Hey there Wally fans…

It’s been a while since i’ve written, and there’s a lot to catch up on!

I stayed in Smithers for an evening and got Wally Learns to Ski in two of their local bookstores, Eagle Mountain Books (which makes an excellent chai latte) and Spee Dee books and stationary.  Smithers was very quaint, with an alpine theme to it and gorgeous mountain views.  I’m still considering it as a location for Tippet the Whippet.

Next, I had great success in Prince George, and managed to move 20 books, not including a bunch of personal sales!  Books & Co. was awesome- nice spot and wonderful selection of literature.  The gift shop in the Two Rivers Gallery also took some- that’s the main art gallery in Prince George.  Great gift shop- it was perfect because i also had the oppertunity to score some gorgeous silver earrings in time to send them to my mom for mother’s day.  Another store to bite was called Homework, in downtown PG, and then the gift shop of the Exploration Place, where my friend Amanda helped me set up a couple of readings for their “young explorers”.  It was lots of fun.  The kids enjoyed manhandling my alpaca toque and telling me how soft it was.

I putzed about a bit for the weekend and wound up visiting some dear friends in Lac La Hache, then went to Kamloops.

Kamloops was great, and it felt like summer was in full swing already.  I’ve been noticing the advance of spring by watching the lilacs in different parts of the province.  While the ones up north had yet to bud, these ones were in full bloom, and it was great not to have to wear a parka.

Wally made his way into The Art We Are in downtown Kamloops, the Kamloops Public Library, and the Book Place.  I sold a couple more copies to some friends with kids, and then low and behold!!! SOLD OUT!!!

Back to Vancouver for two weeks to recoup and restock, and then straight to Kelowna to visit my bro, his lovely wife and my beautiful nephew.  Kelowna’s Mosaic Books took 6 copies, the Okanagan Library took 3.

We drove up to Revelstoke and got a few into a bookstore there, sold a few more personal copies, then decided to go to the farmer’s market.  What to my wandering eyes should appear, but a booth with alpaca wool from a local farm, and on their table?  A COPY OF WALLY LEARNS TO SKI!!!! Apparently he’d gotten it from my old employer at the farm where the real Wally lives, but the coincidence was awesome.

I moved on the next day to Canmore to visit my aunt, uncle and cousins.  My uncle drove us back up to Lake Louise, and we went into the magnificent Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.  The building is just gorgeous, apparently it’s over 100 years old and reminds me of a German castle i once visited.  The man in Mountain Lights Bookstore was very kind, and was happy to take 8 copies of Wally, assuring me that i should let him know as soon as Tippet the Whippet is out.  Bonus.

I also managed to get one store in Banff to take a few copies on consignment, but for the most part i ran into well practiced pretentious snobs who frowned upon my hippie attire and my cheerful demeanor.  I wonder whether it’s a Whistler vs Banff rivalry thing.  They’ll wish they were nicer to me when Wally takes over the world. ;)

Canmore was great, one of the stores downtown took 6 copies and the other i have still yet to ask.  I spent a single day in Calgary but was foolish enough not to google bookstores first, so my cousin and i spent a few hours wandering aimlessly before we found the library.  The Calgary Library took 4 copies though, which makes it worth it.  I think i’ll spend another day in Calgary before i head off to Saskatoon.

And that’s pretty much where things stand in Wally’s World.  I should be taking off in another day or so.  I’m looking forward to the rolling hills of the prairies- i’ve never been there before.  I’ll try to update more frequently so i don’t have to write an essay every time.

Ski well!

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