Thursday 15 September 2011 After a cool night it has been a beautiful day in Parry Sound, warm in the daytime and nice and cool for sleeping – perfect.
Our summer residents are beginning to leave – coming in to say goodbye and making a last purchase. Many are worried about the future of this book shop –and I assure them that I will still be here next year – and for many, many more years – I promise.
There is no doubt that the publishing “industry”, for lack of a better word, is facing challenging times and everyone involved is wondering what the future holds for us all. I was particularly upset when a writer with a solid reputation expressed concern about whether or not a next book will be published, and when an editor, again with an excellent career over many years, is concerned about the security of a long held job.
Where does that leave readers? Where will the literary novels be that we all so love? If in fact more bookstores close, where will we be able to go to choose our books? These are the questions none of us can answer, any more than we can predict the future about anything else.
I am optimistic that there will always be enough readers who want real books, and who will shop in real book stores – and if booksellers continue to be just that we will all be fine. We’ll all find out together soon enough.
With the coming of the fall author readings resume – Alison Pick on Wednesday 21 September – her book Far To Go is exceptional, and I am expecting her reading to be one we will all remember and talk about for years to come.
Then we have a home town boy, Waub Rice, who will read from his first novel Midnight Sweatlodge. I hope to see a big crowd to show support for this young writer.
And then – we have the International Festival of Authors – Parry Sound – with Four Authors Reading Live!
We will have Helen Humphreys, who has been here before and has many fans among us, reading from The Reinvention of Love, and Madeleine Thien who will read from her new novel Dogs at the Perimeter.
Patrick DeWitt will read from his novel The Sisters Brothers which has been short-listed for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. Will Ferguson, a very funny guy, will read from his new book Canadian Pie.
These guys will definitely appeal to the men – so get out the guys and make this a co-ed event!
Tickets are now available for all of these events – have a look at the Author Events Upcoming section of our website for more information.
At this time of year the new releases are arriving – new books by the big shots, and some by writers we will hear lots more about in the future. I’m reading, reading, reading and look forward to talking with you about what you are reading. So, drop in, and look at what’s new as we slowly, slowly approach that gift giving time of year.