I published my first book, Amuse Bouche in 2003.
I hosted my first EVER book launch at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon in April of that year.
People showed up. A LOT of people actually.
I was shocked and thrilled and ever so grateful. Especially when the same thing happened over and over and over again.
We’ve now celebrated the launch of eight Russell Quant books together. We’ve shared shots of aquavit, eaten tapas, worn Hawaiian leis and chugged Dos Equis.
It’s ten years later and a new day is here. And along with it, a new hero.
Russell Quant was the first ever half-Ukrainian, half-Irish, Saskatchewan, ex-farm boy, ex-cop, gay, world-traveling, wine-swilling, wise-cracking Canadian prairie private eye being written about by anyone anywhere. And now, Adam Saint is the first ever Canadian Disaster Recovery Agent being written about by anyone anywhere.
The Quant book launch parties were and are legendary. There is no repeating them. And since I’ve always been a fan of trying something new, I decided to do something different to recognize the arrival of Adam Saint and the new book he’s featured in: ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’.
You are invited to…
A new day. A new hero. A new kind of book launch:
Saturday, June 1, 2013
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
McNally Robinson Booksellers
In the ALCOVE at the rear of the store (not Prairie Ink Restaurant)
3130 8 St E
A springtime (fingers crossed), late-Saturday-afternoon-after-your-weekend-errands, come’n’go, wine’n’cheese, book signing and author interview.
Here’s how it will work:
From 3:00 – 5:00 pm, you can come and go as you please.
For the entire two hours, there will complimentary wine and cheese.
For the entire two hours, I will be signing copies of ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’
At 4:00 pm, I will move from the signing table to a stage where, for 15 minutes, I will be interviewed by the ever popular Brent Loucks (The Brent Loucks Show) and Penney Murphy (Penney Murphy & Associates).
At the end of the interview, I will do a brief reading from ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’, then I’ll go right back to signing.
Should there happen to be a lineup at the signing table at the 4:00 pm interview time, for those of you in the signing line, fear not. McNally Robinson will hand out numbered placemarkers, so you can enjoy the interview then go right back into the line up without losing your place.
Design your attendance in whatever way fits for you. Feel free to come in, get your book signed, and go. Or come in and stay for a while, enjoy some wine and cheese, mingle, maybe listen to the interview, and get your book signed along the way. Or whatever combination of the above fits into your schedule that day.
Here’s 2 other ways you can be a part of it:
(1) If you can’t make the event but would still like your book signed: Simply drop by McNally Robinson anytime prior to the event (call ahead to ensure the book has arrived in inventory – I’d say sometime in May). Purchase the book. Leave it with the front desk with a note detailing to whom I should inscribe the book. Then pick up your signed copy at McNally Robinson anytime after June 1.
(2) Here’s how you can be included in the interview portion of the event, whether or not you are in Saskatoon and able to attend, or living anywhere in the world and can’t quite make it.
Until Friday, May 24, 2013, I will be accepting your questions via email, Twitter or Facebook. Send in any questions you would like our interviewers, Brent and Penney, to ask me. We will try to get to as many of your questions as we can within the 15 minute time period.
As soon as possible after the event, I will post a video on my Youtube channel of the interview. You can check it out to see if your question was asked and answered or soundly ignored.
Here’s how to submit your question(s):
Send your question(s), along with your first name and location to:
or comment directly to this blog post.
Come celebrate a new day. Have wine. Eat cheese. Meet interesting people. Try out some new reading material.
I hope to see you there.