Well its a Wednesday night and that means another night out with Donna. This is something that we have been anxiously awaiting for since September when the schedule of library events was announced.
Tonight we got to listen to Bill Haugland the author of his debut novel Mobile 9. Bill spoke about all his years working as a news anchorman with a local tv station here in Montreal. At the time it was CFCF but now its CTV Montreal. Bill was very entertaining and had us laughing at some of his stories. He read a passage from his book and then he did a Q&A.
He was exactly like he was on tv. It was a pleasure to meet him after watching him for so long doing the news.
As for another book there might be one in the works but nothing he could confirm tonight.
Bill Haugland was a television news anchorman for CFCF-TV in Montreal, Quebec.
A native of Montreal, Haugland studied at Ryerson University and Concordia University. He joined CFCF-TV in 1961, when that station signed on for the first time.
As a reporter, Haugland covered many key events in Montreal and Quebec, including Expo 67 and the October Crisis in 1970.
Haugland became an anchor for CFCF’s nightly newscast, Pulse, in 1977 (later renamed CFCF News and later, CTV News). After becoming an anchor for Pulse, Haugland relocated from Montreal to Vermont; he commuted back and forth across the international border to anchor CFCF’s newscast. He was also a host of CFCF’s public affairs program, As It Is, for sixteen years, along with a similar program, On Assignment.
In 1969, a call for revolution and an explosion at the home of Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau draws Ty Davis, a young television reporter, into the realm of underworld chaos and violence. A colleague is accused of a crime he did not commit. What follows exposes a city’s dark side and ensnares Davis, his family and friends in a web of drug smuggling and murder. Lives and livelihoods hang in the balance.
Advance praise for Mobile 9:
“Mobile 9 is a TV reporter’s compelling snapshot of a city’s mean streets. The late sixties clash of cultures in Quebec! The battle for underworld dominance in Montreal! It was a time when Montreal TV viewers were on the edge of their seats, faced with exploding bombs, the city’s police strike and escalating political turmoil. This novel covers it all. Mobile 9 still has time for romance, corporate intrigue and evolving careers, in an industry I know and love. It is gritty and jam-packed with plot twists and turns.” –Mike Duffy
“It’s a page-turner that transports the reader back in time, to the seedier side of a big city many of us remember only from the news.” –Mutsumi Takahashi
PUB DATE: Canadian date was May 2009 and September 2009 US.
Check back here next Wednesday when I will talk about our next evening out with Scott Westerfeld, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. I am hoping to get a ton of pictures and video for that post.
This might be our last author evening out for awhile as I haven’t heard about anyone else coming as of yet.
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