Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Writers&Friends - Fundraising Event

Each year this area hosts an event called Writers and Friends at the local private school.  It is a highly coveted ticket which raises a lot of money for a local charity.  Different authors come each year and the event brings out the snootiest of the snoots.  I love being outsnooted!  Hermes Scarf Friend had tickets from her work and invited me to come with her!  We had drinkies and nibblies while we mingled in the crowd, placed our bids in the silent auction and rubbed elbows with some of Canada's greatest authors.

There was a reading by each author followed by a wonderful dinner prepared by the school.  I met lots of fun people who I have kept in contact with along being exposed to writers and books I might not have picked up before.

Wayne Grady was the MC.

Kim Echlin read from her book set in modern Vietnam.

Lisa Moore read from her book set on the east coast during a disaster.

Drew Hayden Taylor was my favourite of the evening and I ended up buying his book for the Suburban Prince.  Drew is like a big cuddly teddy bear who tells naughty jokes and giggles at himself.  The beauty of an event like this is while having dinner we can mingle with the authors and get our books signed!

Lawrence Scanlan must live somewhere around here as I saw him walking down the street not long ago.

And of course....Farley Mowat.  He lives in this town and is our local celebrity.  Since he lives very close to me I see him from time to time and he comes to a few events a year in town.  I even saw him in the grocery store a couple of weeks ago!

Farley was the author we all read as children.  He has written some adorable stories about life with dogs, boats and owls.  He has also written a few semi-autobiographical novels.  It was such a neat experience the first time I met him after reading all of his books when I was in school.

He has more than one ship named after him as he is one of our loudest fighters for the environment. 

He has appeared on countless shows - here he is being interviewed by Canada's George Stroumboulopoulos (who probably went into television because there is no way his last name would fit on the back of a hockey jersey).

Farley even has a star on the walk of fame!

Have a fabulous day!


Hines-Sight said...

Hey Princess,
That looked like a great event. You should share your favorite children's books one day. How old is your son? I'm sure we can find some of your recommendations here. My mother-in-law goes to England regularly for a literary festival, and she brings back books. I love them for my son.

Snooty Primadona said...

Wow! What a night that must have been! We've never had anything like that for our kids' former private school. All of the celebrities that come out of this town leave & never come back, LOL!

Beth Dunn said...

You are my favorite Canadian author!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Sounds like a fun event and a great way to be exposed to some fabulous books and authors...

I trust that you were able to "rise above" snooty one :)

Suburban Princess said...

Awww Beth Dunn! You just made my week! Mwah!!!!!!

Hines - I am working on a post about my son's favourite character :O) It's coming in the next couple of weeks :O) I will do another one on his fave books.

Nezzy said...

I'm jealous!!! What a party of authors!!!

What an honor just to bask in their presence.

Enjoy your day and may it be richly blessed !!! :o)

North of 25A said...

I love a good snooty snoot party!
Sounds like it was great.

High Heeled Life said...

Ahhh to be surround by local talent ...truly inspiring...and for a great cause. Wonderful post and tribute to Canadian Authors...xo HHL

Ms. Bake-it said...

Sounds like a wonderful event with some equally wonderful local talent! I started collecting books for my Little Darling and would love to know which ones you deem suitable for the Little Prince. I love reading and hope the Little Darling will also love to read.

~ Tracy

Carol said...

Wow, what a fabulous event. Thanks for sharing.