Thursday
Aug272015

Tour Wrap-Up... and Something NEW!

The final day of this book tour took place on a sunshiney Penticton morning, outside the wonderful Hooked On Books. Big thanks to Judy for inviting me, and to my signing companion, children's writer Rie Charles for keeping the day interesting! We chatted with folks walking through the Saturday market and had a lovely morning. And then...? I hopped in the jeep and hightailed it for home!

It was a wonderful tour filled with crazy, magical moments and a wide assortment of the MOST interesting people. Thank you to all the readers who came out, bought my books and provided a peripatetic writer with interesting conversations and more stories to tell.

So.Many.Stories!

The dangling logger in Campbell River...

Chatting with dear friends on Pender Island...

Kissed by James Fraser in Powell River...

Crowds in Calgary...

Trailrunning in Edmonton...

Abootlanders ALL THROUGH Alberta...

Kilted Bookface Friday in Nelson...

Skyping young writers in Radium...

Chillin' with artists and elk in Jasper...

Armchair heatwave in Whistler...

Fifth-wheeling in Williams Lake...

Rollicking readers at the Terrace Library...

Hazelton's incredible beauty and AWEsome readers...

Prince George readers in the rain...

Random encounters in Vernon...

FF fans in Kelowna...

Street Market madness in Penticton...

And I've not even touched on all the wonderful people who made my trip so much fun.

Thank you ALL -- see you next time I'm on the road!

To finish, a little news. This website has been undergoing an overhaul behind the scenes, courtesy of the marvellous CCS-Crystal Clear Solutions [whose hand is all over FindingFraser.com], and the magic will debut before you know it. In fact, the very next blog post will appear on the new site. So stay tuned... I LOVE the new design and I hope you will, too.

More soon...!

 

 

Sunday
Aug232015

Magical Mosaic

Mosaic as in Mosaic Books, of course, found on the main drag of Kelowna, BC. My visit there was lovely, thanks to the terrific staff and amazing readers who came out to meet me. A big thank you to Alicia and all her girls.

It was a steamy day, and the cool aisles of Mosaic were a welcome respite to Kelowna readers. [My car thermometer read 41 as I drove out of Whistler, so I thought it wouldn't get worse than that. Wrong. Kamloops? 43.] 

I so enjoyed meeting and chatting with all the Kelowna gang!

Had the very exciting experience of awarding a prize to this lovely lady for Scottish Knitwear Worn In Summer -- you'll notice her cane is lovingly yarn-bombed -- the first I've ever seen!

 

A wonderful penultimate day to my tour -- thank you Kelowna! And tomorrow? On to Penticton!

 

More soon...

 

~kc

Saturday
Aug222015

Vernon!

The final leg of this amazing book tour takes me back into the Interior, and the first stop is in Vernon at the marvellous Bookland. Bethany led a great group of booksellers, and I had such a fun visit.

Nearly one of the first people to walk in the door was this lovely lady, Leila -- who had JUST won a copy of FINDING FRASER from CBC Radio.

[I did a fun interview a few days earlier with Rebecca Zandbergen of CBC's Radio West afternoon show.]

It was great to meet and chat with Leila in person!

I had a lovely time visiting with other local readers, and my day was totally made by the unplanned arrival of a group of my sister's friends who showed up and then loyally bought books en masse!

Thanks for the support Linda, Gary and Val!

It was a wonderful visit to Vernon, and after a cool Bookland afternoon I headed out into the scorching heat and off to my next stop -- Kelowna. See you there?

 

More soon...

 

~kc

Friday
Aug142015

Wonderful Whistler...

Armchair Books, man. This store has been here in Whistler, run by the same family for 35 years!

Named for a nearby glacier rather than a piece of furniture, this wee store is a focal point for all things literary in town.

As Whistler is a skiing and biking destination spot, I expected there would be a few tourists. What I didn't expect was Crankworx...

Crankworx is a mountain-biking event held annually, and it brings riders in from all over the world. It was fantastic to meet people who were there for the festivities.

Also? We had a prize winner, with the FIRST sighting on the tour of a Utilikilt!

Congratulations to TJ Anderson!

TJ also introduced me to the work of Jennie Breeden, a webcomic artist whose work I plan to check out soon. I love learning about new writers and artists from readers I meet on tour!

Many thanks to Dan for hosting my visit, and to all the lovely denizens of Whistler [and the wide world!] who came to chat and buy books. Next stop: Vernon!

 

More soon...

 

~kc

Wednesday
Aug122015

Williams Lake!

Home of cowboys and a Stampede, but also ... in BC!

Luckily for me, Williams Lake ALSO has a great bookstore full of readers, all of whom welcomed me with open arms to this central BC town.

Special thanks to Angela for the invitation to The Open Book, and to Jen and Mackenzie for being so great to work with during the signing.

And a great big hug goes out to Teila Turko who encouraged me to stop in Williams Lake in the first place, and provided me with my first experience sleeping in a fifth wheel. Thanks, Teila!

Next stop on the tour is Whistler, and then a final jog east to the Okanagan before the tour wraps for good at the end of this week.

What an adventure! And, as it isn't over yet...

 

There'll be more soon!

 

 

~kc