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Local Knowledge and the HP Launch Party

Chapters-Indigo is the largest bookstore chain in Canada. They have something like 40 percent of the book market here. Two or so years ago, they were two different chains, the two largest in the country. So when Indigo launched a takeover bid for Chapters, of course it made huge amounts of news. That news included various profile articles about Heather Reisman, the CEO of Indigo. At least one of the articles mentioned that she lived in the Toronto area and stopped by the flagship store now and again. That store is the one closest to campus.

Anyways, I was quite proud of myself when I realized/recognize that the nicely dressed woman with the elegant handbag talking to Indigo staff near the door was none other than Heather Reisman herself. I have enough local knowledge now to recognize the CEO of the locally-based national bookstore chain when I see her there. Especially given it was for the biggest book launch of the year.

The event itself was well-attended but not insane. There were maybe 200 or so people there. The books were stored in a huge box, wrapped in plastic and draped in heavy metal chains, out in the middle of the store for most of the time. There was tasty lemon cake, with an image of the book cover on it, and a magician wandered around doing card tricks.

Extra bonus: To pick up my copy, I stood in the pre-order line for people whose last names begin with L-Z. This line was fairly short, but stretched conveniently down the aisle of Fantasy books.

I ran into several people I know. We knew we'd meet up with theengineer there, but running into Karen and Ian, plus Craig Fraser, was a pleasant surprise. I'm glad we went.

I turns out we could have gotten the adult cover - which Colin coveted - but I much prefer the cover aimed at children and it seemed silly to buy more than one copy of the book. So we have the lively phoenix drawing instead of the one which looks to me like a Hapsburgian spray-painted bird sculpture. But I'm probably being too harsh on it.


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Jun. 21st, 2003 10:53 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on the cover...the children's one was very cheerful, but the adult one looked rather forbidding. Sounds like a good party. Didn't go to the Chapters one, myself...
Jun. 24th, 2003 07:39 am (UTC)
book cover
did you get the US book or the UK book? My book cover (from UK) is yellow, with the bird on it. What does the adult version look like? I'm not ashamed to read Harry Potter!
ps. what does the US book cover look like? I was told it was "dark".
Jun. 24th, 2003 07:49 am (UTC)
Re: book cover
You have probably have the mass-release/children's UK cover. I have the same. To confirm, here's what it looks like. Here's the UK adult image - it has no pictures on the back, unlike the UK children's one. The US cover looks rather boring, in my opinion. You're right, it's quite dark as well. And not a phoenix obviously in sight.

Canada has the UK text and cover - but is distinct from the UK addition inasmuch as it was printed entirely on post-consumer recycled paper by Rainforest Books, its Canadian publisher, and thus has a small extra JK Rowling blurb about how nice it is to be good to old wood forests.
Jun. 24th, 2003 07:51 am (UTC)
Re: book cover
blah! I much prefer the UK version. The US version looks kind of smarmy and not-at-all dramatic. The adult version is just dumb; I would be more inclined to make fun of people for reading THAT!

This is the first UK version I've read and I've noticed a significant difference in vocabulary. I like it much better, especially after living here for a year.

I wish our books were printed on recycled paper. Talk about a waste.
Jun. 24th, 2003 08:00 am (UTC)
Re: book cover
This is why I'm glad that I didn't send my bf to go pick up the book on his own. He was really taken with the UK adult cover and I really wasn't.

The main reason I know how different the books are was from playing the US-based trivia game. Some of the answer possibilites would just never have appeared in the UK books. Canada gets the UK books and movies, and all the US tie-ins.

Even having spent time in the UK, I have to say, the adjective 'peaky' wasn't particularly familiar to me, although its meaning was obvious in context, all 4 times it was used. But other than peaky and chunter, the UK language was comfortable for me. Happily, my bf didn't know chunter either, which made me feel better, since he's a native Brit.

And if your books were on recycled paper, you'd a whole extra paragraph written by the author! Not that it adds anything to the plot.
Jun. 24th, 2003 08:02 am (UTC)
Re: book cover
Oh! Question on vocab:

Tonks says "Wotcher, Harry!" several times when the Order comes to get him in the beginning. What on earth does that mean? I've never heard that before!
Jun. 24th, 2003 08:17 am (UTC)
Re: book cover
Y'know, I didn't even feel the need to look that one up, yet I can't answer off the top of my head with confidence. Happily, my British phrasebook is here to help. It's just a way to say "Hello" especially used in London.
Jun. 24th, 2003 08:17 am (UTC)
Re: book cover
rock on! thanks.
Jun. 24th, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
Seems like a "Pinky and the Brain" Scheme
This business of everybody in the whole world
reading the same book at the same time seems
redolent of an Animaniacs "Pinky and the Brain"
scheme. My vast and infallible mental filing
system recalls a proposal in the "Ouch, that
Smarts!" episode for a "computer generated romance
novel" that everyone would read at the same time
but it was never implemented due to Pinky's
critique of it.

Wasn't there something in the Lovecraftian
pastiche movie "In the Mouth of Madness" along
these lines as well?

Yesterday on the subway there were two people
(who got on at different stops) on the same
bench reading the new HP novel.

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