The reading and voting for the 2012/13 awards wrapped up this spring and young readers all over the east coast are ready for the author tours and final award ceremony.
And so am I.
I was born in Newcastle, New Brunswick (now part of Miramichi, NB), and I’m thrilled to say that’s where I’m headed on my tour. The New Brunswick Hackmatack Club awaits. I’ll speak to groups of young readers at four libraries in New Brunswick before heading on to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the Hackmatack award celebrations. (I have more roots — or at least more cousins — in Nova Scotia, so it will be wonderful to arrive there, too.)
The award ceremony will be held on Friday, May 10th, at Pier 21 in Halifax. The ceremony starts at 10:00 am and will be live streamed on the Hackmatack website. The winning titles in each category will be announced and awarded on the spot. Fifteen nominated authors will be in attendance, speaking to students, signing books, and celebrating reading.
Alas, there’s no time to hang out in Halifax and see who’s playing at the Carleton because it’s straight onto a plane heading home after lunch. What a work week! I can’t wait. I’m grateful to the Hackmatack organizers for including me. (And, wow, are they organized! I’ll be driven from airport to hotel to reading to reading to hotel, etc. All I have to do is show up.) I hope to enjoy the company of lots of readers and writers while I’m away, plus have a bit of time to explore my surroundings, and maybe even write a little.