Launch Day Part Two – Thoughts & Pics from McNally RobinsonPosted: August 15, 2009
I felt quite good on the way to the launch, and why not? The interview at CBC went well, threatening rain pushed past unleashed and Darlene and I were going to Swiss Chalet before the event.
Mistake #1: I listened to the CBC interview before heading to the event. If you read the previous post, you’ve got a sense of how little I cared for my performance. Other than the whole “bubbling” situation, I felt like a dope when I spoke about the troubles women faced in the workplace circa 1960 (which was, like, real hard) and I felt as though my answers were trite.
Mistake #1: We went to Swiss Chalet before the event. This is never a bad thing on its own, but coupled with an upsetting event (say, a poor interview performance) it can lead to ruin; for a big guy like me, being around all those carbohydrates when I’m feeling edgy is like locking an alcoholic in a Vintages.
The book store is quite swank and enticing. A section on the second floor is cleared away for these kind of affairs. Period-accurate chairs and lamp/table were acquired by event planner Carla (who did a bang up job) and I had time to worry about the empty sixty chairs facing me.
Good fortune #1: John Doyle from The Globe and Mail arrived and immediately put me at ease. It is obvious that he is not only a consummate professional, but a snappy dresser, too.
Good fortune #2: People showed up. Friends and family to be sure, but fans of the show anxious to talk about what they’ve seen and thought of the show. As much fun as I had being interviewed by Mr. Doyle, the Q&A picked up some interesting steam, particularly when one audience member happily disagreed with my description of Peggy as “selfish”.
Good fortune #3: Many people said they heard the CBC interview and thought I sounded good. ‘Professional’ some said. Others said ‘polished’. Apparently I didn’t come across as a complete hick and for that I’m grateful.
Good fortune #4: We sold some books. Twenty-five, in fact.
Good fortune #5: Vodka gimlets, canapes and shrimp were served.
Mistake #3: Not acting fast enough with the gimlets, canapes and shrimp.
Next time, perhaps.