Archive for November 2013

My Week in Toronto

 

 

I was in Toronto from November 4-10, for the launch of all Pajama Press’s 2013 titles – including Nix Minus One. Meghan Marentette was also there from Halifax, with her first novel for children, The Stowaways; and I stayed with my friend Sue MacLeod (thank you, Sue!), who launched her contemporary/historical YA novel, Namesake.

It was a fun event, familiar faces (Alma Fullerton among them) and new ones (Karen Bass, whose novel, Graffiti Knight, I very much enjoyed) – and Gail Winskill introduced us all. Books for sale, great grub prepared by Alma’s husband, and good “shop” talk.

Then we hopped the #509 shuttle through the wasteland near Harbourfront (construction, construction, construction) to Bay Street Station, and caught the subway. I felt like a pro on Toronto Transit by the time I flew home.

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 The wonderful Authors’ Booking Service arranged a visit to the Pleasantview Library (take the Bloor Line east and the bus north).

One hundred grade 8 students sitting on the floor of the auditorium at 9 a.m. My first time to read Nix Minus One in junior high, and my first (gulp) Powerpoint presentation. Everything went super-smooth – Powerpoint really helped, because none of the kids were from Newfoundland or had ever been there. So I could show them fishing villages and shots of the barrens and the mountains on the northern peninsula.

And they loved Nix!!! So wonderful to meet with that response, with such close attention. Thank you, every one of you!

 

 

Nothing To Do With Writing

 

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A friend of mine and I completed our five-stage walk from Upper Tantallon to Hubbards along Rails to Trails – an abandoned railway track on Nova Scotia’s south shore. We figure we covered about 50 km.

We hiked from the wonderful Bike and Bean Café in Tantallon to St Margaret’s Bay Community Centre, then back to the Bike and Bean (where the inevitable reward is a banana-chocolate-chip muffin and a latte). Next time we parked at the community centre and walked to the yellow church and back – you get the picture.

The last stretch from Queensland Beach to Hubbards brought us out on Route 3 within five minutes of The Trellis Café, known for its gingerbread.

Did we lose weight from all this walking? Let’s not go there.

No bugs. Beautiful fall foliage. Ocean views, streams and rivers to cross, the scent of pine and fir – and good conversation enroute.

 

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