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Montreal Book Launch

I have been in Montreal since Sunday, May 3 and it has been quite a whirlwind. My sister, Rena, flew in from England and we are staying at our favorite B&B, Le Gite de L'ecole, which is very close to the Jean Talon Market and Little Italy in the city's north end.  

On Monday, May 4 I had my Montreal launch for Fatted Calf Blues at Casa del Popolo. The reading was slated to start at 5:00 p.m., which probably accounted for the trickle of arrivals, but soon people did show up.  Mostly it was friends and cousins.  The atmosphere was very laid back and it felt more like a reunion (probably because that is basically what it was).  The restaurant is very funky and relaxed.  The stage had a sofa and some armchairs on it, which made the whole reading feel very intimate, like being in somebody's living room.  That of course had a good effect on my performance and I felt quite relaxed.

Photos of the reading can be seen on the Fatted Calf Blues group page on Facebook, where you can also view a video of me reading my story "Elephant Rock" (filmed at North Cape, PEI).

My sister and I did a bit of wandering around the city already and our dance card has filled up quickly. We are seeing cousins and friends and taking a day trip to Ottawa on Sunday, May 10 where I will be reading at the book store Collected Works at 2:00 p.m.  During my second week in Montreal I will be doing an interview with a reporter from the Concordia student newspaper, The Link , reading at The Visual Arts Centre, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. and appearing on Focus Montreal on Global TV.

I'm already feeling a bit frazzled from the schedule, so I better learn to pace myself. We are going to a poetry reading tonight and to a club to hear some music on Friday.  I'll be posting more about my visit, but first I better get a quick nap in.