Booklaunch! FOODSLUTS AT DOLL & PENNY’S CAFE by Tony Correia illus. by Ken Boesem!

I just experienced a wonderful evening at the newly renovated Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium at the booklaunch for FOODSLUTS AT DOLL & PENNY’S CAFE by Tony Correia;  illustrated  by Ken Boesem!

Photo by Victor Bearpark

What a DELIGHTFUL/INSIGHTFUL/MOVING book:

Excerpt:

The sign in the window read: “Sorry, we’re open.”
“I caught my reflection in the glass as I reached to open the door. Even with contact lenses I was still a myopic kid with Coke-bottle glasses. My muffler and gingham overcoat looked exactly as they were: stolen from the Sally Ann, not British New Wave as my friend had promised.
 
I felt like an imposter. To some degree, I was.
 
They don’t know you here, a voice reminded me.
 
It was the same voice that had suggested I drop everything and move to Vancouver sight unseen. It was the voice of a hunch, born from advice delivered as an aside, telling me this was the answer to my prayers. This is why you came here, it said.
 
In retrospect, I don’t remember if it was momentum or destiny that pulled me through the door of Doll & Penny’s Café, but I do remember that time stood still and the first sound I heard was Petula Clark straining to drown out the orchestra with the lyrics to “Downtown.” The song resuscitated memories of linoleum floors, the smell of Pine-Sol and Sundays in front of the CBC. Outside it was 1988, but here, inside the café, time ceded to a state of perpetual memory, real or imagined.
 

Next to the “Wait to be seated” sign stood a fake plaster palm tree, a stark contrast to the asthmatic dampness of the late-October air. Halloween was two days away and the café was done up like the Addams Family mansion. Not that it needed decorating. It looked like the inside of a drag queen’s jewellery box — and smelled like a combination of mould and pee…”

Tony’s reading from his book was very special.

Photo by Victor Bearpark
Photo by Victor Bearpark

I was elated to purchase two copies of the book (one for me, of course; the other for Anna T Fabulous, of course) and have Tony sign them!!!

Photo by Victor Bearpark

Then my friend bought two prints for me.  Having my artist/colleague/hero Ken Boesem sign them MADE MY DAY!!!!!

Dedicated to supporting your right to personal expression and sexual knowledge. 

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