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May 03, 2013

Gratitude

I can’t believe the BC Book Prizes tour is now over! This past week has simply flown by and was an experience I will always treasure.

I am thankful for the wonderful kids at Courtenay Elementary and their exceptional staff. In fact, I am thankful for all the kids I met on this tour. Each and every one of them gave me hope for a better world ahead.

Alan Woo with kindergarten and grade 1s at lass at Courtenay Elementary

Thank you to my friends who came over to the island to show their support, as well as to all the people who attended our events throughout the week, especially the folks at last night’s public reading at Courtenay Library. There were a few people who wanted to go out afterwards to continue the festivities, so we had an impromptu after party with our new friends!

Flying Canoe after party in Courtenay

Flying Canoe after party in Courtenay

Thank you to all the sponsors, Coho Books, Laughing Oyster Books, and Mulberry Bush Books. Thanks to Kids Can Press for not only publishing my book, but also for supplying me with bookmarks to give out at all the events - the kids loved them! Thank you to Monica for taking such good care of us.  Thank you to Anne for being an amazing road trip buddy - I can’t imagine having gone with anybody else!

Anne Fleming & Alan Woo at Mulberry Bush Books, Parksville

Finally, thank you so much to BC Book Prizes for short listing Maggie’s Chopsticks and for taking me on this magical tour! All the best to each and every one of the other finalists! You are all superstars!

Mini Starfish in Parksville

Posted by Alan Woo | Filed under: Vancouver Island Leg 2013 | 0 Comments | Permalink

May 02, 2013

Amazing Kids on Vancouver Island!

Day 3 was a busy day! I first visited Winchelsea Elementary in Parksville, where I was greeted at the front door by two of their student leaders. They led me down the hall to the classroom where I would be presenting, offered me water, and were super helpful with getting me all settled in! The reading went well with tons of great questions from the kids! I even got some random hugs out of nowhere! So adorable!

Alan Woo taking questions at Winchelsea Elementary in Parksville

Then it was time to make the trek down to Campbell River. It took about an hour but luckily we had some fine entertainment in the car! Anne Fleming on her ukulele! This helped the journey fly by as she strummed those strings and led us all in a road trip sing-a-long!

Anne Fleming playing ukulele in the car!

My next stop was at Penfield Elementary in Campbell River, where I had the good fortune to meet more awesome kids, like the ones in Mr Jarvis’ class, also known as The GummyBears! They had studied up on Chinese culture, made special welcoming signs for me, practiced their chopstick moves, and were enthusiastic and prepared with intelligent questions. Then they made me prove my chopstick skills by making me eat gummy bears with them! It was such a great experience and I can’t thank them enough for their hospitality, kind words, and genuineness.

Alan Woo reading to grade 1 & 2 students at Penfield Elementary in Campbell River

Alan Woo showing off his chopstick skills

The day still wasn’t over as we had a public reading to do at Coho Books! One student from Mr Jarvis’ class made her dad bring her down for it, even though she just saw me earlier that day! That’s super sweet! We talked about her own aspirations of one day writing a story of her own.  Even Mr Jarvis showed up for the event. What an awesome teacher and you can tell that by his amazing students as well!

Alan Woo with Hallie and her sister, and her teacher Mr. Jarvis

Thank you everybody for making this day such a terrific one! I will remember it for always! smile

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May 01, 2013

Vancouver Island Tour

The Vancouver island leg of the BC book tour has been amazing. I get to visit communities I’ve never been to before like Nanaimo and Port Alberni.

The people here have been so nice and the scenery has been beautiful. Check out some shots below!

Bastion in Nanaimo

(Bastion in Nanaimo)

Sunset in Qualicum

(Sunset in Qualicum)

On Day One I read to about 40 kids at Park Avenue Community School who were delightful and full of rambunctious energy.

Park avenue community school

Day Two had me in front of a gym full of just over 100 kids who were simply thrilled to have an author visit them at their school, Alberni Elementary.  One little girl asked me for a hug on the way out - it was super cute!

Alan at Alberni Elementary in Port Alberni

I’m looking forward to the rest of the week. Traveling with fellow author Anne Fleming has been inspiring and I love attending her presentations as I am always learning something new! A huge shout out to Monica Miller for driving us around everywhere and being such the organizer. And after two days, I think we finally figured out how to use the GPS, whom we have named Jackie, obviously.

Jackie the GPS

For now, I’m heading to bed with the sound of frogs outside my window, their evening symphony lulling me to sleep.

Posted by Alan Woo | Filed under: Vancouver Island Leg 2013 | 0 Comments | Permalink

April 28, 2013

Gearing Up to Go

I’m very excited to be leaving tomorrow and driving the Vancouver Island leg of the BC Book Prizes On Tour 2013. I worked in-office at the BC Book Prizes from 2008 to 2011 and know the planning side of the tour well. However, I haven’t been on the road before, so this is going to be a fantastic new experience for me. I met authors Anne Fleming and Alan Woo at the SoirĂ©e earlier this month and we were chatting about our upcoming adventure. Alan is happy to not be driving, and Anne may bring her knitting or ukelele.

So, seat belts buckled, sunglasses on, and away we go! We’ll be stopping at schools, libraries, and bookstores in the communities of Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Parksville, Campbell River, Courtenay, Comox, and Ladysmith. Anne and Alan will be doing four public events, so come on out and say hello if we’re in your neck of the woods!

Posted by Monica Miller | Filed under: Vancouver Island Leg 2013 | 0 Comments | Permalink

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!

Posted by Bryan Pike | Filed under: Peace Country Leg 2013, Northern Leg 2013, Interior Leg 2013, Vancouver Island Leg 2013 | 0 Comments | Permalink

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