Reading in Big River, Saskatchewan, was an adventure for several reasons. First, I’ve never been to that part of the province. Then, there were friends I hadn’t seen for some time. And finally, I took the risk of reading “Kiss of Knives,” a suite of poem about breast cancer from Exile on a Grid Road. And yes, that was a risk.
It’s always good to take risks as a writer, to push yourself further and into new material. But reading that material can be another matter…
Some scenes from the Big River reading, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, which featured Jan Wood’s launch of Love is not Anonymous, with readings by Tara Gereaux (Size of a Fist) and Shelley Banks (Exile on a Grid Road), all from Thistledown Press.
Yeah! Exile on a Grid Roadis now officially launched! I had a great time Thursday night at Bushwakkers, with a capacity crowd in the Arizona Room joining me, fellow writers/launchers Jan Wood and Tara Gereau, along with MC Eric Greenway.
We read, we laughed, we ate. Cake! (Thank you, Anne McDonald!) My thanks too, to Thistledown for support with the event — and the books!
It was like my birthday opening that box of copies of Exile on a Grid Road— but please, those of you who know when my birthday really is, you’re not exempt from celebrating again! So here I am, book and bookmark in hand.
No unwrapping video here, but I can’t help sharing a picture of my box of Exile on a Grid Roadbooks that arrived this morning! I’m delighted to see these — and love the rich colour of the cover. That’s our blue Prairie sky and landscape, in a photograph I took in the Qu’Appelle Valley near Regina.
After all of the work that goes into producing a book, I thought I should share the back cover of Exile on a Grid Road— and that way, Gord also gets to see his photo credit. Again. (And yes, my hair is very long.)