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Leaving Toronto for the Next Leg of Our Journey

Children's author Kathleen Cherry leaves TorontoYesterday we said good bye to Toronto. We flew out from the Billy Bishop airport. See photo of Toronto’s iconic skyline. There is also a tunnel under the water. We tried both. Thumbs up for the ferry – although my vote might change in a Toronto December. I navigated both the subway and bus today! I presented at two great libraries Barbara Frumm and Black Creek.

Today we are in the Forest of Trees Festival at Sault Ste Marie.

So excited yeah!

Authors Become Rock Stars at the Forest of Reading Festival

Children's Author Kathleen Cherry at the Festival of Trees

At the Festival of Reading today!

Forest of Reading Festival today proved to be one of the most exciting and surreal events I have experienced – you know – like one of those movies where the character’s life has been dramatically altered in some way. The organizers promised me the rock star experience and they didn’t lie. Imagine a stage and tent crammed with students while the M.C enthusiastically encouraged them to show their appreciation with cheers and claps. Authors becoming rock stars! Cool!

Children's Author Kathleen Cherry at the Festival of Trees

Forest of Reading

And huge thanks to my awesome introduction from grade 6 student Gurnoor Sahota and sign carrier Charlotte Thomson-Daze (yup – I got my own sign carrier!)

Children's author Kathleen Cherry is asked to sign a Blue Jays cap.

Signing a Blue Jays cap – this is the true measure of fame!

And then there was the autographing table and the wonderful students who waited so patiently for autographs.

Everyday Hero didn’t win but turning kids on to reading and making rockstars our of authors makes winners of us all! Big congrats to Silver Birch winner OCDaniel by Wesley King and to Shetland Chmakova and Kevin Sands whose books were named as Honour books.

Children's author Kathleen Cherry at the Forest of Reading Festival

There were more buses at the festival than in all of Northern B.C.

As well, I cannot imagine the level of work and organization required to co-ordinate and organize an event of this magnitude! The Ontario Library Association is also a rock star in my book.

Meanwhile, I think it will be an early night. The rock star existence can be a tad exhausting but pretty cool as well!

Day Two in Toronto for the Festival of Trees

Children's author Kathleen Cherry in Toronto for the Festival of Trees

The TTC – Managed!

Success!!! I managed to successfully navigate the Toronto Subway system today (the TTC for those in the know!)

A huge shout out to the wonderful server at Starbucks at the Six Points Plaza in Etobicoke. She bought me my coffee and kept a straight face when I asked her if she could tell me where I was exactly!!!

Children's Author Kathleen Cherry talks to the students at Kingsway College

At Kingsway College

I had a great time talking to the students at Kingsway College School and their great librarians. I am so looking forward to the Festival of Trees reception tonight – negotiating the bus system this time! And then tomorrow is the big day!

We’ve Arrived in Toronto for the Festival of Trees

Children's author Kathleen Cherry in Toronto for the Festival of TreesWe made it to Toronto last night and even managed to find our way into town without getting lost or any mishap – okay there was the issue of going back in through the ‘out’ doors at baggage claim – but we got away with it. Then there was a bidding war at the taxi stand. Taxis seem to operate somewhat differently here.

Today was spent exploring Toronto. Fantastic, beautiful and energizing city! I am with my oldest daughter who used her phone to navigate – I’d have had the two foot map! We explored Queens Street and found a wonderful brunch place. I embraced the ‘tourist mom look’, according to my daughter- although I noted her jacket ended up in the backpack. Some things don’t change.

Children's author Kathleen Cherry in Toronto for the Festival of TreesMeanwhile, after careful consultation with the phone, we are off for dinner and more exploration! Tomorrow, I read at my first school and then Wednesday is the Festival of Trees. Look out for photos and updates!

The B.C. Book Prize Gala in Photos

I had such an amazing time at the gala held on April 29, 2017 at the Pinnacle Hotel in Vancouver, BC. Here are some of the highlights!

B.C. Book Prizes Kathleen Cherry attends for her middle grade novel Everyday Hero.

The nominees for the 2017 BC Book Prizes are displayed in the atrium of the Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel conference centre. Everyday Hero can be seen at centre.

B.C. Book Prizes Kathleen Cherry attends for her middle grade novel Everyday Hero.

A fellow BC Book Prizes nominee checks out Everyday Hero while waiting for the gala to begin.

B.C. Book Prizes Kathleen Cherry attends for her middle grade novel Everyday Hero.

Everyday Hero on display at the 2017 BC Book Prizes gala, held on April 29, 2017 at the Pinnacle Hotel in Vancouver, BC.

B.C. Book Prizes Kathleen Cherry attends for her middle grade novel Everyday Hero.

I share a moment with my father, Douglas Cherry, during the 2017 BC Book Prize Gala, held at the Pinnacle Hotel in Vancouver on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Mr. Cherry is a retired court reporter of the BC Supreme Court.

B.C. Book Prizes Kathleen Cherry attends for her middle grade novel Everyday Hero.

I am in the back row next to Douglas Coupland, winner of the 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

B.C. Book Prizes Kathleen Cherry attends for her middle grade novel Everyday Hero.

I join Douglas Coupland, winner of the 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, during a group photograph of nominees and winners at the 2017 BC Book Prizes awards gala.

B.C. Book Prizes Kathleen Cherry attends for her middle grade novel Everyday Hero.

I congratulate fellow nominee and winner of the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, Adele Barclay, at the 2017 BC Book Prizes gala. If I Were in a Cage, I’d Reach Out for You is Adele’s first published collection of poetry. Adele joined me on a book tour of northern BC in the week prior to the gala.

B.C. Book Prizes Kathleen Cherry attends for her middle grade novel Everyday Hero.

My father, Douglas Cherry, and I join the Honourable, Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, for a photograph during the 2017 BC Book Prizes gala, held in Vancouver on April 29, 2017.