Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The Summer of Nav
Book tours for Nav K. Gill's YA novel "Under the Moonlit Sky" began June 13th in her hometown of Brampton at Chapters. At the Brampton event, local political representatives attended, including Linda Jeffrey, MPP for Brampton Springdale and Minister of Natural Resources for Ontario, and Ruby Dhalla, MP for Brampton Springdale.
The next stop was Vancouver, BC, at Black Bond Books. Again the turnout was incredible and only increased in numbers compared to Brampton. Some readers waited in line for over 2 hours, ensuring that they got a book, after they heard that Brampton sold out quickly. It was a whirlwind of a trip in BC that spanned a full 10 days. Nav visited radio shows, TV networks like OMNI TV, and met with local community leaders, human rights activists, print journalists, and political leaders. The signing was attended by children to seniors, and again local political leaders showed up to show their support. Once again, "UMS" sold out during the signing.
After BC, the next stop - due to popular demand - was Calgary, Alberta, and the signing was held at Chapters. This signing saw a total of 148 books sold. Once again, young and old came out, along with local media such as City TV and OMNI TV. Print journalists, local community leaders and radio hosts came out to support the book, conduct interviews and take in the overwhelming response. Readers were lined up early again and drove from as far as Edmonton to attend the signing.
There will be more stops in the future. So far, the three signings done so far have demonstrated that "Under the Moonlit Sky" is receiving a great reception. It made the regional Top Ten in Calgary and is listed as a Teen Bestseller at the Brampton Chapters.