The Craftsman House in the Grand Central District was host to a book launch Sunday, November 22 for local writer Tanya Coovadia’s new collection of short fiction “Pelee Island Stories.” The stories are set on a tiny island in Ontario, nine miles by four, in a corner of Lake Erie where Coovadia grew up.
In addition to Coovadia, there were readings by NPR TV critic Eric Deggans, USF professor Thomas Hallock, Eckerd College professor Lee Irby and Florida’s Poet Laureate Peter Meinke. There was also live music by Adam Coovadia and Jason Frilot of Freelow.
“It’s great to be in the company of so many wonderful writers,” Coovadia said. “It’s important to support each other’s work and be part of a community of writers.”
Coovadia, a recent MFA graduate from Pine Manor College, was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year but the mood Sunday was anything but downbeat and, instead, the standing-room-only event was a celebration of family, friends and the creative spirit.
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