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Ta-da! Behold Ian McKay's marvellous ticket contraption...
Ta-da! Behold Ian McKay’s marvellous ticket contraption…

On Monday I posted a six second video teaser of this amazing thing-ma-jig on Facebook and Twitter. The video was shot from the back, where all you could see were the inner workings of the contraption, rather than its swanky facade. I’m pleased to announce that this lovely contraption (designed and constructed by my talented husband, Ian McKay) has now been installed at The Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

As you can see from the placard that graces its front, it’s being used to issue tickets for the upcoming launch of The Witches of New York at the Al Whittle Theatre. Tickets for the event are “by donation” with all proceeds going to “Because I Am A Girl,” an organization that’s near and dear to my heart. You’re welcome to donate whatever amount you like in exchange for a ticket, but if you happen to have a Toonie on hand when you visit the shop, you can give the contraption a whirl. It makes an oh-so-satisfying sound when you turn the crank!

the works!
the works!

I’m really looking forward to the big to-do on October 25th. It’s going to be a ton of fun! I’ll be reading from the novel, giving an illustrated talk about the research and inspiration behind it, answering questions, signing books, AND unveiling a super special video project that has magically blossomed since finishing the book. If you’re in the Wolfville area I’d LOVE to see you there. Seating is limited, so I encourage you to get your tickets early. Also, the lovely co-owners of Box of Delights, Mitzi and Hilary, are  offering a 15% discount on the book if you pre-order it through them. (How swell is that?!)

Gorgeous "save the date" postcards provided by the fabulous team at Penguin Random House! (along with one of the event tickets. :)
Gorgeous “save the date” postcards provided by the fabulous team at Penguin Random House! (along with one of the event tickets. 🙂

Psst…there may still be some “save the date” postcards at the bookstore. Pop in and get one before they’re gone!

For those of you who aren’t in the Annapolis Valley and have been asking, “when’s the book coming out near me?” and “when are you coming my way for a reading?” here are the deets…

The book will be published in Canada (Knopf Canada) and the UK (Orion) this October, 2016. (The 25th of October in Canada, the 27th of October in the UK. Just in time for All Hallows’ Eve!) It’s available for pre-order NOW from any independent bookseller, chain store or online retailer. (And I’ll add that the Canadian hardcover edition and the UK paperback contain brilliant book design elements and illustrations. Thank you, Kelly Hill!) The US edition will be published by Harper Perennial in early summer, 2017.

As far as events go, I’ll be touring across Canada starting in October and through to late November. I don’t have all the dates and locations yet, but I’ll be posting them on my events page as soon they’re confirmed. There are a few events listed already for Nova Scotia and Ontario (see events page link below,) including a pre-view reading October 1st at the brand-spankin’ new Lunenburg Lit Festival! If you’d like to be notified if all upcoming events, feel free to follow my author page on Facebook, and/or sign up for my e-newsletter via this site.

Thanks, as always, for your support, interest and patience. It is a true honour to know that there are readers waiting to read my work. I can’t wait to share my Witches with you, and to see familiar and new faces when I’m on the road!

the stunning Orion UK cover of The Witches of New York. *swoon*
the stunning Orion UK cover of The Witches of New York. *swoon*

People, Places and Things mentioned in this post…

The Box of Delights Bookstore

Ami’s Events

The Fantastical Makery of Ian McKay – Monkey Dream. Monkey Do.

Because I Am A Girl

Ami’s Facebook Page

Lunenburg Lit Festival

Penguin Random House Canada

Orion Publishing Group UK

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