I’m back in town after summer vacation and back to the book biz (among other bizzes). A couple of events worth noting in September:
Sunday, Sept. 20, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Signing at Costco, St. John’s.
Thursday, Sept. 24, 7:00 p.m. Reading with Tina Chaulk at the Newman Wine Vaults in St. John’s.
Sunday, Sept. 27, 1:30 p.m. Reading at The Word on the Street in Halifax.
Sunday, Oct. 11: Signing at Chapters, St. John’s.
My cross-Newfoundland mini-book-tour is over, and what a great week it was. My daughter and I drove all the way to Corner Brook, then back home by way of Gander and Trinity. I met so many interesting people and had wonderful conversations about By the Rivers of Brooklyn. And, of course, I got to sell and sign lots of copies of the book.
I wish I could thank everyone who helped us out, and everyone who bought a copy of the book, by name, but that would take forever! I’m so grateful to the store owners at Newfoundland Emporium and Island Treasures in Corner Brook, The Bookworm in Gander, and Trinity Mercantile in Trinity. The library staff in Corner Brook and Gander were also helpful, and Darrell Squires from the Corner Brook library (with his wife Dara) went above and beyond the call of duty in inviting us over for supper. I also had some great talks with media people, including Dorothy King of CBC Corner Brook (that link will take you to an mp3 of the interview) and Randy Larcombe of CBC Grand Falls, and Andrew Robinson from the Gander Beacon.
Best of all, of course, were the readers and book-buyers I met, like the tourists in Trinity who were so interested — especially Roberta from Brooklyn, who was so excited to see a book about Brooklyn, NY, in Newfoundland!
Next week (July 27-31) I’ll be on the road, promoting By the Rivers of Brooklyn in Corner Brook, Gander, Trinity and possibly a few other places. Confirmed times and places are listed below, and I’ll update as more information becomes available. If you’re a blog-reader I haven’t met yet from outside the St. John’s area, I’d love to see you at any of these events.
Tuesday, July 28
12:00 – 1:30: Signing at Newfoundland Emporium in Corner Brook
2:30 – 4:00: Signing at Island Treasures in Corner Brook
7:00 – 8:00: Reading at Corner Brook Library
Wednesday, July 29
2:00 – 4:00: Signing at Bookworm in Gander
7:00 – 8:00: Reading at Gander Public Library
Thursday, July 30
3:00 – 4:30: Reading/Signing at Trinity Mercantile
I love book signings because it’s fun to meet people who’ve read the book, or people who are thinking about reading it and want to chat about it a little. My favourite encounter from yesterday’s signing at Costco was with a woman who bought a copy for her mother. “Mom is from here, but she lives away, and I try to give her a Newfoundland book every year,” the woman said.
“Oh, well if she lives away she’ll probably find this interesting, since it’s all about Newfoundlanders going away,” I said as I autographed her copy.
“Yes, and also it sounds like there’s a bit of hardship in the story, you know?” the buyer said. “Mom loves a bit of a hardship in a book.”
“Oh yes, there’s a nice bit of hardship in this one,” I assured her.
Maybe I should use that as a new promotional tagline? “By the Rivers of Brooklyn: a nice bit of hardship!”
Yesterday’s signing at Costco marks the end of the weekly string of Sunday-afternoon signings I’ve been doing at stores here in the city, but there will be more news to come soon … watch this space!
This week I made a flying visit to the Big Apple to try out for Jeopardy! Since By the Rivers of Brooklyn doesn’ t have a US publisher yet, it’s a big soon to do much book promotion down there, but I did get to visit and drop off copies of the book (in hopes they’ll want to carry it) at three great independent bookstores: Book Court and WORD in Brooklyn, and McNally Jackson in Manhattan.
Had a great signing at Chapters today; it was fun meeting lots of new people as well as a few old friends who dropped by to pick up copies of the book.
A few dates to keep in mind if you’d like to get a signed copy of the book in St. John’s:
Sunday, June 28: Signing at Costco, 1-3 p.m.
Sunday, July 5: Signing at Coles in the Avalon Mall, 2-4 p.m.
Sunday, July 12: Signing at Costco, 1-3 p.m.
As you can see, the online launch served its purpose thanks to you! By the Rivers of Brooklyn made it not just into the top 50, but into the top ten of Indigo’s bestsellers for June 17, due to all those of you who ordered the book yesterday. I hope you receive your copies promptly.
Books published by smaller regional presses need all the buzz they can get to attract some attention on the national scene, so this has been a huge help and I really appreciate it. I am up there with Dean Koontz, Stephanie Meyer and Dan Brown — perhaps not literary giants, but definitely household names!!
What would be even more amazing is to keep it going for a couple of days (or more), because the longer it’s up there, the more people who haven’t seen the book before will notice it and check it out. So if you didn’t get in on the online launch yesterday but were thinking of ordering the book, do it soon, and you’ll still be helping get the word out about the book.
Now to the launch-day prizes and other details…