Road through Time arrived last week, and this morning I went looking for goodies to share with my friends who will be with us on Thursday when we do the official launch.
So I'm hoping there will be lots of people at the launch. And for those who can't make it, I'll also be taking part in a panel at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival on the following Thursday, April 27. It's called Latin America Packaged in English, and I'll contribute some stories about my adventures in Peru and, particularly, Brazil.
Then on Saturday, April 29, I'll be at Librairie Clio's Authors for Indies event from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. It'll be a chance to talk informally about the book and about books in general.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
The illustration is a Valentine heart, made with a not-too-steady hand in Photoshop. Nice to know that I don't do much cardiac surgery, right?
As it happens, though, I've been reading the wonderful novel by Maylis de Kerengal, variously called Réparer les vivants (in French) or Mending the Living (translation by Jennifer Moore) or The Heart translation by Sam Taylor. In it, a young man dies and his heart and other organs are donated to others. Sounds gruesome, but it is exalting. The French is poetic, evocative and engrossing, while the translations (why there are two, I haven't been able to determine, but both are quite good in their own way) carry the reader along through all the agony of the young man's family and medical professionals who will see that he lives on in others.
In France, organ donation is the default situation: a person must opt out, or it is assumed that he or she has agreed to have organs donated. In North America, the reverse is the norm, so that unless one has specifically signed a statement approving donation, they won't be. I'd always been a bit ambivalent about this, and while I've signed the statement on my driver's license agreeing to donation, I had no strong position. After reading the novel, I'm far more positive. Read it, and check out where you can sign up. In Canada: here. In the US: here.