My Treasures

Today was the first day of the Saskatoon Symphony Book Sale. If you’re on Facebook with me you’ll know I was lamenting spending an hour and a half shopping for clothes yesterday. I hate clothes shopping. Book and record shopping however… YAY! I spent 2 hours there today and it seemed like only minutes. So here are the treasures I snagged today (for a grand total of $30):



Dear James: Letters to a Young Illustrator by R.O. Blechman

In the tradition of Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, Dear James is an indispensable tool for any up-0and-coming creative person looking for advice and inspiration, as well as a memorable read for those daring enough to chase their dreams






My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber

Mostly it’s about the wildly incredible things people do when they think they’re acting with common sense.









The Portable Dorothy Parker

The collected stories and poems of one of the most beguiling and witty of moderns










A Guide to Nature Viewing Sites in and Around Saskatoon edited by Peter Jonker and Bernie Gollop

(I think I may have a newer version of this already, but I wasn’t sure, and for a buck how could I lose?)










Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

…exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.










Sabine’s Notebook and The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock

(The second and third books in the Griffin and Sabine trilogy – I already have the first one.)










Everybody’s Favorite Songs

(A music book with old songs in it – and it includes ukelele tabs! In case I ever get a ukelele…)









Folk Blues

(another music book)













The Microjazz Duets Collection 2

(On my electric piano I can record one part and then play a duet with myself. That’s not pathetic, it’s creative, right? 🙂 )







Great Jazz Songs

(another music book)












Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty

(We had this record set when I was a kid! Two 78’s that tell the story of Sleeping Beauty including snippets from Tchaikovsky’s score.)







Birds, Beasts, Bugs and Little Fishes: Animal Folk Songs Sung by Pete Seeger

(A Pete Seeger LP for kids for $2! That was a no-brainer.)







Aesop’s Fables

(Read by BORIS KARLOFF! This LP was my best find of the day.)








I hope to get back to the sale once more next week, but if I don’t, I’m totally happy with what I got today.





Martensville Shopping Extravaganza

IMG_2024Last Saturday was the second annual Martensville Shopping Extravaganza, a craft/trade fair. I missed out getting a table last year, but this year I was a little more organized and had a table to sell my books. It was great! I sold some books, I saw people I hadn’t seen for awhile (now that my kids are grown, I don’t run into people at the school or the rink like I used to), and I knitted 3/4 of a dishcloth!



Todd Devonshire

My table neighbour was Todd Devonshire, another Martensville author. He wrote Rink Burgers. I traded him a couple of my books for his son for his book and look forward to reading it.

Our tables were across from a table that was selling a certain line of product (which I will leave unnamed). They had three signs up behind their table with different taglines. The one that stood out for me was “One less french fry, One more multivitamin.” Really? That’s a selling point? All it made me do was crave french fries all day!

Will I go back next year? Probably. Like I said, it was nice to see old friends and acquaintances. Plus, knowing me, when else am I going to get that dishcloth finished? 🙂



November is Picture Book Month!

I did not know that picture books had a month, but I’m glad they do! I LOVE picture books – I love reading them, I love writing them.

My favourite picture book as a child was Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. I never owned it as a child, but friends of my parents owned a whole set of Dr. Seuss books. I was so jealous. Whenever we visited them, rather than play outisde with their daughter who was a year or two older than me, I would say I had to go to the bathroom and sneak into the living room (the parents always sat around the kitchen table visiting) and curl up by the book case that had the Dr. Seuss books on it and read. Until I’d get found out and kicked back outside. 🙂

My current favourite picture (by someone other than me) is Mr. Zinger’s Hat by Cary Fagan. Love love love it! It should be required reading for every writer. Get thee to a library and check it out! Or buy it for your very own so you can read it over and over and over…

I SURE WOULD LIKE A COPY FOR CHRISTMAS! Bill? Greg? Troy? (What do you think – too subtle?)

So what was your favourite picture book as a child? Do you have a current favourite?