Bonfire book news

Had the first book event for the Bonfire book at Okotoks Public Library’s Parade of Authors yesterday. Fun event and great chatting with readers and the other writers, too. The books were diverse; from fiction and science fiction, to history and memoir. Lee Kvern’s book, Afterall, is on the CBC Canada Reads list which is HUGE! Wendy Dudley read a charming excerpt from her book, Don’t Name the Ducks. The title is based upon a warning she was given by a neighbour when she moved onto her wilderness acreage, who knew of the possibility of “pets” being consumed by wild, four-legged residents. I had this driven home lately by my very last two cats disappearing this spring. One, 16 year old female Isis, was my very first cat when we bought this farm in 1997! She had survived so much over all these years but maybe her age made her a good target. Her nephew, Tyrone – 14, disappeared, too. Pretty sure they were dispatched by coyotes, or maybe the fox I saw several times this year. Although he’s not much bigger than they are, correction…were.

Anyway, it was a fun event and I gave the first public reading from, Bonfire – The Chestnut Gentleman. We authors were served a unique and delicious cake as well!

As for reading, I need to slow down and enunciate better. I was a little nervous. Good practice for event number 2, Sheep River Library’s, Authors Among Us event, 27 October in Turner Valley, Alberta.

In the meantime a couple more reviews have come in:
I read your manuscript, great story!!!!(reviewer’s exclamation marks) A great perspective on Canada’s WWI war efforts and should be a must-read for anyone interested in Canadian history, especially Remembrance Day. I have to admit, I wanted the story to go on…
– Christian McEachern, 42, Canadian Army veteran

Raby-Dunne tells an incredible and very human story which will be enjoyed immensely by readers of all ages. I couldn’t put it down! – Karen Robinson, 64

Also today I was back in touch with General (ret’d) Ernie Beno, about restoring Major-General Sir Edward Morrison’s gravestone in Beechwood Military Cemetery in Ottawa. We began this initiative in 2008 but have been delayed because we can’t find a drawing or photo of what it used to look like. Morrison was a hero of WWI and figures prominently in Bonfire – The Chestnut Gentleman. He and John McCrae were best mates since the Boer War. I plan to try and track down that information this spring when I do a book event or two in Ontario.

Morrison’s decrepit marker at Beechwood. Something used to be on top of it, like a bronze cross or something. We need to find an original image to proceed with restoration. Or come up with something new; classy, but subtle, in keeping with his down-to-earth way of going.

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