|A standing room only crowd at Barnes and Noble in the
Har-Mar Mall in Roseville, Minnesota at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 6th,
2003 listens intently to Gloria Ostrem Sawai's emotional reading from,
"A Song for Nettie Johnson". The book, Sawai's first,
won the 2002 Governor Generals (of Canada) Award for Fiction, the
Danuta Gleed Award, The City of Edmonton Book Award and two Writers Guild
of Alberta Awards. The collection of short stories is described in Alberta
Views as deeply original, odd and moving. Curtis Gillespie
in Sunday writes that Sawais understated realistic
technique, coupled with her hugely empathetic sensibility, makes Nettie
Johnson not just a book to enjoy as a reading, but a book to hold
near, to put ones faith in when it comes to matters of human nature.
Below the line is my Super Index to the Book Store Photos
Page 01 - The photo you see now
(The Canadian Counsel was in the audience and recognized Gloria on behalf of
the Governor General of Canada)
- Mary Petrie Thompson and kids, Gloria, Eileen Anderson Hoch
- Gloria reading her book, "A Song for Nettie Johnson"
- Scarlett shrieks as Stryker watches Gloria sign faculty page of '56 Yearbook.
- Gloria recalls the day her faculty picture was taken.
- Gloria questions Stryker about structure of Canadian government.
- Mary Petrie Thompson and baby "Meatloaf" Merrick with Eileen Anderson
- Scarlett "fueling up".
- Scarlett, Stryker "reading" pictures.
- Scarlett and Stryker doing some serious reading.
- Stryker and Scarlett looking back at camera as Gloria is seen reading.
- Stryker at the video games using his "bribe" money.
- Eileen Anderson Hoch.
- Gloria signs a book for "Uncle" Alan