October is my favourite month. It’s pumpkin pie, salted-caramel hot chocolate, and boots season. The air smells like woodsmoke and apples and everywhere you look the leaves are shirking their uniform greenness and letting their colours show. Plus their are two fantastic holidays, Thanksgiving and Halloween! Feasts and costumes! Who doesn’t love October?!
So it figures October would have some pretty rocking events to look forward to:
1. My Book Trailer Contest!
If you’re a follower of this blog you will know that I am holding a book trailer contest to celebrate the release of DAYS THAT END IN Y (February 2013). The contest is open to students in grades 4+ , so if you’re a teacher, librarian or parent who knows some kids who are good with a camera, check out the rules here or email me for more info!
Contest closes on January 15th, which gives you plenty of time to get those cameras rolling!
2. Girls Without Hats Benefit Concert + Jon Klassen Book Launch
This event is going to literally rock. It is a benefit concert for one of my fave organizations Girls Rock Camp Toronto, featuring local female musicians and Girls Rock Camp alum; Jon Klassen, one of my fave illustrators* who just so happens to be launching his new book THIS IS NOT MY HAT, and me, as a seriously starstruck host.
In addition to all of those awesome guests, there will be a silent auction with wicked prizes! AND it’s being held at The Gladstone! Throw in cupcakes and this is seriously all of my favourite things in one snazzy event. Whatever am I going to wear?
Such a cool event can only be organized by Small Print Toronto. Check out the website for more info and come join us on Wednesday, October 24th, 7pm, Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St West)
1. Another Story Workshop!
Another Story is a wonderfully eclectic and curated bookshop in Toronto that specializes in socially conscious literature. Now that I am a Junctionite, Another Story is practically in my neighbourhood.
I was thrilled to be invited to host a Saturday morning kid’s book club. I will be talking about the writing process and why it’s important to be honest, even when it makes you (or other people) uncomfortable. If you are under 14 and want to drop by (or if you know any young budding writers) please come on down Saturday, October 27th, 9-10am, Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Avenue.
*Remember when my she-roommate made me a custom mug with Jon Klassen’s swing dancing cats on them? Click here to refresh your memory