News for April

Actually it's more like news from April, seeing as it's May already, and some of this Janet E Cameron2information repeats from my scrapbook, so I'll keep it brief.

First of all: I'm going to Canada! Woo-hoo! Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax. I'm leaving on Tuesday, May 7 and I won't be back in Dublin until the end of May. Am I crazy? Possibly. Here's the tour schedule, if there's something in your city that might interest you. I'll also most likely be blogging about my adventures on the book trail - as I trash hotel rooms and get bundled, cursing and spitting, into the backs of police vans. Or, more likely, fall asleep on old friends' couches while watching children's DVDs. Should be fun.

May 7 is also the date of the Canadian publication of Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World. I've been counting down to the day on my Canadian 80s Song blog and am now into the top five. Hachette Canada are also helping me run a 'Guess the 80s lyric' Twitter contest, though I suspect some of the contestants have been googling.

At the beginning of the month I had my second public reading and survived. This was a charity event called Experience Dublin Literature which was in aid of a UCD student who was seriously injured in a cycling accident. Irene Lawlor put together a very original three-person reading of a scene from her novel Discovering Ireland. I read the confrontation scene between Stanley and Stephen in Cinnamon Toast, and realised too late that there was swearing in it and plenty of children in the audience. Oops. Everybody recovered eventually and the evening was a great success.

321520 10151481315589079 518348316 nThere was a fair amount of publicity for Cinnamon Toast this month, and I found myself doing things that terrified me, and enjoying them. I published two articles in Irish national newspapers, went on the radio three times, and even ended up on TV. See my lovely scrapbook for details.

Cinnamon Toast featured in Sue Leonard's column for the Irish Examiner, 'Beginner's Pluck', with a brief interview from me and a capsule review of the book from Sue. Then it was picked as a book of the month by the Bord Gais Energy Book Club, which got it a fair amount of attention, and this lovely review by broadcaster Rick O'Shea. It was also a Recommended Read for Dubray Books. A short but wonderful review followed.

On the 21rst, my husband got this text from his uncle: 'Saw review in Sunday Business Post. Hope all's well.' I went mad and ran to the nearest shop for a copy of the paper - the first full-length print review of Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World ever, and it turned out to be a rave. The relief!

More relief followed when I was interviewed for GCN (Gay Community News), Dublin's foremost LGBT magazine. I was always nervous about what the reaction in the LGBT community would be to someone like me writing from the point of view of a gay teenage boy. Boredom? Irritation? A punch in the face? Fortunately Brian Finnegan, the editor of GCN, really liked the novel, and gave it a great review which appears on the online version of GCN. My interview appears in the print edition, available all over Ireland during May. Of course I've also scanned it into my scrapbook.

Also, as I'm aware that mostly this site's been all 'me, me, me, blah, blah, blah', starting from May 7 I plan to start featuring other authors in a new feature called Literary Love Fest, in which authors promote their work by answering strange and senseless questions from me. Let me know if you'd like to be involved.

April's been a great month. Now, on to Canada!

 

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