The Platinum Ticket by David Beynon

The Platinum Ticket by David Beynon
Shortlisted for The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Prize

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Newspapers - Something Old...Something New

It's been a bit of an emotional time here at the Beynon place.  The sale of the old family farm is upon us.  The closing date is Friday and yesterday I had a nice little sit down with the lawyer to dot all the i's and cross every t.  Tomorrow, rain or shine, I will slide on a pair of Wellington boots and walk the property for the very last time.

Anyway - throughout readying the property for sale we have made a number of interesting discoveries.  The other day, we found this at the very bottom of a bin full of dishes:

This is a copy of Canada's Nation Farm Magazine.
Let's have a closer look at the date on this thing:

If you can't make that out,  it reads May 3rd, 1939.  I've taken a careful trip through this newspaper's brittle pages.  What a treat.  There are photo of PRINCESS Elizabeth and there's also an article about Hitler conversing with Roosevelt.  The ads are amazing.  I now know the price of a round trip train ticket  from Vancouver to Halifax in 1939.*

I imagine this newspaper will be donated to the Dufferin County Museum, but first I think I might have it scanned for my own records.

Now, onto something new that was looking up at me as I had my morning coffee.

Well, hey!  That's me in the paper at my recent signing and reading.  Unfortunately this particular article isn't on the paper's website.  If it was, I'd link to it.

I kind of like being referred to as "Local writer".  Could do a hell of a lot worse.

*  $81.40, if anyone's interested.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Evolve Two On-Line Book Launch

Evolve Two - the anthology in which my short story, Symbiosis appears - is holding an on-line book launch party tomorrow.  Although the book has been out since mid-July, this on-line event gives the internet community an opportunity to virtually meet the editor, Nancy Kilpatrick, and some of my fellow authors.  You'll be able to make comments and ask questions.  I've never participated in anything like this so it's all new to me.

Here's the link to the Bitten By Books website where the event is being hosted.

I'll be there from time to time throughout the event as familial obligations permit.  Stop by and I hopefully virtually see you there.