I had never been to Toronto before attending a book signing on that part of Canada last Sunday. I’ve often gone to Whistler, which is on the western boarder, but I’m telling you, what they’re doing in Toronto is remarkable. Looking at the skyline from my hotel room, I counted seven construction cranes towering above the buildings. The streets, for miles around, were dug up and under repair. Construction was everywhere; and what construction the city has already completed is beautiful.
The book signing took place in a large outdoor public area called Queen’s Park, which also houses a museum, a college, and other cultural institutions. It rained in the morning, but by the time I started signing books the weather was clear and warm.
Publicity material touts that 240,000 people attend the one-day book fair event. I’m not sure there were that many people, but there were certainly a lot of them. There was even a political rally being conducted at one of the many entrances to the park. Reminded me of the rallies I witnessed during my college days in the 1960s.
I signed 85 copies of my book Unrelenting Nightmare. Many people told me the title was what drew their attention to come over to the signing booth. One person wanted to know if the story was scary. I told her it was a suspense novel and not scary at all. She questioned me further, saying that the title Unrelenting Nightmare sure sounded scary. I persisted, and she finally took a copy. But the look on her face as she walked away certainly indicated that she still didn’t believe my assurances.
Anyway, seeing Niagara Falls was a wonderful way to finish off my free book signing tour. My next book signing will be at the Palos Verdes Library District Local Author Fair this Sunday at the main library between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. So if you’re interested in buying a copy of my book for me to sign, then please come on by if you’re in the neighborhood.