I was sorry to see the end of Ad-Astra. I had a great time on the panels and the ChiZine reading I took part in — pretty funny to see six authors try to read in an hour, but we pulled it off with time to spare! It was lovely to see some old friends and meet some new ones and just to generally soak in the amazing creativity that was everywhere — the events, the costumes, the questions and answers, the readings, the games, the dealer booths, etc. I’ve actually been trying to do less events as I focus on my writing and family, but damn, Ad-Astra kind of made me want to do more!
The airport part drained me, though. The pic above is from the underworld of Pearson airport, where I found myself wandering aimlessly for a time while searching for a flight. I felt like Sisyphus….
I’m going to hold a couple of local launches for my latest novel, The Dead Hamlets. The first launch will be at the Water Shed Arts Café in Langley on Friday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. The Water Shed is a friendly, intimate place that’s home to a lot of the arts crowd in Langley — I like to go there those rare times I can escape the house. If you’re in Langley, come on out.
The second launch will be in Vancouver, when I read at the Storm Crow Tavern Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. I’m reading at the Storm Crow as part of the Storm Crow Tavern Reading Series – Season Two. It’s sure to be a lot of fun as long as we don’t wake the Elder Ones. If you’re in Vancouver, come on out.
Storm Crow Tavern
1305 Commercial Drive
Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.
I’ll have copies of The Dead Hamlets for sale at both events. In addition, I’ll have a special treat for those who make the effort to make it to either event. It’ll probably be a previously unpublished story, but I haven’t made a final decision yet. I’ve been known to give out lottery tickets at readings before, so you never know. Come on out and you could change your life!
I’ve created a Facebook group for the Langley launch. The Storm Crow Facebook event is here, although it’s the event for the entire reading series. The info for my event will be added closer to the date.
I likely won’t be doing any other launches for The Dead Hamlets. A four-year-old with asthma and a four-month-old with a heart condition that needs monitoring are keeping me close to home this year. If I manage to make it out to any other cities, though, I’ll post about it here.
Looking forward to seeing you!