Author, Author

It never fails to amaze me how two people can go to the same event and have totally different experiences. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, in fact, I think it’s good!. Seeing life from different perspectives gives us a broader picture over all. Sunday was this year’s annual Word on the Street, and what a beautiful day we had! When I read Diane Tibert’s blog post about her experience that day it was totally different from mine. She wrote about the sights she saw on the waterfront and her experience with some of the booksellers  and authors of the day. My time was spent sitting in on author readings, for me, a super big treat. I was in heaven.

I was excited to learn that Halifax author, Elaine McCluskey, was to read from her book of short stories. Elaine’s name I was well familiar with since our work has appeared in the same literary magazines over the years. Here she is reading from her latest book of short stories, “Valerie the Great.” It was an exceptional reading. Not only do I love her subtle humour, but her hair’s something else too. I’m a little jealous to tell the truth.

A real treat it was to hear Binnie Brennan read from her short story collection, “A Certain Grace.” Although I’d heard of Binnie, I wasn’t familiar with her work at all. I can tell you now, both authors are superb short story writers. Their work is well worth reading. Hmm, and just when we writers are being told that short story collections are harder to market! I love knowing these two women have collections out there. I guess the short story isn’t dead yet.

I stopped by the Nimbus table to have a look. Did you really think I wouldn’t? Come on– Nimbus is my publisher and a gal’s got to know where her loyality lies.  Lots of new and exciting titles. Some I’ve read, others are on my BTR list.

I sat in on a reading by Lisa Harrington. Lisa’s new YA novel, “Live to Tell,” is psychological  thriller and the reviews I’ve read have been great. This is a book I’m looking forward to reading.

 Cynthia d’Entrement read from her book “Oak Island Revenge.” If you remember I went to Cynthia’s book launch back in May.I met Cynthia and Lisa back in 2008 at the launch of “A Maritime Christmas,” the  anthology published by Nimbus that year. We’ve kept in touch –Facebook is a wonderful thing–which is kind of nice. It’s always good to see a familiar face at these festivals, and you never know who you’ll end up befriending one day.  :)

Gary Blackwood read from his book, “The Imposter.” I quite enjoyed Gary’s story about how it took twenty years for this book to find a home. It sounded a bit complicated, and sometimes it’s just the way things work out. A lesson to be learned perhaps is that a book may be accepted for publication, but sometimes things are just out of our control. Sometimes the planets just don’t align properly. I’m sure after a wait like that publication is very sweet indeed.

Allison Maher entertained us with a reading from her book, “Time Flies When You’re Chasing Spies.” Allison has more energy in her baby finger than the rest of us have in our entire bodies. No exaggeration. If you want to be totally entertained do take time to drop in on Allison when she’s doing a reading. Allison’s book launch is coming up on the Saturday and I’ve been invited to go. Truth is, you don’t need an invitation to attend a book launch, they’re most always open to the public—the more the merrier.  You never have to worry about being turned away.

So there you have my account of WOTS 2012. I wish I could have stayed longer, but my chauffeur had to get a little shut eye before work later that night.

Oh, and as for what I did with the copy of my book that I snapped up from the library sale last Saturday, I found a school library I plan to donate it to, and that feels right.  :)

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18 Comments

  1. Maybe someday I will be able to take in an event like this … maybe.
    I think donating your book to a school library is an excellent idea! :)

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    • WOTS is for anyone; authors, readers and book-lovers. I think you’d enjoy going, Lynn.
      I’m pleased about my decision as to where my book will go. :)

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  2. I think if 100 people who attended Word on the Street were asked to give an account, we’d have 100 different accounts of the event. :-) Each of us are interested in different things and are influenced by our likes and dislikes and our history. It’s wonderful that an event like WOTS can bring together so many different individuals.

    Donating to a school library is excellent! I donated my children’s book to my son’s school and plan to donate any future age-appropriate books to them as well. In fact, my son and I are planning a special giveaway with his class early next year.

    Thanks for sharing, Laura.

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    • The donation of my book came about through a conversation with a teacher who mentioned that their school did not have a copy of my book. I immediately knew then what to do with it. Gotta love when that happens. :)

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  3. Thanks for update on contemporary writers. I’m still doing Homer and Chaucer.

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  4. Sounds like you had a great time Laura and I too love to hear other author’s read from thier work. We will have our WOTS here on the west coast this weekend. I am voluntering at two tables but also plan to listen to some authors’ readings. It is always such a great event.

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    • You’re back! I hope you had a great time on your trip, Darlene. You were missed around the blogosphere. Have fun this weekend. Perhaps we’ll read about it on your blog. :)

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  5. What a great summary, Laura! I see we were at many of the same places. :) So nice to see you again and what a great idea for your book copy. A library is the perfect place.
    See you next time, it was a great day!

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    • It’s always great seeing you, JoAnn. Even when you’re not reading yourself, you’re there to support those in your writing group. As you know, that is so important and authors SO appreciate it. Lisa and Cyndy did a great job, and I was happy to have been there. Hopefully, next year, when you’re there to read from your next book I’ll be there. :) Looking foward to it!

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  6. Angela Wilson

     /  September 27, 2012

    Allison is married to my cousin, David Bowlby. I would have loved to have been there at the Word on the Street. kicking my ass! Allison is so talented in so many, many ways!!!

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    • I’m sure you would have enjoyed her reading. I’m looking forward to her launch on Saturday! It’s at their farm, and that’s always a lovely place to go. :)

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  7. I like Elaine’s hair, too. Many activities are like that, everyone sees it through different eyes.

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  8. How wonderful to have enjoyed meeting and listening to the various authors! As Darlene mentions, WOTS Vancouver is this weekend. I’ve browsed the online schedule and I wish I lived closer to downtown Vancouver. No, actually I wish it was held somewhere other than the downtown area, because it’s difficult to get there from where I live unless I drive, and I won’t drive into the downtown core anymore.

    I’ll have to get my dose of exposure to authors at next month’s Surrey Conference. There are something like three dozen lined up for the weekend!

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    • Had our son not driven us into downtown Halifax I’d never have been there. I’m sure Vancouver is much worse as it’s a bigger city. Still, it’s great that you get to go to the Surrey Conference. I bet you meet a lot of authors there as well.

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  9. I can’t wait to move to your area so I can attend these wonderful readings. Last year I did attend a Federation of BC Writers reading at Books and Company. It was fun to be surrounded by authors. Course, what I liked best was I was among many who read.

    Thanks for sharing this, Laura. I love that all these authors were able to attend.

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