The room was full and the audience totally attentive while Anne read sections from her book, introducing the main characters — including Canada's first prime minister, John A. Macdonald — and giving background to the story.
Then she moved on to the door prizes — and finally led everyone in singing the chorus of "The Canadian Boat Song."* (Based on an even simpler, though perhaps less authentic, version of the song we found online.)
It was such a great event that other bar patrons wanted to join in. One asked if there was a cover charge (no, readings don't typically have these!), while another wandered in late in the evening with a tiny paper umbrella in his hair. (The camera flash from his friend outside the window might indicate he was doing it on a bet. But he bought a book, so it's all good.)
Some photos from the night follow.