Monday, April 9, 2007

A book tour starting in Athabasca...

Tomorrow, I'm driving 5 hours north to my home town of Athabasca, Alberta to do a few readings for The Penny Tree. A lot has changed since I lived there in the 80s -- the Athabasca University, which enjoys a great reputation, was built outside of town in '84, and Alberta Pacific Forest Industries, now one of the regions biggest employers, officially began operating in '93.

And yet much has stayed the same as well. The Burger Bar, highlighted in my debut novel, The Tin Box, is still there, as is Ken's Confectionary and the Hillside Motel and a handful of other businesses that haven't changed a lot over the years. The town itself is a little more than an hour north of Edmonton, built in the river valley. It's not big (approx 2500 people) but it's a peaceful, inviting place. Most of my family still lives there -- my dad, my sister and her husband, two of my brothers and their wives, and my mom, who lives in the hamlet of Rochester.

I'm looking forward to going. A few days later, I'll be off to Chicago, and then Winnipeg and Edmonton and a whole list of other places. But there's something special about starting my readings in Athabasca, probably because I know I'll never find the same kind of heartfelt cheerleading anywhere else -- which is why I'll always call it 'home'.

16 comments:

Anissa said...

Have a wonderful tour! I'm sure you'll enjoy reconnecting with your fans. How exciting!

wordman17 said...

Have fun in A-town with all
your family and friends.
Hope your readings go well!

anne said...

WHERE in Chicago? And WHEN?

adrienne said...

Wow so cool! A real life book tour! Say you coming to Toronto at all? Cause it would be awesome to go for coffee or something!

spyscribbler said...

That's awesome! I was hibernating last week, and missed your release. I'm so sorry!

I'm a week late, but I'm jumping up and down for you and I'm picking it up tomorrow! Congratulations!

Melissa Marsh said...

I went back to my hometown over the weekend. While I love to go visit, I realize I could never live there again. But I can't wait for the day I can go there and do a book signing for the library.

Have fun, Holly, and enjoy yourself!

Larramie said...

Happy Homecoming, Holly! Travel safe.

Seeley deBorn said...

When and where in Winnipeg? I'm moving there in 2 weeks!

Wendy Roberts said...

Good luck on your tour! I'm sure you'll win over a ton of readers :)

Winnipeg's my home town and my entire family still lives there. How about coming the other way, to Vancouver??

Steve G said...

Enjoy the tour.

Patry Francis said...

I can't think of a better place to begin. Enjoy! And while you're away, think of me on Cape Cod, digging into the treat that arrived in yesterday's mail. Yes, it was The Penny Tree!

ORION said...

Congrats Holly-
I'm on my way home from NY now...

L.C.McCabe said...

Holly,
I just wanted to let you know that I asked for your book last night when I went to a B&N store to go see Mohsin Hamid start his book tour for Reluctant Fundamentalist.

I haven't finished it yet, but it's a fascinating novel. And it was an interesting discussion about not only his story, but how he wrote the book. He said that he wrote at least a thousand pages to get down to less than 200. The difference is that he wrote many different versions without using previously written text.

BAHHH. That's a technique I don't think I'd want to emulate.

Anyway, they didn't have your book yet, so I was bummed. It is on order, they just haven't gotten it delivered (or unpacked) just yet. Being a former bookseller I know that the stockroom can get pretty buried in boxes.

I'll get your new book soon, but it was not to be last night.

I wish you well on your tour!

Linda

Jess Riley said...

Enjoy your travels & readings!

LadyBronco said...

Holly;
You have any plans on swinging through Colorado any time soon?

Writer on Board said...

I'll be getting my copy tomorrow. Congrats again...