THE BATTLEFORDS - Nov. 8 marked Jim McLane's debut book launch of 'Where Joy is Born' at the North Battleford Public Library, with 25 people present for the event.
"As a veterinarian, McLane wanted the strong human-animal bond to be important in the story and because of his science background, nature, science and astronomy are also themes that run throughout the novel," an email statement from McLane read.
He noted, that he spent the evening reading three sections of his book before opening the floor to a question and answer session that dove deeper into the challenges of publishing and marketing a novel.
"The book is set in a prairie town in the 1960’s. The main protagonists encounter a bully who shapes the children’s characters with surprising outcomes," he said, describing the book as a delightful story of courage and forgiveness all intertwined in relationships.
"When the children are invited into an invalid’s life, they find themselves entering a hidden world which challenges them to reach out to a boy who is in great need of friends."
The book is available on Amazon, he noted, thanking the Colin Evans with the library for his support of the event.