Gosh, they grow up so fast…
Letting go of our babies is hard but at some point, they need to stand on their own two feet. And so it was with seventeen-year-old Vienna Fleury, whose official entry into the world took place at Audreys Books in Edmonton on Sunday, October 1st.
Vienna entered the world in a double book launch–sharing the stage with Miriam from Debby Waldman’s new book, Miriam’s Secret (Orca Books).
Audreys was filled with many well-wishers–family, friends and book lovers galore. Kaylyn was our wonderful host.
It was great fun explaining how the story for Saving Grad came to be. I also read three excerpts from the novel.
I loved the reaction from the crowd when I read about Vienna’s winter arrival in Edmonton during a cold snap. *shivers*
Debby Waldman brought photos from her grandparents’ farm in upper New York State. The family stories she grew up with about her grandparents living on their farm inspired Miriam’s Secret.
The best possible group of well-wishers were there celebrating with us. I know this for sure because Vienna told me herself how much she appreciated the warm reception.
The audience appreciated the draw prizes: gift cards from Audreys Books, and gift cards from Starbucks, in honour of a key character in Saving Grad getting a job there.
The signing next began and I got to meet a soon-to-be début author.
There was much socializing and snacking, and browsing the shelves of Audreys.
A wonderful mix of adult and teen readers helped us celebrate the new books.
(Bonus points to anyone who can spot the authors of Rodent and of the Winterkill series!)
With Vienna now out in the big world and no longer just hanging out with me here, the Spafford-Fitz household feels rather quieter. I’m confident though that Vienna is more than capable of making her way without me/Vienna’s “mom.”
Namaste, darling Vienna! You’ve so got this!