As Sam said yesterday, we had a banner weekend, culminating in a moving show of support from friends and family at our London launch at the Landon Library in Wortley Village. We talked about the book and the blog, read a bit from the early pages, answered some great questions, and ate vegan cupcakes.
Hilary from Oxford Books was on hand to sell Fit at Mid-Life: A Feminist Fitness Journey, and managed not only to sell all 40 copies but to get a few more special orders. We signed and signed and signed, having brief chats with well-wishing friends as they came by the signing table with their books.
If you’re interested in hearing the audio of our talk, readings, and Q&A, you can find it in this password protected link. Password: 98y3mP3T.
Here we are before the launch, with our beautiful mothers (maybe they’re why we don’t worry so much about aging!).
The day before the launch (I realize this is in the wrong order but we were just all over the map with excitement and are still kind of floating), we were on the Global Television Morning Show. Sam and I are both academics so it’s not like we’re on TV all the time. We don’t even watch TV so we had no idea what the Morning Show was all about.
Our spot was sandwiched in between two contestants from the Canadian Big Brother who had been kicked out of the house the night before (I think — it was hard to piece together from the little I saw). Being on a TV talk show is suprisingly fun and relaxing. The hosts are experts at getting you to relax and feel like you’re just gabbing in someone’s living room (which in a sense you are, just a whole bunch of someones in many different living rooms).
We got there earlier than we had to because we didn’t want to be late. That meant leaving Guelph, where Sam lives, at 6:15 in the morning to drive into the city. We had time to have some breakfast and a coffee in the broadcast building’s coffee shop.
They told us to come prepared for only a light make-up touch-up. Neither of us wears much in the way of make-up to begin with, so in fact it seemed to me that the light touch-up was a bit more than I usually wear (added powder and more punchy lipstick).
Next thing you know, we were on set, sitting on the couch while the co-hosts as us questions about about our fitness journey. Here’s a link to the segment.
One more from Saturday’s launch:
On Sunday I was interviewed by Laura from the Lazy Girl Running podcast out of the UK before decided to get myself out the door for an actual run.
Next up, two podcast interviews this week (one for and the launch in Guelph at the Bookshelf Bookstore, Thursday May 3, 7-9 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you there.
Finally, we have a favour to ask and it won’t be the last time we ask it. If you buy the book (and we hope you do) and you have time to post a review, we urge you to review it on Amazon.com (it will auto-post from amazon.com to amazon.ca but not the other way around). Thanks!