The White Ribbon Man" was published in May 2018. That was exactly a year ago. Since the Inanna Launch of five of its authors with new books at the Women's Art Association in downtown Toronto, my life has been very busy! Here is a lineup of the events from then to now. You may just want to skim these. If so, don’t miss a paragraph or so that follows that will likely interest you.
May 3, 2018. Toronto. Official Launch of The White Ribbon Man along with 4 other Inanna authors.
Toronto events in 2018.
-The Sleuth Of Baker Street Bookstore. June. Reading with Lisa de Nikolits and Sky McKay Curtis.
-Queen Saulter Branch, TPL. An hour in July with Mary Lou Dickinson
-A soiree with friends in July. Loren Edizel and I read and answered questions
-The Church of the Holy Trinity. August. Presentation of the book at the church where it is set
-Spadina Branch, TPL. An hour in September with Mary Lou Dickinson.
-Another Story Books in the fall. A talk about writing groups with me, Ele Pawelski, Heather Wood, Ron Schafrick. Moderated by Jerry Schaefer.
Out of town:
New Liskeard, Chat Noir Books in July. Read with Brit Griffen.
Chatham. An evening with Tri County Literacy Network in August.
Montreal. Two readings in October in Montreal. Art Centre in Westmount with 8 or 9 others, including Myna Wallin, and Paragraphe Books across from McGill campus with Loren Edizel & Myna Wallin.
Hamilton. Lit Live. I was one of six authors, including Ingrid Ruthig & Ray Robertson as well as Moez Surani, Cameron Anstee & Liz Harmer, who read at this event in early November.
Toronto events in 2019
Ontario Library Association Superconference. Crime Writers of Canada members presented short pitches on their current books. Feb.
Draft Readings. Read 3 pp. of a piece in progress (Leonard Cohen & Me). Feb.
Writers Union of Canada (Toronto area). A panel on writing groups with Zoe Ray, Allan Weiss, Patricia Westerhof, Heather Wood, and me. Feb.
Noir at the Bar. Read with Christian Baines, Michael Januska, Kim Moritsugu, Jon Sheppard & Jennifer Soosar. Feb.
A Women's club in East York. I was the speaker for the evening. March.
Famous Last Words. Read with Loren Edizel, John Miller & Catriona Wright. March.
Csarn Salon. A short presentation of my work as an author and a description of "The White Ribbon Man." March
Ben McNally Books. Presented short list for Crime Non Fiction at announcement of short lists for Arthur Ellis awards. Short pitch of own book. April.
Crime Writers of Canada presented a panel for Sisters in Crime. Moderated by Des Ryan. Panelists: Sharon Crawford, Lisa de Nikolits, Maureen Jennings and me. On mysteries set in Toronto. Northern District Library. April.
Some Book Clubs also. Always interesting as most members have read the book
Out of Town:
Novel Idea Books, Kingston. Read with Elizabeth Greene (moderator), Lisa de Nikolits, & Ursula Pflug. March.
Time to move on?
I think it is time to listen to the other projects that are demanding my attention. Of course, an invite to speak at an event with a fee (let's say $100 to $5000!!!) would get a positive response, I think. Don't you? In the meantime, some of you know about the memoir (now complete, or almost, I hope) and the non fiction book on creative retirement I have begun. Also a collection of short stories well underway. And I suppose a good idea for another mystery might start something in that genre. You know, a Jack Cosser mystery series. In any case, there is plenty still to write and to work on. I don't suppose I will be bored!
In other aspects of my life, there is still dancing. And I have had recent trips to visit family in Montreal and Winnipeg. And went to Halifax for the AGM of the Writers' Union of Canada. Then Friendship Force of Toronto (non profit home stay travel group that receives guests from and sends our own members to other clubs around the world) hosted a group from Albuquerque, New Mexico. This year some members from our group will travel to four cities in Western Canada and next year to New Zealand and Australia.
In the meantime, lots of reading, catching up with friends and cultural events, seeing grandkids (now 21, 5 & 2), dancing. And am looking forward to seeing many of you. And reading your books that I want to tell you about. Etc., etc.