My Name is Simon Daud, And I Was Never the Special One
(Icarus Down Excerpt Now Available)

marvels-and-mysteries.jpgWith the release date of Icarus Down now just twelve days away, Scholastic Canada has just released their official page for the book. Included is the first chapter, which you can download and read absolutely free. Go ahead and read it; I'm really quite proud of it.

There may be more extras in the days to come, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I'm pleased to announce my publicity schedule for the next month.

I will be presenting at Toronto's Word on the Street on Sunday, September 25 at the Harbourfront Centre. At 11:30 a.m., I'll be sharing the Teen Spirit Stage with Kevin Sylvester and Meaghan McIssac, for "Take Me To Your Reader", a discussion on "Outer space. Other worlds. Time travel" led by Angela Misri. I'm looking forward to this, and meeting my fellow authors, and generally soaking in the tremendous literary vibe that accompanies this festival. I hope I can see some of you there.

We follow this up with two launch events. On Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m., Erin and I will be joined by R.J. Anderson and Casey Lyall for Marvels & Mysteries, promoting our recently launched novels at Words Worth Books in uptown Waterloo. On Saturday, October 1 at 3 p.m., Erin and I will head down to Toronto for our joint Toronto launch party at the renown Bakka-Phoenix Books. A good time will be had by all, and I hope to see you there as well.

Other events may be coming. Erin has a lot to do promoting the launch of The Swan Riders, and she will be visiting Lethbridge, Calgary and Vancouver in late September and October. It promises to be a full autumn, and I'm looking forward to it.

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