Neither Rain, Nor Wind, Nor Flickering Lights…

… could keep Janet Sketchley's spirits down, or customers from coming out to Chapters in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. 








Despite heavy rain and high winds, the Chapters Dartmouth (NS) signing on October 30 went ahead. The lights only flickered twice! Attendance was down, but the store staff were very kind and there were always a few customers to talk with. (Janet)








This was my "home" Chapters, and my husband and son came to help.

Appearances and book signings are popping up across the country. Be sure to check out the Meet Us page to find out where.

The Girls Have a Good Time in Pickering

Even though contributor Bonnie Beldan-Thomson couldn't make it out to Michaels Family Books, she organized a book signing event that ran as smooth as cider, Hot Apple, that is. Good conversations, prize draws and delighted recipients of gift bags and signed copies of the book were just part of the fun. Brian Reynolds, the store manager, who came out on his day off to greet the girls and ensure they had everything they needed, and the bookstore staff were friendly and helpful.
Kimberley Payne, A. A. AdourianVilma Blenman and Marguerite Cummings at Michaels Family Books in Pickering, Ontario.

Word On The Street

On September 25, The Word On The Street national book and magazine festival celebrated literacy and the written word in communities across Canada, and many Second Cup contributors were part of the celebration. The Word Guild members set up booths and tables in Halifax, Saskatoon and Toronto.

Here's a little peek:

Drayton Library

Glynis Belec and a gregarious group of A Second Cup contributors were at the Drayton Public Library back in July. She shares some of the highlights with us.
What a super Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider signing at the Drayton Library (say that ten times fast!) Sadly, due to a sudden family health concern, Bonnie Beldan-Thomson was unable to attend. But, we did honour her, and Adele Simmons skilfully read Bonnie’s story to a rapt audience. We had a great evening of song and readings. My dad was there and was reduced to tears after Donna Dawson’s story. As Adele followed up by singing “Try a Little Tenderness” (my mom’s favourite song), his heart was full.
Ruth Smith Meyer made us laugh and assess our own attitudes towards marriage, and then left us hanging…so that the curious would have to read ‘the rest of the story!’ Donna not only stirred our hearts with her words, she shared her musical gifts and tag-teamed with Adele throughout the evening. I shared my story and was glad that Sue (who made an appearance in my story,) dropped by to support us. We had cider and apple crisp, coffee, tea and cookies galore. The door prize, which consisted of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, Apple Chips, Lindt Chocolates, Special Cookies, books donated by Ruth and Donna, handmade apple-themed cards donated by my daughter, Amanda, and a copy of the first Hot Apple Cider book went out to the former librarian from the public school. I was thrilled she won it.
One of the other librarians thought the title was a wonderful one. She said the Hot Apple Cider original was in constant demand over the winter and she has a feeling the second one will be, too. So Nancy and Wendy, thanks for that. We were also asked to come back again in December.
Thanks to Ruth, Donna & Adele for coming and helping to make a joyful noise at the Drayton library. 
Happy writing, all! Glynis Belec.

House of James–Toe Tapping Fun and Hot Apple Cider

Recently, contributors, Paul Beckingham (from Hot Apple Cider), Ed Hird and Bill Bonikowsky were whooping it up at the House of James in Abbotsford, British Columbia. 


Ed Hird
has plenty to share about the evening over at his blog. We thought you'd want to see what all the buzz was about.