GRANT LAWRENCE AND FRIENDS: STORIES AND SONGS LIVE
Grant’s run of shows this spring and summer have been a series of sold-out smashes, which has helped the new book “Return to Solitude” remain at number 1 on the BC Bestsellers List for months. Here’s the next series of dates – hope to see you there! Fri Sep 9, ArtSpring, Salt Spring Island, BC + Sat Sep 10, Harrison Memorial Hall, Harrison Hot Springs, BC * Fri Sep 23, Community Hall, Galiano Island, BC ^ Sat Sep 24, Community Hall, Gabriola Island BC ^
w/ musical guests + Jay Malinowski, Kathryn Calder, Tom Hooper, Phoenix Lazare * Jay Malinowski, Kathryn Calder, Jill Barber ^ Jay Malinowski, Kandle Osborne, Sarah Osborne
“… a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it has a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.”
This past week I’ve had the pleasure of spending many hours at a couple of incredible independent Vancouver bookstores… mostly thanks to you and your pre-orders of “Return to Solitude.” So… THANK YOU to everyone who did so… I’m typing this with my left hand because my right is in a bucket of ice. I’m honoured.
If you still want to order a signed copy of the book, you can do so from Massy Books here. To mail order a book, you need to quickly set up an account, thank you!
Last week I spent the day at Massy Books signing the mail orders with love and appreciation. Massy is a 100% Indigenous-owned business located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It’s a beautiful shop and a must-visit when in Vancouver.
As I went through your orders, I recognized names and friends from the various stages of life… the (too many) years I spent on the road in the Smugglers and the fan(s) we met… the CBC Radio 3 community… North By Northwest listeners from CBC Radio 1… far flung then-and-now Desolation Sound neighbours… old family friends… and folks who signed up to this rickety mailing list last month and last century. Books are now on their way to places like Brandon and Bakersfield; Toronto and Tokyo; Dawson City and Denver. Hope you dig it!
When you receive your book… if you feel so inclined to post a pic from wherever you are, please use the hashtag #returntosolitude so I can see it too!
Saturday April 30th was “Return To Solitude”‘s official release date as well as Independent Bookstore Day. I spent that afternoon at the amazing 32 Books and Gallery in the quaint mountain village of Edgemont on the North Shore. For over a decade they have been North and West Vancouver’s last-standing, only independent bookstore. A community hub for sure.
This was a “table signing”, which I usually loathe, but Deb McVittie and the entire staff at 32 Books have been massive supporters since Day 1…
The reason I have grown to fear these “signing” type situations is because you sit at a table with a pen in front of a stack of books and just kinda hope people approach. Like a lemonade stand without a cute kid.
I’ve always preferred doing an ‘event’ (like a gig) where I get to go on stage and tell stories / joke around / have music. I’ve done these signing situations before where I’ve sat at that table for hours and literally the only reason people approach me is to ask where the washroom is.
[I’ve shared these soul-crushing stories with my ol’ pal Chris Murphy from Sloan, and he admitted that he assumed my new book “Return to Solitude” was about one of my book signings. (BABOOM!)]
I’m happy to report that the table signing for Independent Bookstore Day was *not* soul-crushing– it was in fact a great experience (thanks again, 32 Books). I had a bunch of amazing interactions, conversations, beer (thanks Bill Crow), and cookies, and the only person who asked me where the washroom was was my son.
If you’d like to know what “Return to Solitude” is all about, this is a pretty good review / interview / overview recently published in the Squamish Chief.
Next up is my first set of “Grant Lawrence and Friends: Stories and Songs” shows in over two years! If you live in and around the Salish Sea, I hope to see you at one of these gigs. I’ll be masked when I’m not on stage, signed books will be available, and each show has absolutely amazing musical guests, so you don’t have to listen to me all night.
Wed May 4, Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney BC Thu May 5, Victoria Events Centre, Victoria BC Fri May 6, Kay Meek Theatre, West Vancouver BC Sat May 7, Brackendale Art Gallery, Squamish BC Tue May 24, Tidemark Theatre, Campbell River BC Wed May 25, Patricia Theatre, Powell River BC Thu May 26, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons BC Thu June 16, Maury Young Theatre, Whistler BC Fri June 17, the Effie, Kamloops, BC Fri June 24, Community Hall, Pender Island BC Sat June 25, Heriot Bay Inn, Quadra Island BC
If you would like to put on one of these shows in your town / island / barn / dairy farm / brewery / haunted hotel please get in touch! More shows are coming up on Galiano, Mayne, and Gambier Islands. And hey… Mother’s Day is around the corner, and my lovely wife Jill Barber is releasing a very moving, beautiful song called “My Mother’s Hand”. Check it out and share it with your mom… or a mother in your life. Jill will be gracing the stage at the West Van show listed above.
Happy Mother’s Day, Happy May, Happy Life, and hope to see you on the road soon.
If global events are getting you down, I have a distraction for you. This spring, my new book will be released on Harbour Publishing. It’s the sequel to my first book, “Adventures in Solitude”, and as of today, signed pre-orders are available for purchase!
The book is called:
Return To Solitude: More Desolation Sound Adventures with The Cougar Lady, Russell the Hermit, the Spaghetti Bandit and others (Harbour Publishing).
The cover was designed by Naomi MacDougall, who has designed all of my nonfiction book covers. The front cover photo is by my old friend Rory Brown. The book will be released on April 30, 2022, which is Independent Bookstore Day in North America.
For the pre-orders, I have proudly partnered with Massy Books, an Indigenous-owned independent Vancouver bookstore, for copies that can be signed and shipped from Massy to anywhere in the world! Here’s how you do it:
2. Create your own account for the purpose of shipping anywhere.
3. Please include your special instructions as to whom the book should be signed to and purchase your pre-ordered book.
In theory… it’s as easy as that!
NORTH SHORE READERS: If you live in my hometown of West Vancouver, or neighbouring North Vancouver, you can pre-order signed copies for pick-up at the amazing 32 Books in Edgemont Village! Pre-order here for North Shore pick-up here.
A bit more about “Return to Solitude”: The new book is a wild riptide of stories twelve years in the making that dives further into the lives of returning characters like Russell the Hermit, the Cougar Lady, Bernard the German and more, with introductions to many new scallywags of the Sound. Woven throughout the book like strands of kelp are the ocean-bound misadventures of Grant’s own growing family.
If all goes well, I’ll be back on the road with my Stories and Songs show throughout BC in May with great musical guests at each one:
Wed May 4, Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney BC Thu May 5, Victoria Events Centre, Victoria BC Fri May 6, Kay Meek Theatre, West Vancouver BC Sat May 7, Brackendale Art Gallery, Squamish BC Tue May 24, Tidemark Theatre, Campbell River BC Wed May 25, Patricia Theatre, Powell River BC Thu May 26, Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons BC Fri June 17, the Effie, Kamloops, BC Fri June 24, Community Hall, Pender Island BC