Rocket launchers blast through a night sky as clashing rebel groups exchange fire in India’s contentious Kashmir region. My then-partner and I huddle on the bow of a cozy houseboat on Dal Lake. Find out what it was like to be there under curfew in my travel essay Two Realities. It appears in the debut issue of a new online literary anthology published by the Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society. Click here and then scroll down to read.
Guess what? Kids can interact and learn in a fun, new way with my picture book Six Stinky Feet and a Sasquatch. By using the Simbi web platform, they can see and hear me read the book and follow along, page by page. Then, they can record themselves reading aloud, at their own pace, and listen back. They can also hear children in other countries read aloud. Isn’t that a great idea? Simbi founders, in Vancouver, BC, Canada, wanted to promote literacy in a globally accessible way. I am proud to be participating in this effort. Check out readings of my book here.
I’ll be at the Roberts Creek Legion Dec. 1, selling my popular picture book Six Stinky Feet and a Sasquatch, anthologies, and my nonfiction Vancouver’s Glory Years, which is now out of print. Only limited copies left. Will also have kermode bear photo cards, postcards, and fun sasquatch Christmas tree ornaments. Come and support local artisans and creators. Free coffee. Hope to see you there.
Once again, I had a great time signing and selling Six Stinky Feet and a Sasquatch and my other books Nov. 20-21 at Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons, BC. Bought a crocheted crown from Ruby, the vendor beside me, and wore it both days. For people who prefer to buy online, Six Stinky Feet is available at Chapters/Indigo, Amazon.ca, and Peppermint Toast Publishing.
Had a great time selling and signing books in Madeira Park, BC at their Christmas craft fair in the community hall. Made my best one-day sales ever. Thank you to everyone who supported local authors and artisans. I love sharing Six Stinky Feet and a Sasquatch with new buyers looking for something fun for nieces, nephews, grandchildren etc. Also sold my nonfiction books and anthologies.
I am delighted to have worked as an editor on a new series of interpretive signs for the Community Health Trail on Mt. Elphinstone on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. As part of an initiative by Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF), the signs highlight the importance of old-growth forests and their flora and fauna. With himus (Calvin Craigan), a shíshálh Nation knowledge-keeper as consultant, we included shíshálh words on each sign and the First Nations medicinal use of various plants and trees.
I learned a lot on this project, which reinforced how the shíshálh Nation, for many centuries, has lived in harmony with these forests, making full use of bark, berries, trees, and plants to sustain their lives and culture, while today’s non-Indigenous industries seem bent on destroying these lands.
This four-kilometre stretch of trail, designated by ELF, traverses a low-elevation, emerging old-growth forest on the slopes of Mt. Elphinstone. It connects two isolated parcels of Mt. Elphinstone Provincial Park and ELF hopes that the park will expand around it. These small areas face possible destruction by adjacent development and logging.
In case you missed my Sept. 19 Spoken INK reading on Zoom, you can watch it here on the Burnaby Writers’ SocietyYouTube channel. About 20 minutes long, it features excerpts from three sources: my essay “A Slow Goodbye,” about love and loss; my romantic visit to the Taj Mahal, from my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket, to be published in 2023; and the start of my 2019 picture book Six Stinky Feet and a Sasquatch.
Want to join a supportive group of committed writers in a class that focuses on content feedback? Still spaces left in my Mon. night program at Kyle Centre, Port Moody. Sept. 27-Dec. 6, 5:30 to 8 pm.
Many students have published books and/or contribute regularly to publications. All genres and levels welcome. Participants find in-class feedback truly valuable. All COVID protocols followed. Pre-registration required. Call 604-469-4556 or register online before Sept. 25 at this link.
Hello Everyone, The Burnaby Writers’ Society is sponsoring me as a featured writer on Zoom, Sunday, Sept. 19, starting at noon. I’ll be reading short excerpts from three sources: my essay “A Slow Good-bye,” a visit to the Taj Mahal from my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket (Guernica Editions 2023), and my picture book Six Stinky Feet and a Sasquatch. Q&A to follow, then open mic to 1:30 p.m.
Email email@example.com for the Zoom link. More details at this Facebook page.
I’m offering a two-hour online workshop Wild Mind: Freeing the Writer Within on April 10 from 1 to 3 pm. Designed to cure writer’s block and access your deepest writing self. For all skill levels. Contact the Royal City Literary Arts Society to register.