It’s been a busy spring and I’m still riding high off The Winnowing winning the 2018 Red Maple Award! What a day that was! I met so many readers at The Festival of Trees celebrations in Toronto, Durham, Peel, and Niagara. Thank you to everyone who told me their thoughts about The Winnowing and gave me book recommendations for what to read next. Another big thank you to all the readers and voters, I can’t express just how excited I was (and still am) to receive this honour!
Thanks to Lorna Schultz Nicholson for capturing this photo from the stage in Toronto seconds after the award was announced!
Usually summer is a time for me to recharge, start writing, and do important writerly things like go to the cottage and hang out at Centre Island in Toronto, but I have a few summer/early fall events coming up that I wanted to share.
SAWDUST CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL– August 5th, Gull Lake Rotary Park, Gravenhurst
This is a fantastic music festival held in and around a range of venues in Gravenhurst, Ontario, once upon a time known as ‘Sawdust City,’ because of the mill that employed a significant portion of the town’s population. You can catch amazing performers in an intimate setting or see one of two main stage shows at the Opera house (one of the top 10 acoustic buildings in Canada) and on Sunday, August 5th I’m taking part in kids’ day at Gull Lake Rotary Park. I will be reading If I Had a Gryphon and running some activities for kids. In addition to storytime there will be face-painting, balloon animals, food trucks, all right next to the public beach and leading up to Music on the Barge that evening.
Sunday afternoon at the park is free, but for tickets to any of the other performances & general info click here
MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY Writing Presentation -Monday, August 27th 6:30-7:30, MPL Central Branch
This is the 15th year of the library’s kids’ writing contest and I am thrilled to attend the final celebration and give a chat about writing and publishing. This event is free.
TELLING TALES FESTIVAL Sunday, September 16th, Westfield Heritage Village
I am thrilled to be returning to one of my favourite literary festivals, Telling Tales! Check out a fantastic line-up of children’s authors, illustrators, and performers for all ages. I will be making 2 appearances:
The Winnowing, 2pm, Teen Zone/Summer Stage
Children’s Writers Panel, 3pm, Mountsberg Church
TELLING TALES FESTIVAL: TEEN TALES Sunday, September 23rd, 2-4pm, HPL
This year the fantastic children’s book festival Telling Tales is adding a teen day. This event will take place on Sunday, September 23rd from 2-4pm at the central branch. This event is also free.
The Winnowing, 2:00-2:30pm, Hamilton Room, HPL Central Branch
More to come!