Launch Day! 7pm, Victory Café, Toronto

Now that the launch is finally here, I realize I might have done things upside-down.

My so-called tour has been underway for more than three weeks. The first event was at Draft Reading Series, which I had to schedule about a year ago, but I still got copies in time—a full week before the publication date—thanks to the inspired hustle of Thistledown Press. And though the nature of the Draft is such that I had to read something unpublished, I still made my first in-person book sale. I signed my first copy, too.

A week later, I read from the book for the first time—not the stories in the book, the physical book—at Words at the Wise. My writing workshop pals plus a few more friends came and bought copies. Some people I hadn’t met before bought copies, too. It was like a mini-launch. I also made my first trade with another author.

I appeared at Pages Unbound Festival the weekend after that, too, where I gave my first-ever craft talk.

So today, biggest of the big days, I’m sitting at home three hours before launch time and I’m kind of aimless; I booked a half-day off my job to deal with final preparations, or last-minute issues, or Oh-My-God-This-Is-Actually-Happening panic attacks, but there have been none so far.

I bought a new pen on the way home from work, a fancy felt-tip one, for nicer signatures; beyond that, I think the only thing I plan do to tonight that I haven’t done before is lug a giant box of books down Bathurst Street on the 7 bus.

Everything’s already happened: the book’s in the world. It exists. It’s on store shelves and in ebook form, too. I’ve done some interviews, and I’ll do some more. I’m still “on tour”, too—London, Strathroy, Niagara Falls, Barrie and one more Toronto event before the end of June—and hopefully I’ll get a review soon. I hope I’ll succeed at pretending I didn’t read it. Before long, I’ll get back to finishing my next book, too, which is what I was doing before all this mad fun began.

But to all who’ve asked in the last few days how I’m feeling on the cusp of the launch?

After a pretty intense year—finishing the book, doing the edits, arranging the promo, organizing a launch—I feel… free. And surprised to feel that way.

But I also feel great. I feel so great that I think I’ll have a party tonight.

I hope you’ll join me.

Hamburger launches TONIGHT, upstairs at Victory Café in Toronto! Doors open at 7pm. Admission is free. Books will be available for $20; tax included, cash only. Special guest readers include André Babyn and Shari Kasman, plus music by Braden Mutch. Some light snacks will be available, and drinks and other food can be purchased at the bar.  

Pages Unbound Festival: Saturday, May 7

This Saturday, 4pm, at Jackman Hall at the AGO, I’m appearing as part of an event called WORK, alongside authors Joni Murphy and Malcolm Sutton, as well as multimedia collective Tough Guy Mountain. I’ll be talking about work as it appears in my fiction, and more generally about the relationship between work and fiction.

Kate Barss from Pages Unbound interviewed me on their blog, about jobs I’ve had, the work of writing, and more. Check it out here, where you’ll also find a link to get tickets.

See you Saturday!

Shoutout to Daniel Perry

Thanks, Underbridge Press–happy to be part of Joypuke III this fall!

The Underbridge Press

We recently received word here at Underbridge that Daniel Perry, one of the fantastic writers featured in the upcoming Joypuke III, will be publishing a collection of his work May! Here’s what he has to say about it:

“A nomadic young bartender tries to quit smoking. A crotchety writing teacher stands on the brink of losing everything he loves. A family wrestles with the legacy of its war hero patriarch. An eight-year-old boy challenges his mother to start picking up the pieces of their broken home. In more than 20 vignettes, flashes and stories, many of them previously published in SubTerrain, Riddle Fence, Little Fiction and abroad, Hamburger takes readers to Venice, Cleveland, Nicaragua, Lithuania and several Canadian locales on its quest to explore the emotional struggles and hard-won illuminations of life on the through-side of the grinder.”

HamburgerSounds riveting. You can find out more about Daniel Perry and his writing at his website (https://danielperryfiction.wordpress.com/) or skip straight to a pre-order from Thistledown Press (http://www.thistledownpress.com/html/search/genre/Fiction/hamburger_p609.cfm)

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It’s Go Time: Hamburger Events!

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HAMBURGER IS READY

Come and get it at one of these upcoming events:

April 24, 3pm
Draft Reading Series
w/ Glynis Guevara, Maureen Scott Harris, Henry Knight & Jael Richardson
Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E., Toronto, Ont.

May 2, 8pm
Words at the Wise
w/ Melanie Mah & Brent vanStaalduinen
Wise Bar, 1007 Bloor St. W., Toronto

May 7, 4pm
WORK @ Pages Unbound Festival
w/ Joni Murphy, Malcolm Sutton & Tough Guy Mountain
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., Toronto

May 18, 7pm
Hamburger Launch Party
w/ Special Guests TBC
Victory Cafe, 581 Markham St., Toronto

May 27, 7:30pm
Reading and Book Signing
Chapters South London, 1037 Wellington Rd., London, Ont.

May 28, 2pm
Reading and Q&A
Middlesex County Library, 34 Frank St., Strathroy, Ont.

June 2, evening
Niagara Literary Arts Festival
Location TBC

June 18, 2pm
Reading and Book Signing
Chapters Barrie, 76 Barrie View Dr., Barrie, Ont.

Hamburger Pre-orders and Launch

Hamburger is at the printer!

Join me for the Toronto launch party at Victory Café on Wed., May 18 at 7pm.

Event details

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Can’t make it?

Pre-order from:

THISTLEDOWN PRESS
INDIGO (CANADA)
BARNES & NOBLE(U.S.)
AMAZON (WORLDWIDE)

or an independent bookstore near you!

You can also get your copy at one of these upcoming events:

Sun., Apr. 24, 3pm: DRAFT Reading Series
Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E., Toronto

Mon., May 2, 8pm: Words at the Wise
Wise Bar, 1007 Bloor St. W., Toronto

Sat., May 7, 4pm: Pages Unbound Festival
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto