Roy MacGregor and a party for the Canadian Flag Had coffee with Roy MacGregor.the poor guy is writing five 800 word columns a week for the Globe and Mail. Even while on tour for his new books. The Diva set up coffee and, to her horror, the books didn't arrive. Rather than fake it I just told Roy and we had a great chat about the very idea of the "bush" and the need for escape. He is the sort of person I could see going for a two week canoe trip with. Just as puzzled by the world as the rest of us.
He has the distinction of being one of the best selling Canadian kids authors. The exploits of the Screetch Owls have kept my elder son up late. Roy signed a card for Simon - we couldn't find any of the books amidst the jumble of his closet - and Simon was genuinely thrilled to get it. It is not easy to thrill 12 year old boys.
Worked for the afternoon and then to the launch of I Stand for Canada which is a beautifully produced book on the creation of the Canadian Flag. Patrick Reid, who was there at the creation, spoke for just exactly the right length of time. He told the story of the then Prime Minister Pearson getting fed up with the delays in getting Canada her own flag. Appartently he told the folks working on it, headed by Reid, that he wanted the flag flying at 24 Sussex by the next morning. They got the job done; but the first flag was a silkscreened bedsheet hemmed by a Miss O'Mally.
MacGregor was at the launch so I expect the story will be in the G&M.
It was good to go to a launch after not doing any for a couple of years. And nice as well to see Linda and David from
The diva managed to ensure everyone had a great time and, amazingly, books were being sold in droves. Good for SAD.