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Back Home after my Red Maple Travels!

When I leave the B&B in Gander very early in the morning, snow is settling on the picnic table. Because I flew on points, I go home via Goose Bay, where the sun’s shining brilliantly and from the air the bogs are full of wonderfully swirling patterns…my son meets me in Halifax, and it’s good to be home again.

The Ontario Library Association Tree Awards

Harbourfront in Toronto. The Ontario Library Association organizes the Tree Awards, and as usual (this is my third year in a row at Harbourfront) they’ve done a fabulous job. They’ve brought in 3500 students. A sunny day. Loud rhythms of a rock band. Kids everywhere you look.

All ten authors nominated for the Red Maple line up with our sign carriers and presenters, and then we parade onto a stage that faces an audience of young people, all of whom have screaming down to a fine art. Lake Ontario glitters in the background.

Every year, when it’s my turn to say a few words, I say something like,

“Writing is a solitary occupation. What more can any writer ask for than hundreds of kids who are wildly enthusiastic about reading?”

And I mean every word.

Kenneth Oppel won the 2012 Red Maple for “Half Brother” – congratulations to a great writer for a great book.

But – and I mean this, too – every author at Harbourfront over the two-day festival is a winner because we get to meet our greatest fans. To sign books for them. To answer their questions. And to hear that they love our books.

A terrific question and answer period followed, and then signings until my wrist hurt – what a wonderful complaint to have!

Festival of Trees 2012Red Maple Awards Toronto

I’ve got another longtime passion – along with writing, reading and canoeing!

I don’t think I’ve confessed to another longtime passion of mine – along with writing, reading and canoeing! – gardening. Although I live in an apartment, for the last five years I’ve looked after two of their gardens, the larger one about 250 square feet and on a slope. I grow perennials that don’t need much water.

This year I wanted to order some good garden soil. A friend told me a cubic yard of soil was the size of my stove. I looked at my stove and thought, “That’s not very much soil.” So I ordered a yard and a half. My friend lied. The pile is the size of three refrigerators.

In seven days, I’ve moved about half the pile. But the garden looks way better, and the soil should retain moisture better…I’ve discovered muscles I didn’t know I had and all of them ache.

I’m really looking forward to getting on the plane this morning for the Red Maple in Toronto and Ottawa, so I can have a rest…

Home Truths One of Ten Nominees for Red Maple

Home Truths, juvenile fiction book
Plans are settling into place for the Red Maple celebrations in Toronto and Ottawa in May. “Home Truths” is one of the ten nominees. I’ll be visiting schools in Uxbridge and Ottawa, doing signings and Q/A sessions, and meeting a lot of kids who have read the book. Always fun to do that. Writing is so solitary, that it’s wonderful to actually meet people who have actually read your book.

Oh, and I had a delightful phone interview with the student who will be introducing me at Harbourfront. So many perks to the writing game.

Celebrating a New Novel for Teens!

On Monday October 17th, I went to the launch of Vicki Grant’s new YA novel, “Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret”. What a wonderful gathering of friends, family, and fellow writers.

Vicki won the Red Maple Award last year for “Unsuitable for Family Viewing,” and at her launch mentioned Don Aker’s nomination for the White Pine Award 2012 for “The Fifth Rule,” and mine for the Red Maple, and welcomed writers Lisa Harrington and Jessica Scott-Kerrin. I was on a panel with Don Aker at Word on the Street last month, so it was a pleasure to see him again.

Great to see so many people out to celebrate a new novel for teens!

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