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Corey

Photo: Kris Culp

It’s been a busy few days and I’m finally sitting down to write about the bash we had on Saturday night. I could not have  imagined a better event to kick off the public life of Where the Air Is Sweet. We had plenty of books, drinks and munchies on hand and even a fabulous DJ (big thanks to Doug of Sound Dynamix)!

The venue

ButtonFactory

Photo: Geoff Grenville

venue

Photo: Catherine Unrau Woelk

The Button Factory (25 Regina Street South in Waterloo) offered a beautiful, bright space with massive windows and high ceilings. The Button Factory is the home of the Waterloo Community Arts Centre (which is a non-profit, volunteer-run, charitable organization that exists to promote all forms of art programs in the community) and so it felt right to hold the launch in such a hallowed space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The food

Spanakopita

Photo: Catherine Unrau Woelk

Family and friends provided tasty appetizers, including a gorgeous candy bar!

candybar

Photo: Saj Jamal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The posters

Thank you to the Canadian Immigration Historical Society for these fabulous poster boards that included 1972 newspaper clippings about the Asian expulsion from Uganda.

Ugandaargus

Photo: Saj Jamal

Easels

Photo: Geoff Grenville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The speeches

Michael Molloy, president of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society and former ambassador to Jordan, travelled from Ottawa to give a riveting speech about the efforts of Canadian immigration officials in getting Asians out of Uganda in 1972. Mike was a big part of that operation. You can view a talk he gave in 2012 about the Ugandan Immigration Movement here. After a sweet introduction from my husband (and biggest supporter) Craig Daniels, I had an opportunity to publicly thank everyone.

Mike

Photo: Catherine Unrau Woelk

Craig

Photo: Catherine Unrau Woelk

Tas

Photo: Alia Kherani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The books

Thank you to Words Worth Books of Waterloo for selling books at the event! The party became very loud but the sales continued.

Wordsworth

Photo: Geoff Grenville

Books

Photo: Catherine Unrau Woelk

BlogScreenShot launchdayWhat a fantastic launch! Where the Air Is Sweet reached #20 in Books on Amazon.ca today. I was hoping for a spike in sales on Day 1 and you made it happen! So thank you to all of you who are buying, posting, tweeting, emailing, telling friends.

I’m loving this ride. Let’s keep going…xo

 

OI wrote the first words of Where the Air Is Sweet in June 2009 sitting at a newly constructed wooden desk in this apartment (see photo) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 

While I was working on the book I came across this quote from E.L. Doctorow that helped me through some difficult times in the following years:

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

Five years almost to the day I began this journey, I have arrived.

My book is released. To buy, click here. 

Cheers!