Saturday, April 1, 2006

Nick DiChario's book launch

We had the launch party tonight for Nick DiChario's first novel, A Small and Remarkable Life, the latest (and fifth) title under my Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint. Damn, but the book looks gorgeous -- and we had cover flats for the new trade-paperback editions of Marcos Donnelly's Letters from the Flesh and Andrew Weiner's Getting Near the End, and they look gorgeous, too. Our designer/art director, Karen Petherick, is absolutely terrific.

Of course, I didn't need the drama in my life of Nick's books arriving -- if you'll excuse the pun -- just in the nick of time; they should have been back from the printer a couple of weeks ago, instead of showing up literally just in time. But, in the end, the launch party, which was held at Toronto's Ad Astra science-fiction convention, came off fabulously. This marks the second anniversary of RJS Books, and the third consecutive Ad Astra at which we've held a launch party.


At April 01, 2006 11:12 AM , Blogger Horia Nicola Ursu said...

I experienced (twice!) myself the arrival of books from the printer just minutes before the event... it is nightmare to wait and see if all you have planned will be destroyed by who-knows-what! Printers should be the slaves of publishers!

At April 01, 2006 5:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What would be my best option for obtaining a copy of this book? I plugged the ISBN into Amazon and Chapters, but neither one seems to have it in stock right now. I realize that it can sometimes be difficult to obtain small-press books, but I'm hoping you can tell me what to do...

John F

At April 02, 2006 1:23 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, John F. A launch is just that -- the debut of a book. and don't have it yet because the book literarlly just came off the presses -- but they WILL have it shortly, so order from whichever one you prefer. The books are still physically shipping by truck from our printer in Manitoba to our warehouse in Toronto; the skids should arrive on Monday (the stock for the launch was FedExed so that it would arrive by Friday).

You can also get the book at Bakka-Phoenix in Toronto as of Monday; they have stock already because they were the book dealer for Friday night's launch.

By the way, for those who are curious, are printer is Friesens, and the finished books are absolutely gorgeous.


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