Newsletter No. 63: October 2010
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- Advance Copy Arrives! And it Looks Beautiful!
- In Appreciation: A Team Effort
- The Shipment Arrives: Just in Time!
- Motherstone: Official Book Launch
- British Columbia Book Promotional Tour: Everyone is Invited
- Book Orders & Limited Edition Books: Important Notice
1. Advance Copy Arrives! And it Looks Beautiful!
Wait until you see it! And feel it!
© Rita Giesbrecht
Last week I arrived home from a shoot to find a parcel sitting on the kitchen table. I knew immediately what it was. I have experienced this moment ten times before.
I was filled with excitement and a tiny touch of apprehension; this was the book in its final form. This was it and there is no turning back. I wanted to open it but Rita was out, so I placed a bottle of scotch on top of the parcel and patiently waited until she returned.
An hour later we poured a glass, opened the parcel, looked, touched, and then toasted in celebration of our new creation, Motherstone.
Slowly, one page at a time, we viewed each page. I wanted to examine the quality, but I was side-tracked by an overwhelming sense of emotion. The feelings that I had experienced at the moment of each image’s creation flooded back into me. I was in heaven; another toast. This was another powerful moment in my life and I was trying to appreciate it to the fullest. When I reached the back cover, I felt relieved, excited, thrilled, and grateful. No pages were missing or printed upside down! We toasted again! We celebrated.
2. In Appreciation: A team Effort
Mt. Fukawi, Itcha Volcano
© Chris Harris
I went through the book several more times, again overwhelmed with appreciation and gratitude. This book is the work of a team of very talented, dedicated, enthusiastic, and supportive friends.
My partner Rita and friend Mike Duffy accompanied me on almost every photo expedition. Their support, in so many different ways, is a huge part of this book. As I mentioned in my last Newsletter, it is always a great pleasure to work with my friend Bill Horne, who as book designer, brought this book into living form. Also, I don’t know what I would do without the technical support of my good friend Shayne Middleton. Always working from behind the scene, Shayne helps me stay abreast in the digital era.
On the front cover of this book you will see the name Harold Rhenisch. Harold, who played a major role as editor of Spirit in the Grass, has done an amazing job of researching and writing this book. He studied my images, interviewed Rita, Mike and me for stories of adventure and image creation, came up with the title, and created the thread that carries us through the book. Harold’s geological research was all verified by our scientific consultant, Dr. Mary Lou Bevier, professor at the University of British Columbia.
There are also many others, from all walks of life, who have contributed in so many ways.
Together we have made this book project a reality. I thank you all, deeply.
3. The Shipment Arrives: Just in Time!
11,600 lbs. of books!
© Chris Harris
Today is October 5th, two weeks since the advance copy arrived. As I was writing this Newsletter, I heard a ‘honk’, and sure enough, a large truck pulled up our driveway with 5,250 kg (that’s 11,600 lbs) of books! Fortunately for us (unfortunately for them), friends Nomi, Peleg, and Mike also drove in after a bike ride. Within an hour, all five of us had the books loaded into the basement. Good timing!
The most important thing is that they arrived in time for our grand launch on October 16th. That’s cutting it a little close but hey, we made it! Yahoo!!
4. Motherstone: Official Book Launch
The Motherstone promotional book tour is about to begin. The official launch is here in our home town of 100 Mile House on October 16th in Martin Exeter Hall at the Lodge; 7:30 pm. Harold Rhenisch will be here, along with all the major participants in the project.
Everyone is welcome. The doors open at 6:30, and we advise arriving early, as people are driving here from as far away as Seattle and Anahim Lake.
After the presentation, there will be a reception in the Valley Room. Book signings will take place throughout the evening.
5. British Columbia Book Promotional Tour: Everyone is Invited
Kostal Cone, Wells Gray Park
© Chris Harris
After the official launch in 100 Mile House, Rita and I will be touring a feature presentation about the stunning volcanic topography unknown and unseen by most British Columbians. After two years of intensive exploration and research, Motherstone: British Columbia’s Volcanic Plateau is a book that will become an important part of BC’s natural history.
With maps, diagrams, illustrations and imagery we will share the visual journey of discovery and ‘behind the image’ stories of adventure. The search for beauty will take you to areas where few, if any, have walked for ten million years.
To date, presentations will be held in Williams Lake, Anahim Lake, Salmon Arm, Prince George, Victoria, Port Moody, Quadra Island, Campbell River, Vancouver, Langley, Victoria, Kamloops, Vernon, Quesnel, and Sechelt.
If you have friends who do not receive this Newsletter and whom you think might enjoy this presentation, please tell them about it or bring them along. It’s a great BC story of interest.
For those of you who can attend one of these presentations, Rita and I look forward to seeing you there.
Would You Like a Presentation in Your Town?
Other presentations are in the works including ones in Alberta and Ontario. If you have an organization or group that would like to host a presentation, please get in touch with Rita here at the office.
6. Book Orders & Limited Edition Books: Important Notice
Mt. Fukawi, Itcha Volcano
© Chris Harris
Country Light Publishing wishes to advise that Motherstone will go on sale October 16, 2010. Both hard cover and soft cover will be released at the same time so that everyone has an equal opportunity to get book editions of their choice.
Limited Edition Hard Cover Books: Country Light Publishing will print only 720 hard cover books, which will be signed and numbered. They will not be printed again. As such, they are considered a collector’s book. Please note: specific edition numbers cannot be reserved. A special laminate has been placed on the cover jacket, providing a soft feel to this beautiful coffee-table edition. They retail for $69.95.
Soft Cover Edition: The soft cover edition, also a beautiful book, is unlimited and may be reprinted any number of times. They retail for $39.95.
Books may be ordered online; by calling the office at 1-800-946-6622 or 250-791-6631; or at any of the book presentations.
Orders are now being taken but delivery won’t begin until October 18th, 2010.
If you are worried that hard cover limited editions may be sold out by the time the Book Promotional Tour comes to your community, you can order now with a note as to which presentation you will be attending, and we will bring your books to that location to avoid shipping costs.
Shipping Overseas: All orders will be shipped via air mail unless otherwise instructed.
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