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.
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.
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.
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.
Every detail was a celebration of the books and their key messages.
Even the hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, was slightly altered to include a purple turtle!
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.
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.
I’ll keep you updated. Meanwhile, please wish us well!
Photos of the St. Thomas’ Church event were taken by Joanne Schuetzl.
Thank you, Joanne!