Erin is now off on a three-week tour to promote Swan Riders. She is in Calgary right now at WordFest, and will be heading to Vancouver and then Rossland for book related events. The kids and I miss her fiercely, but these will be great events for her, and one should never miss an opportunity to see Calgary, Vancouver and the interior of BC.
I admit, I'm a little jealous, but fall here has been beautiful, and I have a few events of my own coming up. I've also been coming off a high from the two events previously. I've told you about the Word on the Street event, but there was also the Bakka-Phoenix launch event that I shared with Erin on Saturday, October 1st. That really felt like a homecoming, given how much the store was a fixture of my youth, and how many people from my childhood came out to support Erin and I -- including my grade six teacher, Mr. Turner. The readings were successful, the Q&A lively, and the mingling afterward great fun.
Thanks again to the folks at Bakka-Phoenix for putting this event together, and for Scholastic and Simon & Schuster's support!
One more launch party awaits. I'm pleased to announce that I'll be partnering with Kaleidoscope Kids Books in Ottawa for a solo-launch of Icarus Down on Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. I've worked with Kaleidoscope Kids Books before, in launching The Young City, and they have a wonderful bookstore and they are passionate advocates for childrens and teen fiction. I'm really looking forward to going out there again and meeting old friends and family. I hope, if you are reading this, that you can make it out.
Finally, I received a very pleasant surprise yesterday when my editor forwarded me a copy of a page of the latest Quill & Quire magazine, featuring a full-page review of Icarus Down. The review isn't yet available on their website, but I can quote a paragraph below:
Nothing is simple in 'Icarus Down'. The book is laden with environmental themes and issues relevant to contemporary society, particularly the struggle for truth and reconciliation. Relationships are flawed and complex: Simon is brave and foolhardy and utterly incapable of living up to Isaac's memory, while Eliza is a steadfast yet vulnerable female heroine. The change of pace from the clifftop city to foggy forest is jarring -- but purposely so -- and works beautifully, catching the reader off guard and setting them up to see Eliza's side of the story. Gorgeous, creative and thrilling, 'Icarus Down' is a must-read for fans of science fiction and steampunk.
This really made my day. Thanks to everybody involved!