I’m settling into bed the evening after the evening after my launch and for the first time in a long time, I feel like dancing.
For the first time in a long time, I felt community. I felt held, supported, seen. Appreciated. I felt able to speak. For the first time in a long time I met so many people I have never seen before and I am humbled by their faith in someone they have never met and have no reason to trust. I am humbled by the presence of so many people who I have not seen in a very long time: to whom I owe so much, but as of late – in the hustle, in illness, in madness – have been able to give only a little. And yet: you, all of you, have given me your new moon Tuesday night. In Libra. You have trusted me with your bodies and your ears.
Here’s to new friends and old. To reaching out to strangers, to singing out into the darkness without knowing if there is someone there to hear but trusting that somewhere, out there, there is. Another beating heart. Another vibrating materiality. Electric.
To calm my anxiety before the launch, I re-read one of my favourite astrologers’ post on the night’s dark splendour. Chani Nicholas writes:
“Libra aims to connect with you whether you want to or not. Libra leads with charm, is ceaselessly charismatic and can turn any opportunity into a meet and greet. If you are alive, a Libra nearby would like to say hi.”
So many of you did. Thank you.
I am really humbled and so honoured for the opportunity to be in conversation with amazing environmental educators and academics Chris Cavanagh and Steve Alsop. The book would not be a thing if my life had not been touched by any of these marvelous people, and I am so grateful for their time and energy. And thank you, again, to all of the beating hearts who came out to share the night with me. We shared such an intimate moment and I could not be more thankful.
Anyway, enough babbling from me for now! You can also find my new book at two super excellent events tomorrow in Toronto! Both events are on Saturday, October 17. I wish I could physically be at both, but my books, at least, will! So if you missed the launch party on Tuesday, you can still pick up a copy. I will also have some older zines available.
I will be at the Toronto Queer Zine Fair:
Trinity St Paul’s Church, 427 Bloor St West, 11 am – 7 pm
ASL provided. Childcare provided.
Wheelchair accessible. Entry is PWYC.
More info about the Toronto Queer Zine Fair: https://www.facebook.com/events/448618611986630/
My book will also be at Canzine Toronto:
Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St West, 1 pm – 7 pm
Wheelchair accessible. Entry is free.
More info about Canzine Toronto: https://www.facebook.com/events/643945272412172/
We hope to see you there!
Photo credit, top to bottom: Clementine Morrigan, Adrien Benson