I was sad not make it to Word on the Street in Toronto this past weekend, but I did have the opportunity to meet journalist and best-selling author, Caitlin Moran! Caitlin’s first work a fiction, How to Build A Girl, released this week and the book signing just happened to be taking place in my office building. If you’re familiar with Caitlin, you know the girl has rock n’ roll in her soul, so very curious that they would hold her event in the financial district and not somewhere — ahem — cooler.
A few amusing things happened while I waited in line:
Caitlin is gorgeous, so full of energy and enthusiasm for her fans. She hugged everyone that she met and chatted like she knew them forever. She didn’t sit on the chair provided, but chose to perch on the table so she could get up and greet each person. I was so excited to see her, I was shaking.
Caitlin told me the book tour was great because she was having a whole week away from kids and I asked if I could join her entourage because I needed a week off from my kids too! I mentioned listening to How To Be A Woman by audio book and she told me the How To Build A Girl audio book is narrated by Louise Brealey (eek! Molly from Sherlock) who is her very good friend.
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Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder – I loved this book so much! Read my review.
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro – An oldie, but a real goodie. An incredibly moving story, so thoughtfully written.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – Secrets and mysteries plague a very dysfunctional family in 17th century Amsterdam. A real page-turner!
Boundless by Kathleen Winter – An account of her Arctic voyage through the Northwest Passage. Beautiful, personal and complex, I had mixed feelings about this book that I’m still sorting through.
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Jackaby by William Ritter – It bothers me that this book is a knock-off of Sherlock Holmes. Trying to read it and not judge.
Chez l’Arabe by Mireille Silcoff– I’m a big fan of Mireille’s National Post column. This is turning out to be the year of the short story for me.
Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan – Jim nails the absurdity of modern parenting.
How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran – I didn’t absolutely love How To Be A Woman, but I adore Caitlin so I’m going in with an open mind and an open heart.
How is your September going? What are you reading?