With The Devil on Her Tongue sitting firmly on bookstore shelves across Canada this month, I was still busy with a variety of promotional activities. One that was fun and very tongue-in-cheek was answering questions for The Hazlitt Offensive. Following the lead of Inside the Actor’s Studio, where James Lipton fires his trademark index-card questions – fashioned after the Proust Questionnaire – at guests, the answers authors come up with on The Hazlitt Offensive are not meant to be taken too seriously!
The National Post does a weekly book page called “The Afterword Reading Society”. What’s different and very cool about this page is that it’s not a review, but is made up of questions readers ask the author. There are also stats generated about the book, and, finally, the readers get to rate it (scary). The book is also compared to others of a similar topic – all in all it’s a pretty interesting and innovative take for highlighting a new book. The online National Post Afterword Reading Society site also lets the readers sum up the book in a tweet (I can’t escape it).
This month I was warmly welcomed back to my hometown of Winnipeg for some media. Even though it was way too early in the morning, I had fun at with Derek Taylor at Global Television and with Holly Bernier at CTV.
I also had a launch of The Devil on Her Tongue at the amazing McNally Robinson Booksellers. John Toews and his staff do a stellar job of creating a professional and yet highly personal event for the authors lucky enough to find themselves a guest in one of their stores.
Always nice to go “home” where one is appreciated…!!!