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Books: Join Us For A Reading By W.P. Kinsella From His New Book Friday
The Bookman’s Shelf By Amber Short. In the iconic words of renowned Canadian author, W. P. Kinsella, “Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.”
Is it possible for one man to have both? With his 25th book published after a thirteen year hiatus from releasing a new work, my supposed answer is yes! Butterfly Winter was published on September 1, 2011 and has already attracted attention worthy of this award winning author. Born on May 25, 1935 Kinsella’s writing has often centered around Canadian issues, First Nations people and his personal favourite, baseball!
“Bill” Kinsella has always been fascinated by the sport. “Baseball is the most perfect of games, solid, true, pure and precious as diamonds. If only life were so simple. Within the baselines anything can happen.
Tides can reverse; oceans can open. That’s why they say, “the game is never over until the last man is out.” Colors can change, lives can alter, anything is possible in this gentle, flawless, loving game.”
Many people may not even realize that they have had contact with W.P. Kinsella’s work. Perhaps they’ve never cracked open a copy of The Miss Hobbema Pageant or The Alligator Report or his been moved to read the bestseller Dance Me Outside and discovered the quirky humour and elegant prose that defines his work. I’d bet money, however that most people know who Kevin Costner is!
Butterfly Winter touches again on this favoured theme of Kinsella’s. “The story of Julio and Esteban Pimental, twins whose divine destiny for baseball begins with games of catch in the womb.
They mature quickly and by the age of ten they leave their home in the fictional Caribbean country of Courteguay for the American major leagues. They are monitored by the Wizard, a mysterious figure who travels by hot air balloon and controls events behind the scenes.”
Kinsella recently interviewed with the Calgary Herald, and said something that will prove to be very exciting for the folks in the Fraser Valley! “I’m getting little old for the readings too,” he says. “My voice is still all right, but I have to sit down when I read. I’ve got a lot of physical problems that make it difficult.
But I’ve always liked to be the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral. I’m kind of like the Wizard in that respect.” Why would this quote be so exciting? Well, the answer is simple; W. P. Kinsella requested to do a reading at the Chilliwack branch of The Book Man!
Light refreshments, a reading, purchasing your own copy of Butterfly Winter and even asking for an autograph are all on the schedule for the evening. Kinsella has read at The Book Man before and did bring editions of previous books for purchase as well; here’s hoping he does it again!
There will also be a number of used copies of Kinsella’s works available for sale. Need more information? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Book Man’s Shelf Is Brought To You By The Folks At The Book Man In Downtown Chilliwack and, as of July 15, 2011, in Abbotsford.
Amber Short co-owns and manages The Book Man in Chilliwack and Abbotsford BC.
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