Bill Rowe connects with people during book signing

Diane Crocker
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Bill Rowe, left, chats with Will Morris and Brianne Luff of Massey Drive during a book signing for his latest novel “Rosie O’Dell” at the Corner Brook Plaza on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Looking on is Margo Cranford, second from left, director with Flanker Press.

CORNER BROOK — Getting out and doing book signings is something Bill Rowe really enjoys.

It’s all about “making connections,” said the author, broadcaster and former politician.

Rowe was at the Corner Brook Plaza on Saturday to promote his latest work “Rosie O’Dell.” The novel, published by Flanker Press, is based on true experience that Rowe has fictionalized.

As we chatted, Rowe would occasionally turn his focus to those who stopped by and engage them in some conversation. Upon finding out their name and where they were from, he’d share a story of how they could be connected or an historical fact about their name or hometown.

It’s quite clear watching those interactions that Rowe has a natural affinity for people and that he says is one of the reasons he went into politics. When his political career ended he went back to practising law.

“But it wasn’t long before I needed to be in the media talking to people.”

What followed was a career in broadcasting and writing.

Rowe said he likes to alternate between writing fiction and non-fiction.

“Right now I’m in the middle of writing a book on Newfoundland premiers that I’ve worked with or knew in various capacities.”

 It’ll feature Joey Smallwood, Frank Moores, Clyde Wells, Brian Peckford and Brian Tobin and Rowe promises it will be “sort of hard-hitting, no holds barred.

“I’m going to call the shots as I see them. Good stuff, bad stuff and the comical.”

Once that one is done, he’ll turn his attention to fiction once again and is already forming the plot for his next novel.

Organizations: Flanker Press

Geographic location: Corner Brook Plaza, Newfoundland

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