Freshwater Pearls; Banff; Writing in the Works 5

Thanks again to the Writers Guild of Alberta and Shelf Life Books for hosting my talk on The Writing Life last Wednesday night. And thanks to everyone who came out for the event! I had fun talking about my journey so far as a writer and fielding some pretty challenging questions. It was also fun to decamp to the Rose and Crown later for a beverage.

Last night’s launch of Freshwater Pearls was a fantastic time. The anthology is being published to honour the Alexandra Writers Centre Society’s 30th anniversary, and it was quite a party. Enjoyed readings by some of the contributors, live music, food, wine and a tribute to AWCS’ beloved Shirley Black, who took it all in stride. Thanks to everyone who organized the eveniing!

Speaking of anniversaries, it was our 20th wedding anniversary this week. Can you believe it? We got married when I was eight. And here’s where we went to celebrate:

Yes, the Banff Springs. We have had a drink (one drink) there the odd time, but never stayed before. Well, it was magnificent. Hope to go back someday.

Coming up: Karen Willsey Bass launches her new YA novel Drummer Girl at Monkeyshines Books this Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2 PM.

Looking quite far ahead, we’re in the planning stages of next year’s installment of Writing in the Works. Can’t believe this is our fifth year! The show is planned for Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Memorial Park Library, 1:30 – 3:30 and features readings by Rita Bozi, Jane Cawthorne, myself, Rea Tarvydas and Robin van Eck. Already looking forward!

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