Today I took the GoTrain to Oshawa — the ride was one hour and it was very comfortable — I think I was in first class. I wish we had a GoTrain in Vancouver — I might get to Fort Langley once in a while and so would lots of other people. Thumbs up for the GOTrain and the TTC.
I spoke to approximately 80 kids in a Catholic High School in Oshawa and I was, once again a tad gobbsmacked at how bright and prepared these students are. I love going into the Catholic schools because it reminds me of my school days when I too wore a uniform and didn’t have to worry about clothes. I say this, because today I forgot my good shoes, so I had to go on a Frantic “Transit Mall Shoe-Buying Expedition” at the crack of dawn. At least I’m in Toronto where shoes are important and the day was saved by a nice woman in a little shop in the Bay Centre.
It’s so cold here. I’m sitting in the busiest Starbucks I’ve ever been in (North York Centre) watching pedestrians blow by the window — Isn’t it May?
Tomorrow, I will be at Harbourfront where I will give a class on Webwriting and participate in the White Pine and Festival of Trees Ceremony. I expect not to win, but I am so proud to be one of the nominees – there are not many of us and most of the writers I know, like and admire.
I feel like a winner each and every time a kid tells me how my booked touched a nerve or how much they loved reading it or that they cried — thanks for that — it truly means so much.
And thank you to all of the teacher librarians I’ve met this week who are so passionate about reading and their students. They are modest about what they do, but I think they are changing lives every day…
Here are my scheduled appearances. I still have a few open slots and would be willing to extend my trip into the week of May17th, if need be!
Monday May 12th: St. Augustine Secondary School – Brampton
Tuesday May 13th: John Pereyma Catholic Secondary School – Oshawa
Wednesday May 14th: Harbourfront Toronto – White Pine Awards and Seminar on SEO
Thursday May 15th: Dunbarton High School – Pickering (all day event)
White Pine School Visits
I’ll be heading to Ontario next Saturday for the White Pine Awards. While there, I will be visiting the following schools:
Monday May 10th St. Augustine Secondary School in Brampton
Tuesday May 11th Durham Catholic High School in Durham
Wednesday May 12th Harbourfront, Toronto
Thursday May 13th Dunbarton High School in Pickering
Friday is still open! No cross Canada travel charges so contact The Author Booking Service if you’d like a workshop/reading or presentation.
This year the OLA has partnered with Authors’ Booking Service to assist nominees with bookings. We are pleased to help coordinate school and library visits for all nominees who wish to take advantage of the OLA’s arrangement. There is, of course, absolutely no charge to the OLA, or to schools or libraries, for this service.
Visit this page on our site for links to information on the OLA Nominees we can help you with!
And the Nominees are:
The Perfect Cut by Julie Burtinshaw
Book of Michael by Lesley Choyce
Cracked up to Be by Courtney Summers
Getting the Girl by Susan Juby
Half World by Hiromi Goto
The Landing by John Ibbitson
Mostly Happy by Pam Bustin
Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka
The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
I will always think of Yellow Knife as the city where I received the thrilling news that The Perfect Cut is one of ten books across Canada nominated by the Ontario Library Association for the White Pine Award.
“Ontario Library Association Teen Reading Program featuring Canada’s best in YA fiction!”
This is One Happy Writer
I am sitting in Javaroma Cafe in Yellow Knife – one of the few places – as far as I can tell with WiFi. We’ll be heading out to the galleries soon, but blogging and suite come first every day.
It’s cold and I’m going home tomorrow for bubbly with family and friends. Lots to celebrate: Besides the White Pine nomination, Jennifer is engaged to Nicky!!! Wow!