So I thought it might be fun to show a few shots of me and other authors. Many of whom visited Kobo's home office in Toronto, and others I met on the road (either through Kobo, my own personal writing or via my work with Canadian Booksellers Association)
So I thought I would share a few of the pictures spotlighting just some of the awesome authors I had the pleasure of meeting or hanging out with.
One of the coolest highlights for me would have to be the honour of presenting the CBA Libris Lifetime Achievement Award to Margaret Atwood at the CBA Libris Awards ceremony in Toronto in June.
|Presenting CBA Libris Lifetime Achievement Award to Margaret Atwood|
|Margaret Atwood - CBA Lifetime Achievement Award|
|Michael Ondaatje with CBA Libris Author of the Year Award|
A flight delay meant arriving just a few minutes late for the start of the CBA Libris Awards -- I was thus unable to properly introduce Master of Ceremonies Terry Fallis. Of course, Terry, being resourceful and able to think on his feet, covered for me with a good dose of humour by starting off to deliver what was my opening address (while, of course, introducing himself as me). When I arrived a few minutes later, to properly introduce him as MC, I expressed my thanks with a big hug . . .
|"A Hug for Terry Fallis" (not to be confused with my favourite novel "A Prayer for Owen Meany"|
I partially blame amazingly talented self-pub authors like Terry (who since first self-publishing, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, scored a publishing contract with M&S and then won CBC Canada Reads) for inspiring me to continue on in my role of working directly with authors who want to explore self-publishing.
The year also was filled with interesting publishing opportunities, and one of the projects I worked on was an Alberta Publishers Association sponsored project called ALTERNATIVE FUTURES FOR PUBLISHING. The book was written and work-shopped in a collaborative two days in Edmonton. Here is the cast of authors below (holding Julie Wilson's SEEN READING)
|Jerome Martin, Me, Merle Martin, Todd Anderson, Jessica Legacy, Kirby Wright, Paul Martin, Donna Livingstone, Kieran Leblanc|
At World Horror Con in November, I got to hang out with so many wonderful authors. Here's a picture of Robert Runte, Michell Plested, Emily Craven and I.
|Robert, Michell, Emily and me|
|Carolyn Clink, Robert J. Sawyer, Virgina O'Dine and me|
|Kevin, T16 & me|
Kevin and I originally met a few years back at Eerie Con in Niagara Falls, New York. But this year we had the chance to really play catch up, getting together twice in Toronto: once with a visit he made to Kobo's head office...along with doing the world book launch for his Rush tie-in novel CLOCKWORK ANGELS in Toronto . . .
|Me and Kevin at Kobo head office in Toronto|
Another time where, Kevin, Jonathan and I caught the Rush concert together . . . (Kevin was also in town as a guest of honour for RushCon) . . .
. . . and, at Book Expo America in New York where, for the first time, we announced Kobo Writing Life, the awesome free DIY portal for authors to publish their work into Kobo's global catalog.
|Kevin and I at the Kobo booth at BEA|
I met many authors at the Kobo booth at BEA, including Jen Talty (who later came to Kobo's head office with Bob Mayer - unfortunately, the picture I got of the three of us under the Kobo sign at our head office was too blurry to use)
|Me and Jen at the Kobo booth at BEA|
And it is, of course, always really fun when authors visit us at Kobo head office. Over the past twelve months, so many great authors walked through our doors. In October, Bella Andre and Barbara Freethy came to spend the day with us and meet some folks from our home office. Yes, simply more great perks of my job
I had the pleasure of meeting dozens more authors this past year, shared panels, stages and book talks and signing events with so many of them. Unfortunately, I either don't have pictures of those moments, or if I do, I was unable to find them while putting this post together.
In all, like I said, a perk of being a writer and of my roles within the book industry come with an amazing side-effect: getting to hang out with some of the coolest writers around.
And I'm sure that 2013 will be filled with much more of the same.