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April 16, 2012

2012 Tour Begins Tomorrow!

The 9th annual BC Book Prizes On Tour kicks of tomorrow in Peace Country!  This will be our first time visiting Peace Country, and I couldn’t be more excited about visiting a number of communities up there, including Fort St. John, Fort Nelson, and Dawson Creek.  After Peace Country, we will visit our friends, both old and new, in Northern BC, Southern BC, the Okanagan, and Kootenays.  With a total of 35 communities and 11 authors this year, we’re in for a fantastic tour!  Check out this year’s schedule for a public event near you.

Posted by Bryan Pike | Filed under: Peace Country Leg 2012, Northern Leg 2012, Southern Leg 2012, Okanagan Leg 2012, Kootenay Leg 2012 | 0 Comments | Permalink

April 04, 2012

Tour Schedule 2012

From April 17–May 11, a selection of finalist authors will hit the road On Tour, with FREE readings at bookstores, libraries, and schools throughout BC. We will be visiting communities in Peace Country, Northern BC, Okanagan, Kootenays and the Lower Mainland.

Stay tuned for more information on the confirmed communities. Once the tour is underway, we’ll be posting blog updates, photos and more as the Tour visits a town near you, so make sure to Follow the On Tour Blog.

Peace Country Leg

April 17–20, 2012
Frances Greenslade | Rae Maté
View the full Peace Country tour schedule here

  • Chetwynd
  • Dawson Creek
  • Fort Nelson
  • Fort St. John
  • Hudson’s Hope

Northern BC Leg

April 25–May 2, 2012
Charlotte Gill | Pamela Porter
View the full Northern BC tour schedule here

  • Burns Lake
  • Fort Fraser
  • Fort St. James
  • Fraser Lake
  • Kitimat
  • Prince George
  • Prince Rupert
  • Quesnel
  • Smithers
  • Terrace

Southern BC Leg

May 2–11, 2012
Dan Bar-el | Robert Heidbreder | JJ Lee | Susan McCaslin | Caitlyn Vernon
View the full Southern BC tour schedule here

  • Abbotsford
  • Canoe
  • Kamloops
  • New Westminster
  • North Vancouver
  • Salmon Arm
  • Vancouver

Okanagan Leg

May 5–7, 2012
Gary Kent | JJ Lee
View the full Okanagan tour schedule here

  • Cawston
  • Keremeos
  • Oliver
  • Osoyoos
  • Penticton
  • Vernon

Kootenays Leg

May 8–11, 2012
Gary Kent | JJ Lee
View the full Kootenays tour schedule here

  • Canyon
  • Cranbrook
  • Creston
  • Elkford
  • Fernie
  • Nelson
  • Sparwood


Posted by Kristie Cropley | Filed under: Tour Schedule | 0 Comments | Permalink

April 22, 2011

Lower Mainland Tour

Sorry I haven’t been able to post along the way. I’m having trouble getting onto the blog. I visited many parts for the lower mainland as if for the first time because of the interesting people I met and the wonderful eating places we visited. Kristie was a great driver, host, planner, introducer (didn’t need notes after the first time), and booster for the book prizes.

We braved Vancouver Canucks territory during the playoffs and had some good turnouts. It was wonderful to meet Cowichan knitting enthusiasts carrying their old treasured sweaters and to hear their stories.

Thanks to Meredith and Grant for their readings—what could be better? I got to spend four evenings listening to the best story tellers in the province.

Posted by Sylvia Olsen | Filed under: Lower Mainland Leg 2011 | 0 Comments | Permalink

April 21, 2011

Deep Cove, North Vancouver, and White Rock

The Lower Mainland tour has now come to an end.

Our last two days were spent in Deep Cove, North Van, and White Rock.  We had wonderful receptions in all of these communities, and our public events were very well-attended.  The audiences certainly enjoyed both author presentations and chatting with Sylvia and Grant about their books.

Sylvia at The Edge Bistro in North Vancouver

Grant at White Rock Library

Thanks everyone for coming out!

Sylvia and Grant had a great time visiting the schools in these communities as well.  The kids at Dorothy Lynas Elementary were certainly excited when Sylvia handed out a piece of wool to everyone:

Sylvia demonstrating wool spinning at Dorothy Lynas Elementary in North Vancouver

Meanwhile, the secondary students were captivated by Grant’s hilarious anecdotes:

Grant at Earl Marriott Secondary in South Surrey

You can read about Grant’s experience here.

This tour has been amazing.  In addition to meeting a number of wonderful people, we also explored some new places that some of us had never been to.  We definitely discovered some great places to eat, including Uli’s Restaurant in White Rock.  Here’s Sylvia enjoying the Uli’s experience:

Sylvia at Uli's Restaurant in White Rock

Alas, all good things must come to an end, and so our tour has.  You can check out all our tour photos on our Flickr Photostream.

