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March 27th, 2017 by SPiN

The Conjoined launches into the bright, sparkly world

September 16, 2016 was the launch party for The Conjoined, an event I was calling The Side Jobs Cabaret, and it was so fun, I was overcome with emotion at the end and collapsed on the floor of the stage. We had beautiful, funny and emotional performances from Chelene Knight, Jillian Christmas, Leah Horlick, Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli, and Stephen Quinn, that rascal, was our emcee. The Emerald (once, I believe, an iconic Chinatown restaurant with a mahjong room at the back) was the perfect spot. So perfect, in fact, my mother seemed quite pleased.

The Conjoined, as I’ve been saying to many people, has been the book that has straddled the biggest changes of my personal and professional lives, and I am so grateful that, when I launched a new book into the world, people still cared.  And now, photos! All photographs are courtesy of Skot Nelson.

Dina Del Bucchia being regal at the launch of The ConjoinedOpening remarks at the launch of The Conjoined by Jen Sookfong LeeLeah Horlick reads at the launch of The Conjoined

Jen telling the room about online datingStephen Quinn reading his only spoken word poemDaniel Zomparelli making us all play gamesJen is overcome with emotion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 4th, 2016 by SPiN

Valentine’s Day & San Miguel Writers’ Conference 2016

San Miguel Writers’ Conference

February is shaping up to be an enjoyable month. Éditions Hurtubise is hosting a Valentine’s Day promotion for the French e-book/pdf of Muse for the very attractive price of $9.00. As they say, «Pour la Saint-Valentin, offrez-vous une histoire d’amour!»

Guess where I’m going to be spending Valentine’s Day? In Mexico!

In a few days, I’ll escape rainy Vancouver on a jet to León, then board a shuttle to San Miguel de Allende, a town with a fantastic reputation. I’ve been hearing good things about it from friends and fellow writers for years. Yes, it’s full of expats, but I’ve read that whereas Canadians and Americans move to Florida to retire, they re-locate in San Miguel to re-invent themselves. It’s bursting with talented people—writers, artists, musicians, weavers, craftsmen—as well as interesting architecture, restaurants, coffee shops, and natural sights. But best of all, every February brings the San Miguel International Writers’ Conference. With about 350 conference-goers, the festival is small enough to be very friendly, yet large enough to attract international authors, who mingle with the readers and eager emerging writers. I’ve been invited to participate in several events this year and I’m really looking forward to it. Since I’ve never been to Mexico and don’t speak Spanish, I’m counting on Duolingo!

April 14th, 2015 by SPiN

Authors for Indies Day, May 2, 2015

On May 2, 2015, authors across Canada will be volunteering in independent bookshops to meet customers and hand-sell books. This initiative, called Authors for Indies, has been organized by author Janie Chang of Vancouver to help bookstores build sales and attract new customers. The list of participating bookstores and authors can be found at www.authorsforindies.com  Over 120 bookstores and 500 authors have signed up and the day promises to be exciting and busy. I’ll be volunteering at one of my favourite bookshops, Kidsbooks in the Village, 3040 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and look forward to meeting parents and children in need of new reading material. Edgemont has two bookstores and three fine coffee shops, so please drop by to enjoy the village! June Hutton’s photo appears on the Authors for Indies rotating banner and on May 2 she will be at Book Warehouse on Main, 4118 Main Street, Vancouver, where–should you be super lucky!–you might even catch a glimpse of the elusive Jen Sookfong Lee.

Why an Authors for Indies day? Ann-Marie Macdonald reminds us that things are tough for independent bookstores. “Year after year they support [authors]. They stock our books, invite us for readings, and put our titles on their ‘staff picks’ shelf. Let’s do something to support them back.” Janie Chang, who will be in Edgemont Village on May 2 at 32 Books, believes that Authors for Indies day will bring “traffic into the bookstores, and hopefully that means the stores will sell more books. I really hope it raises awareness of how important independent bookstores are in the community . . . .  [Customers will] be able to walk into their local independent bookstore and get book recommendations from an author, and talk about books.”

