KEVIN CHONG AND DOUGLAS BELL AT “MY YEAR OF THE RACEHORSE” BOOK LAUNCH

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 7:30pm
Gladstone Hotel, 2nd floor gallery, 1214 Queen St. W.
KEVIN CHONG AND DOUGLAS BELL AT “MY YEAR OF THE RACEHORSE” BOOK LAUNCH
KEVIN CHONG AND DOUGLAS BELL AT “MY YEAR OF THE RACEHORSE” BOOK LAUNCH
KEVIN CHONG AND DOUGLAS BELL AT “MY YEAR OF THE RACEHORSE” BOOK LAUNCH
KEVIN CHONG AND DOUGLAS BELL AT “MY YEAR OF THE RACEHORSE” BOOK LAUNCH

Kevin Chong’s “MY YEAR OF THE RACEHORSE” BOOK LAUNCH

Have you ever daydreamed about betting on horse racing, but found the world of bookies, superfectas and Bismarcks bewildering? Put down your Scratch-and-Win card, ready your mint juleps and join bestselling author Kevin Chong and journalist Douglas Bell as they explore playing the ponies at the Toronto launch of Chong’s new book, My Year of the Racehorse: Falling in Love with the Sport of Kings. Kevin will delve into life behind the scenes at the racetrack, explain why he immersed himself in this (formerly) glamorous world, and provide a primer on betting using visual guides. Presented by This Is Not a Reading Series, D&M Publishers, the Gladstone Hotel, and The Toronto Review of Books.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Gladstone Hotel, 2nd floor gallery, 1214 Queen Street West 
Doors open at 7 pm; Event begins at 7:30 pm
Admission is $5 or FREE with purchase of a book

My Year of the Racehorse: Falling in Love With the Sport of Kings

The story of a man, a horse, and a foul-mouthed trainer in the (once) glamorous world of horse racing.

Kevin Chong has grand plans. He draws up a to-do list of major milestones that will give him the life he always wanted—and the life that will inspire awe and envy in his friends. Then Chong makes an unconventional decision: he buys a racehorse. He becomes part-owner. Just don’t ask him which part. Thus Chong meets Blackie, the horse that will win his heart, even if she doesn’t always win the race. He meets Randi, the cantankerous trainer with a heart of gold. He meets assorted characters who work, live, and drink at the track. And, one by one, the items on his to-do list are replaced with horse-related ambitions.

Written with keen observational humour, the story is strewn with fascinating tidbits and infused with the excitement and faded glamour of the horseracing world. Ultimately, it is the moving tale of a young man’s discovery that a meaningful life can arise from the most unexpected of circumstances.

“A heart-tugging delight. First novels don’t get any better than this.” —Kirkus Reviews on Baroque-a-Nova

For more information about this book, visit: http://www.dmpibooks.com/author/kevin-chong
Book trailer: http://www.dmpibooks.com/book/greystone-books/my-year-of-the-racehorse/video

KEVIN CHONG is the author of four books, including Neil Young Nation—honoured as a book of the year by the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and Ottawa Citizen and aired as a documentary on CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera—and the novels Baroque-a-Nova and Beauty Plus Pity. He is an editor at Joyland.ca and teaches creative writing at UBC.

Douglas Bell is a Toronto-based journalist, author and occasional actor. He wrote for and acted in CBC TV's The Newsroom. His first book Run Over (Random House Canada) was short-listed for the Toronto Book Prize. In 2007-2008 he spent and year and a half straight covering the trial and travails of Conrad Black for whom he has both great admiration and little sympathy. Lately he co-wrote Afghan Luke which played at the Toronto, Shanghai, Atlantic and Kamloops film festivals. The script is nominated for the 2012 Writer’s Guild award for best screenplay. His proudest achievement in the arts was his portrayal of Boston reporter #2 in CBC television’s Canada-Russia ’72. His south Boston accent is described by producer Barrie Dunn as “part Jack Nicholson in The Departed and part Ben Kingsley in Gandhi.”

This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Publisher Contact: Corina Eberle, Phone: 416-537-2501 ext. 225; corinae@dmpibooks.com;
This Is Not A Reading Series: Anna Withrow, phone: 416-805-2174, awithrow@rogers.com