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April 15, 2008

Running in Terrace
Posted by Kari-Lynn Winters

Kari-Lynn Winters

Running in Terrace
7 a.m.
The town comes alive. People begin to bustle.
Only two days and already I recognize familiar faces.
What will today bring?
Who will I meet today?
I can’t wait to start my day….

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April 14, 2008

Kari-Lynn signs an autograph
Posted by Bryan Pike

Bryan Pike

Kari-Lynn Signing at Seal Cove Elementary


Keri-Lynn signs a card for Kelsey Brown and Delaney MacDonald at Seal Cove Elementary

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April 14, 2008

Van Tech Secondary and Charles Dickens Elementary/April 14
Posted by Jaimie Tait

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Here we are at Van Tech Secondary with authors Gillian Wigmore and Shaena Lambert. Gillian Wigmore reading from her book Soft Geography
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Robert Heidbreder, author of A Sea-Wishing Day entertaining the troops at Charles Dickens Elementary

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April 14, 2008

Writing is quilt-making.
Posted by Kari-Lynn Winters

Kari-Lynn Winters

Yesterday Mary, Theresa, Nan, and I presented at the Terrace Public Library, in a gorgeous art-gallery.  On the walls were some incredible quilts, created by Betty Doering, Jan Goodwill, and others. Theresa Kishkan’s presentation included a reading from her book, Phatom Limb.  This essay was about quilt-making.  I couldn’t help but feel completely engaged.  As she read, I studied the quilts around me and I came to the conclusion that writing is quiltmaking.

Here are some similarities between quiltmaking and writing (for reference—anything in quotes is Theresa’s writing, p.p. 18-21)

-“A quilt takes months.”                                                 
-A story takes months.


-“You choose a pattern, something formal or an idea to cobble together.   
-You choose a theme, ideas that you will piece together.

“You try to think how much fabric you will need…”                       
-You try to think how much material you will need and how long your story will be.

“Cut out fabric into required pieces…”                                   
-Write out the material into required blocks of text.  You can fill in the gaps later.

“Fit these [blocks of fabric] together in an agreeable way…”               
-Fit these blocks of text together in an agreeable way.

“Baste together with big stitches…”                                     
-Baste your writing together with rough transitions.

“Then you can quilt.”                                                   
-Then you can draft and re-draft.

“Make the tiny stitches which draw the layers together and create texture.”       
-Make tiny edits which draw the layers together and create texture.


Then be sure to share your creation with others.  Hang up your writing, share it with everyone who will listen.

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April 14, 2008

April 14, Lower Mainland, Hastings Elementary
Posted by Jaimie Tait

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This is Lisa Cinar, author of The Day It All Blew Away, with Hastings Elementary Librarian Frances Renzullo. It’s day one of the BC Book Prizes Lower Mainland Tour!

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April 14, 2008

prince rupert, in mist
Posted by Theresa Kishkan

We had a beautiful run along the Skeena River this morning from Terrace to Prince Rupert. The mountains were glorious—snowy and backlit with watery sun. Mary and I visited Prince Rupert Secondary School where the kids were eager and the staff welcoming. I’ve been to Prince Rupert before and love the air; it’s redolent with the ocean, loud with eagles. This evening we read as a group at the library. It’s fun to see the B.C. Book Prizes posters all around town (and I realize I’m wearing the same sweater as in my author photo). When Bryan was collecting us all from Cow Bay earlier this afternoon, a school bus passed with many of the kids who’d attended Nan and Kari’s event at the local elementary school. Instant stardom—excited faces at the windows, arms waving…!

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April 14, 2008

Getting ready for the Kootenays road trip
Posted by Meg Tilly

Hello BC BookTour Blog readers, Meg Tilly here.  I’m afraid the blog postings from me, shall not be literary or clever, or well-crafted.  The reason is not because I don’t admire the people who blog like that.  It is because I know my own limitations and phobias and I know that if I felt I had to be those things, I would not blog at all. 

I shall merely do as I do on my own personal blog.  Log in, and post what-ever it is that decides to fly out of my fingertips.

