When I found out a year ago that Ronsdale Press was going to publish my historical novel Song of Batoche on September 30, 2017, it seemed so far away. But the day is almost here, and so are my book launches.
I’m launching Song of Batoche at the Batoche Historic Site on September 30, 2017. This is where most of my book takes place, so it will be emotional for me to have my official launch here. The site is hosting me at the Jean Caron Sr. House, which was my great great grandfather’s home, built originally in 1876. It’s a museum exhibit there and the only Batoche Métis house still standing. This is the last day the site will be open to the public in 2017. Admission is free in 2017. They’re planning many activities revolving around “Heritage Days,” a bilingual celebration of French culture and tradition with interactive family activities, great food, workshops, and the Taste of Métis Culture Craft Show. Great great grandpa’s house was rebuilt after it was destroyed by cannon fire, the first shot the Dominion army took when it began its four day seige of Batoche on May 9, 1885. I’ll be reading a scene from my book in Gabriel Dumont’s point of view from a rifle pit behind the church and cemetery as General Middleton launches his assault on the Métis. My Métis dad will be there, and I expect tears from both of us to be launching this book about our ancestors on the land for which they fought and died. I hope to make them proud.
For anyone who can’t make it out to Batoche on Sat. Sept. 30th, I’m signing my book at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon the next day (October 1st, 2017). If you’re in Saskatoon, I would love to meet you!
Ever been to a Métis Jigging Party? Here’s your chance to sample bannock and dance the jig at the iconic Balmy Beach Club in Toronto on October 15, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 PM.
This is a celebration with Métis Nation citizens, friends, and my fellow beachers, who have listened to me kvetch on the off-leash dog beach about writing this book over the last five years. The Balmy Beach Club is right on Lake Ontario (the Sweetwater Sea). I will read a scene from my book and do a Q & A. Métis fiddler, Alicia Blore will be sawing out the Red River jig and other iconic Métis tunes. A Métis jigger will demonstrate some simple jigging steps for those who want to dance. Bannock with Saskatoon jam and other delicious treats will be served. Dancing, bannock, and cash bar with a panoramic view of the lake. Doesn’t get much better than that.
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If you’re in Vancouver, catch me at Vancouver Writers Fest October 20th and 21st, 2017.Share: