It’s been a busy fall to say the least.  Here are a couple of pictures to keep you sort of up-to-date of what I’ve been doing.  (OK, so, for some reason the photos of anyone over 5 feet tall are being chopped off and I’m now so frustrated I’m about to scream, so the second sentence is a lie. I’ll post photos later.)

Was at Bezanson School last Friday where it was “Dress as Your Favourite Storybook Character Day.”  I bluffed with the Grade 1 and 2s, saying, “What a coincidence!   I look just like the character in these books (“To the Post Office with Mama” and “To the Pool with Mama”), and “Hey, I look like the author, too!”  They were suitably amazed.

Earlier in the month, I was part of 2013 Grande Cache Book Bash where I had the chance to chat with very young readers and their parents.  It also gave me the chance to meet, and in some cases re-aquaint with, some great children’s authors and entertainers.  During an afternoon hike, we learned some of the interesting history of the area, we all learned how to find old graves with a bent-up coat hanger, and walked a gorgeous labyrinth.  And the hospitality?  Well, the hospitality was bar none.  Grande Cache is definitely worth more than a pit stop if you are travelling the scenic Highway 40.

Coming up next is a Literary Salon on Nov. 5 that’s being held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting of the GP Children’s Literature Roundtable.  If you’d like to come, get in touch and I’ll give you the details.

And then, I’ll also be conducting a workshop on making Christmas newsletters amusing and entertaining.  “Christmas Letters: Extreme Makeover” is sponsored by the Writer’s Guild of Alberta and the GP Public Library, so it’s free for participants.  It’s set for Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to noon.  Pre-register online via or by phoning the library at 780-357-7469.