Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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14. Readings are Hard on Wallflowers, Part II

It’s scary when you have to stand up in front of a group of your friends and read. The audience has a mix of expressions – hope, fear of failure, expectation.

Let me tell you that this is a whole lot better than reading into an empty room.

I was on foreign territory in a strange city with well-meaning people, but no one came to the readings. All afternoon the authors who were scheduled to read sat quietly supporting each other as we all read into the void. There were a few people lurking around the perimeter of the room where the reading was being held, which was in a public space. I think I may have scared several of the passers-by when I began to read in Wanda’s voice, deep in the Newfie vernacular, a stream of obscenities flowing out of my mouth.

Standing up there whispering ‘fuck’ into the microphone was just not as much fun as when there was an audience to shock. Maybe I am not so much the wallflower that I claim to be. Hmmm.

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Beverley Stone

Beverley Stone grew up in outport Newfoundland before moving to Toronto to attend Osgoode Hall Law School. Her first novel, No Beautiful Shore, is published by Cormorant Books (2008).

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