I’m so behind on my reading it’s not even funny. There was a time, I knew everything on the best seller lists and kept up to date on every literary masterpiece…paying special attention to the Canadian authors.
But, this last number of years…not so much. Time, I believe, is the biggest problem…and I think quite frankly the fact that I write way more than I used to has played a part in why I don’t read as much as I once did. I read online…but the days of strolling the aisles of a book store…stopping to grab a tea and curling up in a chair…seem to have faded into my distant memory.
Then, this week, I received an amazing invite to “Between the Pages”…a chance to mingle with the literary world as the FIVE Scotiabank Giller Award Finalists will be sharing excerpts from their books…hosted by Mary Walsh…a night that will be FANTASTIC.
Except, it will sort of be like going to a concert and not knowing any of the music!
I’ve read NOTHING on the list and admittedly, I’m a little embarrassed about that fact. However, if I really thing about it, chances are I was invited because they’d like me to do a reading of my own book, Full Speed Ahead, and who am I to turn down such an opportunity!
Alright, alright…it’s best I not set up a table and start signing books in amongst the top literary geniuses and brilliant creative minds that will be mingling around me!
So, I have a few options:
- I could turn down the invite and say I’m busy (which isn’t a far stretch as my kids keep me running amok with their incessant desire to play sports.)
- I could run to the book store and purchase all five books and hope I can speed read through every one before Monday.
- I could see if I can find the “Coles Notes” versions and pretend I was back in high school literature class.
Or, I could go! And have a WONDERFUL evening…and maybe a night like this might just kick-start my reading back up again as I’ve sort of forgotten the thrill of discovering a new, amazing, refreshing and brilliant author.
WIN TICKETS TO JOIN ME!
Between the Pages: An Evening with the 2015 Giller Prize Finalists, is a chance to peer inside the minds and creative lives of the writers who’ve made it on to the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist. The event will feature special guest appearances and entertainment drawn from each locale. It takes place this Monday, November 2nd at 8:00 at the Dalhousie Arts Centre and is hosted by the wonderful Canadian actress and comedian, Mary Walsh.
The night will feature the works of the five Scotiabank Giller finalists:
AndréAlexis – FifteenDogs
SamuelArchibald – Arvida
RachelCusk – Outline
HeatherO’Neill -Daydreams of Angels
Anakana Schofield – MartinJohn
Tickets can be purchased through the Dalhousie Arts Centre.
I’ll be going and taking a date (my wonderful friend Victoria) AND, you should join us!
If you’re in Halifax on Monday evening and LOVE to read…whether you’ve read every single Giller finalist book or, like me, have to get a grip and get back to reading…I’m giving away two tickets to a Curtains are Open reader on behalf of Scotiabank…so you can attend and bring a friend.
All you need to do, leave a comment on THIS post telling me what your FAVOURITE book is…and if you’ve read any of the Scotiabank Giller Finalist books, tell me a little about it! I’ll draw a name (using random.org) on Sunday evening at 10pm and notify the winner via email.
GOOD LUCK…I’m looking forward to a night out and can’t wait to see who’ll be joining me!