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:
Also at TINARS for Tots that day was Rebecca Upjohn presenting Lily And The Paper Man and there was a tribute to Tomi Ungerer of The Three Robbers & Moon Man.
Then on Sunday, it was the TINARS Literary Arcade! TINARS set up listening stations in the ballroom of the Gladstone Hotel as part of Doors Open Toronto. Featured authors and illustrators included: Joanne Schwartz, Laura Beingessner, Claudia Dey, Lisa Foad, Stacey May Fowles, Hilary Leung & David Bruins, Ibi Kaslik, Damian Rogers, Zoe Whitall, and Nathan Whitlock.
Check out the window display at Pages Books & Magazines, located at 256 Queen Street West, Toronto, M5V 1Z8. Photos courtesy of Pages Books & Magazine.
This is going to be a busy weekend for Toronto!
From 10:00-1:00pm on Saturday May 23, Pages Books will be hosting “Look Again Day” for TINARS for Tots at the Gladstone Hotel. Doors open at 9:30am, so get there early for a good seat! Marla Stewart Konrad will be presenting Getting There and Mom and Me.
Another event hosted by Pages Books is the TINARS Literary Arcade this weekend! This will also be part of Doors Open Toronto on May 24 from 12:00 to 4:00pm at the Gladstone Hotel. Joanne Schwartz and Laura Beingessner of Our Corner Grocery Store fame will be in attendance!
Non-Fiction Winner: Gold Medal for Weird by Kevin Sylvester Non-Fiction Honour books: Everything But the Kitchen Sink: Weird Stuff You Didn’t
Know About Food by Frieda Wishinsky and Elizabeth MacLeod and Brave Deeds: How One Family Saved Many by Ann Alma
Express Winner: Dear Sylvia by Alan Cumyn Express Honour books: Feather Brain by Maureen Bush and Boy in Motion – The Rick Hansen Story by Ainslie Manson
Shane Peacock signing Eye of the Crow.
Just look at the line-ups for autographs!
More games and activities for the students.
Once again, congratulations to the authors and illustrations and a big thank you to everyone made the event such a success! Until next year!