On Thursday, November 26, Graeme Gibson and I were driven through the gloaming by Intrepid Driver, who braved traffic to get us to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Hamilton. We spent a bit of time fumbling around in the dark before locating the bright new building where the event was to take place — a presentation by the two of us for the two of Them: booksellers Richard Bachman of A Different Drummer in Burlington, and Bryan Prince of Bryan Prince Booksellers in Hamilton. This double act by Richard and Bryan is an old tradition. We used to do it in a grand elderly theatre in Hamilton, now closed, alas. Both gentlemen are slightly older, but just as elegant as always; Bryan was just back from India, and was sporting excellent waxed moustaches.
No sooner were we backstage than they had us hard at work signing books, with seconds-long pauses to gobble up the tasty vegetarian food provided. Then off we went, Graeme with The Bedside Book of Beasts, me with YOTF, with a full house cheering us on — and then a lively Question Period.
Here is a Flickr steam made by a photographer fan. On it you can read that I was not as boring and tedious as he’d expected, which I guess is progress…
Among the photos at the top, you can find a wonderful album — Grace Mark’s album, as envisioned and put together by a fan. It has swatches of Grace’s fabrics, her buttons, her hair (!), and many another memento taken from Alias Grace. This album was a gift to me, and I am now enjoying it.
You never know what you might find in Hamilton/Burlington!