I was in Toronto and Ottawa for a mini book tour and mostly what I did was talk – to strangers, to friends, to booksellers in many Chapters & Indigo stores. I also ate a lot of really memorable food, some of it amongst beardy oenophiles at a basement pub in Cabbagetown.
But I also had a party at Type Books, to which my Toronto friends came out in force. (Photos are by my uncle, Meng Cheah. Thank you!)
Toronto really does look its best after dark.
And isn’t TYPE gorgeous? If I end up as a ghost, I’ll definitely haunt this bookstore.
I owe thanks to many people: to Becky, Samara, and Kyle of TYPE, for making the party run so smoothly; and to Jennifer Herman, Nicola Makoway, and Jacqui Bester of Random House Canada, for organizing the bookseller visits and lunch. I’m so lucky to work with you.
Special thanks to Steven “Stevelchase” Succi, for procuring the wine when I thought my head might explode; and to Steve and Sarah Sweet (ha! surname ambiguity!), for being such lovely hosts. I am stone-cold sober, but *sniff* I love you guys. And you make me love Toronto. (A little bit, anyway.)