“REAL LIVE AUTHORS”
Posted by Heather Tekavec
It’s the final night of the Southern BC tour and I’m enjoying a big plate of ribs in my quiet hotel room for the last time. We’ve seen ten cities in five days and half of them I’ve never been to before, although I’ve lived in this province my whole life. After all this, it puzzles me why anybody would choose to live outside of BC. Spectacular scenery (the snow-capped mountains at dawn), friendly people (from principals to waitresses), quirky sights (a super-weird home that bleated when we walked by – I’m hoping it was a pet goat and not the odd owner himself), and lots of readily available coffee.
While Kevin Chong has been talking at high schools, I’ve been visiting the primary grades. It’s been fun to bask in the enthusiasm of some of these small-town schools that rarely see special visitors, and to inspire the children who can hardly believe a “real, live author” (as opposed to all the fake, dead authors that travel through, I guess ) is in their school.
Bryan – the brains behind this operation and also our driver/baggage carrier/time-keeper/restaurant-finder, etc… etc… has been a perfect host (while Karen, Kristie and Val keep things organized at home). The trip has been seamless thanks to this team, and inspiring, thanks to the communities that welcomed us. But tomorrow we go home to family and friends, and a fancy awards gala. And that will be great too! Best wishes to all the finalists, and thanks to BC Book Prizes and Rebus Creative for making this all happen!