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Standing-room only at Newfoundland Launch


More than 100 people braved the winter conditions on January 23, 2003 to gather at Land Rover of Newfoundland for that province’s launch of  Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift.

“It’s hard to describe how special the evening was,” Tam says, “or how much I appreciate the fact that so many people came out on a windy, cold, Newfoundland night.”

Tam says that more than anything else, the event was a celebration of her father, and the many lives he touched in a positive way.

“Most people who read Standing Tall tell me the book should come with a box or two of tissues,” Tam says. “But the book is also filled with smiles and laughter. We shared both.”

The evening featured two separate readings, the first making it clear why the event was being held in such an unusual setting. Then the author signed books and spoke one-on-one with many of the guests before everyone settled back into their chairs for the second reading.

“It was important to me that we hold the Newfoundland launch during Alzheimer Awareness Month,” Tam says. “But the message of the book, and the evening, was not about the disease. It was about remembering, honoring and celebrating someone very special.”


Note: More than 10 years later, Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift is in its 4th edition. This special 10th Anniversary edition won an 2013 IPPY Silver Medal.