Come out and help me celebrate the launch of my book!
When: Wed. March 23 starts at 8:00pm
Where: The Gladstone Hotel (Ballroom)
1214 Queen Street West (Queen near Dufferin)
With a blend of soul, funk, Latin and jazz by DJ General Eclectic (Footprints, Turning Point). Come early for door prizes, CD giveaways and more!
PLUS: Bring a couple of seeds with you to the event and participate in a mystery seedling swap. [Thanks to Scott at EcoFlora for the great idea.]
Admission is FREE!
I hope to see you there.
What an exciting day! Five fresh copies of the book arrived on my doorstep this morning. The book looks great and I’m excited to finally see it in print. Here are a few photos:
- Front of the book
- Here I am holding all five copies.
Here I am doing something strange to my neck while pretending to be a librarian reading aloud from the book.
I was so excited I even took the book out with me for lunch and posed with it at my favourite local cafe.
An article by Karen von Hahn on Gayla Trail and You Grow Girl.
“…it’s as punchy, quirky and irreverent as its hip young urban audience.”
“Sanders (Trail) who is slight, intense and wears the statement eyeglasses of the srtistically inclined, also had trouble with the gardening industry’s conventional beauty ideal. “It was intimidating to see everything so clean and organized with nothing out of place. It seemed like there were these rules of entry. As if you have to know everything and have all this stuff, and everything has to look a certain way.”
“What you won’t find on You Grow Girl is anything that smacks of gardening’s ordinary bourgeois conventions.”
“Seeking neither beauty nor status, what (Trail) and her ilk want from gardening are its oldfashioned lessons of hardwork, patience and self-sufficiency — combined with an entirely new aesthetic that is infused with radical politics. Apart from gardening’s natural connection with the greening of the environment and protest against the spread of commercialized agribusiness, the politics of gardening for this generation of dirt-lovers is about self-expression and liberation.
“My mother’s generation skipped out on things like knitting and gardening because they didn’t want to be forced to do it to be a good wife,” (Trail) explains. “Now we are in a position that we can go back and reclaim these old skills but without the baggage.“”
You Grow Girl won in the category of “Favorite Place to Learn How to Grow Your Own” in the “2004 The Morning News Editor’s Awards in Online Excellence.” Thanks Morning News!
The Blog Generation Takes Up Its Trowels
You Grow Girl was interviewed for an New York Times article about young, urban gardeners.