Last year I got to do the Vancouver Island leg of the BC Book Prize tour (with the delightful Alan Woo, whose book Maggie’s Chopsticks won best picture book! yay, Alan!). What made it so amazing were the people we met — teachers and students and booksellers and readers. In Campbell River, a girl from the school Alan visited during the day brought her dad and her younger sister out to Coho Books in the evening to see him read again. Loads of people I met said, “You should come to Words on the Water. It’s a great festival.”
“I would love to,” I said.
And now I am. How fantastic is that? I’m really looking forward to this.