Started off the week by participating in an Authors Showcase, put on by the Writers and Editors Network and organized by students in Humber’s PR program. The students did a fantastic job and the participating authors really appreciated their efforts. Staying with me last weekend was Alex Fage, a friend of my son, Lucas. Alex and Lucas are finishing up four year programs at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Alex is going to medical school this fall, we just don’t which one yet. He was in Toronto to meet with people from the U of T medical school, and dropped by the Showcase to say goodbye before leaving for the airport. The students had organized draws of bundles of books donated by the authors, and Alex won one. Not only that, but his bundle included my book, The Cold Light of Mourning!
Thursday was a great day!
First, the wonderful librarians at the Alderwood branch of the Toronto Public Library hosted a Tea and Books hour and I was delighted to be able to share some of the experiences of writing The Cold Light of Mourning with the very lively and stimulating audience. They asked great questions that really made me think! I love all libraries, but this one is really special and reminded me of the wonderful time I had in Llanrwst, North Wales last summer at a similar event. I look forward to many more!
On Thursday night I learned that The Cold Light of Mourning has been nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award, a juried prize given by Crime Writers of Canada. http://crimewriterscanada.com/cwcNew/index.html
The book is also nominated for an Agatha Award, to be presented at Malice Domestic on Saturday, May 1. http://malicedomestic.org/
This will be my fifth year at Malice, and The Cold Light of Mourning has won two previous prizes at Malice, so the convention is very special to me. Of course, Eleanor the sheep will be attending and she has asked that the next blog be all about her, and being a particularly demanding sheep, of course it will be.