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April 19, 2010

Goodbye Northern BC… until next year!

Saturday marked our final event for the Northern Leg of the 2010 Tour. Here are some photos from the past few days on the Northern tour:

with Margaret Olmstead of Bulkley Valley Credit Union
Adopt-A-Library cheque presentation with Margaret Olmstead of Bulkley Valley Credit Union. This year, Bulkley Valley Credit Union has adopted Lake Kathlyn Elementary School in Smithers.

Riverview Elementary
Kari-Lynn and Kristin at Riverview Elementary (Quesnel) with students Sheldon Cameron, Kyle Cheng, Alexis MacDonald, Keyanna Hawkridge, Corey Roberts and Shaylin Carifelle.

Tracy at the Quesnel Library
Kristin and Tracy from the Quesnel Public Library. Showing off a lovely in-flight magazine from Hawkair (a tour sponsor).

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April 17, 2010

ON TOUR: BC Book Prizes Northern Leg

We have met so many amazing kids from Kitimaat all the way to Quesnel. Everyone has interesting questions and thoughts to share. Shout outs to Roberta Morris and Arzinelly Cometa at Smithers Secondary who are studying hard for their provincials. And what a pleasure it was to meet Savannah Taylor who lived in Inuvik the same time I did and who remembered the dogs from the dog-sledding team. Duchess Park in Prince George was beautiful: all pine tree-hued blue wood, lovely library, theatre, gym. The walls reminded me of the Richmond Oval and I wondered if y’all thought the same if you watched speed-skating. Go BC and blue-hued pine! The students were intense:) Extremely intelligent questions: I felt like I was in university—did I hear the word “discourse?” Michael and i could have spent a good three hours chatting with many of the students. Shout out to Nicole Jerick who has published with The Claremont Review, can’t wait to get the copy. Then onward to Quesnel Junior High, a grade 8/9 school. We knew right away when we walked into the arty painted locker-ed halls that this was a school with creativity a-buzz. The students were friendly and gathered in a circle of chairs or on the floor in front of us. What a warmth was in the room: sun beaming through the library solarium and students eager to tell us about their work. And what an incredible amount of ideas and writing and art and poems. I can’t wait to see the collaborative zine. And the Theatre Riot…shhhh….I know you can do it:)

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April 17, 2010

A Cut Above

If you were a knife,
And I were the plate,
I’d say you were a cut above,
You were first rate!

I adored the energy of the audiences in Quesnel and the enthusiasm that you have for stories and books!
Thank you.

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April 17, 2010

If It’s Friday, It Must Be Quesnel

Friday began with super classroom visits in Prince George, and then we were off to Quesnel. We lunched at this funky little restaurant called Granville’s and then we headed into the schools again. Comparing notes afterwards, we all think we had the best groups of kids. That says a lot for the young people in the northern part of the province. To find a place for supper, we ended up stopping people on the street, and were directed to a wonderful Italian restaurant (I can see the sign, but I can’t remember the name.) It was fantastic. All of us (except Michael—he’s a free spirit) had the Antipasto Salad. The woman who suggested the restaurant said it was to die for, and she was right. Then it was off to the library for our last evening presentation. Despite the beautiful evening, every chair was taken. Another great audience, and a good time was had by all.

Cathleen Treasures her Writing Instruments

Kari Riding Shotgun

Granville's -- A Funky Restaurant in Quesnel

World's Largest Fishing Rod

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April 16, 2010

Smithers and Prince George, you are both gorgeous and so welcoming!

Smithers and Prince George

You are gorgeous and so welcoming.
I hear your children playing at Lake Kathlyn and Harwin.
I see how you connect with the nature around you.
You make me want to be a Northerner.
You are gorgeous and so welcoming.

I wish that my current city had a bookstore as great as Books & Company.
I feel so at home there.
I touch the pages of these gorgeous picture books and
I worry that I won’t see you again for some time.
You make me smile—you and your supporters (e.g., Mary, Barb, Michelle).
I grin from ear to ear.
You are gorgeous and so welcoming.

I heard that Java’s is the yummiest place to eat in the Northwest.
I say, “yum” as I think of my avocado salad with pine nuts and feta.
I try to save room for dessert—for some homemade pie, but
you fill me up.
I feel I am the luckiest person in the world.  I love this tour!

Smithers and Prince George, you are both gorgeous and so welcoming.  Thank-you.


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April 15, 2010

Photos from the North

We’ve been taking tons of photos On Tour. If you’d like to see them all, please visit our Northern Tour set on Flickr. Here are some of my favourites.

Kari-Lynn at the Museum of Northern BC
Kari-Lynn at the Museum of Northern BC in Prince Rupert

New Friends
New Friends: Kari-Lynn, Cathleen and Michael in Port Edward

Thank you National Car Rental
Thank you National Car Rental

Go Misty River Books!!
Cheering for Misty River Books in Terrace (at the Terrace Public Library)

bc book tour 2010 The Learning Shop Hazelton BC
Lots of fun hats at The Learning Shop in Hazelton

Just grazing at Cowpuccino's
Being silly in Prince Rupert

The whole gang at the Kitimat Public Library
The gang at the Kitimat Public Library

For more photos, please visit our Northern Tour set on Flickr.

