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Saturday, October 21 2017 @ 05:27 PM AST

Trinidad & Tobago author launches book in Canada

A Canada-based T&T author who wrote the children's book "Up in the Air" made the book available for sale in Canada from July 6, a release from the author's local representative said. She will be reading at Readers Bookstore (near Long Circular Mall) on July 27 from 6 pm. Afterwards she'll be reading at other bookshops and venues in the following days, Gerard Pounder, the local rep, said.

Ann Marie Meyers' Up in the Air was reviewed by local award-winning artist Willi Chen. "Here is a tale of wings and winds through wanton visions, of hope, despair and disappointment with the appearance of the supernatural, of imagined beings in conversation as natural as human life in a landscape of rivers, mountains, the sky and the sea; all in an archipelago of wandering brought to a pivotal father figure, a reputable ballroom dancer and his beloved wife, now immobilized through a motor accident for which Melody his daughter takes full blame," Chen said.

"At times the surreal tale of work is brought on the page as a regrettable focus of the story," he said. "The father serves as an anchorage figure to justify causative deployment of conversation and with Meyers' introduction of unicorns, dragons, elves, witches, forested creatures, amidst beads, feathers and hoarders. Here is the atmosphere of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and Rowling’s escapade roles of her own creations. Except that in ‘Up in the Air’ people fly at random," Chen wrote.

He said praise must be given to the author for her explorative mind in a novel written in simple prose, easy to read for making the impossible examined, in a skill of creative design and energy, even though instances of doubt and trivialities appear to be uncommon and inconsequential.

This is fiction and we may not ask questions for its authenticity or of action in incidental occasions in the story telling text, he said. The book, he said, is a "work in which beads, colours, wings, feathers, creatures, and of course, people (come) together in phases of imaginable untruths, deserving attention, in a make-believe universe of probabilities."

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