The book launch for The City We Share (Shoreline Press) was a huge success! A large audience, including Pointe Claire’s mayor Bill McMurchie, editor Mark Abley, Judith Isherwood of Shoreline Press, and most of the 35 authors featured in the book gathered at the Pointe Claire Library on Aug. 20 for readings, snacks, book-signing and camaraderie. Sadly, I had to duck out before the snacks (prepared by Mary Jane O’Neill, section manager of adult programming) were served, but I hear they were fabulous. Mary Jane also added a whimsical touch with her cowbell–which sounded two or three times when authors exceeded the three-minute limit while reading from their work.
Books are available directly from Shoreline Press, and from the Pointe Claire Library, where you can borrow or buy. Do check it out if you can; there are some fantastic essays, poems and stories in its 244 pages, in both English and French. Included are works by Donna Nebenzahl, Jane Barclay, Claire Pelletier, Lori Weber, Linda Marics and Pascal Carette.
I read the opening section of my 5-part essay Seasons of the Lake, entitled Smoke on the Water. I was surprised and pleased to find that editor Mark Abley had chosen my piece to be the first one in the book. Just to make the week-end perfect, The Winnipeg Review published Seasons of the Lake on Sunday. There is always a lot of great stuff to read there, so click on over and take a look.