Ma­cLeod go­ing ‘ loonie’ for Glean­ers

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Lo­cal au­thor Hi­lary Ma­cLeod will put on her lob­ster out­fit to sign books and toss loonies into the Glean­ers Food Bank cash­box at Chap­ters.

Ma­cLeod won the CBC Bookie award for her first mys­tery novel, Re­venge of the Lob­ster Lover, in 2011. She’s just re­leased her sixth in the se­ries, Cod Only Knows, and she’s pre­pared to sign copies, claws and all, be­tween 11 a. m. and 2 p. m. on Satur­day, Nov. 18. She’ll also do­nate a loonie to the Glean­ers Food Bank if you smile for the cam­era with her in her lob­ster out­fit.

“As you can see, I’ll do just about any­thing for my books. Of course, the idea is to draw at­ten­tion to them,” she says, “but I’m hop­ing it’ll be an ex­pen­sive idea for me. Per­haps some read­ers will join me and toss in a loonie or two as well, but I’m not ask­ing them to.”

What she is ask­ing is that peo­ple take a photo with her as the Lob­ster Lass and, if they wish, share it on so­cial me­dia. She wouldn’t mind if read­ers took a book­mark – and a look at her books.

“I’ll be go­ing to the bank on Fri­day to stock up on loonies.”

She’s al­ready poised to toss one in the til.

CJBQ’s Freddy Vette joined her sev­eral years ago as she adorned the cos­tume.

“Freddy was the first one to be pho­tographed with me in this out­fit,” she said. “So I have a loonie set aside with his name on it.”

Ma­cLeod is a for­mer CBC broad­caster and Me­dia Stud­ies Pro­fes­sor at Loy­al­ist Col­lege, and the au­thor of The Shore mys­tery se­ries, which takes place in Prince Ed­ward Is­land. The books, in se­quence, are Re­venge of the Lob­ster Lover, Mind Over Mus­sels, All is Clam, Some­thing Fishy, Bod­ies and Sole and Cod Only Knows.

Ma­cLeod has lived in the Quinte area for 30 years.


Lo­cal au­thor Hi­lary Ma­cLeod will do­nate one dol­lar to Glean­ers for ev­ery photo taken of she and a reader at her up­com­ing book sign­ing. Ma­cLeod, a few years back, was joined by CJBQ per­son­al­ity Freddy Vette.

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