Monday, April 17, 2017

The Greenock Telegraph

 As it appeared in The Greenock Telegraph Tues April 11th.
Peterson has been a professional singer and musician on the other side of the Atlantic since the 1960s.
Now 73, the former pupil of Mearns Street School and Greenock High School left the town for a new
life in Canada on May 21, 1961. He was a member of several groups and performed on records
that hit the Canadian top 20. Subsequently becoming a solo artiste, Carl went on to become one
of the best known performers at Scottish festivals in Canada and America.
He has made more than 25 records and has appeared on television on many occasions.
His son Devin and daughter Kirstin have performed with him.
Carl has just written a book entitled ‘Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae’
which combines fact, fantasy and folklore. Ewan is a young boy in the immediate years following the
Second World War and almost all of the tale is set in the Greenock area.
Explaining why he wrote the book, Carl said: “I’m not sure I can come up with any one good reason
or who I was writing for but I’ll try. Some of the story includes things and incidents and people from my distant past as a child that I turned into fiction.But I think the reason is that I started dreaming a series of dreams while I was living and working in Montreal during the 1970s.
I had no one age group I was writing for, nothing like that in mind. Just whoever wanted to read
a good wee fantasy tale.”Carl had written down the content of his dreams, but his busy performing schedule meant it would be many years later before he decided to produce a book.He said: “It took me about 10
years to write and finished it by the end of 2016." The story is a fascinating trip into the world of ‘Faeries’ or mystical beings, made the more interesting because of its local setting. The young Ewan lives at 12 Trafalgar Street which is where Carl was brought up and, as the writer did, he attends Mearns Street School.The many other places mentioned include the Cut, Whitelees Moor (where the book cover’s photograph was taken),the Granny Kempock Stone, the Foresters’ Hall and the West Station.
‘Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae’ by Carl R Peterson is available in Kindle and paperback
form from Amazon.
Carl left Canada in 1982 and now lives in Pennsylvania in the United States.
Still in demand as a performer,Carl was back in his hometown last June to visit his sister Heather and
her family.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Happy Tartans Day

Hello Friends, today April 6th is Tartans Day around the world. Not quite as famous as St Patricks Day but we urge everybody of Scottish descent, or not, to wear something Tartan. Just an additional not to all that my two books, Now's the day and Now's the Hour (all about Scotland's influence at the Alamo) and Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae (a Scottish fantasy) are now available on Canada's biggest book selling website as well as lots more.
Cheers, Carl

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kutztown Block Party April 23rd.2017

Just to remind everyone in and around Kutztown of our annual block party and Firefly Bookstore.
I will be there with both my books: 
My Scottish Fantasy story, Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae, and A Faerie Place CD
along with my Alamo book Now's the Day and Now's the Hour and the double CD Scotland Remembers the Alamo.
Firefly just changed locations on Main Street, Kutztown to just across the street from where they were. It's a wonderful store with lots of new and used books with tons of space for reading and events etc.
There will be other events going on up and down Main Street, Kutztown of course so lets hope for great weather and a great turnout.
Hello and thank you for participating in the fourth Firefly Bookstore Author Pavilion at the Kutztown Block Party on Sunday, April 23rd.
We will have a 10' x 30' space in front of our store on Main Street with a covered pavilion. We have 17 authors and illustrators, including lots of new guests, signed up with a great mix of fiction, non-fiction, and children's books. We encourage you to meet your fellow local authors and share your experiences! We will have employees and volunteers on hand to handle sales and assist you.
This event (as part of the Block Party) has grown enough in scope that we will be making an extra effort to promote Firefly's participation, using our mailing lists and online sites. We also hope to gain some media attention through a press package we will be mailing out to the local press. We would appreciate any effort you can make, though your own network/online/media contacts to get the word out that this pavilion is happening. If you need graphics, logos, text or other details, please don't hesitate to ask. Feel free to email any links or graphics to use ourselves. One area to focus on is Facebook, and we do have an event page:
You are welcome to post information, promotion, news articles, and links to your own websites (please do not link to Amazon)
We will have a point-of-sale set up in the pavilion with the ability to handle cash, checks, credit cards, and Paypal. We will also be providing tables, chairs, bottled water, and bags. There will be a posted schedule outside the tent, and plenty of signage.
This is the current schedule:
1:00 PM   
Bonnie Sussman-Versace "Recipes for Thoughtful Leadership and Healthy Culture" Business and Leadership
Lisa Werley and Ronda Lee Seymour "The Giving Jar" Children

Rowan Marie Hand "The Monsters' Guild" Fantasy Fiction

2:05 PM   
Melissa Koberlein "Fireflies" Young Adult Science-Fiction series
Carl Peterson "Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae" Fantasy Fiction 
Nadine Poper "Dachshunds in Moccasins" and  "Wienies in Bikinis" Children

Mickey Getty "Soot" and "The Junk Lottery"  Fiction

Amy Impellizzeri "Lemongrass Hope" and "Secrets of Worry Dolls"  Fiction

3:10 PM   
Elizabeth Bodien  "Endpapers" Poetry
Matt Strohm  "Combat and Corsets: My Debut as a Renfaire Performer" Memoir, Humor
Dale Reppert "Detour to Heaven"  Memoir, Inspiration
Erik Ammon  "The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly" and the Adventures of Kona and Friends  - Children

04:15 PM   
Jennifer Hetrick  "The Labors of Our Fingertips: Poems from Manufacturing History in Berks County"  Poetry, Local History
Emma Billig & Kayla Fusselman "Kutztown University" Local History
Kevin  McCloskey  "We Dig Worms", " The Real Poop On Pigeons", and "Something's Fishy" Children 
Karen Hertzog "The Truth is in "The Word"" and "Saving Genesius" Inspirational, Fiction