Please join me at St. Martin’s United Church (2617 Clarence Ave S, Saskatoon) on Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. for the official launch of Dear Me: The Widow Letters.
If you can’t make it, perhaps I’ll see you at one of the following events:
Saturday, June 2, 1-3 pm – Book signing at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon
Tuesday, June 5, 7 pm – Reading at Martensville Library
Wednesday, June 6, 7 pm – Reading at John M. Cuelenaere Public Library in Prince Albert
Thursday, June 7, 7 pm – Reading at Weyburn Public Library
Friday, June 8, 7 pm – Regina launch at Chapters
I picked up the books from the printer today.
I’m happy that I made this book.
I’m sad that I was able to.
I’m happy that it’s done.
I’m sad that Bill’s not here to celebrate with me.
Definitely a day of mixed emotions.
But to Bill, and Jim, and Russell, and Michael, and Ken, and Randy, and Allen, and Ken, and Garrett, and Jerry, and Rob, and Ray, and Frank, and Andy, and Harold, and Al, and Ginette, and Norman, and Lloyd, and Ken – thank you for your love. You are in our hearts forever.
I’ve started a new book project entitled Dear Me: The Widow Letters. It will be anthology of letters that widows write to their newly-widowed selves.
If you are a widow of at least one year, I hope you will consider being a part of this project. I would like you to write a letter to yourself. Not to your present day self, but to that heartbroken, overwhelmed self whose husband/partner just died. If you could reach back in time and talk to yourself, what would you say? Would they be words of comfort? Advice? Hope? Encouragement? Warning? All of the above and more?
If your letter is accepted for this anthology, you will receive $50 and a copy of the book. I do not want to limit how much you write, but I am hoping that the letters will be at least 500 words. You can use your full name, your first name and last initial, or remain anonymous if you prefer. As an introduction to your letter I would like to include a picture of your late husband/partner and a few sentences about when and how he or she died, how old you were when he or she died, how long you had been married/together, and how many years into the past you are reaching.
If you are interested in contributing a letter to this anthology and/or if you have any questions, please contact me at dearme(at)sasktel.net I would like to have all the letters by the end of 2017.
And if you know of any other widows who might be interested in participating, please pass the information along to them. The only stipulation is that at least one year must have passed since they became widows. This is just based on my own experience – I honestly did not know if I was going to survive until that first year was up, and I definitely would not have had anything to say to myself yet.
I look forward to hearing from you.