How am I spending my time these days, gentle blog reader?
Aside from reviewing the copy edits on Push Back, developing a new teen story to pitch, and addressing the realities of allergy season, muddy-dog season and shedding-dog season (I can never decide if it’s a good thing or not that those three seasons collide), I am….
….preparing to go on tour!
Along with 17 other Alberta authors, illustrators and storytellers, I’m proud to be a Cenovus Wordpower 2018 touring artist. For next week’s tour, the artists’ fees — hotels, food, transportation, speaking fees — are generously sponsored by Cenovus Energy.
In addition to covering those various touring fees, Cenovus Energy has also bought hundreds of copies of books by Alberta artists to send to the schools that we will be visiting.
The tour was 100% organized by a literacy-based group called the Young Alberta Book Society, or YABS, which operates out of Edmonton. I can’t imagine the work involved in putting the many moving pieces together for a tour of this magnitude!
On Sunday, I will be hitting the happy Wordpower trails, where I will be offering presentations and workshops that will fire up students’ imaginations about reading, writing and books.
Even before I meet all those wonderful kids and teens, I already know that I’ve hit the jackpot — because my tour partner this year is none other than the incredible Jacqueline Guest.
An experienced and popular visitor to the classroom, Jacqueline engages students with her Métis heritage and historical lessons. Her body of work is renowned for advancing diversity in children’s literature, and for promoting Indigenous culture. In 2016, Jacqueline became a Member of the Order Of Canada.
Over the years, Jacqueline has made strong contributions to youth literacy — and that’s before we even consider the impact she will have at the 9 schools that we will be visiting together next week. Wow!
It’s time now to go organize my presentations and props. And to pack some “real clothes” — because apparently my usual writerly dress code of business-casual pyjamas and workout “athleisure” gear won’t quite work next week. I’d better see to that!
And as I like to tell my students…
Thanks again to Cenovus Energy for its generous sponsorship of Wordpower 2018. Thanks also to YABS for
herding all us cats organizing all us artists for next week’s tour. You are both amazing!