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April 19, 2013

Peace Country Tour Wraps Up

The Peace Country leg of our tour wraps up today, and what a fantastic time we have had! Yasuko, Caroline, and I have had a great time visiting schools and libraries in this region:

Caroline Adderson at G.W. Carlson Elementary in Fort Nelson
(Caroline at G.W. Carlson Elementary in Fort Nelson)

Yasuko with some students at Hudson's Hope Elementary-Secondary
(Yasuko with a few Hudson’s Hope Elementary-Secondary students)

Caroline signs books at the Dawson Creek Municipal Library
(Caroline signing books at the Dawson Creek Municipal Library)

Yasuko at the Dawson Creek Municipal Library
(Yasuko during her reading at the Dawson Creek Municipal Library)

Next week our Northern BC leg begins. I look forward to heading up to Terrace with Jackson Davies and Victoria Miles on Sunday!

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April 16, 2013

Looking For a Library

Three of us in a car trying to find the Fort St. John Public Library.  We have driven from Dawson Creek, a town an hour away.  It’s 4 pm—the afternoon light still bright this far north—and we’re running late.  The library expects us in fifteen minutes and though we’re fairly confident of where we are, we keep looking at the clock on the dash.  Fifteen minutes. 
Caroline Adderson sits in the back seat: she wears a neatly tailored red wool coat; I notice the way her eyes shine when she looks out the window at the brown landscape mottled with snow because she’s one of my literary heroes.  It’s the first time I’ve met her as well as our driver, Bryan, who looks like an I-Can-Do-Anything-Guy, and he probably can.  We left South Peace Secondary School just under an hour ago where I gave a talk and reading to Grade 10 and 11 students. 
“I think I’ll turn here,” Bryan says at 99th Street.  He says it as if he’s not sure, looking up and down the street before he turns. 
He steers the wheel to the right.  The car bumps over gravel potholes.  “Mmm, I think maybe it’s a hundredth.” Bryan has the gift of hindsight. He’s driven other writers on other tours in other years in Fort Nelson before.  “I think I turned on 100th Street last time.”
We drive not knowing exactly where we’re going.  Not exactly. 
We have a destination in mind.  But the precise road to take is not entirely clear. 
No map.  Just maybe someone’s sense of having been here before. 
And all the while, a clock marks time, reminding us that we don’t have forever. 
Reminds me of my writing process.
 

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April 16, 2013

Day One from the Peace River Leg

Breathtaking flight up north.

Flying to the Peace

Followed immediately by lunch in the Runway Cafe in the Dawson Creek airport.  Co-passengers confirmed it was THE place to eat in Dawson Creek.  Bryan Pike and Yasuko Thanh agree!

Bryan Pike

Suko Thanh

The tour is perfectly timed.  Much of the snow is gone and the legendary mosquitoes have yet to hatch.  I keep straining to think of the exactly colour of this landscape.

Peace River Valley

Oh, and we did visit a couple of schools to read!

Caroline Adderson at Crescent Park Elementary in Dawson Creek

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April 15, 2013

2013 Tour Begins Tomorrow

It’s our 10th year going On Tour, and it all begins tomorrow in Peace Country! After visiting the Peace region for the first time last year, I am very excited to return to the communities of Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, and Hudson’s Hope again this year. We will be in the Peace region from April 16-19 before continuing on to other regions of BC, including Northern BC (April 22-27), Interior BC (April 29 - May 3), and Vancouver Island (April 29 - May 3). Check out the full tour schedule for more details. Our touring authors and I will keep you up-to-date on all the latest news from the tour, so stay tuned to our On Tour blog!

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