Fictionista author Alison Preston (Fictionistas/Arielle Godbout)
I have been a book club guest several times and it has always been a satisfying give-and-take experience. In the relaxed atmosphere of someone's home people seem comfortable asking questions and offering comments, perhaps because they are in the company of friends.
—Alison Preston, Author
Since 2006 Fictionistas have been popping up in various cities across Canada. What is a Fictionista you might ask? Well it's a woman who writes - and who is part of a one-of-a-kind reading series that brings together female authors by a consortium of publishing houses.
It's a way for you the avid reader (and your friends) to meet these writers, talk to them, learn from them and be inspired by them - from what they say, what they think, and most importantly, what they write.
This year, local book clubs can adopt a Fictionista for their club. The tour goes from Toronto to Vancouver.
They stop in Winnipeg at McNally Robinson on Saturday May 5, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
This year's Fictionistas are:
Heather Birrell, author of Mad Hope
Barb Howard, author of Western Taxidermy
Margaret MacPherson, author of Body Trade
Arley McNeney, author of The Time We all Went Marching
Cassie Stocks, author of Dance, Gladys, Dance
Sarah Kathryn York, author of The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupre
Alison Preston, author of The Girl in the Wall
SCENE asked Manitoba writer Alison Preston why one of these books clubs should adopt her, as their writer.
Most readers of fiction are women. Most members of book clubs are women. As a writer and a participant in the Fictionista events I have a chance to connect with some of these people. There are men in the audiences too and I feel very strongly about not excluding them when I talk about this tour. Men read fiction too!
I have been a book club guest several times and it has always been a satisfying give-and-take experience. In the relaxed atmosphere of someone's home people seem comfortable asking questions and offering comments, perhaps because they are in the company of friends. They have been mostly kind and truly interested. Only once did someone make me cry. Everyone has read the book, which is great, as the questions can then get very particular. Plus the food is always fabulous.
As a book club member myself, I am thinking I might suggest that we invite an author one day soon. We've never done it and it's time we did. I think when readers know they will have a writer in attendance they'll be bound to get more out of the book. In a small book club such