Hackmatack and Travis in Newfoundland

I’m just back from six days in Newfoundland for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award, with “The Nine Lives of Travis Keating.”

I’d asked to go to some libraries and schools where they might not get many visiting authors. On Monday, we drove about two hours out of St. John’s to Bay de Verde, then on to Winterton, where they’d never had a writer visit. It was a sunny day, gorgeous scenery, and wonderful children and teachers in both places.
I also visited a school in Torbay where they were very keen Hackmatack readers; they’d made terrific posters, and one boy had made a YouTube presentation of tunes he felt represented different parts of Travis’s story. Great fun. I read at the St. John’s library to an audience that included some of my grandson’s cousins.
Off to Corner Brook the next day, where I read in the library, and connected with family and friends. The following day I made quick visits to three schools, to talk about Travis and Hackmatack; and a had fine time at the brand new library in Cormack, north of Deer Lake. The children had lots of suggestions for what I should write next, and many questions – and there were cookies!

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Some pictures from the School and Library Visits

My thanks to the many people who organized this trip; and to Hackmatack, Newfoundland and Labrador Public  Libraries, and the Canada Council for the Arts, who paid my way.
Next, I’m off to Toronto for the Silver Birch Children’s Choice Award, also for “Nine Lives.” Then it’ll be back to ordinary living.

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