This weekend, Jason and I are off to New York City. He has to go to New Jersey for work, and I’m taking a couple of days to join him for a little kid-free fun and frolic in the big city. And what an auspicious time to go there!!
Twenty-odd years ago, I made my first trip to New York to meet up with my parents for American Thanksgiving weekend. We had a good time, but my main memory is that I spent the whole weekend terrified of getting mugged.
Five years ago, I made another trip, this time on my own — and didn’t worry at all about getting mugged! I spent two weeks in Brooklyn researching a novel (thank you very much, Newfoundland Arts Council, for making it possible). That novel, By the Rivers of Brooklyn, was a historical saga about three generations of a Newfoundland family and their experience of emigrating to New York.
That manuscript has been down many detours and side-roads since I sat in the Barnes and Noble coffee shop in Brooklyn writing scenes on my ancient laptop in 2003. But I am finally happy to announce that just yesterday the good folks at Breakwater Books made it official — they want to publish By the Rivers of Brooklyn. It will be released in 2009.
With any luck, maybe in a couple of years the book will have found an American publisher and I’ll be going back there to do a reading!! But that’s still far in the future…for now, I’m going to enjoy our celebratory trip to the Big Apple!