It was pretty cute today as my son, Quinn, was the subject of his first interview about the book we worked on together, Duck with the Puck.
The local newspaper, The Villager came by to talk to both of us about an event scheduled at our local Toronto Public Library branch on November 6th. It’s being called a “Family Hockey Night” but the genesis behind it was Quinn’s book launch. He’s going to read his book and take some questions, and there will be a selection of hockey books available to borrow, as well as a screening of The Sweater. Should be a fun night.
But what got me was how Quinn, who is seven going on 17 some days, went from poised and comfortable discussing the book one moment to goofy and shy the next.
Some lessons we talked about after the interviewer left:
- look at the interviewer
- try to sit still, and not curl up in a ball in the corner hugging your favourite stuffie, Big Duckie
- don’t eat a big chunk of cheese during the interview, a piece so big that you are unable to talk for a couple of minutes
Naturally, I find myself trying to remember what I was like at his age. We were similar in a lot of ways, I think. Though I didn’t have a book out by his age, I did get many opportunities to see my father interviewed for his annual publication, The Buyer’s Guide to Factory Outlets (in Ontario). When I was a Cub Scout, I got to interview Betty Clay, the daughter of Scouting’s founder Lord Baden-Powell, on local television, so I would have been nine or so.
The hope is that this is the first of a few interviews to promote the book. He is off to a good start and I’m one proud papa.