book launch!

last evening, i enjoyed a social + literary new experience! i’ve never been to a book launch party! [did you get a visual of me throwing hardcovers at people when you read today’s title? that’s what i was aiming for – haha!].

the person being fêted was carrie snyder, a local author, who recently released her second novel, the juliet stories:


[sidenote: thanks to my reading log, i know that i finished carrie’s first book, hair hat, on june 17th, 2005, and that i gave it a *** (three star) review! (and i am not lying about that rating just to sound nice!)].

now, i don’t really know carrie personally, but we have met before (when she’s been in at the store!). and i know of her, thanks to six degrees of separation connections, and the fact that we are both alumni of the same high school (carrie is younger, *sigh*). then, when tricia and i were out on monday, we discussed this upcoming event. upon realizing that i would know several people planning to attend, i decided to go!

the venue for carrie’s book launch party was the starlight. i have been to this social club dancing til the wee hours before – that was the site of the science lecture that i attended back in september!

uptown events are the best because we can travel by foot. tricia and three of her friends – i already knew two of them! – picked me up on the way to the starlight. five minutes later, we were there!

here are a few photos from the party – i didn’t take very many. intimate lighting makes for wonderful atmosphere, but it’s not so conducive to photography!

tricia and carrie

guests mixed and mingled, then carrie read from her novel. here’s our table (my walking companions):

(L to R) tricia; shannon; me; kim; kathy (kathy and i were in the same high school class!)

carrie reading from her book

it’s such a small world! i think i knew or recognized every second person at the event – as someone said, it was like one big neighbourhood party!

i had a really fun time last evening, and i do think “the juliet stories” would be a perfect inclusion as one of my reads for this year’s kiki project. carrie’s writing style is engaging, but most of all, i am taken with her word choice and turn of phrase. i wish her the very best!

enjoy your sunday! i am going for coffee outing #10 with this gal

…and then watching the fashion show oscars this eve!

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  • Johanna B  On February 27, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I have been to several launch parties (being involved in the literary world of libraries and working for awhile at Barnes and Noble). I enjoy them very much. I like supporting local authors. Can you imagine how they would feel if no one showed up to hear them read?

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

      ok, so you are an EXPERIENCED book launch party person, johanna!! i wish you could have joined us for carrie’s party! haha, yes, if i was an author, i think that would be my biggest fear…WHAT IF no one shows up?? and i HAVE attended some book readings locally that have had VERY small numbers attend which is too bad. so we shall support the arts if we can, right?!

  • Lisa  On February 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Wow—a book launch party! That sounds awesome!
    Glad you had a coffee date too.
    I’ve been dying to tell you, ever since this morning when I went on a coffee date at S’bux…. I hesitated trying the blond roast because I know you hated it. But I bit the bullet and tried it…and I loved it! I laughed because it’s just so funny that I thought it was my favorite coffee ever.
    I’m glad we still have florida in common though 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      ok, i LOVE your coffee story, lisa!! that is way too funny that you loved the blond…but i am glad you found a new favourite (even though i do not understand it – haha!). i bet you had a fun time on your coffee outing – that is a perfect sunday activity!

  • 42kim  On February 26, 2012 at 9:11 am

    It was fabulous to get to spend time with you at such a wonderful event. I am again struck by what an interesting and talented group of people live in our neighbourhood

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

      i had such fun chatting with you, too, kim! we”ll need to meet up again! it really is a diverse neighbourhood when you take into account the universities, the tech companies, the arts…we’re so lucky!

  • Stephanie  On February 26, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I’d love to go to a book launch! Hmmm…preferably my own. Haha!

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

      oh, i fully believe there is a book launch in your future, stephanie! stay the course! 🙂 and when you have a toronto book signing, i will be there!!

  • The Orchard  On February 26, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Great photos Cathy. I also was surprised at how many people I knew or recognized. It was a fun time and nice to go there with you!

    Enjoy your coffee outing and the Oscars. I will be watching them too!

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 26, 2012 at 8:34 am

      thanks, tricia! the turnout was FANTASTIC for a literary-themed event – great to see such support for carrie! haha, we should have organized an oscar-watching house party for this eve! 🙂

  • Zo  On February 26, 2012 at 7:25 am

    That sounds like a fun event. I have been to a few book signings, not sure about whether they were “launches.”
    Yep, today’s plans all revolve around my being planted at the couch to watch the red carpet. Whether I’ll manage to stay up for the entire Oscars broadcast is another story!

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 26, 2012 at 8:36 am

      the red carpet is wayyy better than the actual awards part of the eve – and it’s on the earliest, too! win! enjoy, zo! we’ll compare notes within the next few days, ok?! carrie was also signing books last eve, but with all the decorations, bar, music…it was definitely a PARTY!!!

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