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Admirers of Ann-Marie MacDonald
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A brief explanation of this community's username:
On the weekend of Saturday, June 10, 2006, your friendly neighbourhood moderators ventured forth on an expedition. They traveled from Massachusetts to Ottawa, Ontario, for a little gathering of artsy types known as WESTFEST. They were there for one purpose -- to attend the WESTFESTLIT reading and talk by Ann-Marie MacDonald.
And oh, what a reading, what a talk! AMM's tiny, white-haired mum came up on stage and told stories about raising such a bright talent, and AMM herself read from three of her books: Fall On Your Knees, of course, and The Way the Crow Files, also of course, and Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), which was a surprise in more ways than one -- first, that she should read a selection from one of her oldest works, and second, that she should choose the section that ends with two characters shouting, "Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit!" Her voice boomed out across the festival, and parents around us covered their children's ears. One of AMM's own children was in the audience, somewhere, and we wondered if the child was used to such language, or if Grandma was covering the wee sprog's ears, too.
Anyway, at one point, AMM compared being famous in Canada to being famous in the States: "Canadian celebrity," she quipped, "is to American celebrity as Danish royalty is to the British royals."
And a community username was born.
Later in the discussion, she threw her arms in the air and shouted, "We're Danish!" This has become your friendly neighbourhood moderators' rallying cry.