The magic of books is their ability to transport the reader to another time and place, and that magic spilled from the page at the launch of Beth Thomas’s debut novel on Saturday. More than 60 people arrived at the Little Theatre for the literary event, but once they stepped inside they were treated to a touch of France. From the artfully curated props in the foyer, to the canapes and costumed servers, the book launch was an immersive experience.
Remember Oradour Souviens-Toi is a historical novel that tells the gripping story of a village in war-torn France. It was officially launched by Councillor Barbara Newton, whose speech wove quotes from acclaimed authors amongst her own adulations for the compelling work, ending with an Isobel Allende quote: “write what should not be forgotten”.
But the launch was more than simply words on paper. Liz Matthews sang a trio of French songs which were dispersed throughout the proceedings. The audience was also presented with two staged scenes from the book, with actors breathing life into emotionally charged passages – the entire theatre jumped with the crack of gunshot!
But a book launch wouldn’t be complete without a word from the author. Beth shared her many thanks, a few anecdotes, and some words of encouragement for aspiring authors. Her journey to becoming an author began where an unforgettable holiday ended. “Always take care to notice the gifts strewn in your path,” she said.
By Raen Fraser