Archive for April, 2010

Lots of school visits!

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

From the students of St. Thomas More School, London Ont.

From the students of St. Thomas More School, London Ont.

I’ve had a jam-packed couple of weeks of author visits. I’ve been to St. Thomas, London, Burlington, as well as a bunch of schools in the Toronto area. I continue to be impressed with the thoughtful questions that young readers ask. A young girl asked me if I ever become so sad when I write my stories that it is difficult for me to continue. I responded that I do indeed become sad at times. While we can never of course fully understand what that time was like for survivors, I don’t think you can write about this history without feeling some of the pain. At the same time, I continue to be inspired by the survivors that I meet. And that’s what keeps me going in this writing.

The wonderful students of St. Thomas More School gave me a beautiful card that they had made. It’s message is so important, so I thought I’d share it with you.

The book launch for Restitution is tomorrow!!

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

It’s finally here. Tomorrow (Sunday April 11 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.) is the date for the long-awaited book launch of my first adult novel, Restitution. Check out this beautiful cover! I’m thrilled and just a bit nervous, but that’s always the case when I’m launching a new book. The most exciting news is that two of the main “characters” from the story will be present for the celebration. Karl Reeser will be there to talk about his experience of having been a part of this project. I understand that a number of his family members have come in from out of town to be part of this. Richard VandenBosch will be joining us, from his home in New York City, via Skype. I’m just hoping the technology pulls through for me so that Richard can actually be “present” for the event.

Other than that, I am expecting lots of my own family members and friends to come out, as they always do, to support me. I hope many of you will be able to make it as well. The location is “918 Bathurst” which is just north of Bloor.

In the meantime, if you’d like to hear me talk a bit about the story, check out this Youtube clip.