Bruce Graham’s Humorous New Novel About Small Town Hero Sells Out in Prolific Author’s Hometown
© Jamie Heap-The Amherst News
Local author Bruce Graham (right) signs a copy of his new book Duddy Doesn't Live Here Anymore for his cousin Keith Graham (left) Saturday at Sweet Brier Boutique in Parrsboro during the anchorman turned prolific author's sold out book launch. Graham also sold copies of Diligent River Daughter, Dream of the Dove and Ivor Johnson’s Neighbours.
PARRSBORO-There are no two sweeter words for an author than the words ‘sold out’. Such was the case for local author Bruce Graham at the launch of his new book Duddy Doesn’t Live Here Anymore on Saturday at Sweet Brier Boutique.
“I love it. I was sold out at signing in Bedford a few years ago,” stated Bruce Graham. “Today was a great day; I’m glad I had my first signing here in my hometown,” added Graham. In addition to selling 30 copies of his new Pottersfield Press book, he also sold between 20 and 30 copies of Diligent River Daughter.
Other books sold by the former anchorman turned author included Dream of the Dove and Ivor Johnson’s Neighbours, the prequel to Duddy Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Graham has also written a book about the Parrsboro Boxing Club.
“We’ve got a waiting listing now, stated Sweet Brier Boutique owner Heather Spidell. “We may have to get Bruce in for another signing,” she added.
Graham also plans on doing a signing at the Amherst library sometime in October.
Sweet Brier Boutique manager Jill Horton’s late mother, Joan Jones, the boutique’s former owner was a close friend of Graham’s. “Heather, I and Jill were talking one day when they asked me if I would do a signing here and I said yes,” said Graham.
Graham drew on personal experiences to pen such books as Ivor Johnson’s Neighbours and Duddy Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, a novel about a dreamer (Duddy McGill) who turns his back on reality so often he falls from one disaster to the next. “These books stem from all the characters I grew up with in Parrsboro during the 1950s,” stated Graham, who has several new projects in the works.
“Next summer, my new novel Tapestry of Green about a young Englishman caught up in the first opium rebellion during the 1830s will be released,” stated Graham. “It is called Tapestry of Green because that is what the English countryside looks like from a hot air balloon,” he added. “The novel is set in England and China.”
In 2015, the 100th anniversary of Sir Charles Tupper’s death, Graham plans on releasing a play in conjunction with the PSHSH titled Our Feuding Fathers, a play named in reference to Tupper, Sir John A. Macdonald and Joseph Howe.