Yesterday was the birthday of my new novel Sixties Girl and I totally missed it!
In the publishing world, your book’s birthday is the date it is officially supposed to be on bookshelves, which was yesterday, April 11.
Maybe I forgot about my book’s birthday because my big excitement this past week was having a wonderful article about Sixties Girl written by Jordan Ross appear in The Carillon.
Jordan is leaving the newspaper so he asked to run the story just ahead of my book’s official release date. I was only too happy to comply and so enjoyed doing the interview with Jordan. You can read his story here.
Perhaps I also missed the birthday because I have been busy making a video recording of a reading from my book for Bibliovideo, writing a recommended book list for the 49th Shelf and doing an interview with Kathie McIssac for the popular Middle-Grade Village website. I’ll let you know when all those things go public.
Other big news this week is that I will be interviewed about Sixties Girl on CTV on their morning show on April 27th.
Luckily Monica Miller my hugely efficient and effective communications manager at Heritage House didn’t miss my book’s birthday, sending out birthday wishes for Sixties Girl as well as for Ellen Scwartz’s Galena Bay Odyssey another Heritage House book which also celebrated its birthday yesterday.
McNally Robinson Booksellers has had my book in stock and for sale since the beginning of the month but they touted my book as a new release yesterday.
Of course, McNally Robinson Booksellers is where I will be holding my official book launch on April 28th at 7 pm. I am so excited that the one and only Colleen Nelson whose sixteen children’s books have won awards across the country will be hosting. She’s graciously been advertising my book on her own social media.
Another book birthday surprise yesterday was finding a marvellous photo and review of Sixties Girl on the Instagram page of a book lover and reviewer from Montreal. Among other things, she said how much she liked seeing the relationship between Will and his grandmother blossom in the book and all the historical events from the sixties that are mentioned.
I also got a note from my friend Lavina Thiessen that she bought Sixties Girl in Gimli at Tergesens. So you can pick up the book there if you live in that area.
I have also heard from Nita Wiebe the wonderfully supportive manager of the bookshop at the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum in Steinbach that copies of Sixties Girl are in and can be purchased there.
Let me know if you spot Sixties Girl for sale anywhere else.
Hope to see you all at my launch at McNally’s on the 28th at 7 pm. If you can’t come it will be online as well.
And if you’ve read Sixties Girl and want to send me a photo of yourself with the book and a line or two about what you liked about it or questions you might have about it I’d love that!