Book Review

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Next Event:

Marathon Quest 250 1st Annual Run/Walk

  • Date: Saturday, December 31st, 2011

  • Location: Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sport Centre

  • Distance and time: 9.00am Marathon, 12 noon Half Marathon, 1.30pm 10km, 2.15pm 5km, 2.40pm 2.5km

  • Route: 2.5km loop along the stunning Bow River

  • Aid Station: Guy's Bakery "Super Aid Station" (visit it 17 times!)

  • Registration: On the day (8.00am to 2.30pm) with a donation to RIGHT TO PLAY

In late September, I signed a book contract with Rocky Mountain Books. On October 6th I sent the publisher, Don Gorman, a manuscript containing 123,762 words. I checked out a few other titles, just to see how many words were in an average book. They ranged from 75,774 (Running for my Life - Ray Zahab) to 89,607 (The Extra Mile - Pam Reed). So, it looks like I'll be having a few chats with the editor in the New Year. Don told me that it normally takes a year to get a book from manuscript to being published and then distributed. This means mine should be out in the fall of 2012. We've had a few emails back and forth about the title. I came up with a list that included "Running Scared", "M is for Marathon", "It's not about the Run" and "Running on Purpose". We eventually agreed on "Marathon Quest".

One of the first things to sort is the cover. Apparently, this can be critical to the success of a book. In fact, Mary Lou Davis, owner of Bentley Books, told me that 87% of books are sold on their cover alone. Maybe I should call it the "Marathon Quest Cook Book", and then I'd sell heaps of them. Don, also informed me that an important part of the process is the book signing. So, over the last couple of months, Sue and I have been checking some out. The first one was for Adrienne Clarkson's new book "Room For All Of  Us". The presentation was held at the John Dutton Theatre in Calgary. Sue and I got lost, but luckily we met Mayor Nenshi, who himself was heading to the event. Ms. Clarkson talked about the immigrant experience through the people who helped transform Canada. One of the examples she took from her book was Mayor Nenshi.

The next event was a week later, at the same location (we didn't get lost this time). The author, Wade Davis, spoke about his new book "Into The Silence". He had several incredible stories about the First World War and how it impacted on George Mallory's attempt to climb Mount Everest. On November 25th, Kevin Akre and I went to a presentation by George Webber at the Camera Shop classroom in Calgary. His latest publication is "In this Place", a retrospective book containing photos of Calgary from 2004 to 20011. Frontenac Publishing hosted the event and provided wine and cheese.

On Sunday December 4th, Sue and I headed out to the Plaza Theatre in Kensington. Pages book store was hosting Chris Turner. He presented his new book "The Leap", about how to survive and thrive in the sustainable economy. We enjoyed his talk and the brown bag lunch, which was provided. After that, I chatted with Molly in book store and she said that "Pages in the Plaza" is a monthly event so I'll have to check into that. Lesson learned about a good book signing, provide good snacks.

Quote of the Day

"Look in, look the storm in the eye. Look out, to the sea and the sky. Look around, at the sight and sound. Look in, look out, look around."

Neil Peart

Waiting for, author, Chris Turner to talk about his new book "The Leap"

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