Good Day,
Well, for once, the words are not flowing. I have never really done a review of a book launch and I am not sure what I should say, having so little experience of attending book launches. It is just not something I have ever really done before- well, maybe once.
We Animals by Jo-Anne McArthur and artwork by Madeline Tuttle entitled “We are all Friends”
The warm handshake
Jo-Anne and me

My husband (bless his heart)
 agreed to accompany me and I am glad that he did, because I did not know anyone there. It was a mixed group of people, many young and enthusiastic and some older folk like me, also enthusiastic.
As is common in Montreal, our city of great diversity, there was all manner of clothing, hair styles and a mix of French and English could be heard over the din of voices debating and supporting nonhuman animal rights.
The meet and greet took place at Pub L’Ile Noire on Saint-Denis Street in Montreal.
I am always surprised to see so many people out and about on a weeknight. I am usually home, in my jammies. But I digress.
Everyone was in a back room of the Pub which had a  full bar and offered snacks for purchase . I must say that I was surprised that they there were no vegan wines offered and that not all the snacks were vegan. I was happy with my Rum and Diet Coke.
Menu boards at the Pub!
But this is just a comment, not a criticism. I go to establishments that are not exclusively vegan. I am careful to order something vegan, both food and drink, and I must say, I find most establishments to be very accommodating. The only places I really stay away from are Steak and Seafood restaurants. Just can’t support them.
I was there, hopefully to meet some like minded people in the Vegan Community. I did not really get a chance to do that because it was very noisy. But that is okay. I loved being there anyway.
 I purchased (actually, my husband did) my copy of We Animals and stood in line to meet Jo-Anne. I put my husband in charge of the camera on my I Pad and apart from a little issue with the Video function, he did a great job. The pictures are dark, because the venue was dark. 
It was such a pleasure to meet Jo-Anne. She writes (in her book I believe, just can’t find it at the moment), that she is better with her pictures than her words when trying to get people not to turn away from the reality of our cruel treatment of  our nonhuman animal companions.
 But I found her to be very open, sincere and articulate. I applauded her for her dedication and told her how much we loved the movie, The Ghosts in Our Machine. I told her about my vegan grand-chiblets and how I believe that they are the future of a kinder, more accepting world.  
At the last minute, I decided to mention my blog and handed to her my blog site address on a tiny scrap of paper. She very respectfully said that she would take a look at it and tucked the scrap into her pocket. I am very thankful for that.
The hand off
Jo-Anne taking the time to look.

Jo-Anne signed my book for me.

We left soon after and crossed the street to a vegetarian (not vegan) restaurant called Resto Vego.

My supper
The restaurant
As attendees of the book launch, we were offered a $5.00 rebate on our supper. We had a tasty meal there. I will cover this in a later post.
At the restaurant we spoke again briefly to Jo-Anne. She mentioned to me that Brock University in Saint-Catherine’s, Ontario is doing a lot of research on nonhuman animal ??????in Canada. I could kick myself for not writing down the name of the department, because, of course, now I have forgotten it. I will try to figure it out and let you know..
Then we headed home. I came away wishing that I had more time to speak with Jo-Anne, wishing that I  had met more people, but grateful all the same. I will look into some of the organizations Jo-Anne supports and see where I can be the most help.
I would like to give a heads up to the organizers. It was a great event, filled with hope for the present and the future, filled with the hope of easing the suffering now and ending the industry as soon as possible.
Pie in the Sky you say? Well, maybe and maybe not. But at least it will be a vegan pie, even if I have to make it myself.
My son’s b-day Peach Pie
Grammie Annie’s Vegan View
Looking for inspiration? There is a lot to be had out there. There are many people who work tirelessly for causes in which they believe. Through this work, progress is made. I am so glad that Jo-Anne McArthur and I have the same vision-a world free of cruelty, a world where nonhuman animals are respected and free.
Until next time,
May all beings be happy and free.


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  • February 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    This sounds like it was a really inspirational event. I will keep my eyes open for some in my area 🙂

  • February 28, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I know the timing is not the best, but there is one in Kingston this coming Saturday.


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