Book Launch Postponed – The featured Rose expresses promise, new beginnings, and hope.
Dear Friends & Family,
With the mounting escalation of the COVID-19 crisis, we carry an important responsibility and concern for the protection of our guests, our visitors, guest artists of Dance Migration, as well as the management and staff of our venue, Sovereign Espresso Bar on Davenport in Toronto. We have therefore taken the decision to postpone – yes, postpone – our Samba on a Snowy Day Book Launch this coming Wednesday 18th March in order to avoid unnecessary exposure to health risk.
Thank you for your understanding and for your continued support of my book and in the meantime please stay safe and healthy.
Hello all and welcome. In this weeks newsletter I look forward to spring as we get to set clocks ahead by an hour. I reminisce about Dr. Seuss, A.A Milne and E.H. Shepard. And I prepare for my official book launch of Samba on a Snowy Day. Here are five things I thought you might find interesting.
1. March 2, 2020 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, he would have been 116 years old. CBC Bookshas complied a list of 60 facts you might not know about the children’s author. I especially like this one, “Seuss was voted “Least Likely to Succeed” by his classmates at Dartmouth.” And did you know he was a sculptor, check out some of his awesome art.
2. Haru Matsuri – spring festival at Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (J.C.C.C.) where I spent time this week enjoying performances of Jodo, Iaido, Kenjutsu, Japanese dance,
Sumie-é and a Chado tea ceremony. All making me believe that spring is just around the corner.
Another sure sign of spring- daylight savings time starts this Sunday, 3:00 AM remember spring ahead. We lose one hour, where did this ridiculous idea spring from, pun intended, it seems this is an energy saving initiative. I believe it is loosing steam and it’s only a matter of time until we Ontarian’s pull a Yukon.
3. I am preparing for the official book launch of Samba on a Snowy Day. You’re all invited, we have a limited amount of space though so make sure to reserve by going to Eventbrite to get your free ticket. Your way of assuring entrance for this fun party, featuring book reading meet and greet and even a Samba show, not the dog – dancers.
4. The Royal Ontario Museum is going to host a Winnie The Pooh exhibition just in time for spring break. A.A.Milne author of Winnie The Pooh, and E.H Shepard the illustrator. “Winnie-the Pooh brings to life the story behind the creative partnership of author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard. Finally, have your own Heritage Minute and find out how a black bear from White River, Ontario, inspired the honey-loving, yellow-furred bear of very little brain in this exhibition exclusively at the ROM”. I love this quote, borrowed from the ROM.
5. I’ve been listening to Branford Marsalis this week and it just so happens he is in town, a sold out show at Koerner Hall on Saturday. Who knows, I may get tickets to review the show as I did back in 2012. So far though that’s not happening. Marsalis and the quartet are in nearby Kingston at the Isabel Bader Theatre March 6th and tickets are available if you happen to be looking for some musical inspiration. The singer who has captivated me this week, Snoh Aalegra: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert a wonderful voice reminding me a little of Alicia Keys.
Don’t forget to check out my book promo, available only for another week. If you are searching for your next favourite story? Look no further! This group of bestselling authors have teamed up to offer a delightful selection of new books. Available for free, my book Samba on a Snowy Day is included.
Thanks for reading. If you like what you’ve read forward this to someone you think will enjoy it. Remember to check out my book, Samba on a Snowy Day available at your favourite book store. A fun children’s book for children to read to adults or the other way around. I hope to see you at my book launch where you’ll get to hear me read the book out loud. Check out my blog, follow the link, sign in. Get the weekly newsletter in your inbox, no spam I promise.