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April 15, 2010

My Resounding, Endless Gratitude

Being nominated is the gift,
For which I share my gratitude.

Thanks to the BC Book Prizes—their staff and judges, to Mike and Carol and everyone at Tradewind Books, to the generous sponsors, and to Christina Leist…without you I would not have had the opportunity to:

Play with puppets in Hazelton…explore Ksan Heritage Park…share giggles and stories with cherished new friends—Kristin Butcher, Michael Turner, Cathleen With, and Bryan Pike…travel though brilliant and breathtaking landscapes…dine on fine food… be recognized by students as the “author who came before”…frolic and merry-make in Prince Rupert…acknowledge and answer well prepared and thoughtful questions from young people at Westview…tread the pier of the Prince Edward cannery…and delight with book lovers at the Museum of Northern BC.

For all these moments,  I thank you—with resounding and endless gratitude.

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April 14, 2010

ON TOUR: BC Book Prizes Northern Leg

It’s an amazing thing for this west coast girl who has been away to really be seeing this beautiful part of BC. I was impressed by the young people at Hazelton High School: their insightful questions, and how Erica and Jody made us feel right at home in their school. Then, against the beauty of the mountains, meeting Melanie and Anne at The Learning Shop and Storytellers Foundation: http://www.ccednet-rcdec.ca/files/ccednet/Storytellers_Final.pdf who welcomed us into their space (still thinking about that funky blue scarf, Gretel, and Erica still reigns as the best ice cream cone head ever:), and the work they are doing with Hazelton’s youth.

Then off to the spectacular drive to Prince Rupert this morning—really, was it really this morning? Every day seems like I have lived a lifetime, and Michael’s youth working in the cannery and Kari’s stories about her kids, and Kristen’s tales of her husband—I feel these people are long lost relatives and we are on a kind of family reunion (or family rebellion as Kristen would put it:). And yes, I am still salivating over Bryan’s iPad! He takes such arty photos too, he doesn’t know that I secretly go behind him and take the same picture.
Michael and I were welcomed into Charles Hays Secondary by grade 8, 10, 11 students, Dianne, Mr Russell (a fellow author, we found out!). The students again asked insightful and varied questions—and i am excited to see that many are artists involved in their own writing—-Tyler, email me that story, I can’t wait to read it:)
We had a reading tonight at the Museum of Northern BC and the sunset was stellar. A stunning view, warm people, and….Lindor chocolates! Way to a writer’s heart fast. Shout out to Stephan and Carla: who are helping the youth in Prince George, and Joel and Justin: the two directors of the Crystal Palace, a new and innovative gallery and creative space in the heart of Prince Rupert.

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April 14, 2010

An extraordinary day in Terrace and Kitimat in 40 words or less.

Coast hotel:
This place is swell.

Cassie Hall:
Had a ball.

Majestic drive:
(In Kitimat) We arrive.

Kildala school:
What a jewel!

Fish spawn:
Right on.

Sammy’s lair:
Rustic flair.

Seaside eats:
Delish repeats.

Kitimat athenaeum:
A magical odeum.

Back to Terrace…zzz.


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April 14, 2010

The Old West

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Back on the road shortly after 8 am—destination Hazelton, BC. Who knew writers could be such a rowdy group?!! That van rocked with laughter the whole trip. We arrived with time to spare, so Bryan took us on a little driving tour through Hazelton proper (there’s Old, New, North, and South). It’s so quaint—set up like an old western town. There’s even a restaurant in the guise of a paddle wheel boat. Then it was off to New Hazelton, where—after stopping in at a great little bakery for some sustenance—Kari and I were dropped at New Hazelton Elementary School to visit with the students there. Then Bryan whisked Cathleen and Michael to the secondary school. For some reason time seems to get away on us, and Kari and I don’t finish our presentations until 12:15. There’s no time for lunch, so we head to our next stop at South Hazelton Elementary. What a gorgeous school! It’s all sunlight and brightness—the building and the people. I met with the intermediate students, and they were such a treat. What a nice bunch of kids!

We were done by 2:30, which meant we had 4 1/2 hours until our evening presentation. So we went to Ksan Heritage Park to stroll through a recreation of an early native village. Unfortunately we couldn’t get into the buildings, but they were still pretty impressive from the outside with their many totem poles. It was such a gorgeous day, we were happy just to laze in the the sunshine. Then it was dinner at Rob’s Restaurant. I highly recommend it. I had a caesar salad and the lasagna. Both were excellent.

And then we headed over to the Learning Shop, a wonderful community-centred facility, bent on improving the connection between the community and the people in it. We had a fabulous time. The crowd may not have been huge, but it was certainly enthusiastic.

Thanks, Hazelton. It was great to meet you.

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