Waterloo and Kitchener Events!

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Because it was so awesome the first time we visited back in June, Alisha and I are headed back to the Chapters in Waterloo and in Kitchener tomorrow.

Come by and say hi, pick up a book and get it signed!

Vaughan BookFest

Come on out!
Come on out!

I’m headed out to lovely Vaughan today for their BookFest at 300 Pleasant Ridge Avenue – come say ‘Hi!’ to me and these other fine authors & illustrators:

Francesca Pelaccia
Horane Smith
Sheila Horne
Winnifred Matilda Walcott
M.J. Moores
Earl Tucker
Nanci Pattendon
Barbara Natress
Teresa Madaleno
Kern Carter
Bill Gladstone
Jessima Murray
Elliott Katz
Emile D. Murad
Clarke Wallace
Maria Zarrone
Rosemary Sadlier
Mahendra (Moe) Vyas

Classroom visits and Teachers Guides

Classroom full of kids!
A classroom full of awesome kids!

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!

Authors for Indies day in Canada

Outside BookCity at St. Clair & Yonge!
Outside BookCity at St. Clair & Yonge!

Very excited to be participating in Authors for Indies this year, so if you’re looking for my recommended book(shelves) come on down to Book City at Yonge and St. Clair in Toronto!

I’ll be there all morning with a bunch of fellow authors showing people around.

The idea is simple: authors owe a lot to our independent local bookstores and this is our one day a year to <officially> show our appreciation!

New bookplate designs

I need some unbiased opinions here friends:

I’ve got a few new designs for bookplates, can you help me decide which one to go with?

Vote in the comments below please!

I need some unbiased opinions here friends:

I’ve got a few new designs for bookplates, can you help me decide which one to go with?
Vote in the comments below please!

It's all about the fonts!
It’s all about the fonts!

Writing my keynote for the Bootmakers of Toronto

Prezi in process!
Prezi in process!

I’m all kinds of excited (and nervous) that I’m the keynote speaker at the Bootmakers of Toronto annual dinner this year and I’m working on my presentation this morning.

My focus is going to be about writing pastiche within the Sherlockian universe and I’m having some fun visually describing my path from reading detective fiction to writing it to publishing it.

If you’re in Toronto on the 31st, you should come!

Hear, Here Salon Toronto

Hear, Here Salon Toronto

I’m very excited to be a featured author at the inaugural Hear Here Salon in November!

WHEN: November 20th
WHERE: Toronto (more location details to be released closer to the event – it’s a surprise!!)
WHO: Myself and a whole bunch of other artists – check out the full list here
WHAT: Here is the description from their website:

Welcome to Hear Here, Toronto’s premier Salon! For our inaugural event on November 20 2014, we will be holding an artistic gathering in Toronto with the greatest influential artists in Canada.

Poets, novelists, short story writers, essayists, fiction or non-fiction, professional or novice – all are invited to come to share or just listen. We’re creating a communal event for writers, the lovers of spoken word, literature, visual arts, music and all things creative. But we can’t stress it enough that ANYONE who wants to attend can do so.

Our first event will be only $30 which includes the exquisite culinary tastes of Toronto and the chance to rub shoulders with the greatest artists in Canada. If you’re unable to afford the entrance fee, you’re in luck. We’re looking for a limited number of volunteers to help with set up and clean up for the night. If you’re interested, send us an email with Hear Here Volunteer in the subject line.