“I like Canadian authors because there is not a lot of them and they are all really good.”
Yesterday, Jennifer Maruno (Totem, Kid Soldier, War Bird & The Cherry Blossom Series) and I met some wonderful readers. Here are the names of some of the young people who came over to our signing booth, front and centre at Chapters, on Fairview in Burlington. Drawn by the promise of “an autographed bookmark from a famous Canadian writer”, Aiden, Alysha, Ashleigh, Emily, Eyrin, Isabel, Julia, Kate, Olivia, Owen, Monette, Paloma, and Vivian enjoyed a chat about history, books, writing and reading. (This is a memory game for me–I’m sure I’ve forgotten some names–plus writing them down will provide me with names for future characters.)
What I remember most vividly is how excited they were to talk with real live authors. Jennifer and I mostly just told them the plots of our books and that takes forever since we have so many. I made them guess the number of flies in a jar as an intro to Revenge on the Fly. Believe it or not, I gave away free plastic flies. Who would want one?
As a lead in to Totem (Dundurn) Jennifer performed an impromptu assessment of a young lad’s spirit animal vis-a-vis designing his own totem pole. He liked collecting, especially rocks, and often encountered small animals. Somewhere on his totem should be either a squirrel or a chipmunk.
What I also remember is an afternoon of laughter and fun. Jennifer and I enjoyed each other’s company. Sitting at a table in the front of a store, can be a bit of a fishbowl experience.
Thanks to Rebecca Rahey for the great book display you see in our photo. We know she and the rest of the sales associates will continue doing a wonderful job of hand selling our books.
Thanks also for the wonderful opportunity for Jennifer and I to interact with so many book lovers including ourselves and the staff.