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Monday, December 9th, 2013

The Launch of Marvin's Novel

The last week or so has been quite a busy one as I’ve taken my cue from authors—fellow members of The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC)—and begun to try to ramp up interest in the recently published Marvin’s Novel. So far, so good. On November 23rd, there was a nice little piece in Bob Armstrong’s column in the Winnipeg Free Press announcing the launch of Marvin’s Novel:

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After a career teaching psychology at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg's David Koulack has turned to fiction in his retirement.

The former psychology professor, whose columns, short fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in the London Sunday Times, the Guardian, and several Canadian literary journals, describes on his blog the journey he took to self-publishing his first novel.

As Koulack was writing and rewriting drafts of the novel -- which received encouraging words from his colleague, the late Carol Shields -- mergers and bankruptcies in the publishing business made the traditional publishing route even more of a crapshoot.

He plans to launch his self-published fiction debut -- a bittersweet campus comedy about a man bullied by his parents, his wife and his students -- Thursday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson. Koulack is already working on a follow-up."

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And the launch itself, on November 28th ,  went quite well. Generally given to stage fright I was pleased because the emcee, John Crust, said the fright didn’t show. There were sixty seats plus standing room. I slowed it down, spoke for ten minutes about writing, as I had been told to do, and read for ten minutes—the opening pages of Marvin—and there were some questions and some signings and people milling around and chatting and not drinking the coffee that was on offer. One of the things about Winnipeg that never ceases to amaze me is the overlap of people here. It was like old home week, people who hadn’t seen each other in a while surprised and delighted by their unexpected encounters.

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