Although the official launch date of The Unwanted is March 18 (just one day away now!), a few people have already been able to get their hands on a copy, and they seem to like it. (If you’re in St. Louis, they’ve got a couple copies left at Left Bank Books. Go pick one up, say hi to Spike the cat, and check out everything else that makes them such a fantastic bookstore.) If you happen to run across a copy of The Unwanted out in the wild i.e. on bookshelves or in someone’s hands, snap a picture and send it to me. I’ll share it on the blog.
I had the opportunity to read a passage from the book at Locution last Thursday, which was great fun. The other readers were Jane Campbell, Rhett Davis, and special guest Théodora Armstrong, author of the collection Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility. Check her out; she’s fantastic, as were Jane and Rhett.
I’ll be reading a little from The Unwanted again on April 2, at a fireside reading at Green College, following a reading by authors Nancy Lee and Laisha Rosnau (more on that later). And then—yes, there’s more!—I’ll be co-hosting Swoon: A Literary Evening of Love, Sex, and Chocolate, on Friday, April 4 at Cocoa Nymph in Kitsilano. I’m sharing the duties with the lovely Ruth Daniell, the creator of this reading series. We bonded in our fiction workshop last year over a shared love of soufflés and hot chocolate. We’re lining up readers now and it looks like it’s going to be a great show.
Plus, Cocoa Nymph’s hot chocolate and truffles are amazing.
One more thing: a giveaway! I’ve got five copies of The Unwanted that I’m making available via Goodreads. Go check it out and enter!