The Joy of Missing Out

Finding Balance in a Wired World

+1. 647.923.7557

The Joy of Missing Out is a highly praised book by Canadian author Christina Crook that reveals how the keys to our joy come from intentional connections and presence, not from our smartphones.

Come Out for Authors for Indies - TODAY, May 2nd!

Sometimes, with book stuff, it's easy to feel the need to be "always on." One could try promote a book 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But I don't, and I can't -- both for human capacity and mother-of-three-little-kid reasons. So, it was something of a small miracle that I got involved with Authors for Indies, a Canada-wide initiative to support independent booksellers, the day before the event.

Here's the story, as captured by Kathy, owner of Eat Your Words Books, a delightful little shop I am thrilled to support in my neighbourhood:  

"Christina Crook, “The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World”. Christina lives within a few blocks of Eat Your Words but I was introduced to her by The New York Times when it interviewed Crook for a March 2015 article “Unplugging Without FOMO”. I met Crook, when unplugged she heard about “Authors for Indies” seeing my bookstore’s posters in the Baby Point neighbourhood [on her way to drop her son at preschool.] 

And, full circle, Janie Chang, author and initiator of May 2nd’s Canada-wide event, Crook and myself are all Simon Fraser University Alumni. so, of course, Eat Your Words” made room for Crook, extending our usual Saturday closing time by an hour. Crook’s JOMO has been called “our age’s sequel to The Joy of Cooking and The Joy of Sex”. Crook, an essayist and TEDx speaker, is a proud sister, wife and mother of three who lives in Baby Point. Don’t expect Crook to know what’s trending on Twitter but come out to find out what she knows  5 – 6 pm."

From the Authors for Indies site: "Independent bookstores enrich our communities. They provide gathering places for discovering new authors, sharing favourite books, and expanding our horizons. Store managers [such as Kathy] are thoughtful curators, bringing in books they know customers will love. Our neighbourhoods would be much diminished without our local bookstores."

I am grateful to have one such place in my community. 

There are events happening all across the country.

If you are in Toronto, please come visit Eat Your Words at 778 Annette Street TODAY.