Well, this baby is officially formally launched now, and WHAT a party it was! HUGE thanks to all Emma’s fans who came out in droves to celebrate at the Wolf & Hound Pub in Vancouver, BC.
We filled the joint, and a good time was had by all.
Brilliantly emceed by writers Lee Edward Fodi and James McCann, it was an action-packed evening. A viciously competitive battle for Best Scottish Knitwear worn in June was won, in the end, by Ingrid Wray, ousting favourite Sarah Wethered by a cashmere thread.
Best fake Scottish brogue was taken by a surprise finisher — Tyner Gillies — who even managed to beat out a real Scot who had snuck into the competition.
And it was that very Scot, one Andrew Wray, who took the prize for Best Legs in a Kilt. [I’m told this was mostly because he informed the two emcees that they were actually wearing their own kilts on backwards…!]
Several door prizes were won, and every one of the competitors for ‘Best Legs in a Kilt’ went home with Scottish shortbread for such good sporting behaviour.
I lassoed some VERY good-natured revelers into doing a reading with me. It’s a pivotal scene in the book, set in a bar, that I felt was too good an opportunity to lose… and they ROCKED it, despite never having read the scene before!
I signed a TON of books, and want to thank each and every person who came out to support this new novel. I could not have been more delighted by the rousing party!
Professional photographer Sandra Vander Schaaf spent the whole party on the run, taking great shots of the shenanigans. [You’ll notice her watermark on all but one of the pix above…] If you’d like to see the full range of shots she took at the launch, click HERE. She normally charges $20/shot for her efforts, but is offering a special price of $10/shot if you’d like to keep one of these portrait-quality pictures for yourself.
Thank you to all who came out to the launch! And if you missed it? There will still be a chance to get your book signed in person. The FINDING FRASER Cross-Canada Tour is still in the planning stages, but will be coming soon to cause chaos in a bookstore near you. Watch this space for details!