It's a really special moment when you encounter a reader really understands your characters and your book.
This review by Rohan Maitzen is one of those: "Best tells a story of struggle and resistance with neither heroes nor villains—in which genuine errors, even ones that can’t be easily excused or forgiven, coexist with genuine virtues."
Read the full review here.
I'm really excited about attending the ABA's Winter Institute, and meeting some of the amazing people who run bookshops in the States. It's been ages since I've been to the US and I've never been to Memphis TN! So much to look forward to... except the 3.45am taxi pick up time, but never mind, you can't have everything.
I was an incredibly lucky high school student because I had a creative writing teacher named Sue McEwan who encouraged me. She was kind enough to introduce me at my hometown book launch this past August, and more importantly she was wise enough to see that I might one day become a writer. Without her encouragement I've no idea what I might have become.
To read more about how influential and important she was in my life, you can check out this article I wrote for the Globe and Mail.
But one library in particular: the Waterloo Public Library. I spent years here as a child listening to stories and checking out as many books as I could. Most of which were returned. Most of which incurred a fine. Some fines were bigger than others... such as the fine I paid when I returned home from studying in Glasgow, and got a new library card. Apparently there was a book overdue from sometime in my high school days.
How lovely, then, to see that the library featured The Last Wave in their promotional flyer. Also, how great is it that, in with all the adverts for big screen TVs and washer-dryers, there's an advert for the library?
Delighted that the Toronto Star included The Last Wave in their holiday reads round-up.
Great to see The Last Wave included in this round-up up women who shake things up. Check it out the Toronto Star.
"Novels where women shake things up — from the social order to family dynamics to pioneering new ground."
"Something I admire about this novel is Gillian Best's commitment to the difficult. Best does offer her reader a resolution at the end – one that's only partway, but true in the way that life offers few full resolutions."
Read Jade Colbert's full review here.
It was GREAT being back up in Scotland, and wonderful to meet fellow debut novelists Helen McClory and Ever Dundas for a chat about first books. If you weren't able to join us in person, you can have a listen to the post-event podcast here. You'll also be treated to some great chat from some Nasty Women, and other folk from the festival.
Big thanks to the delightful Peggy Hughes for organising the festival.