Writer’s Words: Trevor Cole

I am currently reading Trevor Cole’s book Practical Jean and thought that this would be the perfect week to host Trevor Cole on our blog! At the festival, he read from his new book Practical Jean in our Great Books Marquee at 3:15.

The book is a great read, by the way.

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The Word On The Street is a hectic literary circus that always leaves me feeling slightly breathless as an author. Tents everywhere, music competing with the voices of writers, other authors you know or want to hear everywhere you turn. And readers! The tantalizing promise of readers wandering by, just there beyond the outskirts of your own tent. Come in! Come in! You want to shout. We’re having a great time here under our little canvas roof. Come join us!

The weather is always a concern. Will it rain? Are those clouds looking heavy? Will they scare the audience away? Yet on those occasions when it does rain, it’s not always a bad thing. People take shelter in the tents, and they find themselves listening to authors they might not have heard of before. It’s actually a wonderful thing for an author to meet a reader who had never before given him a moment’s thought. It’s a nascent relationship with so much potential.

As an author at The Word On The Street, you can’t worry about the things you sometimes do before a typical reading — late arrivers, early departers, will anyone come at all, and if they do will they expect cheese? An author before a typical reading sometimes feels a great burden of responsibility. But at The Word On The Street, that responsibility is shared by many. You’re part of the flow, and you get into the flow. There is always an audience, ready to listen, and every author contributes a small piece of the whole.

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About his book:

Practical Jean is a darkly humourous and revelatory tale of an ordinary, small-town woman with the usual challenges of middle age — a do-nothing husband, a family that refuses to understand her — who realizes her fondest wish is to protect her dearest friends from the indignities of aging and illness. And that’s when she decides to kill them . . .

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