Last night I went to a book launch for Diane Haynes‘ new book, Crow Medicine.
As promised, here are a few pictures of Diane Hayne’s launch of Crow Medicine:
This is me with the author herself!
Here’s Diane telling the crowd how she came to write Crow Medicine.
A shot of the crowd. That’s me talking with Cynthia Nugent.
I like going to these launches because: a) it give me a chance to meet the author (although in this case I knew Diane already), b) it gives me good karma for my own launches, c) well, darn it,sometimes they’re fun, and d) you never know who you might meet.
Let’s start with:
Meet the Author
Diane is a soft-spoken person with a sharp mind and a good heart. She’s using her writing as a way of teaching children to respect their environment, and to encourage people to donate to a scholarship fund that she’s started at UBC. She’s an inspiration and a wonder to see in person!
Gives me Good Karma
If one doesn’t attend booklaunches, one shouldn’t expect others to attend theirs. I think this goes with every thing in life. If you want people to show an interest in the things you do, you have to show an interest in the things others do! If you don’t, sooner or later you wind up performing to an empty room.
Well, Darn It, Sometimes They’re Fun
And this one was. It was in a building in Gastown, Vancouver, overlooking the water and North Vancouver lights. There were goodies … and lots of ’em! I met up with Jacquie Pearce and her family, and, as well, the illustrator Cynthia Nugent (who’s dog spent a week with Conan, my dog, last summer). It was one of those nights that just flew by.
You Never Know Who You Might Meet
Ahhh, the ugly “N” word. I hate networking. Meeting people because it might improve your career just seems so, well, artificial and creepy to me. But we have to do it. And while I didn’t meet any business contacts last night I have in the past. As a matter of fact, I know one person who attended my last booklaunch, pitched my publisher, and will now have his first book out some time this year!