Sunday, November 19, 2017

Interview in Toronto Arts Report

Sharing this interview with Rebeccah Love for Toronto Arts Report. It's a great blog that promotes artists from musicians to writers... Very proud to be part of this community of creative people.



A beautiful fall day at Cedarvale ravine




Friday, November 17, 2017

Terry Fallis at Stella's Authors' Afternoon

So happy to invite you to meet Terry Fallis at our monthly Authors' Afternoon at Stella's. Terry is a friend who is not only kind and funny, but a terrific speaker. We'll have a lot to talk and laugh about ...






Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Short stories on relationships

Romantic relationships, especially the complicated psychology between men and women have always fascinated me, hence the collection of short stories I’m working on. I’ve often wondered why women blame other women instead of sorting out their relationship problems with their unfaithful partners. In trying to understand the roots of this complex issue, I found an interesting article that analyzes the situation in a very constructive way.



On another note, I was quite taken by the haunting beauty of 
Meryl McMaster's digital print Anima at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal.






Thursday, November 09, 2017

Fall in Montreal

Montreal is so beautiful in the fall. Its sidewalks strewn with colourful leaves along tree-lined streets in the Plateau area where I stayed. And what a treat to speak french with friendly Montrealers in the charming cafés, shops, restaurants, and art galleries.

I was there to promote my books, and feel very grateful for the positive response. My heartfelt thanks to friends, relatives, and all the people who welcomed me there with their kindness and generosity, and their enthusiastic support for my books.

Also enjoyed an inspiring photo outing in Old Montreal with some friends. It had rained the previous day, and the air was fresh and crisp as the sun and the clouds took turns to play with the changing moods we captured.












Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Where to find The Coral Heart and Island Lovers in Canada and Mauritius




CANADA

1430 Yonge Street (one block South of St. Clair Subway), Toronto
Tel: 416-926-0749

145 Lauder Avenue (one door South of St. Clair Avenue), Toronto
Tel: 416-651-2109

1915 Sainte Catherine Street West, Montreal
Tel: 514-931-3442
       
MAURITIUS

Bookcourt  Caudan, Trianon, Flacq, Bagatelle, Cascavelle, Airport, Grand Baie
Tel: 230-468-8039
Librairie Le Cygne  Magic Lantern Complex, Rose-Hill 
Tel: 230-464-2444 
L’Artelier, 12 Rue St. Louis, Port-Louis 
Tel: 230-208-2915 
Petrusmok at Hennessy Park Hotel 65 Ebene Ciber City, Ebene
Tel: 230-403-7200
Librairie Le Trèfle Arcade Currimjee, Curepipe
Tel: 230-676-3025  
Presse-Book Shop Centre Commerciale Le Barachois, Tamarin 
Tel: 230-483-7624 
Editions des Mascareignes Ltee 24 Bourbon St. Port-Louis
Tel:230-210-6259 
Editions de l'Océan Indien, Le Bookstore 22 B, Marcel Gabon Street, Rose-Hill
Tel: 230-464-6761 
Librairie Le Flamboyant Orchard Tower, Quatre-Bornes, Saint Ignace Lane, Rose-Hill 
Tel: 230-424 9706


WORLDWIDE: BOOK AND EBOOK

For wholesale book orders in Mauritius
Please contact the distributor, Harold Venpin at 230-5256-1165

For wholesale book orders in Canada


Please contact Peggy at peggylampotang@yahoo.ca

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Coral Heart and Island Lovers at Argo Bookshop in Montreal




So happy to announce that my books The Coral Heart and Island Lovers 
are now available in Montreal at 

Argo Bookshop is one of the oldest English-Language bookstores in Montreal. It is a cute independent bookstore at 1915 St. Catherine Street near the Guy-Concordia subway.  
It hosts book events every Thursday in a warm, friendly atmosphere. 
The two owners are helpful about finding books you need 
and enthusiastic about promoting books and writers.
Drop by and enjoy.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Handpainted silk scarves at Craft Ontario Shop

Still writing away but it feels so good to paint on silk again. I just love mixing colours with fluid brushstrokes, and let the creative instincts take over. 

I've recently delivered some hand-painted silk scarves to the Craft Ontario Shop at 1106 Queen St. West, near Ossington Ave. If you're interested in checking them out or would like to buy original hand crafted gifts made by Canadian artists, it's the best place in town. 

A few close up samples of my work




Friday, September 08, 2017

Island Lovers and The Coral Heart at The Word on The Street Toronto




Inviting you, book lovers to join me at Harbourfront for The Word on The Street Toronto  
on Sunday September 24th from 11 am to 6 pm. 
I will be there with my books, The Coral Heart and Island Lovers, 

The festival is an amazing celebration of books and writers, and so much more, 
including the beautiful view at Harbourfront.
Looking forward to seeing you there.



