For awhile the thought of a book launch made me nervous. Not just reading in front of everyone, but the logistics of it, all the inviting and planning and figuring out what to wear. And what to read. And, I don’t know, it’s a book, just buy it and read it curled up in bed or on the subway to work and why do I have to be involved anyway?
(In the only creative writing workshop I took in university, we did a small unit on reading out loud, and our prof assigned each of us a passage from a classic text to read to the class. I got something from Moby Dick. He gave me a B. In a class of easy A’s, I understood the underlying message: You suck at reading out loud. I think I’ve improved since then.)
Now that plans have fallen into place (thanks to Nic and Jenner), I’m excited for the launches planned in Montreal and Toronto, to enjoy everything about them, even the nervousness. It’s good for the character to be nervous sometimes.
So, details! The amazing Jenner Brooke-Berger is going to drive down from Halifax to launch with me in Montreal. She’s the editor of Rememberer (the other fall 2010 Invisible release, remember? No? Buy a copy of the book then!). I’ll read from my book, she’ll read from Rememberer (and maybe some other contributors will join us), you can pick up copies of the book and you’ll have a great time.
Friday November 5, 2010
Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard Ouest
Facebook invitation here: http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=12607&ref_query=adm#!/event.php?eid=101613523241948
Monday November 8, 2010
Dora Keogh Pub, 141 Danforth Ave.
Hosted by The Fine Print: http://www.benmcnallybooks.com/?q=events/fine_print_teri_vlassopoulos
Facebook invitation here: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=660580223#!/event.php?eid=164378236920509
There might be a Rememberer party in Toronto too. If not, they’ll launch on Monday as well. I’ll keep you posted, as always.