Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Opinion, Writing

Book Launch

Last night, I attended a book launch. The writer is a friend of mine; we’re in the same writers’ group where we meet monthly to confer over extracts from our individual manuscripts.

The launch was great. I’ve been to a few launches before, but this one seemed a bit more special. And not just because he’s my friend. I think what made it zing was being in a room with about 200 people. Remember that? Remember socialising, drinking bubbly and nibbling canapes?

As I parked my car near the venue—a posh lawn tennis club—I fairly skipped along the footpath. Deep in the back of my mind, I was aware of a difference in my demeanour. In historic, pre-COVID times, I would battle with my inner critic while approaching a venue (particularly one so swanky), a nasty voice that asks questions like: am I dressed nicely? Do I look fat in this outfit? Is my hair OK? Does my breath smell? What if I say the wrong thing? But last night, there was none of that. Just pure thrill rising from the impending social connection.

I can’t tell you the joy I felt to be able to chat to people in a room instead of through a computer screen. Some of us even flouted new norms in favour of the old, more physical ones: a kiss on the cheek, a hug or handshake. God it felt good. Normal.

Towards the back of the room, I found my friend Lawrie, sitting at a table surrounded by people. He was already signing copies of his book. I walked over, congratulated him, and we chatted for a while on his nerves, excitement and the dream-like state he felt he was in. I then brandished my copy which he took and signed, along with a generous message that states—and I’m paraphrasing—he hopes to be a guest at a launch of my own.

If you’re interested, the book is As Swallows Fly, by L.P. McMahon. Support Australian writers and the publishing industry and buy a copy if you can: authors receive about $3 from a book that retails for $30.

Photo by Hannah Olinger on Unsplash

7 thoughts on “Book Launch”

  1. Sounds like a good night out. Let’s hope the other usually circulating human coronaviruses (which causes the common cold) weren’t shared along with RSV, parainfluenza viruses, enterovirus, rhinoviruses, and the other delightful entities which occupy much of my working thoughts! 😉

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    1. Yep, most writers have to eke their living separate to their books. Some are fortunate to find writing work of some kind, but many squeeze in their creativity around the edges of otherwise crammed lives 😳

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