I’m back home, catching my breath after a jam-packed Ontario book tour / high school friend reunion tour. Fun, fun, fun. I met some wonderful people along the way, including the generous booksellers Christine at BackBeat Books in Perth, where I got to be a bookseller myself for a couple of hours as part of Authors for Indies, before reading to a beautiful crowd (with plenty of local relatives and friends in the audience), and Jaime at Epic Books in Hamilton, where I read alongside the talented Jennifer LoveGrove. And there was cake with our covers on it, provided by the amazing Allison Moon!
I had a swell time at Pivot Reading Series in Toronto, and a few g & ts, too, with old friends, and before that, I launched my book at the wonderful Stella Luna Gelato in Ottawa, to an engaged and thoughtful crowd.
Along the way, I had some quality family time with my Ontario peeps, rekindled old friendships and started new ones. Oh, and I sold some books, too! All in all it was a successful, gratifying tour, and I am so very thankful for all the support I received.
Here’s a pic from Ottawa, where I got to share the second print run of TPOTM:
Some news that found me while I was on my book tour in Ontario:
Paul will share this honour with Randolph Thomas, author of Dispensations (New Rivers Press), as they tied for the bronze medal.
The Independent Publisher Awards recognize excellence in independent publishing. This year marks the nineteenth annual season for the organization.
According to Jim Barnes, Managing Editor and Book Awards Director, “IPPY medals were awarded in 78 national, 24 regional, and ten e-book categories, chosen from nearly 6,000 entries from authors and publishers in all 50 U.S. states, eight Canadian provinces, and 34 countries overseas. The winners make up a reading list that is extensive and diverse, featuring new voices and viewpoints passionately expressed through soulful memoirs, insightful self-help books, and penetrating critiques of our social and political systems.”
The medals will be presented to authors at a gala celebration in New York City on May 27 during the annual BookExpo America publishing convention. For more information about the awards, please visit IndependentPublisher.com. To learn more about the author, please visit JuliePaul.ca.
And I’m just back from reading at a Pender Island launch for this anthology, in which I have a personal essay about travelling alone, by bicycle, through France, Spain and Ireland. We had a great turnout at the lovely Talisman Books & Gallery, and Yvonne and I got to share a sweet little cabin in the woods. It’s available at bookstores across Canada now, and directly from Caitlin Press.