Posted by Kristie Cropley | Filed under: Lower Mainland Leg 2011 | 0 Comments | Permalink

April 21, 2011

Last Post

And it’s over. We had School and public library events yesterday in Oliver, south of Penticton, and all had good turnouts. It has been an excellent tour. And what could be better than making three new and good friends? The day’s highlight was a stop at Ticklebury’s ice cream joint near Oliver where a “Double” ice cream cone consists of four big scoops stacked up like myocardial-infarction bombs. (Then there’s the “Large.”) George was unusually restrained and ordered a “Children’s,” which has only two such scoops. We haven’t been able to help but notice his proclivity for prodigious food consumption - pretty much anything will do if it isn’t actually moving. George is from Oliver, of course, and, as we walked around, it was truly heartwarming to see so many people come up to him and ask him to repay the loans. Bryan the Boss fell asleep at the wheel only a couple of times, which was a huge improvement. We all feel that Bryan has real potential if he applies himself. Julie’s evening meal included both spaghetti and mashed potatoes, a combination this writer, wise in the ways of the world, has never seen before. And in a final bizarre development, Bryan dropped me off at the Oliver library, where a suspicious librarian wouldn’t hand over the washroom key, and implied that I was a vagrant. I spent two hours there in some discomfort from urinary urgency working on my next book. In the meantime, the Boss and Julie drove down to Osoyoos, visited famous Spotted Lake and other tourist sights and had a helluva good time. Today, as I said before, but it bears repeating, we head back to Vancouver to pick up our winning prizes. So long.

Posted by Derek Lundy | Filed under: | 0 Comments | Permalink

April 19, 2011

Day ... whatever

Dear Blog,

A sign that we’re nearing the end of the tour: can’t remember where we were when I blogged last, or where we were the day before yesterday for that matter.

Yesterday we were in Vernon at the Vernon Secondary School where no kids got thrown out—a first—and then at Gallery Vertigo for, once again, a small but enthusiastic crowd.

Today, we’re paying for our relaxed weekend with schools in Kelowna and Penticton (the name of which George insists on mispronouncing) as well as an evening event at Hooked On Books.

George continues to amaze me (we appear together) with his jazzy improvisations and funny-as-hell riffs. I’m his warm-up act. Bryan the Boss must be tour-drunk because his mental state appears to be deteriorating quite badly to the point where we’ve noticed people on the street staring at him in alarm. Julie continues to be the stable and sensible centre—holding for now.

Tomorrow we go to Oliver (the “wine capital of BC” which George insists is actually an official part of the town’s name). No doubt, he will make hay of this accidental connection in his irresponsible attempts to claim to rooms full of impressionable young people that poets make lots of money. Then, dear Blog, it’s back to Vancouver so we can collect our winning prizes.

Posted by Derek Lundy | Filed under: Okanagan Leg 2011 | 2 Comments | Permalink

April 18, 2011

Fraser Valley

Two great days driving through picturesque Fraser Valley, seeing a little of Steveston and Fort Langley.

Always on top of the day’s plans, Kristie steered us expertly to our destinations. Sylvia and Kristie were awesome travel buddies. We discussed everything from religion to when to have babies.

Best of all I had a wonderful time talking to the students at New Westminster Secondary (the earliest reading I’d ever done at 8:45 am), Robert A McMath Secondary, and R.E. Mountain Secondary.

We visited two libraries as well – Richmond Brighouse Library, where I discovered that independent bookstores like Black Bond are alive and well outside Vancouver – and FVRL, Clearbrook Library which has a thriving poets’ group. Thank you to everyone at BC Book Prizes.

Posted by Meredith Quartermain | Filed under: Lower Mainland Leg 2011 | 0 Comments | Permalink

April 17, 2011

April 17th in Kelowna, BC

The Okanagan tour group is now in Kelowna lounging around the hotel or strolling through the city. We have only one gig today at Mosaic Books, but will make up for it Monday and Tuesday with multiple school and evening events.

I’d like to praise BC Book Prizes and its organization which has been flawless and friendly. Bryan the boss is unfailingly helpful, drives extremely well, and maintains his composure in the face of writerly eccentricities, unreasonable demands and invariably faulty, unsolicited driving directions. (Note to self and George: the GPS is always right.) 

Yesterday, we had a good reading / talk at the Salmon Arm library with a modest but lively crowd. I’ve just looked out my window to discover that it is snowing!

Posted by Derek Lundy | Filed under: Okanagan Leg 2011 | 1 Comments | Permalink

April 16, 2011

Day Three in the Lower Mainland

We are at the end of day three here in the Lower Mainland.  Yesterday was an amazing day, and we met a lot of wonderful people.  Visiting Lord Kelvin Elementary in New Westminster was certainly a highlight, as Sylvia mentioned.

Today Sylvia took part in Lit Fest New West alongside Morris Bates and Steven Galloway.  All three gave fabulous presentations to a wonderful audience.  Thank you to the Arts Council of New Westminster for inviting us to participate!

Sylvia and I have the next two days off from touring, but will be back on the road on Tuesday with Grant Lawrence.  I’m looking forward to it!

Posted by Kristie Cropley | Filed under: Lower Mainland Leg 2011 | 0 Comments | Permalink

April 16, 2011

First Day

It’s a crapshoot when four total strangers pile into a van one early morning for a 4 hour drive over the mountains with five more close-quarters days to go. Who knows what bores, whiners or crazies you might end up with. But of course, my tour partners (George and Julie, and Bryan the boss) turn out to be charming, kind, interesting, splendid people.

A good day at South Kamloops Secondary School where the kids asked good questions and only one got marched off to the vice-principal’s office for undisclosed crimes, and the library with an excellent turnout and discussion.

Posted by Derek Lundy | Filed under: Okanagan Leg 2011 | 0 Comments | Permalink

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