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Newsletter #41 - February 7, 2013
Hi everyone,

Welcome to all the new people who recently signed up. Your fellow subscribers can attest to the fact that my newsletters are few and far between, so don't worry: you won't be inundated with emails from me.

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (2013) Some long-time subscribers may be unaware that you're eligible for a random draw that we're having on February 14th for a signed advance reading copy (ARC) of my new novel, The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, with illustrations by none other than Charles Vess. The ARC contains black & white sketches of Charles' work, so it's a collectible in that the hardcover doesn't have these sketches. If you're a fan of drawings, like me, it's very special.

This draw is only for members of my mailing list (because I appreciate you). You needn't do anything more than sit back, cross your fingers, light a candle, say a prayer and wait until February 14th. I'll email the winners (yes, we'll draw a couple of names) and, with their permission, I'll congratulate them on my Facebook page (by name only). I don't know if you're among those who've officially 'liked' my page, but there are advantages. A lucky reader from Australia won one of these ARCs a couple of days ago by entering a little contest I'd posted there (congrats again to Elizabeth).

My author's copies of the final book arrived this week, and it is a stunningly handsome tome filled with gorgeous paintings by Mr. Vess. We're ecstatic that it's been getting great reviews, including starred ones on both Publishers Weekly and Quill & Quire. Here's another from Alamosa Books.

Little Brown moved the release date up to March 5th so that it will be out when MaryAnn and I go to Tucson for the annual book festival in March. It would have been so sad to go all that way and not be able to show off the book. What am I saying? We are never sad to go to Tucson, but you know what I mean.

Let me share one of my favourite Charles Vess illustrations, this being Lillian arrival in the valley of the bear people.

Art by Charles Vess for The Cats of Tanglewood Forest

Speaking of appearances, I want to let you know about a few events coming up:

Feb. 9, 12:30-2:30 PM, TORONTO Impossible Words Literary Salon (workshop)
237 Wallace Ave. (at Lansdowne)
The event is free and will feature a reading and interview, as well as short readings by two young writers from Toronto Street Writers (a local youth writing group).

Feb. 20-25, SEATTLE
Feb. 20, 6-9 PM: Music & signing at Chaco Canyon Cafe (organic vegetarian) in West Seattle (free, first come, first served; seats about 40 people)
Feb. 21, 6 PM: Casual conversation & music at Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Writers Cottage, (free, open to public)
Feb. 22-24: Music, panels, hanging out at our booth in the Marketplace at FaerieCon West, which is always wonderful.
Feb. 25, 7-9 PM: Reading, music & signing at University Bookstore, University of WA, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 While it's too early for The Cats of Tanglewood Forest to be available in Seattle, we will have some of the ARCs to give out as prizes at each of our events there. Be sure to bring your lucky charms.

March 9-10, TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, University of AZ
I'll be signing The Cats of Tanglewood Forest at the Mostly Books booth at 10 AM on Saturday, as well as after all of my panels on both Saturday and Sunday.

March 16, 1-3 PM, OTTAWA Silver Snail, 363 Bank St.
Our official launch of The Cats of Tanglewood Forest takes place at one of my favourite stores in Ottawa.

We have a few other events on the horizon, but some of your eyes are glazing over, so I'll tell you about them next time.

MaryAnn and I hope to see you in some of these places (although sadly, she won't be with me in Toronto). Good luck with the draw and thanks so much for all your support.

Spread a little extra love this month, and remember to be kind to yourself as well.


Newsletter #41.1 - February 18, 2013
Hi everyone,

The Valentines Day draw has happened and the two winners of The Cats of Tanglewood Forest ARCs were notified. Congrats to those who won! I wish I could have given an ARC to every one of you.

CORRECTION (change to my reading/music/signing in Seattle on February 25th at 7 PM).

The event has been moved to University Temple United Methodist Church, just across from the University Bookstore parking lot, and across the alley from the Post Office. Please enter via the entrance on 43rd. The address is: 1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle, WA 98105


Two new events are coming up soon in Ottawa as part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival (please register at festival website).

Saturday March 2, 7 PM
Bridgehead Roastery, 130 Anderson St. (off Preston).
Panel discussion called "Twisting Reality: Hiding in Plain Sight,"
along with writers Gary Blackwood and Cheryl Rainfield.

Sunday, March 3, 2 PM
Bridgehead Roastery, 130 Anderson St. (off Preston).
I'll be giving a workshop to a group of no more than 15 young people
aged 12 - 24.

That's all for now. We're off to Seattle tomorrow and hope to see some of you there!


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