ONE CITY, ONE BOOK AUTHOR VISITS


 Ian Ferguson, author of the book Village of the Small Houses, was very pleased and excited to be invited to come to Wetaskiwin to sign copies of his book which was chosen for the One City, One Book program in Wetaskiwin, also known as WONK READS.  He is quite familiar with Wetaskiwin, as his mother lived here for a number of years during which time he visited her here and discovered what a pleasant little city it is.  While here, he was very pleased to get a quick glimpse of some of the changes and additions since his last visit and to again meet some of his mother's close friends.
 During the Alberta Arts Days' Garden Party at City Hall, Ferguson watched the play, Lost Boy, a theatrical excerpt from the book Village of the Small Houses, adapted and directed for Sacred Heart School by Principal Ken Mastel.  The dramatic production was excellent, and really brought out the heart of the book very simply and expertly.  Ferguson loved it.
 Saturday evening there was a special dinner with Ian Ferguson at The Pipestone Food Company.  It was an opportunity for a few local people to enjoy good food and good company, and get to know him a little better as a person.  His sister, brother, and sister-in-law were also present to provide some interesting family interaction.  It was a most enjoyable evening.
 Ian Ferguson is currently living in Victoria where he has three TV shows in production.  One of his recent books is Gone South, How Canada Invented Holliwood, which tells the story of Canadians in Hollywood  For example, the first three Oscars for Best Actress went to Canadians, two to Mary Pickford from Brantford, and the third to Lillian Gish.  A sequel to “Village of the Small Houses” will soon be published.  It picks up from when he gets off the bus in Edmonton in 1977. and is titled Boyle Street Blues.  If it is written with the same careful structure and gentle humour, it too will be both an enjoyable and thought provoking read.
 Having had the privilege of spending more time than most with Ian Ferguson during his brief visit here, I must say that he is a most  enjoyable person to meet and converse with.  The gentle humour of his book is very true to who he is.  I was also impressed to learn that as a Christian, he refuses to work on Sundays.   I am sure that we all wish him continued success in his many creative endeavours

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