Last night a friend and I attended a fun event sponsored by ELLE Canada magazine and Girls Night Out Ontario wine to introduce Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones’s Diary and The Edge of Reason. Both books were smash chick-lit hits followed by equally successful movies starring Reneé Zellwegger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

Mad about the boyA cocktail reception was held in The Burroughs Building  at Queen Street West and Bathurst in downtown Toronto to celebrate the launch of “Mad About the Boy”, the final installment in the Bridget Jones trilogy. The venue, trendy raw loft space with exposed brick walls and an ancient elevator was once used for manufacturing furniture. In this hip atmosphere we felt quite Bridget Jonesey sipping wine and nibbling h’ors doeuvres and Purdy’s chocolates with all the young and beautiful creatures – and me.

An interview with Helen Fielding was conducted by ELLE Canada followed by questions from the audience. Helen has gotten married and had children since publication of her original books about 20 years ago and it has only been within the last couple of years that she felt she was ready to take Bridget to the next step.

Boomer broad (me), left with my new BFF, Helen Fielding (blonde, right) at her book signing last night.
Boomer broad (me), left with my new BFF, Helen Fielding (blonde, right) at her book signing last night.

While Ms. Fielding admitted to many similarities with her main character, she was clear in stating that the books are works of fiction. Her experiences resonate so realistically with female readers because she writes in her own voice, “just like I’m writing a letter to a close friend” she said. She confessed to wearing her Spanx for last night’s event in order to appear at her best which hardly a women in the room could not relate to.

At the end of the evening we went home with a signed hard copy of Mad About The Boy, along with a bottle of wine, some chocolates and goodies from Rimmel makeup. There’s nothing better than a good hen party. Unless of course it’s a Vicars and Tarts party.

Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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