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Chester Gets a Pet!

I’m proud to introduce you to my new picture book: Chester Gets A Pet! It’s based on the whimsical, award-winning furniture of Vancouver artist Judson Beaumont. You may have seen his installations in airports, libraries, hospitals… all across the world!Book coverChester is a young chest of drawers (based on this real work of art) who wants a pet more than anything else. When he stumbles upon a litter of baby coffee tables, he can’t help but smuggle one home. But can he keep his new pet a secret from his parents?

You can check out Judson Beaumont’s installations for this book at the Vancouver International Airport and Vancouver Kidsbooks.

Book popup at airport

Installation at YVR. Photo: Judson Beaumont

Book popup at kidsbooks

Display at Vancouver Kidsbooks. Photo: Judson Beaumont.

Get your copy directly from McKellar & Martin Publishing Group online, or at a bookstore near you.

Vancouver launch: photos!

I’m back in Toronto after a whirlwind book promotion in my hometown, Vancouver. Isn’t Vancouver gorgeous?

It was a busy visit. On Thursday, I dropped by the McKellar & Martin office to sign some books and chat about the Saturday launch. It was great to see the office, and I came away with a copy of Go Away, Unicorn, which is a hilarious picture book for non-girly-girls.

Thursday night, my mom had her book club over and they very graciously chatted with me about the book (they don’t usually read YA fiction!). On Friday, my mom hosted another party for friends and family, and we all spent the day catching up, chatting about books, and enjoying some tasty treats.

Saturday was the launch organized by my publisher, McKellar & Martin. The original venue was Coco et Olive on Main Street, but when we arrived at 9:15 am (the event was supposed to start at 9:30), the door was padlocked! As guests started to show up, my publishers got on the phone to find out what had gone wrong. It turned out that the owner had gotten busy at his cafe’s other location across town and wouldn’t be able to make it in time for the launch.

So my ever-resourceful publishers headed up the block in search of alternate venues. The Grind coffee shop was open, and very kindly agreed to let us have the event in their newly renovated back room. We left a sign on the old venue directing people to the new one, and thankfully we didn’t lose anyone in the location switch. Crisis averted!

There was a great turnout, and the illustrator Jenn Brisson and I had fun signing book after book. I wrapped things up with a short reading from the first story in the book: “Snow White and the Seven Dorks.” (It’s my personal favorite, although most people who’ve read the book say they prefer the Little Mermaid story, “Swan Song.”)

Here’s a picture that sums up my Vancouver launches:

Check out the rest of the photos on my Flickr account!

In Vancouver!

I’m back in my hometown: Vancouver, BC. The flight from Toronto is only about 4 hours but it always feels sooo much longer. I read Ali Smith’s The First Person and Other Stories, then a bit of She Loves You, She Loves You Not (an ARC I scored at NCTE), and then I watched the latest episode of Glee.

Today, I had lunch with my grandma and then headed to the mall to do my Christmas shopping. I only had five people to buy for: parents, siblings, grandma. I was able to finish up in a couple hours (yes, I’m bragging), so now I can relax and concentrate on promoting my book.

I’ve got two launches: one on Friday afternoon and one on Saturday morning. I’m looking forward to seeing a bunch of my friends, some of whom I haven’t seen in over a year or two. Plus I’ll get to meet the illustrator who did the art in my book, Jenn Brisson. Should be fun!

Vancouver launches!

Next week, I’ll be returning to Vancouver to celebrate Fractured with some book launches! Feel free to come on by, say hi, and get a signed copy of the book. (Hint: it makes a great Christmas gift!)

Richmond Launch/Open House:

  • Date: Friday, December 3
  • Time: 2 pm to 6 pm
  • Place: 6260 Skaha Crescent, Richmond, BC

Vancouver Breakfast Book Launch

  • Date: Saturday, December 4
  • Time: 9:30 am to 11 am
  • Place: Coco et Olive, 3707 Main Street (at 21st Ave), Vancouver