Every day Facebook reminds me that I haven’t posted anything for ‘x’ number of days and every day I mean to do so, even though there’s some debate about whether Facebook ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ really translate into book sales. Well, let’s see. Last Friday, when I should have been posting this photo of the best seller list (my 4th week in a row) to all my FB friends, I was meeting this lovely woman, a real life friend from the cosmetics floor of Westmount Woodward’s Store – 36 years ago. We would likely never have connected again, if not for Facebook and her seeing the cyber excitement about my book. So while I wasn’t busy posting, we were catching up: sharing stories of our lives, the good old days and yes, taking this obligatory selfie. So, while my semi-meteoric rise to the top of the Edmonton Journal Best Seller list, I expect an equally stellar disappearance into obscurity any minute now. But that hour drinking lovely lattes from Three Bananas and soaking up the mid-day sun on Churchill Square, sharing a hug, a laugh, a memory or two will stay with me forever. And oh, bless her, she bought a couple books! I’ve had to take another pile of books down to Audreys and I’ve had to order more from the publisher so you, too, can still pick up your copies. I’m grateful, to be sure, and if you want to connect over coffee or a kitchen party, message me. I have loved my stint on this list. A character in my book has a line: “Oh, it matters. But it’s not what matters the most.” I have other friends with books on the way. Watch for Caterina Edwards new offering, The Sicilian Wife.
A sincere thank you to my readers for making A Wake For The Dreamland Edmonton Journal's Fiction Bestseller!
Thanks to @YEGWrites (Facebook) for tweeting these 'clippings'.
What a whirl of a week! I am delighted and grateful for all the early response to A Wake For The Dreamland. The private events preceding, and the public launch at Audreys Books on Sunday, were a joy to participate in and I thank everyone for coming and celebrating (and not waking) the book. I hope you will share it with your friends and spread the word... It is a tribute to a generation and a city I love.
This book is a tribute to the generation of her parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who took the time to hang on to family letters, clippings, stories, and poetry — all those treasures that inspired this story. .