puppy

I hope you'll stop by Seen Reading and let me know what you think.
I'll be seeing you - reading!

PS Literary lad, Steven Beattie recently posted a wonderful interview/article on the new incarnation of Seen Reading with comments from Julie Wilson, Saleema Nawaz, Monique Trottier, and yours truly.
Seen Reading Goes National

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ami,

I just wanted to drop a note to say how much I loved your book. I learned about it here, on your blog and I knew it would be good, I just didn't realize how much it would stay with me after reading it. Thank you for sharing the story.

Valerie

~grits~ said...

Hi Ami,

I just found that "Jerome" is out - I didn't realize that! However, amazon.com is out of stock. I'll keep checking back though.
Congratulations!!!

Jordan said...

I recently came across your blog and thought you and your readers might also be interested in another favorite of mine, an online lit mag called Narrative Magazine (at http://www.narrativemagazine.com). It offers its contents for free and also accepts all types of submissions (fiction, poetry, art, photography, non-fiction, etc.) Narrative also has a few contests going on now that I think your readers might enjoy. Hope you have a chance to check it out and maybe mention it in your blog or links section!

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