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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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