It was my pleasure this week to attend another one of Lisa de Nikolits’ book launches held in Kensington Market this past Wednesday at The Supermarket. The Witchdoctor’s Bones is this Canadian, female author’s fourth novel with The Hungry Mirror, West of Wawa, and A Glittering Chaos preceding it.
To be honest, I’ve only read A Glittering Chaos, but it was marvellous! I literally couldn’t put the book down. Each subway ride I was excited to get this novel out and delve right back in. If you’re interested in finding out more about this novel, go to: Book Review.
Recently, I’ve been trying to convince Meagan to let me include The Witchdoctor’s Bones into our Book Club for Two itinerary. I’ve nearly got her onboard, and we’ve struck a fair deal. Following Moby Dick and one other novel (of her choice), we will read this engaging, seductive and irresistible tale that takes place in South Africa.
“By planting her characters in the untamed landscape of the South African wilderness, Lisa de Nikolits has stripped away the niceties and rigours of polite society. Nothing is familiar. Nor do people even speak the same language. Tour leader Jono whispers in his Khosa tongue, only to be drowned out by the harsh words of Stepfan the German. One imagines sweet-talking Kate, the Canadian, is the closest thing you get to a heroine in The Witchdoctor’s Bones, as proof that the best woman will be left standing” – Taken from the author’s website
At the book launch Lisa spoke a little bit about her array of novels. Though they might seem disconnected, with different plot/story lines and characters, they are linked by the theme of “morality.” Lisa’s novels are uniquely written because she “puts the characters into situations where the rules of their own morality don’t hold anymore,” which forces them to make unique decisions along the way.
Right before she took flight towards the stage to take the podium, introduce her fourth novel, and read an excerpt, she kindly introduced herself to my boyfriend, Andrew. Sitting beside me, he was aloof to who was standing behind us until greeted with such warmth. Lisa had taken the time to really say, “hello,” and she thanked him for taking the time to attend. This was the first time they had met, though it wouldn’t seem like it because she addressed him by his name.
With such a charismatic and thoughtful author (as well as friend), there is bound to be great literature inside that imagination of hers. It’s no surprise that she is such a fantastic story-teller. Not only that, but she is a genuine person who continues to show such heart and kindness towards every person she meets. I continue to look up to her – sort of like a life coach, or even mentor. Our chats are always memorable and I walk away with valuable insights. She is the one who leant me her beloved copy of the Stephen King novel called, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, after I exclaimed I wanted to be an author too!
It is important to walk away from this post knowing that her novels have the same powerful effect. So, for more information on how to purchase these novels, click here. Did I mention that she designed the cover herself? She is a graphic designer by day for Rogers Publishing and an author by night!