Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Broken Trail Book Launch

I had the pleasure of attending Jean Rae Baxter's launch of her newest book, "Broken Trail."  It was held at the Bryan Prince Bookseller's store on 1060 King Street West, in Hamilton, Ontario.

Bryan Prince is a huge supporter of all literary functions which go on in Hamilton, hosting poetry readings for Poetry Center's invited poets, and having book launches.  His store is a cozy store and each time I have been to a launch there, I have enjoyed it.

Wall to wall shelves of books to brouse through, a cozy atmosphere and friendly staff.  What more could any book worm ask for?  I would heartedly recommend dropping by this lovely store just to feel the ambience and meet the staff!

Jean Rae Baxter's launch was very well attended in spite of the cold weather, the room being filled with attentive listeners.  More chairs had to be brought in for late arrivals.

Jean is a former High School English teacher, who spends a great deal of time doing research on her subject before starting to write.  Her work is very well written and she has a strong voice which carries well.

Ronsdale Press at published this book.  "Broken Trail" is a sequel to "The Way Lies North."  For those interested, "The Way Lies North" was selected for Best Books for Kids and Teens and nominated for the Red Maple and Stellar awards.  I shouldn't wonder if this newest book would not do equally as well.

I took a few photos of the event

Jean Rae Baxter - author

At the podium chatting

Happy chatter filled the room as people partook
of wine or soft drinks. After all the guests were settled, Jean began her reading from her book.

She read just enough to tantalize her listeners and to keep them guessing.

A mark of a good writer, in my opinion.

After her excellent talk and reading, those assembled were invite to partake of refreshments.

A casual shot of some of the guests after the reading
All in all, a wonderful evening which my friends and I thoroughly enjoyed.  Thank you so much for reading my blog.  Please drop in another time when you are able.

For more information on author Jean Rae Baxter, please go to:

Welcome to the Jean Rae Baxter official website.  Please google her name and you will find this official website.

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