I had a fabulous time travelling around Manitoba for Book Week 2016, and I cannot thank all the fans, librarians, teachers and students enough for that.
I got the opportunity to meet students at Crocus Plains School, Ravenscourt School, Wellington School, Samuel Burland School, MacGregor Elementary and Yellowquill, and many other fabulous students along the way at libraries and events.
This year I was honored to support two Book City locations in Toronto, the St. Clair and Yonge store and then, the Beaches store. What a fantastic day for independent bookstores! Thank you to everyone who came out!
So if we’re measuring the most popular swag so far, I have to say that my new stickers are far out-stripping the bookmarks and the postcards I’ve created in the past. Perhaps not surprisingly, Nerissa is the most popular of the three. I need to print some new ones as I totally ran out last week at the Kitchener Chapters event. Also, I need to create a Brian sticker and I’m thinking of a Scotland Yard sticker – any other suggestions?
I’ve been visiting classrooms in Toronto a couple times a month and it’s always a fabulous time. I do Skype classrooms only every couple of months but I’d love to do more of those to expand my range beyond the Toronto-area.
I find that the kids are generally really curious about the process it takes to go from writer to published author and beyond. Many of them have real aspirations to write books and I can’t tell you how humbling it is to encourage them to believe in themselves and hope I someday get a signed copy of their books.
This week I dropped off some copies of my Teachers Guide as well, I think printing it off and leaving it with the lovely teachers who invite me to their classrooms is the least I can do.
If you want to book me to come talk to your grade-school kids (or if you’re a parent who wants to pass this on to the school librarian or teacher) please drop me an email. I can talk about any number of writing-related subjects including tagging into an upcoming writing assignment. Just email me at karmicangie at gmail.com!