F or authors, one of our rewards after living a hermit-like existence of writing and talking to our pets is a celebration when our new book finally hits store shelves. We emerge, freshly showered, to re-connect with friends and readers, eager to introduce our new book baby to you. The Library of Legends is scheduled for release on April 28 and I had the celebration all planned. Dragon dancers. A live performance from Silk Road Music. Wine. Dim sum buffet catered by Floata Seafood Restaurant (because I was raised to feed people if they’re kind enough to show up when you invite them). OK, maybe not dragon dancers.
N eedless to say, none of that is happening now.
I'm not in the mood for a celebration. Our local independent small businesses are suffering as people go out less and shop less. People with low incomes are in danger of not making rent if their employers cut hours or shut down. The homeless can’t self-isolate. They need more from the charities that help them.
So I’m re-allocating those dim sum dollars. They’ll be spent on gift coupons to benefit some of our independent bookstores and on donations to a charity that provides solutions to homelessness. If you live in British Columbia, this promo is for you.
Even if you'e not interested, please consider what you can do to support your local independent small businesses and charities as we all work to flatten the curve. Cash flow is the life blood of small business. If you can’t shop or pick up goods in person at a local store, buy stuff online or over the phone and have it shipped or ask them to hold for you until you can pick up. Many stores are able to arrange pick-up times even if they reduce their hours or change to phone and online sales only. Or order some gift cards that can be delivered via email or Canada Post.
Vancouver Lower Mainland: Main Street Book Warehouse
Victoria and Vancouver Island: Munro’s Books
Here's the Deal
The Library of Legends will be released in Canada on April 28. Pre-order or purchase by May 5 and:
(1) Instead of dim sum: receive a $5 gift coupon to spend on your next purchase with the store. Support your local independent bookstore! And may I suggest spending that $5 toward books by another Canadian author?
(2) Instead of wine: your purchase generates a donation to Lookout Housing and Health Society, a charity that provides solutions for homelessness. More low-income people/families are going to need rent subsidy assistance in the days ahead.
1108 Government Street, Victoria
Tel: 250-382-2464 or toll free: 888-243-2464
$5.00 flat-rate shipping anywhere in BC
NOTE: If you don’t have an account with the store, you may be asked to create one if you are pre-ordering online. That’s only for pre-orders before April 28.