Saturday, April 30, 2016

Authors for Indies at Audrey's in Edmonton

Today Audrey's Books on Jasper Avenue was one of many independent bookstores across Canada to participate in Authors for Indies book day. The store was abuzz with authors and readers, and everyone was talking about books.

People arriving were given a quiz with questions about the Edmonton authors who were in the store at some time during the day. These were many, and their works varied and interesting.

Within minutes of arriving, I was greeted by Richard van Camp, author, film-maker, and former script consultant for the CBC television program North of 60. I told him my plan, inspired by the work of former Ontario Lieutenant Governor James Bartleman, to send some new books by aboriginal writers to remote and book deprived communities in Northern Ontario. Richard showed me his graphic novels (both being made into films), and I added those to my book box. He then introduced me to mystery writer Wayne Arthurson. Through him, I met an ex-columnist for the Edmonton Journal: Todd Babiak has just finished the second of two novels set in France.

Roger Gunn told me of his books about Canadian WW|I flying aces, and then I met Jacqueline Baker, who explained what motivated her to write about HP Lovecraft. She also shared some impressions about growing up in the Palliser Triangle in a strict community of German Catholics.

By shamelessly quizzing browsing readers and bookstore employees as well as writers, I was able to fill out my author quiz. Taking a look around the store, I also saw Caroline Adderson's latest novel, Ellen in Pieces, and learned that the talented Helen Humphreys has another book out. I left with a happy feeling and a sack of books, many signed by the authors.

Thanks to Janie Chang for spreading the word on this delightful cross-Canada event, and for your help in making it happen. Hope you had a great Authors for Indies day in Vancouver.

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