Great day today at Word on the Street. Had a blast making the rounds, talking about the conference and meeting the glowing literati of the Vancouver area. Tons of our presenters were on the street, performing, schmoozing, having a ball.
It was the first official 'shadow' outing for my successor, Kathy Chung. Kathy will be keeping a close eye on the workings of the conference this year, as she'll be taking over as conference coordinator in 2010. We'll be profiling her on this blog very soon.
The Book Broads [Angela Crocker, Kim Plumly and Peggy Richardson] interviewed Kathy and me for a video post on their blog. We'll post a link to it here when it goes live. We talked about all the great stuff we have planned for the conference this year -- it's going to be a winner! The Book Broads will all be volunteering at the conference -- make sure to say hi when you see them this year!
Other SiWC 2009 presenters at WOTS included: Annabel Lyon, who was just this week included on the Giller Prize longlist for her new novel The Golden Mean, was interviewed by former presenter favourite Stephen Galloway.
Kathie Shoemaker was handing out beautiful posters of her own work at the CWILL BC and Canadian Childrens' Book Centre tables. Anthony Dalton was everywhere -- as President of the National branch of the Canadian Authors Association, he was making the scene with writers of all stripes. Bernice Lever recovered from her amazing book launch yesterday to support the CAA, and read a bit of poetry. Crystal Stranaghan was there in the dual roles of publisher of Gumboot Books, and author at the Children's Writers and Illustrators of BC table. Leanne Prain yarnbombed a bike.
CC Humphreys scared all and sundry with a spooky reading from Vlad -- The Last Confession.
The sun shone and Vancouverites came out to meet and support local writers. A great way to launch into the frenzied fall season for book lovers this year!
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