April 22, 2011
It will be a long time before I forget the week of April 17 – 22, 2011. Several of my favourite passions collided, including my hockey team the Flying Vees winning our division championship, my other favourite team the Canucks going up 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the BC Book Awards last night.
Everything but the Canucks has worked out pretty well so far.
The BC Book Awards was held at the Kay Meek Centre, a sparkling new theatre located not only in my hometown, but actually attached to my old high school, West Van Secondary (I went to both Hillside and West Van highs).
Before I even arrived at the theatre, a few signs pointed to possible good things ahead. A listener/reader/fan in Newfoundland tweeted me her new tattoo: “Amor Fati”, the credo of Russell the Hermit in Adventures in Solitude, meaning love your fate.
A few minutes after 7pm, my inbox was flooded with people from across the country saying that Ron McLean, host of Hockey Night In Canada, had given huge pre-game shout outs to Said the Whale, my wife Jill and her new album Mischievous Moon, and to me! Outrageous! Sadly, the only full moon over the Canucks game would be that ominous “0” on the scoreboard…
But those random acts of ink and kindness boded well at the BC Book Awards, when the last award of the night was read for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award for the BC Book of the Year… and Adventures in Solitude won!
The certificate says “Adventures in Solitude merits distinction as the most outstanding work published in BC this year in the opinion of the judges of the BC Book Awards”.
Since I was in my old high school I made sure to thank my favourite creative writing teacher Mr. Weinberg, (“if a book isn’t good after the first 50 pages, toss it… and somebody flip the Pink Floyd record, please?!”) and my favourite English teacher Mrs. Martin. Also, Harbour Publishing, all of the incredible bookstores across BC and Canada who have been so supportive of this book, as well as my family, my wife, all my friends at CBC, and all of you for your unbelievable kindness.
I’ll be celebrating on Savary Island this weekend. Happy Easter!