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April 16, 2008

the Yellowhead
Posted by Theresa Kishkan

How to describe the changing beauty of the Yellowhead Highway? The dense forests from Terrace to Smithers, river below rimed with snow? And Smithers itself, a gem of a community…We had lunch at Java’s—delicious wild grain pies, bright salad, casual and funky ambience. Our presentations in Smithers went very well. The class I met with, a History 11 class, was a delight. An eager and erudite teacher, good kids who asked interesting questions, a librarian who was keenly interested in books and writing. The eastward journey—now, doesn’t that sound like a travel book by Basho?—was long and a few of us slept but Bryan kept the tunes playing, the gas tank filled (courtesy of one of our sponsors, PetroCanada), and brought us safely into Prince George, through the chilly grassy fields fringed with birch near Vanderhoof, with an hour to spare! This evening’s reading was a highlight. Books and Company is a lovely store and the audience was enthusiastic.

I want to say that this is a nifty group of women—Nan, Kari-Lynn and Mary. There is such camaraderie among us. We laugh, tell stories, jokes, share apples, sandwiches, oranges, chocolate, licorice toffee. And Bryan is a perfect Honourary Boyfriend, opening doors for us, keeping us on time, on schedule in a gentle thoughtful way.

And the more I encounter teachers, librarians, and book-sellers on this Northern Tour, the more I am grateful that such people exist. They make us welcome, make us at home in their classrooms, libraries, bookstores, feed us, celebrate us, share their students and friends with us.

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April 16, 2008

Tour Extras
Posted by Kari-Lynn Winters

Kari-Lynn Winters

This tour is amazing.  What makes it this way?  The extras of course.  Let me name a few:

Bottles of water in the van.
Welcome mats. Story chats.
Performing with Sloth, controlled by Nan.

Chocolates before each presentation.
Loads of smiles. Driven for miles.
Sometimes getting a standing ovation.

Cakes and cookies, gifts galore.
Friendly walks.  Engaging talks.
Audiences wanting more.

But best of all I must say,
is the kinds of people we meet each day.

As my grandma used to say,

Smallest towns—nicest people.

Smiles from Snowy Smithers.

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April 16, 2008

North Vancouver and Richmond - April 15
Posted by Jaimie Tait

Today we started out at Argyle Secondary and Boundary Elementary in North Vancouver. Then we headed over to Richmond for readings at Richmond Secondary and Samuel Brighouse Elementary.
Kelly Berry introduces Shaena and Gillian at Argyle Secondary
Librarian Kelly Berry introduces Gillian and Shaena at Argyle Secondary

Robert, Librarian Felicity Eadon, and Lisa
Robert and Librarian Felicity Eadon and Lisa at Boundary Elementary

Robert reading at Boundary Elementary, North Vancouver
Robert reads at Boundary Elementary

Minaru Park, Richmond
A quick lunch in Minaru park, Richmond

Lisa outside of Brighouse Elementary in Richmond BC
Lisa at Samuel Brighouse Elementary

Gillian and Shaena at Richmond Secondary Gillian and Shaena chatting with students at Richmond Secondary

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April 16, 2008

Vancouver Public Library April 14
Posted by Jaimie Tait


This is author Shaena Lambert reading from her novel Radiance at the Vancouver Public Library on Monday night

Lisa at Vancouver Public Library

Lisa Cinar shows the audience how her drawings changed over the course of writing her book The Day It All Blew Away.

Gillian at Vancouver Public Library Robert at Vancouver Public Library

Gillian reads from Soft Geography. Robert tells the audience a story from his childhood.

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April 15, 2008

Nan and Theresa with Eden Robinson at Book Masters In Kitimat
Posted by Bryan Pike

Bryan Pike

Nan and Theresa with Eden Robenson at Book Masters in Kitimat

After visiting schools in Terrace and Kitimat, we had a great time reading at one of my favourite book stores, Book Masters.

