Monthly Archives: March 2007

Books for Dawson City

I’ve had to really cut down on the books I’m taking to Berton House — mostly because there is just no room left in either of my oversized peices of luggage. In the end, I’ve chosen four novels and though this isn’t enough reading for three whole months, it’s all I need. As much as I love to read, I find it can totally distract me from my writing, especially when I’m on such a tight deadline for my latest book. I have one month (until the end of April) to hand in my second draft). So here is my list and any comments or opinions are welcome.

everything (A Book About Manic Street Preachers), by Simon Price
Under the Skin, by Michel Faber
The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
sweetness in the belly, Camilla Gibb

These are the kind of decisions that make packing such a challenge…

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The Canadian Book Camp 2007

When I return from the Yukon, I will be a keynote speaker and teen workshop leader at this year’s Canadian Book Camp. I”ve done this once before and it was a blast. The mission of the Canadian Book Camp is to connect children and teens with a passion for reading and writing with well known authors and illustrators in a fun creative workshop environment.

This year, the camp will take place from Monday, July 9th to Friday, July 13th at the
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, from 9:00 to 3:00 pm each day.
Information on where and how to register has not been posted yet, but check their website for upcoming details.

If you love to write poetry, if you are a budding author, an inspired illustrator or a graphic novelist to be, The Canadian Book Camp will give you the opportunity to share your ideas with your peers while leaning new skills and, most importantly, having fun.

Hope to see you there!

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The Perils of Packing

With under two weeks to go before I head to the Yukon, I am starting to panic about what to pack. I’ll be gone for three months and within that time, there will be a change of season. I bought a great pair of black gumboots from Three Vets and some black thermal socks with flames on the side — I’ve heard it can get quite muddy in Dawson City. I’ve got two pair of sunglasses in preparation for 24 hours of sunlight, as well as lots of sunscreen. I’ve got nearly 2000 songs on my MP3 player, so I don’t have to worry about listening to the same song more than once. I’ve got hair dye so that when my fake red hair grows out, I won’t have a root problem. Oh, and I’ve got my computer.

Usually I am a one-suitcase-person, but for this long a trip, I shall allow myself two, but no more. I wonder how many I will return home with?

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