Book launch

SURFACING, IF BRIEFLY!

Sorry, friends! I’ve been a bad girl — not posting or visiting much. 

Books and family are keeping me busier than a one-armed paper-hanger! (And you may recall only one of my arms works really well, so an apt descriptor there …)

Blog Photo - Book Launch Myrtle and Twigs - LRG and CR

The double-launch went very well indeed — a full house, great readings, excellent questions from the audience, all at Toronto’s iconic bookstore, A Different Booklist.

The following photos were taken by the ADB team. It’s great when a prominent bookstore team is so obviously thrilled to host a launch!

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Then there’s the Festival of the Arts, happening this weekend in lakeside Cobourg, Ontario. My family and I are privileged to both support and take part in this wonderful event. And yes, our books and I will be there!

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All this while we await first grandbaby ‘with bated breath’, and also support family and friends, some going through tough times right now.

Thanks for being there, and for your many messages of support. Be kind to yourself and others, please. I’ll be in touch again when I come up for air!

Love,

Cynthia.

 

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Double Book Launch Day!

Hello, Friends!

I’m not blogging as often as I should, but I have good reasons!

We’re in the busy period of launching not just one, but two books: Twigs in My Hair and the third in the Myrtle the Purple Turtle series, Myrtle Makes a New Friend.

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Myrtle Makes a New Friend - Cover Front 3 Sept 2019

This evening, the Toronto launch is being hosted by A Different Booklist, the iconic bookstore and cultural centre that carries exciting books from around the world.  Owners Itah Sadu and Miguel  San Vicente and their team have sold our books for years, and I am always glad to visit with them and their customers.

Blog Photo - Myrtle and Friends at A Different Booklist

All of this is happening as younger daughter Lauren Reyes-Grange, co-author of the Myrtle books, and her husband Dan, are expecting their first child this month.

So we’re all hoping Baby holds off a bit longer so it won’t be a triple launch tonight! 

Twigs photographer Hamlin Grange, Lauren and I started out a few weeks ago in the most special way: our church, St. Thomas’ Anglican, held a double blessing for the books and us.

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Our priest Canon Claire (above left),  and Corinne Sargent, head of the Women’s Reflection Group and the team of volunteers, and dozens of enthusiastic parishioners made it a wonderful breakfast event in the parish hall.

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Blog Photo - Book Blessing - Muriel and Cynthia and Joanne

Every detail was a celebration of the books and their key messages.

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Even the hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, was slightly altered to include a purple turtle!

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As always, Canon Claire’s prayer made us feel blessed and supported.

Tonight, at A Different Booklist, we will celebrate with a whole other set of friends and acquaintances (some of whom we haven’t seen in way too long), and meet new people who love books. 

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Hamlin, whose beautiful pictures grace the pages of Twigs in My Hair, will play a slide show he has created for this purpose. Lauren and I will read short excerpts from the books and perhaps make a few remarks.

Writing is a lonely activity. But I am lucky to have a truly caring and professional team: Lauren and Hamlin as key creative partners, fabulous illustrators (Jo Robinson on the Myrtle books, and Les Lawrence who did the humorous sketches for Twigs), excellent beta readers, proficient editors, proofreaders, and our book designer Clif.

So it’s a double celebration this evening. And we hope the biggest celebration of all — a brand new baby in our family — holds off just a little.

Blog Photo - Book Blessing and Launch 2019 - Hamlin & Cynthia and Lauren

I’ll keep you updated. Meanwhile, please wish us well!

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Photos of the St. Thomas’ Church event were taken by Joanne Schuetzl.

Thank you, Joanne!

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At the Start of the School Year

Parents know how anxious children can be when school begins, and one of a child’s biggest worries is whether they will make friends. 

Lauren and I  heard this when we toured primary and nursery schools with our Myrtle the Purple Turtle books.  When we visit children from 3 to 11 years old, we don’t just read the books to them: we also listen to their experiences.

Some children told us about being left out. No one wanted to play with them, or “be friends”. Some were made fun of, or bullied by others. 

Of course, these things can happen at any time, not just in the first weeks of school. We also know that parents are looking out for their children, themselves anxious about how their child is faring each day.

But there is another thing parents (and other adults who care for children) can do:

Encourage or remind your children to be kind to others, and especially to children who seem to have no friends.

Just as they clearly recalled the painful times they were excluded, the  9, 10 and 11 year old children we met had uplifting stories. They had distinct memories of the  classmates who noticed they were excluded and reached out to them.

Some remembered being told they couldn’t join in a game, but also happily remembered the time they were included. And they cherished their memories of the classmates who simply asked “Do you want to be friends?”

Out in the community, we’ve even met adults in their 80’s who remember those incidents from early childhood.  Some today say they are still marked by those experiences of being excluded or being befriended.

Every child needs to be included and every child can be a friend to another.

The original Myrtle story was written for Lauren, after an incident at her school when she was almost five years old. But if you were to accompany us on a book tour in schools, you would understand why these issues are so present in our thoughts as we write every new book.

We are passionate about Myrtle’s messages of inclusion, kindness and self-esteem because we see the great need for them — and we see it often.

To order, or learn more about the Myrtle books, please visit: https://myrtlepurpleturtle.wordpress.com/

We are also grateful for this award recognizing Myrtle’s relevance to schools:

 

Myrtle - Purple Dragonfly Book Award

 

 

 

 

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Her Royal Purpleness

You just never know what Myrtle’s biggest fan in New Zealand will do when a new Myrtle book comes out. She has been known to paint her nails purple, don purple clothes, and now she seems to be choosing purple jewellry or something.

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As I said, I never know. But I read her blog this morning, and am intrigued to see what comes next. Please click on the link below.

https://silkannthreades.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/return-of-the-prodigal-blogger.