Sehr erfreut, Deutschland.
Finding Serendipity is about to hit German shelves with this divine cover, and a new title: Tuesday und der Zauber des Anfangs, which means something along the lines of Tuesday and the Magic of the Beginning. Angelica Banks hopes this is just the magical beginning of Tuesday’s European adventures.
Thank you, Kirby Armstrong, for the beautiful cover design for my new book, out September 1.
The back of the book says: In a fairy tale, the only good mother is six feet under. All the others are bad news. A fairy tale mother will exchange her first born child for a handful of leafy greens. And if times get tough, she’ll walk her babes into the woods and leave them there. But mothers of today do no such things…do they? In this collection of heart-breakingly honest stories, the mothers of the Brothers Grimm are brought—with wit, subversiveness and lyrical prose—into the here and now. Danielle Wood turns four fairytales on their heads and makes them exquisitely her own.
During a recent visit by the two halves of Angelica Banks (Heather Rose and Danielle Wood) to a library full of class three and four students, the Angelicas asked the children “how long do you think it takes to write a book?”. “Three weeks,” they suggested. “Or maybe three months.” When we told them it had taken us three years to write Finding Serendipity, they were visibly awestruck. Three years earlier, they had been what they now considered to be very young children. They had been in Prep, or Class One, they protested. That was forever ago. And they soon worked out that this extraordinary quantity of time passed had implications not only for themselves: the library shelves that surrounded them, populated with slim volumes, now had a whole new meaning in terms of effort and commitment.
The amount of time it takes to produce a book (write it, rewrite it, edit it, see it through the process of publication) is one of the things that makes a book launch seem so surreal when at last the day arrives. The labour of producing a book happens away from the public eye. Mostly you are in private, at your desk, on the phone, in your ugg boots. Then the book is ready and it’s time to put on your shiny self, frock up and launch the book into the world. For me, it’s always like walking out of the semi-darkness into a brightly lit surprise party where all my friends and family are waiting, smiles on their faces. Even though I know a book launch coming up, I am still, somehow, caught unawares.
The launch of Finding Serendipity at Fullers Bookshop on Saturday, April 27 was special for both of the Angelicas. For one thing, this is our first children’s book, which meant that our crowd was different: it was full of children. They sat in the front and listened carefully and their evident enthusiasm for the world of stories was a tonic for any tired soul, nearly worn out by hearing how precarious is the future of books and reading. Right there, in front of us, was the future of books and reading, and it was both bright and beautiful.
The Angelicas signed copies of Finding Serendipity, using a special stamp that replicates their composite signature. Here, they are signing for fellow writer, Rachael Treasure.
The little blue-winged heroine of Finding Serendipity, Vivienne Small, made an appearance at the launch, thanks to Miss Xanthe Godfrey.
One of the Angelicas gets ready to fly home.
It’s not often a writer gets two debuts, but here is my second!
Along with fellow writer and dear friend Heather Rose, I am ‘Angelica Banks’, who will next week launch Finding Serendipity, the first of her Tuesday McGillycuddy Adventures.
Tuesday McGillycuddy’s mother is Serendipity Smith, the most famous writer in the world. When Serendipity goes missing, Tuesday and her dog Baxterr embark on a mission to find her in the place where stories come from. In this mysterious and unpredictable world, full of real danger and heart-stopping adventure, Tuesday and her new friend Vivienne Small fall foul of the vile pirate Carsten Mothwood. To defeat him Tuesday must learn to think like a writer, using all her wit, courage and imagination. But how will she ever find her way home?
Angelica Banks, on behalf of Heather and I, would like to warmly invite you to the launch of Finding Serendipity, to be held at 11am on Saturday, April 27 at Fullers Bookshop, 131 Collins Street, Hobart, Tasmania.
The Bookend is the final event of this weekend’s Tasmanian Writers Festival. At 5pm on Sunday, March 24 at the Hobart Town Hall, you can hear readings and chat from Rachael Treasure, Anne Summers, Peter Hay, Adrienne Eberhard, Lucy Frost … and me! I’ll be reading new work from a forthcoming collection of long stories, Mothers Grimm.