The weather and scenery here are heavenly. I had a great interview with Priya on CBC West Coast Live when I first got here, then went immediately to autograph Beauty Returns at Vancouver Kids Book Store.

The students I met from grade 6, 7, and 8 in Coquitlam at the Poirier Library were super, enthusiastic and attentive. After that I picked up Deb Loughead, another writer, from the airport and we sight saw (is that a verb?) together. At her residence there were seven baby skunks near the outdoor steps. When I get home I’ll upload photos that I took of them. We also saw the head of a seal poking up over the waves in Spanish Bay. He’s just a speck on the photo.

We enjoyed a kiddy train ride in Stanley Park through huge dark trees. We loved the gaping vistas of oceans, sailboats and steamships passing by.

Everything in BC is eyecandy.

Margret Atwood delivered the Margret Laurence address which was kind of a highlight of the whole Writers’ Union AGM.

Tomorrow will hold more meetings

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