Monday, August 21, 2017

Authors' Afternoon at Stella's with Gregory Monteith and Maty Grosman

Our second monthly Authors' Afternoon at Stella's is this coming Sunday, August 27th from 2 to 4 pm at Stella's Lunchbox café. After the authors' talk, Wendy Weiler and Aiesha Bristol, two talented singers and musicians will perform for you. Hope to see you there ...


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Authors' Afternoon at Stella's Café


Inviting you to meet up with writers and book lovers in a relaxed atmosphere every last Sunday of the month from 2-4 pm at Stella's Café, a cozy place with great coffee and delicious food.

This Sunday July 30th, we feature 2 authors who will read from their books, and are open to discussing them with you whether your interest is in the plot, the writing process, or their creative journeys, etc.


Sunday, July 02, 2017

Canada Day fireworks from Harbourfront, Toronto



CN Tower in its fiery, jewelled glory ...



Fiery flowers bursting in the night sky











Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Island Lovers and The Coral Heart at the Toronto Hakka Festival July 8th, 2017

I will be at the Toronto Hakka Festival this year with my books Island Lovers and The Coral Heart. Hope you can come by on Saturday July 8th, and discover Hakka culture, its roots, and its delicious food. 



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tulip Fever

Tulip fever is overtaking the city. I just love these bursts of colours, their exuberance. Everywhere I turn, my eyes are feasting over an ever growing palette of colours and exploding shapes ... whoever are creating these blending of colours and shapes are amazing nature artists ...







Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sharing my Instagram photos

I've given in to social media pressure and I'm now on Instagram. I prefer taking photos on my camera rather than my cell phone as it's difficult to control the quality on a phone, but I'll give it a try as it's an interesting challenge. The technical aspect may not matter as much as the content, the stories they tell, and the mood ... I've always preferred the story telling part of photography anyway ... Below is an Instagram photo I posted that I took a while ago at the ROM. I was fascinated by the Chihuly glass sculptures, the clarity of colours, the fragility of it all in such a profusion of voluptuous shapes. You can check more photos and follow me on Instagram by clicking here.

Looking forward to sharing photos with you there ... :) 


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Empowering women

As I'm writing my short stories on relationships, it pains me to think of loving women who are living in denial when they find out their men have lied and cheated on them. Living in a "dishonest reality" can cause stress and anxiety that erodes self-esteem. Women who fall in love and give everything to their men deserve truth and respect. Here is an article with sound advice for women to gain back their self-worth, and move towards a more honest and hopeful future. 

The same could apply for men who have been lied to, but somehow I hear more stories about women being hurt. If you have any stories to share, I'd love to hear from you ...







As I continue with my writing, and try to understand the complicated emotions, dependencies, and manipulations in relationships, I thought I'd share some articles that identify deceptive behaviours. When people care deeply for partners who betray them, they need to protect their own emotional health first and seek professional help if necessary. 



Friday, March 31, 2017

Hope




A poem from my book Island Lovers, Poems and Images of Mauritius, 
with the accompanying photo I took on the island. 


Hope

I was lost and grey
an ocean filled with tears

from the dark clouds
a shaft of light broke free

silver slivers of hope
twinkled on the surface

and my forlorn heart
glided with equanimity

bearing no fear
towards uncertainty


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Toronto Light Fest at the Distillery District

Fun at the Toronto Light Fest at the Distillery District.
So inspiring to see such creativity in our city ... just love it.
Check it out. It goes on till March 12th.












Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Spreading my wings ...


Spreading my wings like these geese along Humber Bay Park, or at least trying to.
Always a lot of work behind those flapping wings, at times frustrating, at other times exhilarating.
Writing a collection of short stories that delves into the complications of romantic relationships ... 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Island Lovers, Poems and Images of Mauritius at Indigo Yonge & Eglinton

Hope to see you at Indigo Yonge & Eglinton. It'll be nice to meet new readers and catch up with friends.
If you happen to be looking for a Valentine's gift, come by and check Island Lovers.


Thursday, January 05, 2017

Great start to New Year 2017

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year 2017 

Glad to let you know that my book, The Coral Heart was sold out in Mauritius, 
and a third edition, with addition of edited excerpts, is now available on the island at 
All Bookcourt stores 
and
Petrusmok bookstore, Hennessy Park Hotel. 

The second edition, the ebook is still available on amazon, 
and the first edition is still available in Canada. 

The French edition is still in progress and will be coming out by end of 2017.