Meerin has finally arrived. Yeah.
Check out the newest addition to the Rie Charles family. Read about it under Books then buy it at your nearest independent bookstore. Just in time for the holiday season as a gift for that 6+ year old to read or be read to.
Yes, it’s already upon us.
The annual Penticton Fair is this weekend, November 4 and 5 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, (273 Power Street) 10:00 to 5:00 on Saturday, 10:00 4:00 on Sunday.
I will be there. You be too. 🙂
Tomorrow is Authors for Indies at your local independent bookstore. Unfortunately the two independent bookstores within an hour’s drive of me are not participating, one having burned down (the loss of Hooked on Books is huge for Penticton and for me personally), the other is involved in another project.
Independent bookstores support readers, authors and the whole community. Now go out and support them–tomorrow and every book purchasing day.
Yes, of course as a writer I read YA and middle grade books. Some are decent, some are good. In my opinion Drummer Girl is well written and covers the complex issues around peer pressure and high school bullying/abuse/assault. (Yes, whether we like it or not, there is complexity and even perhaps nuance.)
Sid is a girl drummer who wants to get into the coolest school band. Does she have to change who she is to be one of the in-group? More deeply, do girls have to play into the sexualized expectations of boys?
A good read. Well done Karen Bass.
A wonderful book, full of humour and information. A great read for anyone interested in nature, the world around us, gardening etc. Which of course should be all of us but is not. Even if you are not, you too can read about how seeds developed through evolutionary time, their strategies for survival and more. Highly recommended.
I will read other books by Hanson for sure.
Don’t forget Authors for Indies Day. That’s when authors will be in at your local independent bookstore meeting the public, helping staff to help you, talking of their latest favourite books.
I will be at Mosaic Books in Kelowna in the afternoon. If you are in the Okanagan I’ll see you there. If not I am sure you will meet some wonderful authors at your own Indie Bookstore.
Don’t forget Authors for Indies next Saturday April 30. As well as supporting us writers, independent bookstores work hard to know and serve their specific communities. The independent bookstore I know the best is Hooked on Books in Penticton. Unfortunately it was destroyed by fire last fall and cannot participate this year in Authors for Indies. When they do reopen let’s support them even more as they continue to support Canadian authors and their local community.
On the 30th I will be at Mosaic Books in Kelowna. I know they have been equally wonderful to local authors so I look forward to meeting their staff again and, more importantly, central Okanagan readers.
If you are not in the Okanagan, check out your local bookseller any day of the week but particularly on the 30th where you will likely meet your local favourite authors.
Another YA novel I finished recently is The Gospel Truth, by Caroline Pignat from Red Deer Press. A marvellous read. A marvellous write. Set in Virginia in 1858 five people recount this story of slavery on a tobacco plantation: two slaves, a slave master, his daughter and a Canadian doctor who works to free slaves. It is a simple story beautifully and compellingly told. I could not put it down. Absolutely five stars. Kudos to Red Deer Press and to Caroline Pignat.