Author Mike Grant doesn’t perform a reading from his first novel until Saturday afternoon, but he’s already feeling bittersweet about it.
On the sweet side, White Wolf Moon is his first novel and he’s thrilled to be able to share it with the public.
The downside is it’s the final meet-the-author event scheduled for At Second Glance used books before it closes at the end of next month. And the closure means Grant will be out of a job.
“I’m having more trouble with the store closing than I am with the book,” Grant said Thursday. “I’ve been here 12 years.”
Dwindling sales — as much as 25 per cent in the last year — prompted At Second Glance owner Pat DiFrancesco to announce she was getting out of the book business last month.
DiFrancesco has featured many local writers at meet-the-author events during the 13 years she’s been at the Victoria Street location. If there has to be a last one, she’s glad it’s her friend and employee, she said.
“He’s a very creative person,” she said.
Published last month by Friesen Press in Victoria, White Wolf Moon follows journalism student Jennifer MacAvoy as she unravels the story of ’60s poet and songwriter Evan Morris.
Although White Wolf Moon sounds like a drama on paper, the story actually takes a lighthearted approach to the philosophies and realities of life that MacAvoy discovers through interviews with Morris.
Many of the anecdotes in White Wolf Moon are based on events from Grant’s life, he said. Some are embellished for entertainment purposes.
The book has gone over better than Grant could even hope, he said. He’s bumped into people on the street who recognize him, inquire about the book and end up buying a copy.
It’s going so well that he’s almost out of the initial 60-print run and is considering what to do next, said Grant. At least 15 digital copies have also been downloaded off amazon.ca.
“I was totally unprepared for this,” he said. “People are laughing in the store as they read it.”
DiFrancesco is pleased to see White Wolf Moon in print. She read a first draft three years ago and waited patiently to see the final publication.
White Wolf Moon retails for $19.99. The meet-the-author event takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday.