So we launched The Art of Trespassing into the stratosphere, suckas. We read in Montreal, Toronto, Kingston, Winnipeg and Ottawa! We read on a boat! We read with a goat! Okay, that’s not true, but we did read on a boat, thanks to anthology contributor Stephen Guy and the Wolfe Island Ferry Story Cabal (see pictures below). A kind person from Kingston also wrote this killer article about the anthology and “dorks on a boat”. Adele Barclay, you are a credit to student journalists everywhere. Any kind of journalist, really.
In Winnipeg we hit #3 on the McNally Robinson Booksellers bestseller list for paperback fiction for 2 weeks, beating out both The DaVinci Code and the Bible. And check this review from The Nova Scotian (follow the link for full review):
The Art of Trespassing is great, an eclectic anthology of short stories carefully wrapped in a package that presents these new writers in style. Anna Leventhal has gathered a diverse collection of stories differing wildly in style, imagination, energy and rhythm, all of which somehow create a whole. No small feat. [...]
These new writers sometimes eschew more formal literary structures. The result is a collection that crackles with texture and energy. There is much movement in these stories, people going away or coming back, “pushing the envelope,” wanting change or wanting to thwart change.
- Judith Meyrick, The Nova Scotian
Here are some photos from various launches, featuring a group of ridiculously good-looking writers. Thanks to various intrepid photographers Leigh, Chris, Mark, my dad, and others whose names escape me for taking them.