Irish author launches book in New Westminster

An Irish author is getting set to attend the worldwide launch of his new book in New Westminster.

Moon Dancing author Iain McLachlan will attend the launch on Saturday, July 20 at 1:30 p.m. at Anvil Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend the event, which includes a reading by the author, live music and more.

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Candice James, who served as the City of New Westminster’s poet laureate, is the owner of Silver Bow Publishing, which has published Moon Dancing. It’s the first in a series of three books.

“To my mind, it’s really quite a big deal not only to Silver Bow Publishing but also to New Westminster because I don’t know of any other writer from Ireland that has been published by a New Westminster publishing company and travelled from Ireland to New Westminster to launch their novel,” James said in an email to the Record. “The writer has quite a following in Ireland and the U.K., so New Westminster also benefits from the international exposure garnered from overseas sales.”

Silver Bow Publishing published and released 18 books in 2018 and is on pace to publish 25 or 30 books in 2019. The New West-based company publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry books by authors from Canada, the U.K. and the United States.

Moon Dancing is really a great book, with a strong story line, excellent character development and excellent writing. I am hopeful it will have film rights optioned on it,” James said. “The book is 512 pages and is a fantasy thriller about two clans of werewolves, with many twists and turns in the plot. Very well-written and truly is a page-turner.”

Janet Kvammen, vice president of the Royal City Literary Arts Society, reviewed the book. A big fan of thrillers and the supernatural, she said she was swept deeper into the “mysterious otherworld of the Garon’s Northern Den and the Noctrailis” with every page.

“Excellent character development and sustained suspense prevails as the chilling tale unfolds,” she wrote. “Moon Dancing definitely is a leader of the pack, and not only makes for a fantastic read but will also make an excellent gift for the fantasy-horror aficionado in your life. I can’t wait for Volume 2.”

Moon Dancing is available from Amazon or Silver Bow Publishing. For more information about the book launch go to

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