“The Years That Followed”: New York
And so the first leg of this exciting journey has come to an end.
On Friday last, we left New York City after five days of a heatwave – the highest October temperatures recorded since 1928: and we felt every degree of that surprising heat, prepared as we were for autumn.
The ‘fall’ colours as we drove through New York state were spectacular: gold, red, yellow, rust of every conceivable hue.
The rain, when it came, was torrential, but somehow it made us feel more at home.
We stayed over in Lake George in the Adirondacks, before completing our (long) journey to Ottawa on Saturday – running just before the storm that lashed the eastern part of the country over the weekend.
New York is a bright blur of impressions.
Of blue skies, of crowding, honking traffic, of the Lincoln Center at night, of subway journeys.
There are so many highlights, so many memories to savour.
The Metropolitan for its Impressionists and its Dutch Masters; the Met for a performance of Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers; the terrific ‘hree Lives bookshop on Bedford. There is so much to see and do in NYC that the only way it works is to carve out a small triangle each time and explore it to its fullest.
We walked – a lot. And I got to see my favourite NYC building again – the Flatiron.
Best of all, though, was getting to meet the team at Touchstone Books – all those talented and hard-working individuals who were responsible for bringing The Years That Followed to the American market. We met in the offices of Simon and Schuster on Avenue of the Americas and celebrated my American debut in fine style.
I’m extremely grateful to the entire team for their enthusiasm in launching The Years That Followed, and I look forward to keeping in close touch with everyone during the coming months.
On Monday 24th , we arrived in Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario.
From where I’m sitting, I can see the plume from the Falls – the white mist that soars above the roaring waters on the American and Canadian sides of the border. It’s a most impressive sight.
This morning, I had the great pleasure of visiting DSBN Academy in Niagara-on-the-Lake, where I spent an hour or so with the students there – aspiring writers who were happy to chat and listen and discuss the mysteries of writing.
We had a lovely time – and thanks to everyone there who made that visit possible, in particular, Ms Nazar, principal, and Ms Bastine. Their enthusiasm and the warmth of their welcome are both greatly appreciated.
This evening, Tuesday 25th, we’ll make our way to Ravine Vineyard in NOTL, where our hosts, Paul and Nicola have prepared a beautiful room for the Canada launch of ‘The Years That Followed’.
This evening, Tuesday 25th, we’ll make our way to Ravine Vineyard in NOTL, where our hosts, Paul and Nicola have prepared a beautiful room for the Canada launch of The Years That Followed.
The venue has been booked out for tonight’s event – thanks to the work of Marion Grobb Finkelstein, publicist extraordinaire. We have a great evening planned, with music and readings and excellent Ravine Vineyard food and wine.
I had better go and get ready…
More to follow, including pictures of tonight’s activities!