Sunday, April 28, 2013

Balmy drive to Gaspe Town, April 23, 2013

On Tuesday, April 23, while Americans must be flourishing with spring buds 
and balmy breezes, Ted and I drove to Gaspe Town to discuss the sale of 
The Chaplain to the 40,000 visitors expected from cruise boats that call in 
here.  But right now, the ice pans are more lovely than cruise boats.
En route, I found the lake in Chandler, which was in full melt a year ago, 
frozen solid. Ted the hardy Gaspesian hardly wears warm clothing 
in the freezing air. 
Driving over Bougainville Road, named after the Admiral who 
gave his name to our gorgeous vines in California, bougainvillea, 
we found all the fields snow covered.

On the route around behind Perce the frozen waterfalls 
appeared like giant necklaces draped over the gaunt cliffs. 
Ted snapped me in front of Au Pic de l’Aurore, the peak of dawn.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

ViaRail: Quebec City to New Carlisle, April 22, 2013

After a packed week in Québec city, I caught the 
Viarail train home to New Carlisle at Charny Station. 
When I awoke in Matapedia, I found a fairyland!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

La Maison Anglaise, Quebec City, April 12, 2013

Guy Dubois, the owner of the La Maison Anglaise, the only English 
bookstore east of Montreal, is also one of the founders and backers 
of the Quebec Book Festival, the only English book festival 
in Quebec city.

At the Salon du Livre, which is mainly French books, La Maison 
Anglaise has a booth. They set up a nice display of my books. 
I was honoured to be visited by Roch Carrier, acknowledged 
to be the most prestigious writer Francophone writer in Canada.  
He himself has a marvelous book out this year in French.

Roch Carrier is so famous there are lines from his short story, 
"The Hockey Sweater”, in both French and English on the 
Canadian $5 bill (bottom left of bill): “Nous vivions en trois lieux : 
l’école, l’église et la patinoire; mais la vraie vie était sur la patinoire.”  
"We lived in three places - the school, the church and the 
skating rink - but our real life was on the skating rink." 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Morrin Centre, Quebec City, April 11, 2013

Last year I was president of the ImagiNation Book Festival at the 
Morrin Centre. So they asked me if I would open this year’s festival 
with a presentation of The Chaplain.
 They did a lovely display of all the books.
The Morrin Centre and its Festival is regarded by the English
 community  in Québec city as one of its gems. It's run by 
Elizabeth Perreault and Barry McCullough.
I was delighted to see another author, 
Charles Foran, whom I had met in Toronto. 
 After my talk, I signed books for readers — 
— and at a cocktail party, hooked up with the 
Rev. Katherine Burgess, the Reverand at the adjacent 
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Quebec City.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

CBC Radio, Québec Community Network, April 9, 2013

 A high point of my Québec City visit is seeing the truly gorgeous host of 
Breakaway, Jacqueline Czernin. I talked about the Boer War, and my book, 
The Chaplain. Jacquie got great reactions across Québec, especially on the 
Gaspe Coast. She’s a wonderful editor, making daily silk purses out of 
presumably (as with me) sow’s ears. 
She was gracious enough to pose for a photograph with me —
And then got her assistant, Rachelle Solomon to join us. 
Rachelle does interviews when Jackie is off away on location or holiday. 
Later at the Morrin Centre I talked with her talented producer, Peter Black.