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!
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!)
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.
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!