Birthing a novel is no small deal. I should know. I’ve never had the agates to actually write one. The task seems so daunting; so insurmountable. Oh, the ideas are a dime a dozen. Everyone has ideas on what their first novel would be about. Mine would be the time-honoured, oft-told tale of an older man who falls in love with an older woman. They hit it off pretty good. Have a few romps, a few dates, get married. He swears alot and shoots his H&R rifle into the air regularly after they have sex. All is good until the man discovers that his wife is a lycanthrope. Then the whole business falls to shit. She rips his left arm off and he’s forced to put her down with a silver slug to the temple. It’s tragic, really. Working title: STILL BLOOD.
But this StreetRag entry is not about my non-existent novel. My good pal Thomas Trofimuk is launching a real life novel this week. It’s called Doubting Yourself to the Bone. The launch party is on Thursday, November 16, 2006 at Yianni’s Taverna – Kasbar Lounge (Downstairs). 7:30pm start time. (Full details are below) It’s his second published novel and, by all counts, it’s a helluva read. If you loved his first novel, The 52nd Poem, you’ll dig this one. All about loss and love in its many vagaries. Thomas is a master at articulating love loss. Another well-established Trofimukism is his use of second person narrative. It’s a technique that greatly increases the intimacy of the work. Trofimuk always puts the reader in the story.
Here are the details on the launch party:
If you can’t make it to the launch party, I recommend that you shoot over to Laurie Greenwood’s Bookshop and pick it up. Short of that, you can order Doubting Yourself online here [Amazon] or here [Indigo]'.
I’ll be there supporting my friend. You should be there, too. Support some awesome E-Town talent. Buy TWO copies of his book. He’ll love you for it.
StreetRag is an urban weblog and podcast about the city of Edmonton, which is located in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is authored by Edmonton-based writer, web advocate, and poet Michael Gravel and is updated frequently with written urban vignettes, amateurish photographs, deuteronomous audio material, barely coherent musings and rambling ecumenical treatises. StreetRag is a love letter to a lonely prairie burg struggling with its big city ambitions and small-town feel.
The city is Edmonton. It's a subject, not a passion. E-Town is almost universally derided by outsiders as an unlivable tundra wasteland populated by oil-hungry redneck conservatives who despise the arts. All of that is true. But it's not the whole story. There is beauty here. Dusty snowfalls. Brilliant summers. A stunning river valley. A diverse arts community that flourishes. It's a place that inspires a gray relationship - not all good, not all shitty. For that reason alone it is lovable, for what is life but a grayscale?