When The Globe and Mail published my essay last month, I had a memory flood back.
When we moved to Montreal in the summer of 1993, my average in Language Arts was 99%. I had wooed all my junior high teachers likely being a bit of a smooth talker and making sure to get in the right groups. Being fourteen, I bragged to my parents that of course, i knew everything.
Spring update and welcome to pandemic life in Canada! While 2020 has thrown us many curveballs, there have been some pleasant surprises. First of, I have graduated from President of PEI Writers’ Guild to Executive Director!
What a thrill for me to be going back to The Word on the Street Festival this weekend, the place where four years ago, I first pitched #Unpacked to a panel of publishers. I was terrified, but it worked! (For more about that or to pitch your own books, read the Atlantic Books Today feature).
Tomorrow night, I will celebrate the launch of “Unpacked: from PEI to Palawan” with a literary inspired reading at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in my hometown of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, followed by a book launch party at Upstreet Craft Brewing.
I have asked musicians, other writers and my nearest and dearest to be part of the celebration. There will be fiddlers, cupcakes, stickers, buttons, and in the middle, I will read a chapter from Unpacked.