Christie launches debut novel Monday in Tidnish

Book launch at 8 p.m. at Tidnish Community Centre. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Dave Mathieson webcomments@ngnews.ca
Published on August 22, 2014

“This is a novel. It is fiction. Many events are imagined while others are based on actual events, but the thoughts and the conversations are my creations totally."

AMHERST SHORE – Family and friends of Clare Christie’s were recently treated to readings of her first novel, A Good

Place: A Season in a Cottage Community.

About 20 people attended the book launch at her and her fusband's farmhouse in Amherst Shore.

“Members of my shore community, that’s you people, will at first recognize my characters but it is only superficial,” said Christie before the readings. “This is a novel. It is fiction. Many events are imagined while others are based on actual events, but the thoughts and the conversations are my creations totally.”

Her models heard all the chapters based on them, “so there will be no surprises,” said Christie before the first readers began their readings.

The title for the novel came from a person who once said to her, ‘Why would you want to leave the Amherst Shore, it’s a good place.’

“There are 10 characters in the book and each character has two or three chapters,” said Christie.

The public launch of A Good Place: A Season in a Cottage Community is this Monday at 8 p.m. at the Tidnish Community Centre.

The readers will be Ian MacLean, Vanessa Knock, Cathy Thurston and Doug Ross.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The novel is appropriate for all ages but there is a bar and canteen so minors must be accompanied by an adult.

A Good Place is now available at the Train Station Gallery, the Amherst Curling Club, the Cumberland County Museum, the YMCA, at Flying Colours in Maccan, and from Christie herself.

All her previous books will also be available at the book launch.

They are: (release date in brackets)

– Read About Amherst (2014), which are based on columns published in the Amherst News since 2011

– Me, Myself and I: to Age 4 (2013), which is based on memories of growing up on Christies Pond.                                     

– Grace McLeod Rogers: Moving On (2010), a role-play about a famous author who lived in Amherst until 1938.

­–  Amherst Shore Anthology (1999), and Addition to Amherst Shore Anthology (2006).