Monday, October 24, 2016

Weather Reader #1

Introducing Jonathan Garcia Mainou. Filmmaker. Writer. Photographer. Stainless-steel appliance aficionado. White t-shirt model? Loyal friend.

You too can be part of my Weather Readers series! (Which I literally just made up. Like right now.) It's easy. Simply snap some photos of yourself reading my book and email them to emsaso1 at You'll get on the blog, get Internet famous* and get turned into a GIF! Thanks to Jon for inspiring this, and to Kailey Birk for the photos.

* not famous at all

Friday, October 21, 2016

An interloper at lunch

The author and her precious lanyard. 

My skin is breaking out, I keep slipping on wet leaves, and I bought a new pencil case... That must mean it's autumn! Which also means The International Festival of Authors is on! 

Many of my greatest book-related memories have happened at this festival (see here and here), so needless to say, I've long been dreaming about being a part of it. And holy crap of craps that's actually (sort of) happened! I picked up my lanyard yesterday, which gives me access to events and meals and things, including parties I would normally be asked to leave. I'm not featured in the main Toronto programme, but I get to do some behind-the-scenes stuff because of IFOA LitonTour, a spot I was lucky to get.

Yesterday was my first official Toronto event: lunch atop a tall waterfront hotel. The restaurant used to turn 360 degrees, apparently? Thankfully, the owners put a stop to that nonsense because my stomach was already summersaulting. After all, I'm still wholly unknown, unreviewed, overwhelmed and not even part of the programme! It was intimidating as f---.

Thank goodness for the kindness of the IFOA team, who made me feel like less of an interloper than I was. The other writers were fantastic too. I sat next to Lotte Hammer, a popular crime fiction writer from Denmark. She kept the whole table laughing, so if you get a chance to see her at IFOA on Sunday, I recommend it. The very cool/smart Kate Taylor, Globe & Mail columnist and novelist, sat across from me. Her new book sounds fascinating. She'll be reading from it next Friday if you're interested.

So yeah. It was nice. No one thought I was a zero. Everyone was cool and human. Lesson learned for next time? Don't panic, stupid; it's just lunch. 

Thanks to the IFOA for literally giving me a place at the table. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

49th Shelf

Sometimes I write about other writers who write. Especially when they write as brilliantly as Mark Sampson, Erin Bedford, Matt Cahill, Dani Couture and Amanda Leduc.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Are we there yet?

Last night a cozy crowd at the beautiful Midland Cultural Centre welcomed myself, Jowita Bydlowska and Jamie Tennant for IFOA's Lit on Tour event. Despite some butter tart-related controversy and me sweating through the seams of my faux-leather dress, I had a grand time!

Thanks to Jennifer Kerr for hosting us and feeding us. And a very special thanks to Rebecca Hallquist and Matt King from IFOA for not-a-once threatening to leave me on the side of the road.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Midland and mysteries

As part of Beyoncé's Formation World Tour, I'll be in Midland on Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. Jowita Bydlowska (Drunk MomGuy), Jamie Tennant (The Captain of Kinnoull Hill) and I will be reading and maybe talking too? I'm not really sure. But it'll be something to do on a Thursday night! Come out! Tickets and info can be found here.

In other news, there was an embarrassing incident at the Eaton Centre Chapters/Indigo on Monday. I went in to casually position my novel onto more prominent shelves and roll around in the ten copies the Internet said were in stock... only to find that they weren't really. In the confusion, I:

A) Lied to three staff members about why I was there ("lots people are asking me where they can buy my novel and I work around here, so you guys will have, like, guaranteed sales...")
B) Smelled like The Olive Garden (raw garlic in my lunch) whilst lying
C) Sweated like a whore in church because of the lying and our unseasonably warm fall weather for which I was overdressed

After twenty minutes of searching, a very helpful assistant manager named Dave told me the books were MIA! But that he was on the case! So not to worry! Which of course led me to worry, which of course led me to Photoshop, and to this mess on Twitter....

(Click on this one.)

Great news! Dave made good! The box of ten books was finally found! So Eaton Centre shoplifters can now enjoy the fruits of my labours! And my Twitter idiocy has come to an abrupt end!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

It's a GIF!

In celebration of the one week anniversary of my book, I spent seven hours learning how to make this shitty GIF! (To be clear, the GIF is shitty but my friends and family featured in it are the absolute best.)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Five, four, three, two, one... We have book launch (photos).

Thanks to everyone for coming out to my launch at Supermarket on Friday night! I genuinely felt all the love and support in the room, and I'll never forget it. And thanks to Anthony, Shane, Matt and Tas for sharing their photos. (If you're viewing on your mobile, check out this link.) More photos coming soon!