Recap: Small Medium at Large book launch party

Months ago, Joanne Levy – author ofΒ Small Medium at Large – had mentioned to us about her book launch party in July… in Hamilton. Immediately, us Bloggettes started planning our first ever road trip (and, true, Hamilton’s REALLY only about an hour away.. but still.. any excuse for a “road trip”!)

The day finally came and yesterday, taking two cars, the whole group of us headed out from Toronto. Sara (Geek Girl’s Book Blog) drove Nicole (Nicole About Town), Liz (Midnight Bloom), Evie (Bookish) and Angel (Mermaid Vision Books) while my ever-loving boyfriend agreed to drive myself (and Hemingway – which I won from Joanne!), Wendy (A Cupcake and a Latte) and Christa (Hooked on Books)! As we were still 13 minutes away, but stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic with 20 minutes till 1, I was getting really anxious that we weren’t going to make it there on time. Thankfully it soon let up and we made it to Bryan Prince, Bookseller with 2 minutes to spare! Got some seats and went to buy our book for Joanne to sign.

On the road with Wendy, Hemingway & Christa | Bryan Prince Bookseller | Cupcakes galore! | Window display | In line to have our books signed

After getting some books signed, Joanne was introduced to do a reading from Small Medium at Large. I had resisted reading it because I wanted to devour my copy that I’d get at the book launch – so I had no idea what the feel of the story would be like. The excerpt that Joanne chose to read was intriguing and captured the humour all at once. Definitely looking forward to starting this soon – I love a good ghost story. Once the reading was over, there were a few questions from the attendees that Joanne answered. When asked how she came up with the idea, Joanne shared that the title was what came to her one day and it stuck with her for a while before finally putting a story with it. Small Medium at Large was originally a written as a YA but after taking out a lot of elements from it (like a “Lila makes out with her soon-to-be step-brother” scene), it was advised to be re-worked to be a middle-grade book instead. This novel took about 4 years to write, but her journey as a writer was about 10-11 years. Joanne says the best part of the being-published journey is this moment of the last few weeks: having the book launch and out in stores.

I brought Hemingway to see Joanne! | Sara, Liz & Angel in line | Joanne waiting to read from her book | The crazy book swag from our lovely swag bags!

Joanne was also asked if she believed in ghosts. Her answer? Not necessarily in the way that the ghosts exist in her book, but she does believe there is something more out there.

And on that note, answer that same question for your chance to win an assortment of book swag from the generous swag bag us bloggers received at the party! (swag includes assortment of postcards, bookmarks, stickers and aΒ Small Medium at Large bracelet & signed bookmark!)

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We <3 you, Joanne!

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The Bloggettes outside Bryan Prince Bookseller with our copies of Small Medium at Large!


  1. Sounds like you had a lot of fun!! I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – I SO wish I lived in Toronto to do fun stuff like this. I’ll have to add Small Medium at Large to my TBR list :)
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  2. I had a ghostly experience when I was younger — creeped me right out! So, yes, I definitely believe in ghosts!

    The book launch looks like fun! Love that the sock monkey attended. :)
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  3. Looks like it was a lot of fun. And I do believe in ghosts to an extent – thought I saw my great Grandma’s ghost when I was a kid or at least felt her presence, so I don’t dismiss the idea of ghosts.

    Thanks for the chance to win that lovely looking pile of swag. :)

  4. I don’t believe in the “ghostbusters” kind of ghosts but I definitely think some kind of energy goes on. My neighbour’s mom passed away (he was only 12 at the time) and about a week later, a small, blue and white delft wind chime tinkled in our kitchen window. The wind you say. Nope, it was the middle of November and all the windows were closed. It kind of freaked me out at first but I took it as a sign from her that she was ok. Also, after my dad passed a few years ago, we were sitting outside and these small dragonflies kept circling my mom’s head. I took that as a sign too from my dad. Now whenever I see dragonflies I think of him.
    Joanne’s book is now on my must read list.

    • Fantastic experiences… I love hearing stories like this. I have also heard that butterflies & moths can also be symbolic of spirits – so your experience with dragonflies is really interesting! Thank you for sharing!

  5. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun! We never have any great authors coming in NB. I’m a bit jealous! πŸ˜‰

    I’ve never had any ghost experiences and I sure hope I will never get any. I do believe there’s something else out there but as long as I don’t get to meet any ghostly visitors I’ll be fine with just the thought that there might be something else lurking around.. LOL
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  6. I dont really believe in ghosts because I dont believe in anything I cant see.
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  7. It was such a blast! Kick-butt recap, Michele =) And thank you for adding my recap link <3

  8. I do believe in ghosts because sometimes, strange things happen which can’t be explain and ghosts might be the reason! What an awesome recap, Michelle! I wish I could have been there but I hope you’ve had lots of fun!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! <3
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  9. You girls always have the best events!! I wish I lived near you! They all look so fun!!
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  10. I’m not sure if I believe in ghosts as such, but I have had those instances when you feel that there is something in the room with you!!

  11. I don’t necessarily believe in ghosts, maybe spirits is a better name for what I am thinking, like when I get a whiff of my Nanny’s perfume for a split second when no one around is wearing it, little things like that.

  12. Kristen says:

    I can’t wait to read this. Looks like you all had a blast! I do believe in ghosts. I experienced unexplained encounters and found a long lost picture in my house when I moved in. I called them George and Erma. Once I started talking to them they left me alone. I swear I’m not completely crazy!

  13. Thanks for the linky-links, Michele! Thanks again for coming out and showing Hemingway such a good time!
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  14. ABSOLUTELY, I believe in ghosts… they are not all bad!! :) Having an active imagination helps assist my belief!
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  15. I definitely believe in ghosts. I’ve seen quite a few & my mom’s house was haunted as well! I even used to belong to a ghost hunting group =) x

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