We had an amazing turnout for the launch of my new book, Hungry Ghosts, the third in the Inspector Ramirez series. Lisa of Octopus Books estimates that over 150 people came through to have a glass of our Hungry Ghosts beer (in blood-spattered glasses) and taste our Guilty Men wine.
There were trays of delectable Cuban sandwiches and desserts prepared by Michael Holland, who owns Cake and Shake. It was the best venue ever. (He even made tiny little book jacket covers out of fondant to top his mini-cakes. They were red slayer cakes and an amazing passion fruit/coconut confection; he also made blood spattered chalk outline cookies and black angel of death cookies to die for.
And we sold a pile of books!
Here are some pictures of the venue as we were setting up, the crowd that arrived, the food we served, and that brilliant art exhibition that was inspired by the book. (We even had our own Hungry Ghost labelled-beer,, served in blood-spattered glasses!) A huge shout-out to my pal, York Polk, who handled the bar and to all my many friends, neighbours, colleagues and fans who showed up to celebrate.
The Hungry Ghosts art exhibition hit the Ottawa Citizen and the Montreal Gazette this weekend — exciting! I’ll be back at Cake and Shake tomorrow between 2-4 PM for a book signing during Prose in the Park, and that gorgeous art will be on display all month.