Around the World with Pegasus Parties (Black Bear)
We all know that Robin’s books are loved by readers the world over–but this week, we have concrete proof of same. The last couple weeks have been host to not one, not two, but three more international gatherings in honor of Pegasus’ release!
First, Bonnie (holmes44 on the forum) put together a gathering in Sutton, Quebec the last weekend in November. Since Sutton’s close to the US border with Vermont, she was able to lure in Skating Librarian for a forum meet-up/party as well! Here are a few photos from the get-together.
There are a bunch of additional photos of the Toronto attendees in the Brand New Shiny PRC Album I’ve created on Photobucket. Check them out! I’ll be going back and adding photos from previous weeks to the album over the weekend, and I’ll get it up to date.
Last for this update, but certainly not least, was our farthest-flung PRC. Not Canada, not England, not even Australia–a party for Pegasus was held in Invercargill, New Zealand, one of the southernmost cities in the entire world! Cool, eh? Here’s our report from Zerlina, our organizer:
As the world’s southern-most PRC, and also a summer-time party, I hoped we could hold our meeting in the garden, which is full of peonies, poppies and roses. However, the benevolent weather-gods had something better to do, and we were forced to meet indoors.
We are a speculative fiction writers’ group. Four of our five members made it – Paul, Emily, Claire and me. (Shane was sick, but we included him in the draw anyway). Invitations were issued both on the forum and to other local groups, but no-one else came. Pity, but there was more cake for us. Emily provided the cake – banana with chocolate icing, and blueberry muffins. We carved up the cake, and while they ate, I told them about Pegasus, and why they should all read it, and then read the rest of Robin’s works. We then used a cup that my son won to draw the raffle. The posters went to Claire and Shane, and Emily won the book. She was thrilled. I suspect she has read it twice by now.
They are a bashful bunch, and it is difficult to get photos of them. The dog, Marius, is an honorary member of our group.
Remember the cutoff date for scheduling a PRC and getting a prize pack sent to you from Robin’s publisher is DECEMBER 15! No ifs, ands, or buts. Robin’s e-marketer is going out of town for the holidays, so this is the drop dead date for emailing me!
****Happening THIS WEEKEND and the following WEEK!*****
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia —December 11, a picnic in Kamesburgh Gardens at 3 pm. There will be loads of delicious food, blankets, chairs, a card table, and there’s a service ring in the nearby bell tower at 5:30. Organizer: B-Twin_1
***NEW!!!*** Santa Cruz, California. Monday, December 13. This is at a private residence, but they would be happy to have more attendees! Please email our organizer, Nikira, at nikira.toshiko [at] gmail [dot] com for directions and further information.
Whitmore Lake, Michigan–Wednesday, December 15, Northfield Township Area Library, 6 pm. Whitmore Lake is west of Detroit, north of Ann Arbor, and south of Brighton. Cake will be provided! Organizer: Xanthe
Sacramento — Saturday, December 18. 3pm at the Borders Books on Fair Oaks Blvd. in Sacramento. Organizer: Sarahkp
Los Angeles/Orange Co – Tuesday December 21, 11 am at the Borders just off 57 in Brea. Organizer: Peanut
Dallas – Proposed in forum for late December, several responses but no firm date/time yet. Organizer: livvispatula
Email me at whiteape [at] whiteape [dot] net with any questions you might have. Have a great weekend!
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