As I launch into the writing of this post I am still basking in the glow of a morning of meeting authors and buying books. This post will include more photos than I usually add so they will be sized down for your convenience. My apologies for the poor lighting. Please be sure to click on the links I’ve provided. Even if you aren’t local to these people and organizations there could be ideas you would like to emulate where you are located.
As to the above … yes, you
heard read me right. I came home with more books, and these ones don’t have to be returned. Yay! In fact, I bought twelve books and a bookmark! Oh me. I DO need a new bookcase. (Ohh, HONeeeyyy!) 😉
It all began with an email from author Laura Best to let me know about a children’s book fair being held Saturday AM, April 23. Happily, I was able to get there before 9:00 when there weren’t many people crowding around yet.
When I arrived I talked with two ladies in the lobby who were enthused about their lovely art display they had set up there. They rent out works of art to children for only $2 a month. Beautiful work. You can see what they’re all about HERE. It’s a fabulous idea, plus they have an art program – workshops once a month with local artists who work with the children.
At one table I met a lady representing the Valley Community Learning Association. She was happy to tell me a lot about it and suggested that if I were interested I could become involved in the family literacy program, helping people learn to read, including refugees who have recently come here and are learning English. They need the help. I think I would need more patience – like my mother had. It’s something to consider, though. You can check it out here.
I was delighted to be able to spend some time talking with many of the authors, and they all are such nice people – talented, inspiring, friendly, real, honest, and lovers of what they do. I came away invigorated and excited to write again.
I got a chance to meet the lovely Starr Dobson whose first picture book I reviewed. Of course, I had to buy her second one, and she asked if I wanted a picture taken with her! Okay. 🙂 Thank you, Starr.
I don’t know why I didn’t take pictures of every author I talked with, or at least whose book(s) I purchased. Not thinking, I guess.
Here are two ladies with whom I had an enjoyable chat, and one invited me to a local writing group I didn’t know existed! They meet once a week. Thanks, Carolyn, I am seriously considering it.
Left: Meghan Marentette
Right: Carolyn Mallory
Now, look at all the books I purchased today:
- The Power of Harmony – by Jan Coates
- Rocket Man – by Jan Coates
- The King of Keji – by Jan Coates
- Sky Pig – by Jan Coates
- Gertrude at the Beach – by Starr Dobson
- Fire Pie Trout – by Melanie Mosher
- A Gift of Music: Emile Benoit & his Fiddle – by Alice Walsh
- Fiddles and Spoons: Journey of an Acadian Mouse – by Lila Hope-Simpson
- Forensic Science: in Pursuit of Justice – by L. E. Carmichael
- How Smudge Came – by Nan Gregory
- Painted Skies – by Carolyn Mallory
- The Stowaways – by Meghan Marentette
The Fiddles & Spoons cover is different from on the copy I bought today, but it’s the one on Amazon and other places so I used it.
I was pleased to meet Lindsey Carmichael who is the Atlantic Representative for CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators & Performers). She is a sweet lady, and the many books she has written are quite amazing. She said she tried fiction but finds it harder to write than non-fiction. As you see above, I bought one of her books about a topic that fascinates me.
A fun bonus is I got to add to my bookmark and postcard collections.
This fair opened my awareness to more about writing – that being a writer is very OKAY, that I should try writing non-fiction because I haven’t done that yet and it might work for me, that there is a writers’ group close enough for me to visit – especially tempting since I’ve now met someone who participates in it, and there are such fabulous books out there! oh, I already knew that, but I found so many new ones! And I now own a few more. 🙂 Gotta love that.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our trip to the Children’s Book Fair. I certainly did. 🙂 Thanks for coming along.
What inspires your creativity and helps nudge you forward?
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