I was told by the people who stopped by -- some who were industry professionals with years of experience -- that it was one of the best book launches they had ever attended.
The book launch for Showdown at Border Town: An Early Adventure of Paul Martin was held in Ottawa last Thursday. It featured our 17-year-old author, Caroline Woodward, meeting the Right Honourable Paul Martin for the first time.
The national media were out in full force, from CTV, CBC, Global News, the Globe and Mail and more. (See our IN THE NEWS section on this website for the coverage.) Mr. Martin did not fail to impress. He was funny and engaged, and he was also effusive in his praise of Caroline and for what Fireside Publishing House is trying to accomplish.
Rumour has it that in a stint for CTV's PowerPlay the day before the launch they wanted Mr. Martin to talk about the Liberal leadership convention.
However, it was clear Mr. Martin would have rather talked about being a 12-year-old detective. That tells us he was having a good time.
A special note of thanks should go to Caroline Woodward who, despite being only 17, handled the day like a veteran. No matter what she does for a living this young woman has a bright future ahead of her.
(Former Prime Minister
Paul Martin, Roderick Benns, Caroline Woodward)