I will be signing books at the Small Press Book Fair from noon - 5 pm on Saturday, November 12, 2022 in Room 203 at the Jack Purcell Community Centre on Elgin Street in Ottawa. Come out and support small presses and self-published authors!
For more information on the event, see organizer rob mclennan's blogspot
I am very pleased to advise that Singing Pebble Books at 206 Main Street in Ottawa is now carrying my book. Drop in and see them today. That brings the total to four stores in Ottawa and one in Kingston.
I am participating in three book events where my book will be available for purchase and me to sign. The first is the Westport Market on Saturday, May 21 from 9 am - 2 pm. Westport is a charming village 20 minutes from Perth, Ontario in the Rideau Lakes.
And the next day (Sunday, May 22) from 10 am to 2 pm, I will be at Blossom Fest in Crossing Bridge Park, 27 Hobin Street, Stittsville. Help celebrate the arrival of spring!
And finally, I will have be a little closer to downtown Ottawa at the Authors Book Fair on Saturday, June 4 from Noon to 4:30 pm at Centretown United Church, 507 Bank Street.
I hope to see you at one or all of these events.
My book signing at Perfect Books on Sunday, March 13 went well. Many friends and colleagues came by to purchase On the Border or have their copy signed. Thanks very much to owner Jim Sherman for making this happen. I hope to see some readers at the Westport Market in the Rideau Lakes this spring.
I am pleased to say that Perfect Books at 258 A Elgin Street in Ottawa will be holding a Meet and Greet book launch from 1-3 pm on Sunday March 13, 2022. Out of an abundance of COVID caution, we will, not however, be able to have an actual reading. This event will instead provide an opportunity for you to buy and and for me sign my book. It will also be a chance for you to discover a wonderful independent bookstore and for all of us to slowly begin emerging, however tentatively, from our COVID cocoons. I hope to see many people with whom I have only had virtual contact over the last few years and to meet new friends.
Most readers will be aware that the Government of Canada temporarily invoked the previously unused 1988 Emergencies Act in response to Freedom Convoy 2022 developments in Ottawa and elsewhere in Canada. Readers might be interested in my vignette “Operation Ginger” to get a sense of my recollection of life as an adolescent in Ottawa during the 1970 October Crisis, invoked in response to Quebec’s then radical separatist movement. #flqcrisis
In my vignette "Compromise in Cambodia", I lamented the lack of democratic progress in that country since the 1993 United Nations-sponsored elections in which I was fortunate to be able to participate. As we approach the thirty year anniversary of that impressive undertaking, Aljazeera's assessment of the situation is no less sanguine. Similarly, the East Asian Forum describes how COVID has worsened Cambodia's political oppression. I will be watching with interest what transpires in the scheduled 2022 communal and 2023 general elections but I fear there is little room for optimism, particularly as Prime Minister Hun Sen's son, Hun Manet, is likely to succeed him, although the exact nature and timing of the transfer of power are to be determined. #cambodia
In one of my vignettes, Dong Khoi Stroll, I recalled the joys of walking down one of Ho Chi Minh City’s best known streetscapes. And as we approach Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet), I thought it appropriate to share some of my photos from the 1983-1985 period. These might bring back bittersweet memories for my Vietnamese Canadian readers. #vietnamcoldwar
The first photo is of the Central Post Office (Buu Dien Trung Tam) on Dong Khoi Street. Note the lack of traffic.
Woman selling wonderful fresh French style bread, a common sight in Ho Chi Minh City.
A proud employee from a bygone era at a Sai Gon River tourist facility.
The Canadian delegation with our wonderful Vietnamese colleagues.
Our interview facilities were tastefully renovated after the program ended and became a language school (2000)
This is my first blog for some time. Welcome back! Regular visitors to my site will see that I have modified the Blog section so that you can now send responses to my blog posts. I will post these in short order. Secondly, I encourage readers who are reading or have finished my book to send comments in the Contact section of my website. I always appreciate hearing from you. I am also pleased to let you know that my Facebook business page is being created and will be operational in the coming week. Another way for us to stay in touch! Finally, I am delighted to advise that a fourth bookstore, Novel Idea at 156 Princess Street in Kingston, will be carrying my book in a few weeks.
In my last few blogs I have looked at what form my writing takes and if, for example, my collection of life stories can be seen as a memoir. While I concluded that this was not the case, it is, nonetheless, instructive to read a recent post on Eleanor Wachtel's Writers and Company website where three distinguished memoirists discuss such important questions as whether memoirs must be entirely factual and whether the writing process frees the author. #memoir #traveler #livingworldhistory