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), at Amazon.ca or order direct through the publisher, MacIntyre-Purcell.
A Wonderful Romp Through the Hammer… etc
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.
Upcoming book signings
Saturday September 23, 1-4pm book signing at Chapter’s Burlington, Woodview Place, 3315 Fairview, Burlington
Saturday September 30th, 8-10pm book signing at Indigo’s 20th Birthday Bash, 120 Brant Street, Burlington
Saturday October 28, 1-3pm book signing at Bryan Prince Bookseller, Woodview Place, 1060 King St W, Hamilton
Oh, yes, there’s YMBFHI… swag: