Nancy Hartry celebrated the launch of Watching Jimmy, her first novel on Sunday, May 31, 2009. Watching Jimmy grew from her short story “Thunderbird Swing,” which was published in Secrets. Set in 1958, Watching Jimmy is a brilliant portrait of a time past, a family of strong women, and a resourceful young girl who exudes character, resilience, and most of all, love.
The launch was held at Swansea Town Hall, near many locations mentioned in the novel.
Nancy Hartry signing books for families and friends.
A Watching Jimmy cake!
Listening to Nancy Hartry read a passage from her novel. She also talked about the writing process and how some elements from the book came to be.
Nancy Hartry invited her friends from CANSCAIP and writing workshops to her launch.
Video of Nancy Hartry reading an excerpt from her novel:
Video of Nancy Hartry’s son and his friend performing The White Cliffs of Dover:
In a city inundated with giant, gleaming supermarkets, Toronto’s old-style neighbourhood corner store may be nearly extinct.
But there’s no hint of decline at the impressively cluttered greengrocer located in the tiny front room of a house near Hillcrest Park, in the St. Clair West area. Every weekday at lunch, the 20-by-20-foot shop, owned by Domenico Cozzi, 76, and his wife Rosa, 77, is overrun with ravenous school kids, who swarm in to buy Mr. Cozzi’s salami and provolone sandwiches, pop and candy….
In recent weeks, regular patrons have noticed that the Cozzis have been even more upbeat than usual. The reason: Their modest business, purchased with the house for $33,000 back in 1966, has become the subject of a new children’s book, Our Corner Grocery Store (Tundra), illustrated by Laura Beingessner.
The publication of Joanne Schwartz and Laura Beingessner’s new picture book, Our Corner Grocery Store, was celebrated on Saturday, April 25, 2009. Since the book is such a local story, Joanne Schwartz hosted a neighbourhood event at her home. Our Corner Grocery Store is based on Domenico’s grocery store which is located at 134 Tyrrel Avenue, Toronto. Domenico Cozzi and his wife Rosa, owners of the actual corner grocery store, came to celebrate the book’s release.
Laura Beingessner signing Our Corner Grocery Store. Look at the line-up of readers!
Joanne’s turn to sign!
Reading Our Corner Grocery Store in the front yard.
Joanne Schwartz and Laura Beingessner thank everyone for coming. Thank you Domenico and Rosa for your inspirations and to everyone who came out and made the event such as success! Can you spot Domenico’s smiling face in the photo above? Also, thank you to John Lorinc for attending and writing the wonderful piece in The Globe and Mail.
What a very fine launch for Bradley McGogg, The Very Fine Frog! The event was on Saturday, March 7 from 2-5pm at the Ingram Gallery in Yorkville. A fantastic turnout of friends, families, and fans that came to meet Tim Beiser and Rachel Berman. Here are some photos from the reception, launch, and book signing:
Thank you to those who came out on a rainy Saturday afternoon, and many thanks to Tarah and her team at the Ingram Gallery!