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April 30, 2013

Port Alberni, home of BC’s next generation of great writers
Posted by Anne Fleming

Anne Fleming

What a spectacular day in Port Alberni! Mount Arrowsmith is there up the street like you could walk up the hill, step off the street and straight onto the mountain. Down on the quay I spotted a seal in the harbour next to a big freighter docked there while tugboats picturesquely pulled log booms up the inlet.

Mount Arrowsmith, Port Alberni

Three Grade Eight classes crowded the library at Ecole E.J. Dunn Middle School, where they asked smart, snappy questions for half an hour (“Have you ever been on The Ellen Show?”), laughed at all the right points in “Puke Diary” (phew!) and were good sports about reading “Thirty-One One Word Stories” out loud. They were an absolute treat. I have a feeling the next generation of BC writers is going to include a whack from Port Alberni.

Anne Fleming reading at EJ Dunn Middle School

At Alberni Elementary, about a hundred kindergarteners, grade ones, twos and threes trooped into the gym with their “petits tapis gris” (if you’re the parent of a French Immersion kid, you know I’m talking about carpets and also a song about carpets) to sit on to watch and listen to Alan work the magic of Maggie’s Chopsticks. They had this cool projector, so Alan could lay the book on the table in front of him, and it was projected onto a giant screen up on the stage so everyone could see the pictures. Best question of the morning? “I like your book!”

Anne Fleming and Alan Woo at the Harbourfront Quay in Port Alberni

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Cindy
Apr 30, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Fabulous photos!

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