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April 27, 2010

Final Photos from the Southern Tour

We had a great last few days in Southern BC and here are some lovely photos. To view all our photos, visit the BC Book Prizes Flickr Photostream. It’s been organized into albums and we’ll soon be posting Gala photos.

Oliver
Sylvia reads from Counting on Hope at the Oliver Public Library

Osoyoos
Myself (Tim), Fred and Sylvia enjoy the Osoyoos view after an excellent dinner at Passa Tempo restaurant, Nk’mip Winery.

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Fred signs a copy of is a door for a fan at Cafe West Books in Rossland.

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April 21, 2010

Jelly Doughnut

120 Grade 8’s in Creston and we’re talking about hybridity and betweeness (the “theme” for both Sylvia Olsen and I on this southern tour) and I ponder about the opposite of “apple” (red on the outside and white on the inside) and a few minutes later a young girl jumps up an yells out “Jelly Doughnut.”
Beautiful warm day driving to Cranbrook. In fact, the whole week has been summer weather. A good high school group of Comm. and English 10, but it was last class in the day and they were tired. The reading at the library in the evening was poorly attended which is disappointing considering the 3-hour drive back to Nelson after the reading. But the half-dozen who came were good listeners.
Another early morning today with a 1 1/2 hr drive to Grand Forks. I had quite a good class of 8’s and 11’s and they were fairly responsive to issues around race and identity.
On to Osoyoos and a bit of a break and a warm afternoon. Tim, Sylvia, and I had a wonderful meal and some BC wine at Nk’mip and then drove a few minutes north to Oliver for a well-attended event at the library. An engaged crowd of several book groups and a solid library support group.
We checked into the Canucks-Kings 3rd period in a local bar (yahoo!) before driving back down the lake to the Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel.
Tomorrow some schools in Osoyoos and Oliver and then on to Sidney,

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April 21, 2010

Tuesday

Olsen fans in Creston

Fifteen hours is a long time to spend on the road even if you are with wonderful men like Tim and Fred. Great conversation. The girls at A.R.E.S. (above) were disappointed that Tim was too old and too taken but they thought he looked “very Vancouver” and that was exciting for Creston. The schools have filled the house with two or three classes of grades 5-7. I am having a good time telling stories and talking about books. The kids and teachers at Adam Robertson Elementary in Creston and Steeples Elementary in Cranbrook want to say “thanks” to the Book Prizes for sending an author to the Kootenays. On Monday I was able to visit Sono Nis’, my publisher, awesome location in Winlaw (just out of Nelson) for the first time—no wonder Diane loves the Slocan Valley.

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April 21, 2010

Monday

Started early, ended late and had a great day—the Kootenays are beautiful. Thanks to Tim, the driver, and Fred, the navigator, I got from Nelson to Trail to Rossland and back to Nelson with no effort on my part—it was wonderful. Today was a special day for me because I got to visit my publisher, Sono Nis. Thanks to Diane Morris who picked me up and brought me to her beautiful location in Winlaw. Thanks BC Book Prizes, this tour is a privilege.
Sylvia Olsen

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April 20, 2010

Nelson to Cranbrook

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Yesterday we did Nelson high school, Trail schools, and Rossland reading in the evening. I had a great time in the high schools as both Trail and Nelson are “home” cities for me. Lots of memories, meeting former students, touching down on familiar geography. Tim and I did a Collander spaghetti dinner in Trail and then we read to a small crowd in Rossland before driving back to Nelson. Today will be another long day since we have to drive back to Nelson after an evening reading in Cranbrook. But, once again, the Koots is a great place to be and the weather has been warm summer temperatures. Interesting how high school students have discovered the word “cool!”.

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April 19, 2010

Nelson, BC

Started early, ended late and had a great day—the Kootenays are beautiful. Thanks to Tim, the driver, and Fred, the navigator, I got from Nelson to Trail to Rossland and back to Nelson with no effort on my part—it was wonderful. Today was a special day for me because I got to visit my publisher, Sono Nis. Thanks to Diane Morris who picked me up and brought me to her beautiful location in Winlaw. Thanks BC Book Prizes, this tour is a privilege.
Sylvia Olsen

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April 18, 2010

Sunday Vancouver to Nelson

Tim, Sylvia, and I had a pleasant and conversational 8-hour drive to Nelson. Great weather and nice to in the Okanagan/Kootenays. Got in just before the reading on the 2nd floor of the Canadian Legion, the site of an alternative high school. The library across the street is being renovated so the switch to the Legion (where I remember playing a dance with the Kampus Kings in the 50’s). A fair crowd for a Sunday evening; a lot of friends and familiar faces for me. We returned to the Prestige hotel for a late meal and to get ready for some long days ahead in Trail, Rossland, Creston, Cranbrook, Grand Forks, and on.

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