Thanks to all for such a successful book launch in the beautiful lakeside town of New Denver, B.C. Family, friends, and new acquaintances made it an evening to remember, and despite a brief emergency when the beer keg seized up, the food and frivolity lasted well into the night.
In particular a huge thanks to my gorgeous girlfriend Tamara, who brought her Teutonic planning skills to the fore as usual and hosted the event at Nuru, her funky little coffee bar at the end of Main Street. 'T.'s' baking is widely considered the best in the West Koots, but she outdid herself even by her lofty standards. I love you, Baby!
Anticipating an overflow crowd, we erected an outdoor canopy and positioned three propane heaters to keep the revelers thawed. The heaters must've done the trick, because at times there were more 'puffy' jackets inside than out. Nice job, Coleman.
Stellar young designer Tisha Becker (pictured below - middle) made it down from Kamloops, where she's pursuing a business degree to supplement her graphic arts credentials. Tisha did the book cover and I can't thank her enough, either: it perfectly captures the novel's narrative and intent. She's about as laid-back and creative as a twenty-something can be, and also designed the blog you're reading right now.
I tried to keep the reading to a minimum, hiding under the canopy or in the kitchen when called upon to speak; I'll save that for the Nelson "launch" Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at the public library. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale and signing.
And since neither of my parents will be there, I might even recite a sex scene - just so long as the audience consents. I'm much more at ease at a podium when I can pretend it's the fly shop porch.