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Head's up Everyone: Road through Time Launch Thursday, April 20 at Librairie Drawn and Quarterly

The plans are firming up, and we'll have the launch of Road through Time: The Story of Humanity on the Move at one of the coolest bookstores around, Librairie Drawn and Quarterly, 211 Bernard West, in the Mile End district of Montreal. 

Then a week later it looks like I'll be taking part in the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, although the details have yet to be announced.  Here's the link where you can find out more about this wonderful
week-long literary event. 

And of course when you finish one project, it's time to move on to another.  So I'm working on two.  One's a novel about engineers, hydro power and corruption that is a sense a follow-up  to River Music since one of the principal characters is the daughter of Gloria Murray, the heroine (is that the word? she's not all that heroic, except when it comes to her ambition) of River Music.  The other also has a lot of engineering in it, since it's about concrete.  It'll be called Rock of Ages: How Concrete Made the World as We Know It.   For both I've been doing a lot of reading.  Here's some books I'd recommend even if you don't have projects like mine in mind:

The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville: a novel by the Australian writer which throws together a woman involved in preserving ordinary things and an engineer sent to an Outback hamlet to rebuild a wooden bridge.

Concretopia: A Journey around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain by John Grindrod.  Social history at its best. 

Concrete and Culture by Adrian Forty. By an historian of architecture and art, this semi-scholarly work covers some of the history of concrete, and speaks tellingly of how it has influenced our lives.  Two criticisms: too much about whether concrete is a "noble" material, and too small type.  The latter problem is all too common in books with a large "art" component and many illustrations.  It is almost as if the writer and publishers expect the audience to be more interested in pretty pictures than in thoughts about them.

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Head's up Everyone: Road through Time Launch Thursday, April 20 at Librairie Drawn and Quarterly


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