Sunday, November 18, 2012

A bunch of happy authors

It's been a big literary weekend here in Yellowknife. The weekend started on Thursday evening, with the northern launch of Blood and Water, and science fiction anthology about the tussle over resources, set in the near future. Anthology editor Hayden Trenholm, a former (and still honourary)Yellowknifer was in town to read from the collection. It was a lovely evening, courtesy of the Yellowknife Book Cellar.

On Friday evening we launched Coming Home: Stories from the Northwest Territories, published by Great Plains Publications with funding from De Beers Canada, in conjunction with the NorthWords Writers Festival. You can see a number of the authors hamming it up in the photo above, along with contest judges Judy McLinton and John Mutford, NorthWords president David Malcolm and Judith Drinnan, the hard-working and ever-supportive owner of the Yellowknife Book Cellar.

On Saturday a whole whack of us drew inspiration from a workshop conducted by the accomplished and always entertaining Richard Van Camp. Saturday evening, Richard launched his tenth book, a short story collection called Godless but Loyal to Heaven. It's reportedly his darkest book to date. I was at the launch and have a copy, so guess I'll find out in due course.

There's nothing authors like better than to have their work published. It was a very good weekend.