Authors for Indies 2017

It’s that time of year again when Joyce and I carouse and generally cause some literary fun-to-be-had at our favourite indie bookstore: BOOKCITY at Yonge and St. Clair!

Outside BookCity at St. Clair & Yonge!

Not only do we have suggestions on the best books for kids, adults and baby goats (ok, maybe not the goats) but we can sign copies of our own books right there in store!

Come out and support your local bookstores on AUTHORS FOR INDIES day – April 29th, 2017.

Googling myself

I have a timer in my calendar that prompts me to Google myself once a month, because I don’t like to miss reviews or when someone is talking about me or my books.

This time when I Googled my own name, I found nothing surprising, but Googling the titles of my books, I came out with an interesting finding.

Google: Jewel of the Thames, the title of my first book.

Google: Jewel of the Thames, the title of my first book.

When I clicked on that top link for the Pickering Library, I found that Jewel of the Thames is one of the books in their 2017 ‘Battle of the Books‘ competition.

Long-story short, I emailed the library and thanked them for including Jewel, and am now making arrangements to come by for a visit to these fine students who will be participating in the Battle of the Books.

The Pickering Library Battle of the Books page

The Pickering Library Battle of the Books page

Why Google yourself? This is why:

An important connection is made, the Library gets the thanks they deserve, and maybe some kids get a bit of a real-life thrill meeting a local author.

This is to say nothing of the value to your brand and your book sales. How often do you guys Google yourselves?

Authors for Indies day in Canada

Outside BookCity at St. Clair & Yonge!

Outside BookCity at St. Clair & Yonge!

Very excited to be participating in Authors for Indies this year, so if you’re looking for my recommended book(shelves) come on down to Book City at Yonge and St. Clair in Toronto!

I’ll be there all morning with a bunch of fellow authors showing people around.

The idea is simple: authors owe a lot to our independent local bookstores and this is our one day a year to <officially> show our appreciation!

My favourite instagram book-bloggers

After having an awesome workshop at the North York Central Library with some super-creative teens, we got into a discussion about book reviewers who do their work on Instagram.

Here are some of my favourites (post some of yours in the comments!)

@byitscover

@byitscover

@bookriot

@bookriot

@booksaremybag

@booksaremybag

epicreads

@epicreads

@tyork9023

@tyork9023

subwaybookreview

@subwaybookreview

adayinbooklandia

@adayinbooklandia

@bookmunchies

@bookmunchies

@eviebookish

@eviebookish

@goodbooksandtea

@goodbooksandtea

Word on the Street: Toronto 2014

Word on the Street is today!

Word on the Street is today!

I’m headed out to the Toronto Word on the Street this morning, so this post will expand, but I wanted to put the info here in case any of you are in the area and want to pop by!

WHERE: Queen’s Park Circle          WHEN: 11am – 6pm

There are TONNES of activities and authors and things to do down at the event and kids and families are especially well taken-care-of.

I’m on-stage at 5:30pm at the “This is not the Shakespeare Stage” closest to the St. Joseph’s street part of the loop.

Hope to see you down there, and I will post photos as soon as I have ’em!

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