It’s going to be a busy month.
On December 2, I joined several other Saskatchewan authors for a Pop-up Bookstore at Noni’s Prairie Cafe. This idea was the brainchild of local author and restaurateur Annabel Townsend, who ran Doctor Coffee for a time from the same location. Noni’s is a comfortable child-friendly cafe, and a great place to drop by for coffee or treats while Christmas shopping downtown. And books make great gifts and stocking stuffers, so a Pop-up Bookstore fits the time of year and the venue nicely.
It was a fun afternoon, with time to meet and chat with other local authors like Jean Roberta, and actress Jean Freeman (from Corner Gas fame). I had a chance to read a few books — or rather, to hear them read to me by a six-year-old, which is how my beginner-readers from Amicus were intended to be read. I have five series of beginner readers with Amicus, ranging from Word Families to Vowels and Punctuation. And we sold a few books, which was a nice bonus.
Two Meet the Author and book sale events on December 17 will make that a day to remember. First, I’m joining the long list of authors who have had the pleasure of selling books at Regina’s Save On Foods store on Regina’s south end. Award winning author Byrna Barclay has been attending to keep the authors company during the event. She was the first person to publish one of my short stories (“Hinterland,” Transition 2004), and I look forward to the chance to catch up with her.
Then I’ll rush over to the Victoria Square Mall in the east end, to join CANSCAIP SK at the book sale tables to end the afternoon. Lots of award winning children’s authors from Regina and area will be manning these tables during the day, and I’ll join them after 3:00 pm.
I’m looking forward to it. As well as these events, I’m also hoping to see everyone from the Phantasts, one of two writing groups I rely on here in Regina. We have a critique-meeting-and-supper scheduled for December 11.
The other bit of good news I got in early December was a new contract for a six-book series of nonfiction for K-Grade 3. This one will be published by Beech Street Books/True North and should be out in the fall. (But I don’t want to jinx it, so more about that another day.) I also managed to get two books of middle-grade nonfiction written on deadline as the month began, so it’s feeling like a very productive year for me.
Here is a log of events and activities for December.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
CANSCAIP SK Book Table
Victoria Square Mall
December 2, 11 am – 2 pm
Noni’s Prairie Cafe
2425 – 11th Avenue
Readings, book sales, signings and more!
December is the month for socializing. And remember — books make great Christmas gifts! How are you celebrating books and authors this month?