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While chatting with a friend on the phone the last night I heard
incredible screeching over the line – yes it was a landline! Turns out a
peacock from Beacon Hill Park across the street has taken up residence
on the roof of the apartment. Peacocks make excellent guards.
But does one really want to be warned about that racoon breaching
the perimeter at 3:00 a.m?
Well, it’s not till Wednesday, if we’re being official, but I tend to
spend the whole week celebrating. I mean, it’s really just an excellent
excuse to drink champagne, don’t you think?
We have just finished our massive mail-out of the Fall
catalogues – high fives all around to the team – Cheryl, Ali,
Mark, and Paulina (our intern for the summer). It is a huge
job but gives so much satisfaction when it is done.
See below for some photos – just to give you an idea.
Have a great weekend,
Ah yes – first summer weekend and it was lovely in Victoria.
A good time to sample some of the many craft beers available here.
Joe Wiebe’s Craft Beer Revolution is an excellent guide to B.C.
breweries and an important reference tool! Joe provides good advice on
growlers – big glass bottles that resemble moonshine jugs. Once you buy the
$5 growler jug you can get it refilled at many of the local breweries. According to
Joe the name “growler” originated back in the late 1800′s. Most beer consumed
in American cities was draft and if people wanted to take it home they used a galvanized
steel pail with a lid on it to prevent spillage. That lid would rumble or “growl” as carbonation
escaped, and the name growler was born. There was even an expression for fetching the
beer: “rushing the growler.” Here’s to a summer of growlin for beer! Cheers!
Enjoy your 2-4 of beer up at the cottage, eh?
The unofficial first weekend of summer is here
and I hope you’re going to enjoy it to the hilt.
I am heading off to my friends’ cabin just outside
Winthrop, Washington. First of all, it is a beautiful
drive along the North Cascades Highway; secondly
the people we are visiting are lovely and thirdly,
there will be lots of good food, good wine and beer,
a visit to The Trail’s End Bookshop (huzzah!) and lots
of reading time. What more could one want?
Happy Victoria Day!
This week a coworker and I joined the DK Canada ping pong team for the annual
Scotiabank Pongapalooza tournament, which raises money for First Book Canada.
Last year I subbed in for a missing team member and helped the team place first (of all
the teams to come in last). This year we we had two amazing coaches, Evan Munday,
Ninja Cowboy Bear series, who helped us drink some cocktails, come up with a cheer,
and place first AGAIN (in all the teams to come in last). It was pretty epic. Here are
There were autographs, smiles, some minor confusion, (mostly about how to play ping pong) and lots of
‘Till next year: First place (coming in last) undefeated!
Isn’t it lovely to sleep in your own bed after a trip? I just got back from a
week in Toronto, so I’m home in Vancouver, enjoying our beautiful
weather, and lolling around in my own space. It’s lovely to unpack, do
some laundry, and eat from your very own fridge!
I am so happy to be home. I love going to Toronto, staying in a hotel, seeing our publishers there
and hearing about their wonderful new books but there is something to be said about home. My brain
is very full – there are so many new books in the Fall season it will take me a while to absorb all
the information and retain the titles. Right now if you asked me what my favourite new book was I
couldn’t think of one, on pain of death. (Not really, but it would be a struggle.) I call it sales
conference brain and I get it after each marathon set of conferences but it fades fairly quickly and
all the titles settle into place in my head.
Have a great weekend.
Actually, it is more like this:
It’s been a great week of the Toronto sales conference, and the reps are still standing, (I like to think
it’s because of the fantastic food I’ve been feeding them). We’ve made sure all the kinks have been sorted
out this conference, read: we purchased a second coffee maker, and it’s been going very smoothly. I
discovered the reps prefer sour keys over trail mix, and that there is no such thing as a “big enough”
bag of chocolate covered almonds. Having everyone fueled with caffeine and sugar we’ve been learning
lots about forthcoming titles and also getting to know some new lines that we’re bouncing in our
seats out of excitement to sell. Here’s a little taste of one of our new lines, Libretto Group:
Gorgeous! I’m excited to reveal some more at a later date. I don’t want to spoil you ;)