TRURO – It took four years of rejection to finally get a yes for Chad Norman.
Norman, an author living in Truro, is launching a new book of poetry next week, one that is very near and dear to his heart.
“It’s definitely a tribute to my grandparents, but more to the family farm and the industry the farm was connected to at that time – the milk industry,” said Norman about the book, Masstown, which officially launches on Oct. 15.
“My family, we were mainly dairy farmers. We had beef too, but mainly dairy. Where we lived in Masstown, there were other farms too milking cattle. Some only had 20 or 25 cattle, but we were a farm with 200 head of cattle.
“This book is a blend of tributes that way.”
From his early 20s, Norman always had a dream of publishing a book memorializing his grandfather with poems he felt would be important.
“This isn’t my first book and I’ve written in a number of places, but this really brought the goal home to me, and I’ve achieved that.”
He started writing in 2005 and finished in 2008.
“I have over three years invested in this, and it was four years before it was even accepted for the public. I got a number of rejections over the four years. To have that kind of investment in it is one thing, but then it’s the writing of the poems too.”
Juggling two jobs at the time of writing for this book, Norman stayed up late at night to bring the poems to paper.
“I remember when I was writing, my memory stepped forward and sort of said, ‘I’m going to give you this.’ The old family home is gone, and the old farm is gone. Those landmarks were so powerful while they were there, and my memory just presented itself.”
While working on this book, which is Norman’s 15th published works, the author said he found a time of hopelessness.
“But you can survive there, and I can keep writing. I found it difficult, but I am a stronger writer and definitely a stronger person. I have such a view of my family, especially of my grandparents, that if I was to die today, I would be totally pleased with what I shared with them and what I have between the covers of this new book.
“If no one likes this book, that doesn’t really matter because I know my personal goal was met.”
BOOK LAUNCH SERIES
- Oct. 15, 7 p.m. – MacRae Library (side entrance), Dalhousie Agricultural Campus
- Oct. 19, 11 a.m. – Tatamagouche Library
- Oct. 20, 2:30 p.m. – Conversation with Artists, Marigold Cultural Centre
- Nov. 2, 1:30 p.m. – Mastodon Ridge Auditorium, Stewiacke Library