I picked up David Jones: Baboon: A Novel this weekend.  I intended to read a couple of pages every now and then, since we are going to be visiting and reading at a bunch of Kootenays Elementary Schools together.  I figured this way, I could hold a reasonably intelligent conversatation about it, and he’d never need to know that I’d been unable to plow my way through.

Plow my way through?  HA!  It was anything but a “plow.”  I love his book, couldn’t put it down.  It was everything I believe a middle school book should be.

“So, what did you think?”  My husband asked when I reluctantly finished Baboon and placed it with a sigh on our coffee table.

“It’s so good,” I said, still half lost in the world that David created.

“Not as good as yours though,” my husband said, not like a question.  More a statement of fact.

“Maybe even better,” I said.  “I don’t know.  It’s hard to say.  His book and mine are totally different.  The only way I can describe it is that if David wins the prize, I wouldn’t feel bad, or like I was robbed or anything.  I’d feel happy for him.  It is a beautiful book.”

And here I am, two days later, images, sections of his book still dancing around me.  I loved how he combined the mystery of the unknown with science.  The harsh reality of life, nature woven into fiction, learning without the reader even being aware that they are, so caught up in the story.  I think everybody would enjoy this book.  Unless you’re a squimish sort.  Then this book is not for you.

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April 13, 2008

Adopt a library donation in Terrace
Posted by Bryan Pike

Bryan Pike

Adopt a Library donation Terrace
Al Lehmann from Caledonia Senior Secondary is presented with a donation to their school library from Marlyin Davis of 16/37 Community Futures.

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April 13, 2008

Nisga’a lava beds
Posted by Theresa Kishkan

The Northern Leg got off to a grand start in the Terrace Public Library this afternoon. (The room was hung with quilts which had me quickly decide to change my reading to a passage from my essay, “An Autobiography of Stars”, a celebration of the narratives inherent in quilt iconography.) Nan and Kari read from their vibrant books, Pink and Jeffrey and Sloth. And Mary wrapped up the session by reading the prologue of Conceit, a richly evocative conclusion. After the reading, our intrepid driver Bryan offered to take us to the Nisga’a Lava Beds. What an amazing experience. I hope he’ll post some photographs—those of us new to blogging can’t even image uploading photos to this site! The landscape was eerie and beautiful, a vast expanse of barren rocks articulating stream beds and caverns, and punctuated here and there with spruce and pines. Also a deciduous tree which smelled heavenly and which we couldn’t identify, though the dead leaves scattered around the bases looked like poplar leaves. Little red clumps of stonecrop and saxifrage. Crispy lichens and tiny fronds of parsley ferns. Very lovely. Somehow I imagined we’d drive to venues and eat meals and didn’t forsee such stunning sidetrips. Tomorrow we leave early to head to Prince Rupert to visit schools and the library. I remember the run along the Skeena River from camping trips years ago and look forward to the mist, the dense green forests…

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April 13, 2008

Twas the Night Before the Tour
Posted by Kari-Lynn Winters

Kari-Lynn Winters

Twas the night before the tour, when through the apartment
Kari Winters was stirring, wondering what to represent.
The luggage was set by the front door with care,
In hopes that the tour van soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in my bed,
They knew I was leaving soon, choosing my bed instead.
And I in my PJs, and Jonah in his shirt,
Had revved up our brains for a how-to-blog spurt.

When outside my door there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Slid open the curtains and threw up the sash.

The moon on the water of English Bay.
Made me start to wonder about the following day.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a homeless couple, and a twelve-pack of beer.

With their own little party, so lively and loud,
I knew in a moment, they would draw a crowd.
More rapid than eagles, my husband he came.
And he whistled, and waved, and called them by name!

“Now Hayley! Now, Adam! Come away from the door!
You know that they’ll hear you on the pent-house floor!
To the end of the drive! To the end of the street!
Now quiet down. Quiet down! And try to be neat.”

As things always happen before the airplane would fly,
We meet with a new obstacle—Oh me, oh my!
So back to my lap-top, Jonah and I flew,
Why wasn’t it working? My computer? Askew?

And now you know why I couldn’t blog any further tonight….

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