Be mine

Valen­tine’s Day-in­spired book by Is­land au­thor Kathy Birt will be launched Feb. 6 in Char­lot­te­town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

“Be Mine: Shar­ing Valen­tine Mem­o­ries”, the lat­est book by self-pub­lished Is­land au­thor Kathy Birt, is avail­able just in time for Valen­tine’s Day.

The colour­ful and nos­tal­gic book is a com­pi­la­tion of vin­tage valen­tines the au­thor has saved since the 1950s.

A per­fect Valen­tine’s Day gift, it has an all-ages ap­peal.

“(It’s) for chil­dren, par­ents, grand­par­ents and all lovers who are look­ing for a unique gift from the heart,” says Birt, adding that “Be Mine: Shar­ing Valen­tine Mem­o­ries” will be launched Satur­day, Feb. 6 at Liv­ing Grace Café, Belvedere Av­enue in Char­lot­te­town at 2 p.m.

De­scrib­ing her­self as some­one who needs or­der in her life, Birt says she is not averse purg­ing when things pile up.

How­ever, when it came to toss­ing her child­hood valen­tines, she felt there was so much nos­tal­gia at­tached to them she just couldn’t let them go.

It was about a year ago when the au­thor be­gan to plan for a valen­tine book con­tain­ing all the cards she had saved from her days in the two-room Cove­head Road school.

Birt says the valen­tines, in some cases, had some funny and per­sonal mes­sages on the back.

Take, for in­stance, the one from Billy who walked her to school. The mes­sage reads, “From the boy who thinks you should get up ear­lier.”

“I wanted to make sure I show the front and back of a few of those, in par­tic­u­lar. I wrote some­thing in the book about each per­son,” says Birt.

While she had months to think about the book and its name, it was not un­til early sum­mer, while host­ing a party at her apart­ment that she threw the ques­tion of a ti­tle out to her guests.

A good friend, Pat Wal­ters, quickly sug­gested, “Be Mine” and the au­thor added the rest of the book ti­tle.

Birt cred­its artist Kelly Gray for her de­sign work.

“A lot of graphic ex­per­tise went into the book. And I had great co-op­er­a­tion from a lo­cal prin­ter.”

Re­al­iz­ing there was some du­pli­cate valen­tines, Birt de­cided that they would be used as cutout pages at the back of the book.

“Peo­ple are ex­cited about this ... hav­ing ac­tual vin­tage valen­tines they can cut out and use.”

Birt is au­thor of eight books, with four ti­tles al­ready avail­able in lo­cal stores and shops.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

This is the cover of “Be Mine: Shar­ing Valen­tine Mem­o­ries”, the lat­est of­fer­ing by Is­land au­thor Kathy Birt. The book will be launched Satur­day, Feb. 6 at Liv­ing Grace Café, Belvedere Av­enue in Char­lot­te­town at 2 p.m.

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