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It has been a wonderful year, a year of accomplishment, discovery, and change, and I’m so happy to wrap it all up in Montreal this weekend. Thank you to all who have been coming out to my bookish events throughout 2012 – it means a lot to me. And to the many random, supportive people who stopped to chat and pick up a copy, thanks for sharing your stories and reading mine. I’m thrilled to announce that this month I was awarded the City of Vaughan 2012 RAVE Award: Rising Star in the Literary Arts! It is such an honour to have been chosen, and I look forward to continuing to enhance the arts in my own community. Check out the article here. If you are in Montreal on November 19, come visit me at Paragraphe Bookstore (2220 McGill College Avenue) at 7 p.m.
Highlights from some of my events are below.
XO -cr


Dear Brother

My brother and I.
Cancun, 1993

Dear brother,
do you remember childhood?
It was an after-school afternoon.
It was sunlight filtered through a sheet of ice,
a slice of March,
Earth beneath our boots,
the pirouette of
willow branches, a still show of pine trees
painting patterns in the sky.
The cold arms of a concrete bridge.
We walked home from school,
dangling our wooden feet over
the shallow creek.
You smiled your wide, genuine smile,
a semi-sundial of innocence,
Pinocchio waiting to come to life.
A crooked-eyed puppet
carved from confidence, self-delusion,
a crippled marionette.
in the game of fox and cat,
you crept towards murky waters
only to be
by a shark.
And I stayed on the bridge,
playing in your shadow,
watching your smile fade away,
shaded by the sun.
The willow tree wept for you,
shedding fluttering tears of
almond-shaped leaves.

*This poem was originally published in The Music Makers by Cristina Rizzuto (Blaurock Press, 2012)

Join me this weekend!

Chapters Book Signing

Join me on Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24 at my hometown bookstore, Chapters Woodbridge! Between 12 noon to 4 p.m. Chapters Woodbridge will host the Books & Biscotti Literary Series, held in collaboration with the National Congress of Italian Canadians, Accenti Magazine, and the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW). If you don’t have a signed copy of The Music Makers yet, come on out! Or if you do, and just want to say hi, that’s cool, too.
There will be biscotti (and other goodies). See you there!

To order The Music Makers online, click here.

My Book Launch

Thank you so much to everyone, dear friends and wonderful (huge!) family, who came out to my book launch May 11, 2012. I am so grateful to have shared this special moment in my life with all of you. OVER 100 PEOPLE packed the bar! I cannot even explain how emotional and overwhelmed and happy I am. A million thanks to all. A special thanks to Blaurock Press for believing in the book, and bringing it this far – Christian Snyder, Stanley Johannesen, Penny Winspur, and Julie Blake.

Check out a gallery of photos from the night, and The Music Makers page here.