Our April guest speaker will be John Levesque, an award winning author and essayist.
Dick Tafel tells us:
The life of a novelist involves a lot of social distancing just to get the work done, so writers are generally well equipped for dealing with the restrictions of a pandemic. But publishing and promoting a new novel in the middle of a pandemic is a challenge of a much higher order, rather like starting up a retail business in a black hole. Local author John Levesque will speak about the particular challenges of writing and publishing fiction on a good day, never mind a day like the past 365!
John Levesque is the author of three novels, Rosseter’s Memory, Sometime Soon and Geneva Farewell, and two collections of humour essays, Stranded on the Information Highway and Waiting for Aquarius. The latter book won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Sometime Soon won the Hamilton Arts Council Award for fiction. Geneva Farewell is his new novel and John will talk about some “novel” strategies he has developed to generate interest in that book as we slowly emerge from lockdown.
John was born and raised in North Bay and got his start as a professional writer in the 1970s with the North Bay Nugget as a reporter, columnist and editor. He moved on to the Hamilton Spectator in 1980 and spent 20 years there, writing in various capacities and carrying on with his fiction work on the side. In 2000, he and his wife, Renee, moved back to North Bay where John spent the next 18 years as a writer and editor with the North Bay/Sudbury-based occupational health and safety organization, Workplace Safety North. He is currently retired but continues to write, because like most writers he can’t help it.