Forest of Reading trip: On to Toronto!

After London we all traipsed into Toronto. I visited a couple of libraries and chatted with students… a very lively group at the Danforth/Coxwell branch had a ton of great questions for me, grilling me mercilessly about how I wrote my book, and about the cartoon shows I’ve worked on.

Then it was time for the Main Event – the big big big Festival of Trees at Harbourfront.

IMG_6687A total zoo. In a good way. And here was the most astonishing thing of all…


My autograph lineup! Couldn’t believe my eyes!

A fantastic day. What else could make an author feel more loved than all these eager faces? Unless it’s finally getting up on stage for the presentation of the Silver Birch Fiction Award and seeing…

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Allan Stratton (“Curse of the Dream Witch”)

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My capable presenter, the great and powerful Oz.


Gordon Korman (“The Hypnotists”) hypnotizes the entire audience but refrains from making anyone cluck like a chicken.

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Kevin Sylvester (“Neil Flambe and the Tokyo Treasure”) delivering a witty rejoinder to Boston Bruin fans.

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Ria Voros (“Nobody’s Dog”)

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David Carroll (“Ultra”) attempting to give the entire crowd a hug.


Here we all are, the 10 nominees for the Silver Birch Fiction Award. (thanks to Joel Krentz for this photo)

And the winner is…..


Robin Stevenson for “Record Breaker”! Here she is, in the centre as Ria and I bask in the reflected glory. (All of us from BC!) And yes, it does kind of look like I’m trying to snag her award…

After this I did one more workshop for some energetic young writers and it was all over! A great, great event all round, congrats and thanks to all the people who made it happen – and all the teachers and kids of course! Rumours were swirling around that there were 5,000 kids there that day! Yowza!


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  1. Ria

    Great post and pics! And um, if I had worn my glasses in that shot of us three BC ladies, it would have been a bit do-you-all-have-the-same-look-out-west?!