April 20, 2012
I thought it would be a good time to check in with you this spring to keep you in the loop on what’s happening in my life with regards to my book Adventures in Solitude, my tour dates in the spring and summer of 2012, and my new writing projects.
Firstly, I’d like to thank you very much for your ongoing support. The reception I continue to receive towards Adventures in Solitude and my work on CBC Radio never ceases to surprise and inspire me. I truly appreciate the kind words and correspondence, and love meeting so many like-minded and friendly people.
I wrote Adventures in Solitude alone, and didn’t share it with anyone besides my wife until it was finished. I had no idea how it would ever be received, if at all, the height of my ambition being that it would one day be for sale in the BC Ferries gift shop. Suffice to say the book made it to the gift shop, and beyond. And thanks to those who have brought beer/moonshine/chocolate chip cookies/machetes to the readings, too!
I plan to one day write a sequel to Adventures in Solitude as the stories that continue to unfold in Desolation Sound still absolutely distract me, fascinate me, and freak me out. Already since the 2010 publication of the book, several interesting tales have surfaced. Some have been hilarious, some mysterious, and some tragic, like so many Desolation Sound stories before them. I’ll continue to collect them until I have enough for another book. In the meantime, the audiobook version of Adventures in Solitude will be out on Harbour Publishing hopefully in time for your road trips this summer. If your kid vomits on you, feel free to blame me if you must.
The pressing situation, as you may have heard, is that I signed a new two-book deal with Vancouver publisher Douglas and McIntyre. I have two book subjects on the go right now. One is a book about my 17 year “career” as an international touring musician on a wing, a prayer, a shoestring and a hangover, with my rock ‘n’ roll band The Smugglers. The other is a book about my lifelong love/hate relationship with the game of hockey, and my view from between the pipes as a frightened, gimpy, weak-kneed, amateur beer league goalie on a team that somehow managed to win a championship.
My question to you, dear reader, is, if either of those subjects catches your fancy, which book would you be interested in reading first?
I hope to see you at one of my stops this spring and summer! In the immediate future, I’ll on be a promotional book tour throughout southern BC next week where I’ll be doing readings, showing slides, telling new stories, showing my short movie from Desolation Sound, and signing any book you want signed. Spread the word if you can!
Mon Apr 23 – Hooked on Books, Penticton BC, 7pm
Tue Apr 24 – Grand Forks Library, Grand Forks BC, 6:30pm
Wed Apr 25 – Beaver Valley Library, Fruitvale BC, 7:30pm
Thu Apr 26 – Kaslo Library, Kaslo BC, 10am
Thu Apr 26 – Nelson Library, Nelson BC, 7:30pm
Fri Apr 27 – Fernie Library, Fernie BC, 7pm
Sat Apr 28 – Christ Church Trinity, Invermere BC, 1pm
Sun Apr 29 – Bookland, Kamloops BC, 1pm
Sat May 26 – Oysters, Authors and Ale, Cove Restaurant, Cortes Island BC
Sat Jun 2 – West Vancouver Community Day, West Vancouver BC
Fri Jun 8 – Tue Jun 12, Tracks on Tracks, CBC Radio 3 Canadian Rail Tour
Fri – Sun Jul 13 -15 – Vancouver Folk Festival, Jericho Park Beach, Vancouver BC
Fri – Sun Jul 20 -22 – Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival, Denman Island BC
PS. If you’re in the Northeastern or Midwest USA, my wife Jill Barber is on tour there right now! I have a living room full of drying, stinky goalie gear to prove it!
Jill Barber Spring/Summer Tour Dates
Thu Apr 19, World Café, Philadelphia PA
Fri Apr 20, U Street Music Hall, Washington DC
Sat Apr 21, Studio at Webster Hall, New York NY
Sun Apr 22, Hard Rock Café, Pittsburgh PA
Tue Apr 24, Schuba’s, Chicago IL
Sun Jun 3, Orangeville Jazz Fest, Orangeville ON
Fri Jun 15, Illuminaqua Fest, Welland ON
Sat Jun 30, Vancouver International Jazz Fest, Vancouver BC