On Thursday January 31st I was at the Ontario Library Association Conference signing copies of At The Pond at the Scholastic booth. It was fun meeting librarians from visits in the past, and making new acquaintances. I always look forward to the OLA. It’s also a chance to meet with other authors and illustrators. Scholastic was very generous with all the copies they had there for me to sign for the attendees. I admit that I do worry about no one coming, but the line was long and many friendly faces to chat with as I signed copies for them. I wish I had been able to get a photo with everyone I met.
It was great to meet Vicky and Lauralee again from the Rideau Lakes Library branch in Elgin Ontario. There’s a special connection to At the Pond with where their library stands. When I got the go ahead from Scholastic that it would be published, I needed waterlilies. Mine no longer bloom because of the shade of overhead trees in my yard. So the lilies in the book were painted from studies done in a canoe in the Rideau Canal by Chaffey’s Locks. Elgin Library is nearby, and the owners of the canoe once arranged a visit to the Elgin Library where I met Vicky and Laralee.
To make the signing just a bit more special, I asked everyone who got a signature to give me theirs. I’ll be drawing from all the names to send the winner a print from Snow Day! To make it extra special, I’ll be drawing twice: one for the hockey print and the other for the image of the falling snowflakes.
Good luck to the winners.
(for those wishing a print of their own, contact me, or stay tuned for the opening of my image store and gallery on this site)