The High Park Curling & Tennis Club played host to the launch party for Sarah Henstra’s debut novel Mad Miss Mimic earlier this week. The gorgeously decked out venue, with guests in elaborate chapeaus, was fitting for the book. With tables scattered around the room full of finger sandwiches, baked goods and snacks, guests were able to mingle and chat in the increasingly-packed room.
Sarah’s partner Neil spoke for a bit, and presented Sarah with a commissioned painting of a clipper (boat) before she headed to a table to sign some books for fans & friends. Penguin’s publishing director Lynne Missen shared her story of first reading Mad Miss Mimic (on a fading e-reader) before introducing the author back up to the front to read a passage from the book.
To the guests’ delight, after the reading, we were treated with a performance by the Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir. After three beautiful songs, Sarah’s sisters-in-law announced it was time for the hat judging because “they can bake, and they can judge.” There were certainly a lot of enthusiastic fans with some fairly elaborate hats as the competition got under way.
I was excited to meet Sarah, as she is a Ryerson professor and I’m an alumni of the university – although we missed each other in the year that I graduated and when she had started. It was such a pleasure to attend this launch party that was infused so personally with the author in all aspects.
Congrats and thank you to Sarah and the team at Penguin Random House/Razorbill for a lovely evening of high tea!