Book Events and Festivals

With J. J. Lee and others at reception

Last weekend, it was back to the lower mainland again, this time to a Richmond book event. The drive again was beautiful, indeed British Columbia is such a spectacular place. I would love to go for a few weeks on horseback through the open ranchland of the Caribou-Chilcotin and explore where books like “Three against the Wilderness” were set, in the Meldrum, Riske Creek, area west of Williams Lake. Or maybe through the sage along the Fraser Canyon or Thompson rivers, there are so many interesting places to explore. One day I hope.
In Richmond, I attended the inaugural Raindance Book Festival for independent authors, There were helpful workshops on publishing and promotion and authors also had opportunities to interact with the book buying public and those who just had questions. I found myself answering questions from a very ambitious grade ten high school student who wanted to self publish a book. It was also good to compare notes with other independent authors, hearing about their own setbacks and victories.
There was a private reception at Earl’s Restaurant (Lansdowne Centre) which was a fundraiser for Frontier College, which funds literacy programs across Canada. At the reception, it was also interesting to interact with and hear the articulate and successful author J. J. Lee talk about his career and his first book, The Measure of a Man, which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award – Non-Fiction.

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