Friday, March 10, 2006

I had an awesome time the Okanagan and met some fantastic people. On Wednesday afternoon I gave a poetry workshop at Okanagan College in Penticton. After that we were driven to Vernon where I read along with Lila Zais at Gallery Vertigo as part of the Vertigo Voices reading series. Gallery Vertigo is an incredible space and the crowd was great. It was wonderful to finally meet John Lent, the editor of my book More Than Three Feet of Ice.

On the way back to Penticton, I clutched my copy of Joined at the Spine by Lila Zais and Tatiana Krievim. It's a beautifully designed book published by Satjah Projects in Kelowna. I clutched the book not only because its cover felt so nice, but because the road conditions were far from ideal. Parts of BC had some terrible weather that day, Vernon included. When we walked out of Gallery Vertigo, the snowflakes were the size of toonies.

Last night I read at Okanagan College in Penticton as part of Writers West along with Anne Fleming and Rita Moir. It was great to meet them both and to hear them read. They gave fantastic readings. I look forward to reading their books. The event was excellent and the turnout was great. Many thanks to Frances Greenslade, the Okanagan College and the Canada Council.

We left Penticton this morning and headed down Highway 3.

It was a beautiful drive.

Hats off to the people who keep the roads safe and clear.


Tracy Hamon said...

Excellent news! I'm glad to hear things went swimmingly.

About the ducks in your previous post, I have no comment, except to say that pancakes, again, may come in handy.

Ariel Gordon said...

Were they attack ducks, then? (that Brenda would need to arm herself with breakfast foods, I mean...)

I too am glad to hear that all went well - yay Brenda!

Tracy Hamon said...

Never trust an odd duck.

GM said...

Sounds just lovely. I'm envious.

Brenda Schmidt said...

Thanks guys! It was wonderful in every way. I feel extremely lucky.