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May 10, 2012

Okanagan and Kootenays - no dromedaries but close
Posted by JJ Lee

JJ Lee

Today, BC Book Prizes CEO and official driver Bryan Pike, children’s author Gary Kent, and I saw on the roadside deer, elk, and big horn sheep. A trifecta. As I bought a copy of The Travels of Marco Polo in Nelson’s Booksmyth, it would have been apropos to see a dromedary - but no such luck.

It made for a fine reward for a long trip road trip through the Okanagan and Kootenays.

Better yet, these last few days, I have met incredible students, teachers, librarians, booksellers and readers.

The work with students at schools such as LV Rogers Secondary in Nelson, Sparwood Secondary in Sparwood, and many more has been gratifying. I can’t thank the students and teachers enough for their hospitality and enthusiasm.

And I’ve found great road/car mates in Bryan and Gary. Gary’s stories of giving up a life as an ethnologist and becoming a fisherman have delighted. And his short graphic novel, Fishing with Gubby, is a beautiful graphic novel.

Plus, did I mention we saw the world’s largest truck. Monster. Note: the mileage is not so good.

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