Monday, September 29, 2008

A Perfect Day

Warm sunshine on a cloudless day, stacks of books wherever you looked, balloons, food, and hundreds of kids, dogs, and families enjoying a beautiful autumn day - such was the scene at this year's Toronto Word On The Street Festival. Things were hopping at the Annick booth where we shared space with Barefoot Books and Random House Children's Books. With the good people from Mabel's Fables tending both cash registers, things were hopping inside the tent and out. Appearances by two of Annick's best loved authors, Kathy Stinson and Loris Lesynski drew crowds, while interest was high in The Bite of the Mango, the moving memoir by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland. While many people came looking for their old favourites - books by Robert Munsch, Ruth Ohi, Kathy, and Loris - they often left with new treasures such as Elizabeth MacLeod's Royal Murder or Mattland by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert. For book lovers, booksellers, families and friends, it was a perfect day in the park.


Mommy C said...

Hello Annick! I'm glad you all had so much fun. I am also really excited to hear that people were discovering "Mattland". My family loves it. I have a few things I need to do on my blog first, but you can be guaranteed I will be writing about it. We live in an oilpatch community, where much of the labour is transient. In the past few years they have built a Walmart and a Starbucks, as well as a few other things people (not me) would consider essentials. So, many more workers are now moving their families to our community. We have subdivisions springing up everywhere, at a rapid rate. I imagine many other communities in the West are experiencing this same thing. I am forever suggesting "Mattland" to other parents. Despite my efforts, our local bookstore still doesn't carry it (it's is one of those major chains), but I will keep on nagging them. However, I know from personal experience that you have to reserve it at our library. I predict that "Mattland" will steadily build a following, until it becomes a Canadian classic. I have my fingers crossed for it, anyway.

Mommy C said...

Dear Annick,
Hi! It's me again.

Actually, seeing as it is "Banned Book Week" I was wondering if anyone at Annick had the time to blog about "The Little Black Book for Girlz"? I'd love to know how it is doing and the impact it is having. I'd also like to hear more about the boy's version. I know, I should have asked earlier in the week, but it just occurred to me.


Mommy C said...

A link to the previous post about it might be useful, too.