Radio interview & more free e-book download days

Hello All.

Here is the url for the author interview that took place on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 15 on Diasporic Music with host Otis Richmond to  further promote In Through A Coloured Lens. It can be heard in the last 30 minutes of the recording, but the entire 2-hour session is good.

http://uhurunews.com/radio/playaudio?resource_name=sly-dunbar-pat-watson

In other promo news, another free download period at amazon.com has been added: Dec 16 to Dec. 18. So catch it while you can. If you don’t have a kindle reader, your copy can be downloaded to tablet, smart phone or computer using features available at amazon.com.

Once you’ve read In Through A Coloured Lens, remember to leave a comment and rating at amazon.com . Please share your opinion there with other readers.

Find it at: http://www.amazon.com/Through-Coloured-Lens-Pat-Watson-ebook/dp/B00F8EODTC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387174867&sr=1-1&keywords=in+through+a+coloured+lens

Free download on fire! Author interview at 1530 est

There has been worldwide response to the complementary offer of In Through A Coloured Lens. Free download continues. Even if you don’t own a Kindle reader you can download this very readable e-book. See amazon.com/amazon.ca/amazon.co.uk etc. for the app or feature that let’s you do that. It’s easy.
Sunday, December 15 at 3:30 pm (eastern standard time) In Through A Coloured Lens author Pat Watson will be interviewed on Diasporic Music hosted by Otis Richmond.
Also featured – Sly Dunbar, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Youssou N’Dour, Rokia Traoré and The Real Sun.
Diasporic Music on Uhuru Radio http://uhurunews.com/radio/?tzoffminutes=300

News of e-book download comp and radio interview

Thank you to those who responded to the poll regarding interest in a free download from amazon.com/amazon.ca/amazon.co.uk of my debut e-book, In Through A Coloured Lens, taking place over a two-day period – this Saturday, Dec 14 and  Sunday, Dec. 15.

Also on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3:30 p.m., I’ll be interviewed by Diasporic Music host Otis Richmond on Uhuru Radio. http://uhurunews.com/radio/?tzoffminutes=300

What is In Through A Coloured Lens about?

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A young man searches for his identity. Young Black men lose their lives to the stories created about them that they then buy into. A mysterious bus driver documents an apocalyptic tale of our contemporary lives as it relates to the Book of Revelations. A woman speaks in the Council Chamber at Toronto City Hall to tell about how her life went from normal to the desperation of depression and homelessness and recovery. A northern city become known for it’s annual Caribbean carnival rivalling many similar celebrations around the globe. A little girl skips along a sidewalk, bringing memories of long forgotten childhoods.

In Through a Coloured Lens is a compilation of timely and timeless columns selected from the hundreds by Toronto writer and columnist Pat Watson that have appeared over the past ten years in Share newspaper – “Canada’s largest ethnic newspaper”. Here are words on the lives of African Canadians and the issues that affect them even beyond Canada’s borders. With Watson’s particular insights colouring each view, themes range from family relations to race relations, politics to humour, mental health and poverty, and even spirituality.

For added dimension, there are illustrations by M.W. Santerre

Q&A – In Through a Coloured Lens

In the lead-up to the launch of her debut book, In Through a Coloured Lens, writer and columnist Pat Watson has a brief chat about her debut publication.  

Interviewer Matt: I have read this book and I found it very interesting and very unique. Could you describe this book to our listeners, and could you describe what brought you to write it?

PW: Well, what brought me to write it was really celebration of an anniversary, in a sense a milestone. I’ve been writing columns for Share newspaper in Toronto for 10 years, and 10 years seemed like a good time to review the work I’ve done and to put the more timeless or universal pieces into a book for people to…to get in touch with, really.

Interviewer Matt: Now in reading this book, I notice that you write from a very unique perspective, as if you’re almost trying to get a voice to those who cannot speak. Now could you describe your writing and writing perspectives?

PW: I am aware that I’m giving a voice to those who cannot speak. I’m aware that I’m one of those voices. And I’m aware of the kinds of experiences that we have in common as Black people, as Black people struggling to earn a living, as Black people dealing with many issues within the larger society, within a larger community. So this is what I try to do, I try to take those individual experiences and to speak to them in that individual way, but also in a universal sense and I know from speaking to people and people speaking to me on the streets that in fact they recognize themselves often when they read what I’ve written.

Interviewer Matt: Yes, I can sense very much your enthusiasm just listening to you. So what was your experience writing this book?

PW: My experience writing the book… the sense of having been doing this for 10 years… is it’s been a learning experience for me as I grow more and more connected to the people in my community and the experiences that we have as …as a group within the larger society. And, in terms of compiling all this material, my experience has been one of looking at all the various things that touch our lives as people, as African Canadian people, as people of the Diaspora. It’s been really remarkable to tell other people’s stories and to try to present a perspective on even issues beyond our community from our point of view.

Interviewer Matt: Thank you very much Pat, it was a pleasure.

PW: It was a pleasure talking to you as well, Matt and I really hope that this books generates enthusiasm among readers and that they can see themselves in it and that they can use it as a way of having a kind of interaction. Of course, people can always contact me through twitter (@patprose) or by looking at the page, the blog.

Interviewer Matt: Yes let’s just mention that Pat has a blog advertising her book at inthroughacolouredlens.wordpress.com. Thank you Pat, it was a pleasure as always. That was Pat Watson, author of the delightfully illustrated book, In Through A Coloured Lens, which will be available on Kindle, Tuesday, September 17, 2013.

Listen to the interview at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSAPwsSzlCU