Awfully nice of Sault Ste. Marie’s downtown merchants to put together a festival to celebrate the fact that my book, Sex is a Four-Letter Word and Other Misconceptions, is now available at Stone’s Office Supply on Queen Street. Understand they’re even going to hold a Christmas Tree Lighting in my honour. That red glow is me blushing, not Rudolph’s nose glowing.
While you’re there you might check out the hot chocolate competition, the late-night shopping and some of the great restaurants and bars.
I’m one of those who believes there are a lot of good reasons to go downtown (besides to buy my book). And I think it’s great that young people feature prominently in the revival of the Sault’s downtown.
Big-box stores have their place, but I get better service and make more friends when I shop downtown.
Thursday’s book launch and other sales raised more than $200 for the Soup Kitchen and the Susan Barber Memorial Bursary, plus enough food donations to fill two blueboxes. Thanks to those who were so generous. We’ll try to add to these totals at future events. Coming Thursday, Nov. 23: a reading, Q&A and book signing at the main branch of the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library at 7 p.m. UPDATE: Many still happy to donate to Soup Kitchen when I sign a book, so we’ll continue collecting at the Book Reading at the public library main branch Thursday at 7 p.m.
Winter’s first storm put a bit of a chill on the launch of Sex is a Four-Letter Word and Other Misconceptions at the Canadian Thursday night. But a surprising number slipped and slid along the streets of Sault Ste. Marie to join the party. Sad if donations to the Soup Kitchen and the Susan Barber Memorial Bursary suffered storm damage. But a more intimate turnout allowed this author more time to chat with old friends and get to know some who have been fans of the Humour Me column for years. A memorable experience for sure. Many thanks to my helpers and to those who faced the gales of November.