February 24th, 2015 by SPiN

Novel Nights at The Book Warehouse on Main

Mary-at-Book-Warehouse

If you live in Vancouver, you know about The Book Warehouse, which has been going strong at Broadway and Ash since 1980. In 2012, they were rescued from looming closure by Cathy and Mel Jesson of Black Bond Books, and I had the pleasure of appearing there, with Roberta Rich, in 2013 (see photo). A year ago, Book Warehouse on Main opened at 4118 Main Street (and King Edward) and has been buzzing with author events ever since. This is no surprise given the enthusiastic in-house talent, Mary-Ann Yazedijian and James Tyler Irvine, who are well known about town as amazingly supportive of Vancouver writers. Their new brain-child is Novel Nights, a series of readings that features books by local authors. So far they’ve had Steven Galloway, Janie Chang, Caroline Adderson, and Timothy Taylor. Given those luminaries, you can guess how pleased I am to be the featured author on March 18, from 7 to 8:15 pm. Everybody is welcome! Come and chat me up, ask questions about my novel Muse, and meet the energetic James and Mary-Ann.

July 7th, 2014 by SPiN

The Blog Hop: A Writer’s Brainwaves

Today, I’m participating in a blog tour at the invitation of writer Karen Dodd, who also lives on what Vancouverites call the North Shore. This usually means that we have to drive over to Vancouver to visit friends, who are reluctant to travel to our side of town. Karen lives even further west than I do, in Lions Bay, where she often sees dolphins frolicking in Howe Sound. Maybe that’s why she’s written such a thrilling debut novel, Deadly Switch. Karen has passed on four questions for me to answer.

What am I working on? 

I’m fascinated by walled cities like London and Avignon. Although London’s wall has been destroyed, except for a few traces, Avignon’s still encircles the historic city. After I finished writing Muse, I started thinking about London again. I picked up after the Great Fire of 1666, where Conceit ended, and began reading into the next century . . . read more

August 6th, 2013 by SPiN

Muse’s Publication Day

On July 25, L’amante del Papa was published by Newton Compton Editori of Rome. The title, The Pope’s Lover, was no doubt chosen to seduce as many Italian readers as possible. The cover is a wild Dan Brown knock-off, with a looming black papal palace with flames shooting out of it, and a lurid yellow, red, and black sky. A lack of Italian is no barrier to picking up the innuendo in the snazzy Italian booktrailer that won director Emanuele Sana an award at the Caffeina festival. I have my fingers crossed that sales will keep me in chianti and cappuccinos for some time to come!

In Canada, my novel will be published with the more sedate title, Muse. Copies have arrived in Vancouver and will be on bookstore shelves on August 13, the publication date. I was very happy to hold the first copy in my hands. I’m sure everybody thinks that authors are thrilled to see their printed book, but really, we’re overcome with relief to know that it is finally finished. No more work to be done, just the fun part of touring with the book. Muse is a classy trade paperback with French flaps and rough edges, the same size as Eva Stachniak’s The Winter Palace. This seems to be Doubleday’s new format for historical novels. Sincere thanks to my editor Nita Pronovost and all the team at Doubleday for doing such a fine job.

So far Muse has been receiving a warm welcome. Two very pleasant reviews have appeared, one in BC Bookworld, Summer 2013 issue, and the other in the September 2013 issue of Quill & Quire. In Vancouver, I will be participating in Word Vancouver, the first Bookstravaganza—the name suggests the glamour in store!—and in the Vancouver Writers Fest, always a favourite with my writing group, SPiN, even in years when none of us has a book out (which we’re happy to say is less frequent now than when we started!) Also, I will be travelling to Victoria, Parksville, Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto, where I will appear in the International Festival of Authors for the first time.

I am keen on meeting friendly readers everywhere, so please come out to the events and stick around to chat with me afterwards (and get your book signed, if you wish). I will also be doing on-line events, including a blog tour during the week of August 26 and a tweetchat with the Yummy Mummy Club on September 18. Please see the News & Events page for dates and details, and more events as they come in. You can also connect with me on Facebook (Mary Novik), Twitter (MaryNovik2), and Goodreads (Mary Novik), or visit me at www.marynovik.com for more information about Muse.