I found out a few weeks ago that “The Nine Lives of Travis Keating” is one of three books that has been shortlisted for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature, 2009. This award considers books from all four Atlantic provinces.
In connection with the award, I flew from Halifax to St. John’s Newfoundland late on May 3, and in the next three days I visited three different elementary schools – Hazelwood, Mary Queen of Peace, and Newtown – four grades per day, a mixture of grades 5 and 6. A whirlwind! Everyone was so welcoming and kind, and I found time to visit The Rooms, the new museum and art gallery that overlooks the harbour.
At the award ceremony, part of Atlantic Ink The Writers’ Festival, held at St. Mary’s University in Halifax on May 8, “The Nine Lives of Travis Keating” was chosen by the judges to receive the Ann Connor Brimer Award. I felt extraordinarily honoured. Friends and family were there to cheer me on. The only drawback? My grandson, for whom I wrote the book, was home in Newfoundland because it was a school day.
Also in connection with the award, I visited two grades at Woodside Elementary School on May 14.