Where to Purchase
You Might Be From Hamilton If… is available for purchase at The Spec Store (44 Frid Street, Hamilton), The Hamilton Store (165 James Street North, Hamilton), Bryan Prince Bookseller (1060 King Street West, Hamilton), Chapters/Coles/Indigo (*be sure to check for availability at local stores), Costco (1330 South Service Road, Stoney Creek), at Amazon.ca or order direct through the publisher, MacIntyre-Purcell.
My first book…
My first ever published book, You Might Be From Hamilton If… is the culmination of a project that has been in the making over the past year. It’s the only city to be represented in series of “You Might Be From” books that have covered most of Canada’s provinces. It began with some consultation with generous family, friends and colleagues, a long written list of topics and gags, and some nipping and tucking to cover a range of 120 pages of subject matter. A book of this sort can easily fall into a banal showcase of corny jokes and self-indulgence, which I tried to avoid. There are some obvious stereotypes which demanded inclusion, but an effort was made to lob some curve ball references which might not have been the first or even tenth thing a so called typical Hamiltonian might have come up with. If they elicit recollective nods and chuckles from readers then mission accomplished. Readers should prepare for some alternative takes on some old Hamilton standards.
Publisher MacIntyre Purcell has printed an outstanding book with sharp colours and crisp clean lines. I’m especially delighted with the results of an assortment of graphite illustrations included in the book. It’s a style which is somewhat different from the inked lined drawings which has normally appeared in my editorial cartoons for 20 years. You Might Be From Hamilton If… promises to be an entertaining book to anyone, whether now a Hamiltonian, once a Hamiltonian, or soon to be a Hamiltonian. One need not even be a Hamiltonian to enjoy this book.
#YouMightBeFromHamiltonIf… Tour Highlights
Watch my Interview from Friday August 25, 8:30am CHCH TV Morning Live with Annette Hamm.
Read a review of the book by the Emma Reilly from the Tuesday August 29th edition of the Hamilton Spectator.
Listen to my August 29, 2017 interview with CHML’s Scott Radley, host of the Scott Radley Show, also the great sports columnist at the Hamilton Spectator, and the fellow who wrote the foreword to the book. Sound clip with me begins around the 26 minute mark.
Thanks to all who came out to the launch of the book on August 30th, 2017, generously hosted by the marketing folks at the Hamilton Spectator. Those who missed out can still get a taste of who I am, what I do, and who loves me the most through this short YouTube film which was screened during the event. Drop by the Hamilton Spectator during business hours and pick up your own copy of the book, among other titles written by several other notable writers in the Hamilton area.
Thanks to all who came by the Saturday September 2, 12-4pm book signing, at the Indigo bookstore at the Power Centre in Burlington, (1250 Brant St.)
What a thoroughly enjoyable time it was signing books a chatting with many during the Saturday Supercrawl (September 9) event at The Hamilton Store. Much gratitude goes to Donna Reid who runs the friendliest shop in the world. It was an honour to share the courtyard space with the very talented, and hilarious, Cindy Sciafe and Rob Croxford. Big thanks also to the people (neighbours, those whom I haven’t seen in years, elementary school mates, work colleagues, babysitters, FB friends, Twitter followers, longtime Spec subscriber fans, local celebrities, former politicians, etc.) who streamed by to chat on a glorious blue sky September day.
Thanks to all who came by the Saturday September 16, 10-3pm signing at Indigo Ancaster, (737 Golf Links Road). There was a wonderful “This is Your Life” moment when two teachers, Ms. Reid & Ms. McMenemy, from my long ago high school days came by for a great chat.
Well beyond the Hamilton city limits at the Burlington Chapters, 3315 Fairview Street, the entire supply of books on hand for signing were bought up, September 23, 1-4pm. A nice little birthday present making my special day even more special. Thanks all for coming out, including Twitter followers Kate, and Rafał Nowak. Big thanks to my old pal Jen Jones, referenced in the book’s introduction, for making an appearance.
It was nice to share the signing event with Sylvia McNicoll, author of The Artsy Mistake Mystery at the Burlington Indigo’s 20th birthday bash in Burlington on Saturday night, September 30, 8-10pm.
Thank you to those who came out for signed books at Bryan Prince bookseller on Saturday, October 28, 1-3pm.
Good times was had as always at the wonderful downtown shop, The Hamilton Store, hosted by the even more wonderful Donna Reid celebrating the 4th birthday of the James Street North landmark on Saturday November 4, 1-4:00. Joining me at the signing table was the charming Mark Osbaldeson, author of the fascinating and meticulously sourced Unbuilt Hamilton.
Friday November 17, 9:55-11:10am, found me presenting a show all about editorial cartooning to a library packed with students at Westdale High School in Hamilton. I was honoured to share the morning sessions with the great graphic novel cartoonist David Collier.
Saturday December 16, 1-4pm, was billed as the last signing before Christmas and many came out to The Hamilton Store (165 James Street North, Hamilton) to grab themselves their own copy. Many thanks to Donna Reid, Queen of James Street North, for giving me 4 signings at her wonderful store through 3 seasons.
Oh, yes, there’s YMBFHI… swag: