A second Thanksgiving celebration

How lucky is that? One of the advantages for a Canadian visiting the USA at the end of November is getting to celebrate Thanksgiving all over again. This really is my favourite holiday as the only present required is the gift of words. There is nothing better than taking the time to focus on all the blessings in life with family and friends at the top of the list. In fact we should all practice a few moments of daily thanksgiving and I know many people do.

Close friends from Sarasota visited with us for a few days. We spent Thanksgiving day playing bridge on the patio and dipping in the pool after a long walk at the beach in the morning. Perfect! The traditional roast turkey dinner was scrumptious with the hint of curry in the butternut squash a big hit. We will be back in Toronto to see our family and friends and to shiver and bundle up soon enough … and we’re looking forward to that too … well, maybe not the shivering so much …

In the meantime, I have a planning meeting tomorrow to organize the details of The Bridge Club book-signing event in Fort Lauderdale next Friday evening. I’m giving thanks for that as well!

An invitation for December 3rd

William Riddle, Nancy Myers and Janice Chai-Chang

request the pleasure of your presence on Friday evening December 3rd to celebrate the debut of the Venetian Arts Society, a cultural arts social club located in an intimate salon atmosphere on the waterfront of the historic Himarshee River in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

December 3rd’s invitation only soiree will feature Patricia Sands, the author of the acclaimed novel, The Bridge Club. In addition to wine, hors d’oeuvres and a strolling violinist, guests will be treated to a book reading and a provocative Q&A with this fascinating Toronto native.

Location: Inspired Interiors of Fort Lauderdale

111 SE 8 Ave.

Ft Lauderdale, Fl 33301

Time: 6:30 pm

Parking: Styline Furniture

116 South Federal Highway, the corner of SE 1st St and Federal Highway, diagonally across the block from the venue

RSVP: By November 26, 2010 to info@inspiredinteriorsftl.net

MIAMI BOOK FAIR – Friday and Saturday

On Friday, my super supportive husband and I drove down to the Miami Book Fair and were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to find. Coincidentally, Friday was “School Day” and there were thousands of children of all ages eagerly checking out all the booths. Fortunately I had taken postcards for the teen novel “Masks” written by my friend and fellow iUniverse author Patricia Caviglia  (Click here for her website.). The timing was perfect with all the school children looking for new books to read. Patricia Caviglia’s excellent writing skills weave a story filled with important lessons for teenagers and parents.

Yesterday, Saturday, I spent the day at the Book Fair with Janice, my friend and Florida “mentor” for promoting The Bridge Club. After months of e-mailing, telephoning, and skyping, it was such a pleasure to finally be standing in front of each other. The hug was a big one!

What a day we had amongst the literati! We walked the Book Fair from one end to the other handing out The Bridge Club postcards and chatting with readers, authors, and book-lovers in general. The response was great and the weather perfect so it was the best combination for strolling and chatting.

It was a thrill to see my novel displayed along with other iUniverse Rising Star authors and a great pleasure to meet Joy Owens from iUniverse. Again, after months of communicating by e-mail it was so nice to meet her in person. Along with all of this activity, Janice and I managed to catch five author presentations – among them, Michele Norris from NPR, Emilio Estefan, and the best way to end the day, the amazing Salman Rushdie – awesome, as expected.
This was the 27th year for the Book Fair and the diversity of programing and the eclectic mix of the 350 visiting authors was impressive. It is truly an experience not to be missed for people in the area and reminded me of Toronto’s own Word On The Street that is held in late September every year. If you’ve never gone, mark it down for 2011!


The Miami Book Fair

At 6 a.m. last Sunday the 14th, my husband and I settled into our car for the 24-hour drive to our winter home in southeast Florida. We have it down to a fine art now, driving in three-hour shifts, more or less 12-hour days and it’s really not bad at all as we plan the trip and route around the weather. It’s always nice to see that the house has made it through hurricane season (another lucky year with no significant storms) and all is well. Having been totally neglected all summer just sitting out in their pots, my orchids continually surprise me with glorious blooms upon our arrival. They do like to be left on their own!

Tomorrow we will go to Miami, a 45-minute drive, and visit the Miami Book Fair where The Bridge Club will be on exhibit in the iUniverse Gallery. I’ll write a full report after that.

Click here for the Miami Book Fair website

Pictures from the Launch Now Online!

Happy Friday everyone!

Click on the following link and you’ll be whisked away to the gallery of photos from Monday’s launch of The Bridge Club at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.

A wonderful evening, now you can feel like you were there!

Click here to visit the gallery & enjoy!

Never Forget – Support Our Troops

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. Last year my husband and I spent several days in Normandy. We visited the burial place of my uncle who was shot down over France a week after D-Day. We toured the battle fields and absorbed the very emotional and important history of the area. It was an experience everyone who has the opportunity should have. Sadly, wars go on. Whether or not we believe in today’s assignments, the men and women whose lives are on the line deserve our support in combat and upon return. Wear a poppy and observe a moment’s silence at 11 a.m. It’s the least we can do.

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


The Book Launch was a blast!

On Monday evening we launched The Bridge Club in style at the Gladstone Hotel. The Fabulous Quitters provided fantastic music and helped immensely to make the event a great success. I’ll get photos and possibly some video up here shortly.  Thanks to everyone who came and made the party one to remember. Nicole, your cake was unbelievable and I’ve been receiving phone calls  ever since with everyone saying it was the best cake they ever tasted! As I warned you, I ate it for breakfast yesterday, and also for lunch, and – oh yeah – dinner too. I told you I shouldn’t take any home!!!!

I have so much to talk about and so little time. I’m having another interview on Liquid Lunch tomorrow at 1 p.m. so catch it if you can. Thank you to the readers who are sending me e-mails about how they enjoyed The Bridge Club, related to the characters, and are sharing wonderful stories about their own friends. Keep them coming!

This week is flying by in a blur as we get ready to hit the road and drive to Florida on Sunday a.m. bright and early. We should be at our house in Deerfield Beach by Monday evening.

And now! My fabulous intro at the launch:

And my thanks to everyone for coming along:

And a reading to whet your appetite for the book!

Buzz about The Bridge Club

Click here to see a write-up on my book, The Bridge Club, by a local blogger who is enjoying her read!

I hope to see lots of you out on Monday night at my big launch at The Gladstone Hotel at 6 PM!

Liquid Lunch: The Interview

And here it is, my interview from ThatChannel.com


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Nicholas Hoare Books – thank you!

I feel incredibly fortunate to have my book carried in the Nicholas Hoare bookstore, 45 Front Street, Toronto, as of today. It’s such a beautiful store and you recognize the British connection as soon as you enter. Warm wood floors, a high ceiling and light-filled space with enormous bookshelves accessed by ladders, invite you to browse their amazing selection of literature.  The staff are knowledgeable and welcoming. Thank you to Maxeen!


If you are in downtown Toronto, do drop in!

… and remember, in the west end Kingsway neighbourhood visit

The Book Mark and in Burlington, A Different Drummer Books.

All extremely special stores with the very best of personal service.