Launching October 15

Hello, everyone! My novel, MAKING UP THE GODS, is launching at Entershine Bookshop (196 Algoma Street S, Thunder Bay, Ontario) on Sunday, October 15, from 1 to 3.

A recent glorious morning,
with the birch tree's golden leaves
lit by the rising sun

Here's what you can expect: 

  • Doors open at 12:30
  • There will likely be cookies and coffee
  • You could also buy a copy of the book
  • The event proper will get underway about 1
  • Someone will introduce me
  • I'll thank everybody I ever met and some I haven't (kidding but also not)
  • I'll read from my new novel (exciting!!)
  • I'll answer questions (ask me about the cover!)
  • I'll be available to sign books until 3 but you don't have to stay that long
  • At some point I'll draw a name to receive the gift basket of Entershine goodies (items appropriate to this novel and also in general to stories from the north!)
  • We all go to our homes, individually, and read. 

I am so incredibly grateful for the official support I've received as an artist, specifically the financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writer's Union of Canada through their public readings program, as well as artist support to write this book from the Ontario Arts Council through their Literature Office's Creator Grants

I'm also grateful to Latitude 46 Publishing, dedicated to telling stories of Northern Ontario, for releasing this novel into the wilds--and again, to the Ontario Arts Council for supporting independent publishing programs.

In some ways, a book launch is the culmination of a long process, starting when the main character of my novel said to me one day, "I crave butter," and continuing for many long years of finding out what else she and others had to say, and saying it in a way that connected with readers.

But in some ways, the launch is only the beginning. Sure, other people have read the book along the way, and some have read the finished product. But the launch marks the official moment when I have to let go and allow Simone, Martin, and Chen to me go live in the wider world, among readers. 

And that makes me the most grateful of all. Thank you, readers of everything, everywhere.