Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Wallflower Confessions

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2. Exposed

Publishing is like standing naked on the Don Mills Overpass above the 401 at 8 a.m. on the first Tuesday morning in September after Labour Day.

There use to be a person who stood there, blessing the traffic I think. She may not have been at Don Mills, but it was some where in the northeast part of the city. She always looked cold and vulnerable, even though she was fully clothed. She wore a white robe that the wind pinned to her frame.

Here’s how this book thing happened. For six years, I worked intermittently on the story. For two years I waited while the publisher got to me, as they worked on their then current lists. Then I worked some more, trying to make the story a coherent narrative. I waited some more while it went to the printer.

Other stuff happened too over those eight years. I changed jobs (several times, as I am a Gen X’er and our career path tends to zig zag). I moved. I fell out of love. My ass started the inevitable slide floorward, as the tide turned in my personal battle with gravity.

Then, one morning, No Beautiful Shore showed up on a bookseller’s website. People started buying No BS. Ok, actually just the people I know started buying it. They were mostly the kind of people who would have said things like, “it was interesting” if they read it and hated it. These are your friends.

Everyone has different blessings in life. I suck at love and my work life was hit-and-miss for a while as I came of age in the nineties recession. However, I have the best friends in the world and they started buying the book.

I checked the online seller’s website and I am #43,746 in book sales. Note to Self: I clearly need more wonderful friends.

And I think that the Traffic Blesser had a wand. I could use a wand too.

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Beverley Stone

Beverley Stone grew up in outport Newfoundland before moving to Toronto to attend Osgoode Hall Law School. Her first novel, No Beautiful Shore, is published by Cormorant Books (2008).

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