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April 15, 2008

The cold road to Kitimat
Posted by Theresa Kishkan

The day began for Mary Novik and me with a visit to Caledonia Senior High in Terrace where a thoughtful class listened to us read in the library and then engaged in an interesting discussion. They have a team of intelligent and supportive teachers and librarians and both Mary and I left thinking that that was a lucky group of kids. We drove out to Kitimat through wild spruce forests, a river punctuated by fly-fishers, and a breathtaking run down into the town. Lovely group of kids at Kitimat City High, all of them listening (or pretending to!) and asking good questions and treating us with courtesy and warmth. I think Nan and Kari-Lyn had a similar experience at Kildala Elementary. Bryan got a great tip on a restaurant so we headed out to Kitamaat Village to eat at Seamasters where we sat in a bright room and looked out at Douglas Channel (I don’t have a map here and hope I’ve got that right…) where crows scavenged at the tide-line and the mountains beyond were wreathed in cloud. We ate delicious halibut, crab-cakes with mango salsa, snapper…Back to Kitimat to read at Book Masters where the wonderful team there had a table ready with cake to welcome us. It was great to see Eden Robinson’s smiling face! The book sellers for this tour are all so well-organized and keen. Misty River here in Terrace, Rainforest Books in Prince Rupert—bright places with knowledgeable owners willing to do a little extra to make our readings memorable. Now to pack for the morning’s early-ish departure for Smithers, then Prince George.

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April 15, 2008

Rio Tinto Alcan makes a donation to Kildala Elementary
Posted by Bryan Pike

Bryan Pike

Lucy Beattie from Kildala Elementary with Teresa Guest from Rio Tinto Alcan collects the "Big Cheque" as part of our Adopt a Library program

Lucy Beattie accepts a donation for Kilkala Elementary from Teresa Guest of Rio Tinto Alcan at part of BC Book Prizes’ Adopt-a-Library program.

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April 15, 2008

Second Day on tour…
Posted by Lisa Cinar

Today less events than yesterday for me, but it seems even more new people, questions and presentations. Did I mention it is ex-cellent fun getting to know so many talented and nice people? Due to this I am starting to build a fantastic collection of autographed books myself! Today I had a lot of fun doing my presentations and the kids seemed to be into it as well, which is always THE (obviously) best thing about this. The weather seems to love us as well, and so me Robert, Shaena and Gillian Wigmore had another day full of sunshine and happiness. Could we possibly get any luckier? (This is what I also asked myself after temporarily freaking out thinking I had lost my camera/which isn’t really even my camera… technically, ... but of course it ended up being in the tour van! Ha! ... Good thing I didn’t make a big fool out of myself calling the last school I was at and making them search the washrooms, staffroom, and library for it…. ..... .... heh.



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April 15, 2008

A Sunny first day on tour…
Posted by Lisa Cinar

As I am writing this it is already the end of my second day on tour but so much has happened in two days that I feel both deserve separate entries since both were chock-a-block full of amazing events!

First of all tough I would like to thank the lovely Jamie from BC Book Prizes for driving me around all day in the BC Book tour van and contributing to making me feel immensely special, nice work! smile At Hastings Elementary which was our first stop of the day I got to meet the ever so animated and kind Robert Heidbreder, which was really fun for me since I have read and enjoyed several of his books! However… if you are a fan of Roberts work I HIGHLY recommend actually seeing the man do a live reading (especially for kids), since he is a regular slapstick and comedy act and covered amongst others bunny-hopping, peeee-yuuuu-ing, falling down as well as various unconventional ways of making wishes in his presentation! A real treat!

My own presentation went well at Hastings Elementary and I decided not even to use the overhead projector for the images since the amount of children was just right so that they could all see the images from me simply holding up the book while reading.

Our second stop of the day was Charles Dickens school. It ended up being a lovely sunny day and since Robert had volunteered to drive me as well as himself to this event we had plenty of time to take a nice stroll around the school which we agreed was very beautiful. It was highly enjoyable to sit in the sun and talk about making Children’s books as well as getting to know each other a little. Then the bell rang and we knew it was time for our second reading of the day….
I enjoyed myself a bit more at my own reading this time, perhaps because I had just been sitting in the sun, but also because I was now much more comfortable with myself, and of course the children were all little angels, behaved very well and also had some very good questions to ask. For example, ‘Can children be authors?” YES! and ‘How long did it take you to make this book’ as well as ‘Will there be a sequel?’ ... Oh the children of today, so smart,so hip smile Also worth mentioning was the lovely librarian at Charles Dickens Elementary who certainly made me and Robert feel extremely welcome and at ease.

The last event of the day consisted of an evening of all the Authors from the Lower Mainland leg doing readings at the Downtown VPL. It was fun to meet some people who were buying my book and it was also nice to see some of my friends who had come to this event which was a nice surprise for me.
A busy day in which so much happened! I talked to so many children AND adults that I still can’t believe it was just one day, ... the first day that is.


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April 15, 2008

Mary chats with students
Posted by Bryan Pike

Bryan Pike

Prince Rupert Secondary

Mary Novik speaking to students at Prince Rupert Secondary School.

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