I have a new book happening. GIRLS LIKE ME (Orca Book Publishers) releases on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. This Soundings novel is the timely tale of a girl who gets raped by a boy at school, but no one believes her. All she wants to do is hide, but when she suspects her best friend might be next, she knows she has to do something.
I shall be touring Ontario for TD CANADIAN CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK in May. From Tuesday, May 7th through Thursday, May 9th, I shall be visiting schools and libraries in OTTAWA! Then I shall be in three different LONDON schools on Friday. Who knows — maybe I’ll see you!
Tuesday, May 7th — Alta Vista Library (a.m.)
— Carlingwood Library (p.m.)
Wednesday, May 8th — Heritage Academy (all day)
Thursday, May 9th — Glashan Public School (a.m.)
— Ottawa Public Library (p.m.)
Friday, May 10th — Sir Arthur Carty Catholic School (a.m.)
— Westfield Public School (a.m.)
— Courtland Public School (p.m.)
In 2001 my third novel was published — The Gramma War. It’s still in print and still being read, and on Wednesday morning, I shall be Skyping with Mr. Crant’s Grade 6 class at St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Harbour Breton, Newfoundland to see what they think about it. I’m looking forward to it, but I’m thinking I should probably read the book again first — it’s been awhile.
This is the evening the Christmas season officially kicks off in Campbell River. It begins with the Big Truck Parade that starts on Highway 19A at Rockland Road and culminates at Spirit Square downtown. And spirited, it will be! There will be lights and music filling the streets, glow sticks and candy canes for the kids and a great fire in the town fire pit to chase away the winter cold. There will be critters for petting, entertainment, and a chance to see some of the parade trucks up close. And of course, there will be food venders on hand and MR & MRS. CLAUS!!
In addition, the downtown stores will stay open long into the evening, to allow people to start their Christmas shopping. I’ll be at Coho Books, signing copies of Isobel’s Stanley Cup. Ruth Latta, a reviewer for CM Magazine gave the book 5/5 stars and said, “I hope that this tiny, perfect, uniquely Canadian novel will turn up under many Christmas trees this December.”
I do too. So if you have a child, a grandchild, or know of a child between the ages of 7 & 10, this would make the perfect gift.
Hopefully I’ll see you on the 30th!
(Photo courtesy of the Inland Group)
It’s Girls’ World Hockey Weekend, and Isobel and I will be at the jamboree in Nanaimo to help celebrate. Come say hello at the Nanaimo Ice Centre from 11 am to 1:30 pm on Oct. 6th. Buy a book and earn a chance to win a painting of vintage skates. Then watch some great hockey as you nibble on edible pucks.