On Saturday, I helped with the afternoon tea and cleanup at one of the nicest book launches I’ve ever attended in a long career in publishing. More than 200 people came – from our local town, the greater Wellington area, and even further afield.
The place was our local ANZAC Hall (built by our town to hold dances and entertainments for the troops, when the Army training camp was a couple of kilometres down our main road). The occasion was the launch of The Easter Story, a book written by Joy Cowley – well known children’s writer and poet, and a fellow parishioner of mine – and illustrated by a little known artist and much loved parish priest, our own Fr Don Morrison.
The book tells the story behind the story – the theology of Easter in simple language for children. The illustrations are beautiful. The signing lines after the launch were so long that I don’t think Joy managed to get a cup of tea. The book retails for $19.99 and would make a great Easter present for a family with young children.