Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Orléans Express Bus, October 16, 2014

On my tour for The Alford Saga, I went from Shigawake to Montreal. 
I discovered the only train left from Campbellton 
— 2 1/2 hour drive = $350

What about a plane from Gaspe? Another 2 1/2 hour drive 
and $400 (with taxi). So I simply took the bus $125.
First I had a bang-up breakfast prepared by Francine, my housekeeper.
Am I happy! En route to selling THE HERO in Montreal, 
I passed breath-taking colors.
Sorry they are out of focus. I snapped them from the window.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Shigawake, October 10, 2014

At the invitation of St Paul’s in Shigawake from Deacon Pat Hayes 
and Treasurer Enid Mackenzie, who sold THE HERO
I gave a talk to a small group supporting the church
 (and The Alford Saga).
Ken Duguay, the longest serving Mayor in Shigawake’s history, 
made sure to buy several books for his offspring and others.
While outside, the trees stood resplendent in a Gaspe autumn.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Richmond, October 8, 2014

After a splendid launch in Campbellton, where we had no camera
...I gave a talk in New Richmond about THE HERO (subtitled: 
Shell Shock, a Love Story) about WWI and its consequences.
Bobby Caissy and Bruce with Rev Doreen 
of the United Church, listened.
Pretty Delina brought her sister
...Karen, from”away”, who bought all seven books of the Saga.
Intrepid Joan Dow sold for St Mary’s
...and Gail and Murray sold books for their St Andrews.
Afterwards, many bought books in aid of St Mary 
Magdalen Anglican and St. Andrews United churches.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

AGM of the RCAA, October 3, 2014

I was invited to talk to the assembled officers 
of the Royal Canadian Artillery Association at their AGM.
Before the splendid mess dinner, we assembled for drinks.
We then moved to dinner, as the 
Shawinigan military band played.

Down from the honour table stretched rows of officers, 
colonels and so on.
I was lucky enough at the Honour Table 
to sit next to a rare three star general, Stu Beare.
The next morning we assembled again.
Then everyone sat, and after an address by their commander, 
they listened to me!
In another coffee break, the officers loaded up with 
the military books in The Alford Saga: The Chaplain, 
The Gunner, and The Hero.