Meeting you is such fun
In #JOMO I write about the importance of connection to our physical community and the 'good burdens' of walking and connecting face-to-face. In that spirit, I recently offered my local community - The Junction, Toronto - a special one day door-to-door service, delivering copies of my book on foot/bicycle, in the hopes of meeting more neighbours.
What fun I had! As I followed my little paper map dotted with people who had requested books, I discovered streets and parks I'd never seen before, knocking on the doors of perfect strangers who welcomed me inside. I sipped tea with documentary filmmaker Chanda Chevannes, was invited into novelist Kristen den Hartog's eclectic living room (where she gifted me a copy of her family memoir,) met an African safari business owner and even helped rescue an escaped cat!
Here's what Vicki Ziegler, web manager for the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry + the Scotiabank Giller Prize, said about receiving a door-to-door visit:
"What an honour and a delight! Author Christina Crook hand delivered her book to my door today, assisted by her charming helper Madeleine. You've set a new standard for how authors can connect with readers."
Why do I do this? For the sheer joy of it.