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.
The Library of Legends will be released in Canada on April 28, but if you put in your order now to the bookstores listed below, you'll be helping their cash flow.
Order by May 5 and you will:
(1) Get a $5 gift coupon: For each copy sold, the store will give you a $5 coupon to use toward future purchases. With my compliments.
(2) Make a donation to relieve homelessness: For each copy sold, I will make a donation to Lookout Housing and Health Society because more low-income people/families are going to need rent subsidy assistance in the days ahead.
Vancouver Lower Mainland: Main Street Book Warehouse is delivering to the Lower Mainland.
Vancouver Island and BC: Munro’s Books is delivering to any BC address.
NOTE: Both bookstores are offering flat fee shipping per order, regardless of weight. So buy more books while you're placing your order for The Library of Legends !.
The store is taking book orders via email or telephone. Book pick ups at the door. Please check their website for staffed hours.
$8.00 flat-rate shipping within the Lower Mainland
The store is taking book orders via email, telephone, or online. Book pick ups at the door. Please check their website for staffed hours. $5.00 flat-rate shipping anywhere in BC