First fox is launched! And what a launch.
Early arrivals to Mojo's Bledisloe were greeted with warmth from the staff and a glass of bubbles!
|Unity Books ordered in seventy copies for the launch.|
Big thanks due to Anita Arlov - she was a superb emcee, bringing her characteristic generosity of spirit to the introduction of First fox.
Leanne gave a moving reading of her title story, "First fox".
And cracked everyone up with her comic timing at the end. She finished with a story called Hummingbird, that isn't in the book -- I am already looking forward to the launch of the book it makes it into!
Yours truly read "The Very Old Mother".
Then Frankie McMillan read from her collection My Mother and the Hungarians, also part of the Auckland Writers Festival, with some laugh-out-loud moments.
Heaps of laughs and applause all round meant it was time for book signing!
More behind-the-scenes thanks due to Jane Brock.
Chatter, nibbles and drinks followed and more books were sold.
New friends were made.
More books were sold.
I'm so very grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of First fox. This book was made beautifully by The Emma Press, with design and production values to die for that set it apart as an artisan press. The Emma Press is a truly exciting small press run by Emma Wright, a remarkable woman with an amazing vision for what a publisher can be. Having previously published only poetry pamphlets, she took a leap into the unknown with Leanne's fiction collection, but I'm sure you'll agree, it's paid off.