BC Book Prizes On Tour
April 24, 2008
Finally get to contribute to the blog, and probably the only time I’ll do so, since my laptop exploded just before our departure on the southern leg of the tour. Today is Thursday and everything is a blur. Maybe that’s because I’ve spent too many late nights sitting in restaurants and hotel bars, listening to Ron Smith insult me. I’d repeat some of his devastating remarks, but I don’t like to use that kind of language in print. Last night I told him that he could lose ten pounds of ugly fat by cutting off his head. He criticized me for my grade two level humour, but that’s okay because most of our audiences are actually in grade two. Ron had to leave the tour this morning to go back to Vancouver, and I’m continuing without him for the next two days. Overall, we’ve been fortunate with our elementary school audiences; young kids are so enthusiastic and bursting with questions. We also had a terrific audience last night at the public library in Kelowna, which consisted of some of Claire Mulligan’s friends and even a couple that I used to know in high school and hadn’t seen since the ice age! All the readings have been done eloquently, and sometimes I feel like the inarticulate illustrator of the group, grunting and pointing at my pictures. Right now, we’re killing time in a quaint little coffee shop in Oliver,stuffing ourselves with ginger cake and tea, after which we’ll saunter down to the local Indian restaurant to stuff ourselves some more.
On the road in the Okanagan,
April 24, 2008
if this is thursday. this must be the cock and bull cappucino bar which is part of cantalope annie’s caffe breakfast lunch best brunch. i am sitting on plastic patio chair. there’s a large zebra skin on the floor. i have just ordered lover’s leap tea. claire ordered the buckingham palace tea and jamie is drinking chocolate mint.
i have resisted this blogging thing all week. i am not a blogger. i have been a blogee, but never a blogger. but jamie has caught up wuith me over tea and scones and devonshire cream, she is insisting i blog, now in this place of only two scones, which we will share now. they have run out of scones. they have run out of cabbge rolls too. this must be a popular lunch place. i am slightly shellshocked. all around me on the road, the desert landscape is amazing. tonight is our last night on the road. tomorrow we are back in vancouver. blessed be.
April 23, 2008
We had a busy day yesterday. We visited schools in Salmon Arm in the morning and then hit the road to Vernon, where we visited two schools in the afternoon and then the Vernon Public Library at night. We had time for a relaxing dinner together at a great local Vernon restaurant.
Ron Smith talking about Eagles at South Broadview Elementary
Don asked the students to help him write his biography at Salmon Arm Secondary
Don, Claire, Ruth and Arleen at The Vernon Public Library
April 06, 2008
Meet these five finalists and get personally signed books for yourself, friends or family at free public events in Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna and Oliver from April 20-24, 2008. While On Tour, our authors will also visit select local schools, leaving behind signed copies of their books for the school libraries.
- Ruth Campbell and Ron Smith Elf the Eagle (Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize)
- Don Gayton Interwoven Wild: An Ecologist Loose in the Garden
(Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize)
- Claire Mulligan The Reckoning of Boston Jim (Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize)
- Arleen Paré Paper Trail (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize)
Learn about these books and the rest of the shortlisted titles, too.
March 04, 2008
Every year a selection of shortlisted authors hit the road to promote the BC Book Prizes. The authors tours the province, connecting with students, librarians and community members throughout BC.
This is the first year that authors will be blogging while on tour. You can expect to see updates from the road, photos and more as the Tour travels the province.
While you’re waiting, have a look at photos of the 2007 Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes.