Love and Sugar Launch Countdown Week
A week from today ♥with love and sugar ♥will be available in a bookstore jammed with goodies.
Tucked on a Toronto midtown corner where passerbys can’t help but gape at the wondrous windows, Mabel’s Fables has survived where others have fallen. Since 1988, this gem has done far more than serve up children’s stories. It is a dream shop.
When owner Eleanor Lefavre invited me to launch my food memoir in her store, I might have fallen over right then. Fortunately for the stacks of gorgeous books around me, I wobbled but stayed afloat—just.
Monday night next week is seven sleeps from having my scrapbook of sweets tucked among other titles on offer for parents who think they’ve come to buy a kid’s book. Ha! Yes, of course this indie bookshop is the place to source out the very best of children’s books, and staff who understand what a quirky reader your kid is and have just the title(s) for you, you who can’t keep up with said child’s reading habits. There’s also adult titles lined in a cosy nook as you climb the stairs to find another floor of wonder. Here is a space I know well. I brought my children here, nieces and nephews too, for the popular reading programmes. None could leave without books in their arms. Leaving at all is difficult. Such is the glory of story. Here we travel without moving our boots. Here we save ourselves from slipping off the inner child cape. Wearing it proudly is the best trick I know.
When I was a television producer, I often received masses of books from publishers hoping for media attention. Some made it to air. Most were donated, or brought home to fill our crowded apartment. Now our house has a children’s library where many of those books sit surrounded by walls filled with my children’s art projects.
Kids come and go, making messy piles and mayhem. When no one is there, I like to curl up in the pink wing chair and visit the pages here. Stories for children live in us deeply.
It’s no surprise that I love being in Mabel’s Fables. It is a kindred spirit sanctuary where imagination sighs with pleasure as it wings about. That my book will be here delights me, as does the very existence of a magical store in a time of angst and ephemera.♥With love and sugar ♥ is a valentine to my children, but it is also a tip of the hat (let’s go with a top hat) to rituals our family, all families, enjoy.
Visiting this haven of books year round is one of mine, a ritual connecting me to my days as a pigtailed bookworm, then a frazzled arts producer and young mother, and proud aunt. Now I come into the store in a new pose: author.
Join me* Monday November 28th to hear more about my book and browse the shelves of this lovely space. I’m certain you can find something here for everyone on your list, and I promise you a slice of the sweet life if you scoop a copy of mine.
* The store is closed to the public for this event. You must email me to let me know if you intend to come.