Whew! I cannot believe April is almost over. I’ve been working away on books for fall 2016, spring 2017, and spring 2018 (today I wrote the year 2026, and paused to reflect on its utter impossibility). I’ve also been preparing a large veggie plot and herb patch in the backyard…there’s nothing quite like weeding and tending to the soil for clearing the mind. On a related note, seasonal allergies are rearing their scratchy, snotty head, and I learned that sniffing peppermint oil can help relieve the symptoms…naturally, I lost my little bottle of essential oil while biking to the Danforth for a piratical book launch.
On April 5th the mighty Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin set sail. We celebrated with a launch for Gary in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Gary is a saxophonist, and joining him onstage were Tiny Bill Cody and Treasa Levasseur. Tiny Bill Cody (a.k.a. Tor Lukasik-Foss) wrote a song for the evening, all about a gay Jewish parrot. Refrain: oy oy oy… I forgot to smash a bottle of champagne on the book, but I did snap a photo.
Gary did a spirited reading, and passed on some writerly advice: “If your novel includes a parrot sex scene, read that.”