Wednesday, February 5, 2014
In Good Company
I've been to Toronto and back.From the airport I took a shuttle to the Sheraton Centre and was warmly welcomed by my niece,Rebecca . We walked to her condo and had a lovely cup of tea. (a very maritime welcome)Later she walked me to Casey's Restaurant where I met members of KidCrit. In the very noisy atmoshere of a busy restaurant I attempted to make conversation with the authors sitting near me. It was wonderful to meet Wendy Whittingham, Don Cummer, Catherine Egan and Karen Bass.Catherine and Karen were also participating in the CANSCAIP mass book launch. The next morning my niece Rachel, who was also in Toronto,visiting her sister, and I met Anne Fullerton and had a wonderful breakfast at the George St. Diner. Anne is a former student who is following her dream to be an editor (and movie extra) and has left her NB home to live in Toronto.Anne was actually my first reader and editor for The Year Mrs. Montague Cried and was a student in the class "Mrs. Montague " taught that year.Anne and I walked to the Toronto Convention Center for the OLA Super Conference. I signed books in the OLA bookstore. I presented with 27 other authors at the CANSCAIP book launch which was a terrific experience.That night Rebecca, Paulo, Rachel and I walked to Chinatown and had a delicious meal celebrating Chinese New Year. Saturday night we went to Massey Hall to hear Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt.I experienced lots of other Toronto pleasures;St. Lawrence Market, the subway , a street car ride, a couple of cab rides, a walk to the waterfront, a picture taken with the Jack Layton statue, a walk by City Hall at night(no I didn't see Rob Ford) and so much more. Good company all around and a visit to remember .Thank you Rebecca and Paulo for welcoming me to your home and your city.